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Intelsat 19 4080 V Sr 30000 "Discovery Asia" is new here (Powervu)


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Thaicom 4 119.5E 11675 V "Hidup TV" has started on , Latens.
Thaicom 4 119.5E 11686 V Rajawali TV, Kompas TV, Metro TV, RCTI, Trans TV, TVOne, SCTV, Net, ANTV, MNC TV, Indosiar, Trans TV, TVRI Papua and Global TV have started on , Fta.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 4135 H "Shenzhen TV" has started on , Fta

Palapa D 113.0E 3460 H "Reformed 21" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3808 V "Universitas Terbuka TV and Lejel Home Shopping" have left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V "LTV Asia" has started on , encrypted.
Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V "AMC Asia" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4140 V "Sports Illustrated 3 has replaced Zee Bioskop" on , encrypted.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12430 V "Channel NewsAsia, 2nd Avenue and ETC" have started on , encrypted. Cartoon Network Philippines and CNN International Asia Pacific have left.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12530 H "Docustory" has left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3750 V "Watan TV has replaced Sabzbaat Balochistan" on, Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4020 V "Vijay Super" has started on , Videoguard.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3980 V Star Chinese Movies Legend has replaced Star World Vietnam on ,Irdeto.
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4040 H "Channel V International" has left .

Horizons 2 84.8E 11760 H "Bryanskaya Guberniya" has left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 4054 H "7N and Janataa TV" have started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3752 V "Aath" is Fta
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3791 H "Sarthi TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E Channel Zim TV has left 12722 V.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "The Word TV and Charis TV have started on , Fta. DNC TV and Determination TV" have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "DNC TV" has started on , Fta. Impact TV Network 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,炫动卡通、CCTV-15(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置10850 H 45000参数免费接收。 [3月6日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,犯罪与调查(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置10973 V 24500参数有条件接收。 [3月6日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,探索频道替换探索世界(亚洲)高清频道,设置4080 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月6日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Zoopark(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11387 V 30000参数无效接收。 [3月6日]


China to launch 6-8 latest navigation satellites in 2017

From http://english.cctv.com/2017/03/07/ARTIPni4V8DIFtITKFG4garw170307.shtml

BEIJING, March 6 (Xinhua) -- China plans to launch six to eight BeiDou-3 satellites in 2017, according to a senior designer of the satellite navigation system.

It is part of a plan to put 35 BeiDou satellites into space to form an orbiting satellite network and offer worldwide navigation services by 2020, said Yang Yuanxi, deputy chief designer of the BeiDou satellite navigation system, on Monday.

Yang was speaking on the sidelines of the fifth session of the 12th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, of which he is a member.

Compared to earlier generation products, the BeiDou-3 is able to cover a wider range and has a longer lifespan of 12 years, according to Bao Weimin, another CPPCC National Committee member and an official with China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

Named after the Chines name for the Big Dipper constellation, the BeiDou system is designed to offer an alternative to GPS.

A government white paper published in December said China expects to provide basic services to limited clients in 2018 and expand to all clients with more accurate and reliable services through better ground- and satellite-based systems by 2020.

China has already sent 22 BeiDou satellites into space.

Yang said the launches this year will feature two satellites on a single carrier rocket.

Iridium Safety Voice Communications Installs Surge Past 500 Aircraft

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Iridium_Safety_Voice_Communications_Installs_Surge_Past_500_Aircraft_999.html

Iridium Communications Inc. reports that its Safety Voice service, which is used for air traffic communications, has been adopted by more than 500 aircraft as of February 2017. The Iridium Safety Voice service provides aircraft operators with an alternative to existing HF radio systems, replacing them with a secure satellite-based option for long-range communications.

In August of 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) distributed an 'Information for Operators' (InFO) notice, alerting aircraft operators of the modifications required to comply with Policy Letter-106 which outlines how aircraft may operate with one HF radio and one satellite communications (SATCOM) platform over the West Atlantic Routing System (WATRS). The Iridium Safety Voice service features a dialing system requiring multiple user authentication steps for in-flight communications in addition to a call priority system, ensuring urgent communications are not interrupted.

Over the past few years Iridium has seen substantial adoption of its aviation services with more than a 100 percent increase in active airframes using the Safety Voice service between 2015 and 2017.

The ability to add a satellite system using the Iridium network as an alternative to a second HF system has several benefits, including lower power requirements, lighter-weight equipment, and better quality and coverage, resulting in increased efficiency and fuel economy.

"With more than 500 active air transport aircraft around the globe having already adopted Iridium's Safety Voice service, we know that the industry is hungry for this technology," said Brian Pemberton, vice president and general manager, aviation at Iridium.

"With the launch of Iridium NEXT and Iridium CertusSM products, aircraft operators will soon have access to high quality, global and cost-effective satcom solutions, with unparalleled performance, that will positively impact their bottom lines."

Pemberton continued, "The Iridium Safety Voice service adds elements of safety, security and efficiency that are not available with traditional, high-frequency systems. Adding Safety Voice to the existing FANS 1/A data capability enables a full suite of long-range flightdeck safety communications for efficient and cost-effective air traffic control. The rapid adoption we're seeing by the industry is a testament to its value."

Iridium is currently launching Iridium NEXT, the company's next-generation global satellite constellation. All existing Iridium aviation services, including the Safety Voice service are compatible with the new constellation. The first 10 Iridium NEXT satellites were launched into low-Earth-orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on January 14, 2017.

Seven additional SpaceX launches are scheduled to take place over the next 12 to 15 months, delivering a total of 75 Iridium NEXT satellites to orbit, including the second launch now targeted for mid-June 2017. In total, the operational Iridium NEXT constellation will consist of 66 satellites with nine satellites serving as on-orbit spares.

Europe launches new £95m Earth observation satellite

From https://stv.tv/news/international/1382441-europe-launches-new-95m-earth-observation-satellite/

Sentinel 2B joins Sentinel 2A in providing images of land, oceans and waterways.

Europe has launched a fifth Sentinel Earth observation satellite that will monitor the earth by providing images of land, oceans and waterways as part of its multi-billion-euro Copernicus program.

The Sentinel 2B will play a leading role as part of a system of satellites in the world's most ambitious Earth observation programme.

The satellite was launched on a Vega rocket from the European Space Agency (Esa) base at Kourou, French Guiana at 8:49 p.m. EST (0149 GMT on Tuesday).

The £95 million spacecraft will join its twin Sentinel-2A which has been in orbit since 2015.

Its task will be to take high-resolution, colour and infrared images for a wide number of environmental projects including crop forecasting and monitoring natural disasters.

The Vega rocket carrying Sentinel-2B in its mobile gantry at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

Both satellites will orbit the planet at a height of 488 miles, on opposite sides of the Earth.

Every five days the spacecrafts will cover all of the earth's surfaces providing more up-to-date images and information than ever before.

This will enable it to study the health of crops and forests, track the growth of cities, and detect the effects of changing land use and global warming on the Earth's vegetation.

Sentinel 2B will also be used to monitor natural disasters caused by floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and support humanitarian relief efforts.

Over the next seven years Copernicus, which includes several Sentinel missions, will cost an estimated £3.7 billion.

The programme is expected to return at least 10 times that figure to the EU economy, even though its treasure trove of data is being offered completely free to companies, governments and institutions around the world.

Sentinel 2 complements but outperforms the US Landsat series of satellites that has been the prime provider of Earth observation data since 1972.

Landsat 8, the latest satellite, can "see" only eight colours and has a resolution of 30 metres compared with Sentinel 2's ten.

Working on its own, Landsat offers a global view of the world every 16 days instead of five.

Josef Aschbacher, director of Earth observation programmes at Esa, said:"For the first time we (Europe) are leading the global monitoring aspect of space. There's nothing comparable in America, in Japan, in Russia, in India.

Between them the satellites will generate 1.6 terabytes of compressed raw image data daily.

The total amount of data available from Copernicus is astounding. Even before the launch of Sentinel 2B, around 21 petabytes of data had been downloaded from the system. A petabyte is equal to a thousand million million bytes.

"This is a high number, maybe difficult to imagine," said Mr Aschbacher.He added that each day Copernicus was producing more data than all the photos and movies uploaded on Facebook.

Other Sentinel missions, some yet to be launched, will collect data on the oceans, atmosphere and climate.

Card-sharing fraudster sentenced

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/03/07/card-sharing-fraudster-sentenced/

A man from the Scottish town of Belshill in Scotland has been sentenced to unpaid community work by a Sheriff Court after pleading guilty to four charges of fraud, and offences under the Copyright Designs Patents Act 1988.

Following a multi-agency operation involving Police Scotland, intellectual property protection organisation FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft), Sky, Virgin Media and other agencies in 2014, Gavin Gray was arrested for fraudulent activity in what is commonly known in the industry as ‘card sharing’.

This is the first conviction of its type in Scotland. This cyber-enabled crime allows protected encrypted television broadcasts to be viewed without a valid subscription to the broadcast provider.

Gray advertised his criminal business on dedicated card sharing websites and forums, supplying unlawful access to homes across Scotland.

When officers searched his home in Mossend, Belshill they seized £44,500 (€51,444) hidden in a safe in the loft. Police were also able to later seize £80,000 from his bank account.

Sheriff Thomas Millar decided not to send Gray to prison and instead gave him an electronic tag and ordered him .to do unpaid community work.

Chief Inspector Mark Leonard, the lead for counterfeit and intellectual property for Police Scotland said, “Officers conducted an operation in conjunction with a number of agencies including FACT, at the home address of Gavin Gray where they seized computer equipment and large sums of cash.”

“The subsequent investigation revealed that Mr Gray was the lynchpin in large-scale, organised illegal activity known in the industry as ‘card sharing’ with clients across the UK and internationally, serviced by his online website from his Bellshill base. This activity allows people to electronically purchase command lines to data held on computer servers that provides them with access to premium digital broadcast channels.”

“Although people may think that this will have little impact on major broadcasters, make no mistake, the amount of money being lost is on a large scale. It’s obviously very tempting for people to think they are getting a bargain but it’s important to remember that there are organised criminals behind these fraudulent schemes, often supporting and funding other more serious crime, such as human trafficking and drugs, so people need to be aware of that. Purchasing a ‘so-called bargain’ may lead to a visit from the police at your door so think twice before saying yes,” he warned.

“Officers working at the Scottish Crime Campus and the Scottish Anti Illicit Trade Group (SAITG) recognise that organised criminals are diversifying into products and commodities where there is perceived less risk. Police Scotland will continue to work in partnership with private industry and specialists to deter global crime trends that are harming our communities,” he confirmed.

Kieron Sharp, Director General of FACT, said “Whether it’s card sharing or IPTV set-top boxes, allowing access to premium pay-for TV without the proper licence is illegal. FACT takes this criminality very seriously and will continue to work with Police Scotland and our members including BT Sport, the Premier League, Sky and Virgin Media to ensure that this illegal activity is disrupted.”

£250K fine in ‘Kodi box’ case

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/03/07/250k-fine-in-kodi-box-case/

A man in the northeast England city of Hartlepool who sold illegal Internet TV boxes that allowed pubs and clubs to screen pay-to-view TV free of charge has received a suspended prison sentence and been ordered to pay £250,000 (€289,000).

Malcolm Mayes received a ten-month prison sentence suspended for one year when he appeared at Teesside Crown Court Monday March 6th and admitted breaching the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act 1988 by advertising and selling adapted IPTV boxes.

He was also ordered to pay costs of £170,000 and a Proceeds of Crime Order was made against him for a further £80,000.

IPTV boxes – sometimes called ‘Android’ boxes or ‘Kodi’ boxes – allow users to watch television and movies streamed via the Internet. The boxes themselves are not illegal, but when modified can be used to view content freely that should otherwise be paid for, including live sport and new movies. A box modified in this way is often described as being ‘fully loaded’.

Mayes was prosecuted by Hartlepool Borough Council’s Trading Standards department following a lengthy international investigation by the National Trading Standards North East Enforcement Team.

He was found to have been selling IPTV boxes to pubs and clubs around the country for around £1000 each, targeting them through adverts in a national magazine which claimed his devices were ‘100% legal’. Following a test purchase, a suspect device was analysed and found to have been adapted.

“The cost of this case has been significant to Mr Mayes,” stated Ian Harrison, Trading Standards & Licensing Manager for Hartlepool Borough Council. “In pleading guilty, he has accepted that it is illegal to sell a device that allows the free viewing of pay-to-view television. This is common sense and should be obvious to anyone. Mr Mayes should not be seen as a Robin Hood-type character. In selling these devices he wasn’t stealing from the rich to help the poor. He was stealing to make himself richer,” declared Harrison.

“In addition, many of the pubs and clubs that bought his devices lost significant amounts of money when they failed to operate as promised.”

“Trading Standards will continue to target those traders and individuals who make their living from selling counterfeit goods or in other ways allow intellectual property to be stolen.”

Toby Harris, Chair of National Trading Standards, said: “Mr Mayes knowingly sold these illegal boxes which breached copyright law, misleading small businesses by falsely claiming that these devices were legal. I hope this conviction sends a clear message that criminal activity doesn’t pay.”

“I would also warn any person or business selling or operating such a device that they are in breach of copyright law. National Trading Standards will continue to protect legitimate business and pursue those who breach copyright in this way.”

Kieron Sharp, Director General of intellectual property protection organisation FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft), added: “Today’s sentencing sends out a strong message to anyone involved in the sale of illegal IPTV boxes that crime certainly does not pay.”

“Pre-configured TV set-top devices allowing access to premium pay-for channels without a legitimate subscription are illegal and we would like to thank Hartlepool Trading Standards for their action on this case following a referral from the Premier League and FACT.”

“FACT will continue to work with our members, Trading Standards and police across the country to combat the sale of these illegal devices, which are starving our creative industries and the UK Economy.”

Netflix may come direct to your home

From http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/companies/netflix-may-come-direct-to-your-home/articleshow/57489268.cms

"Netflix is the first player to sign the agreement with Videocon d2h for these connected STBs. This box will be similar to an Apple TV."

MUMBAI: Netflix has entered into a first of its kind partnership with direct-to-home (DTH) player Videocon d2h in India that will allow the global over-the-top (OTT) player to offer its service via latter's soon-to-be-launched integrated set-top-boxes (STBs).

Videocon d2h is currently testing its next generation connected STBs, which it plans to launch in the market in two months. The connected box will have pre-installed OTT and utility applications a user can access with existing broadband or Wi-Fi-connection on their TV sets.

"Netflix is the first player to sign the agreement with Videocon d2h for these connected STBs. This box will be similar to an Apple TV, but with both - linear and non-linear content with specially curated apps," a highly placed source in the company told ET.
Videocon d2h has already started the integration, and as part of the deal, the new remotes will have a special Netflix button.
Unlike in the West, where consumption of Netflix is predominantly on connected television sets, low penetration of broadband and connected devices has restricted OTT consumption to small screens in India, especially mobile devices.

Todd Yellin, VP of Product at Netflix had recently told ET that while globally about two-thirds of all hours of streaming are on a TV; India is one of the only three places where Netflix' consumption is more on the phones and tablets than TV.

Industry experts feel that the move is pretty much in sync with what all DTH players have been trying to do - to offer services in addition to the traditional TV. "This will differentiate Videocon d2h from existing cable TV and also other DTH players," said Girish Menon, director - media & entertainment at consulting firm KPMG India.

It is a good fit for both the brands as for DTH player it will mean a new revenue stream and greater engagement with his subscriber. For OTT player, it will mean reduction in customer acquisition cost and more ways to push content, said Menon. "For OTT players, the biggest challenges are discovery of content and reaching out to customer."

"It is good for OTT companies, which can grow their subscriber base faster and DTH players, who can grow their average revenue per user (ARPUs)," said Ashish Pherwani, head - advisory, media and entertainment, at consulting firm EY.

People with direct knowledge of the development told ET that Videocon d2h will offer the new box at Rs 2,490 for existing customers, while new customers will have to shell out Rs 3,490. The new STBs will also have Hotstar and Sony Liv, while talks are on with Viacom18 to get its service Voot on the platform. Videocon d2h has also partnered with BookMyShow and Zomato for the ticket booking and food delivery services, via DTH.

When contacted, a Hotstar spokesperson said "We are actively sought by local and international players to make Hotstar available on their connected devices... We will continue to be open to partnerships that expand choices for consumers and expand the reach of our service."


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Note all feeds are just a small selection of some of what is seen FTA over the weekend

Monday morning feeds

Asiasat 5 3685 H Sr 7200 "Iveco ENC2" Golf
Asiasat 5 3700 V Sr 30000 "Bein SGPR 2" Sengal vs Cameroon soccer

Asiasat 5 3700 V Sr 30000 "EBU 2" Sengal vs Cameroon soccer
Asiasat 5 3645 H Sr 6670 "HD ENC-1a" Japanese Baseball

Sunday feeds

Asiasat 5 3685 H Sr 7200 "Iveco ENC2" Golf
Asiasat 5 3920 H Sr 9873 "ktsat mp4 enc1" Biathlon Weltcup Pyeongchang 2017
Asiasat 5 4174 H Sr 7400 "MEYDAN FEED" Dubai World cup 2017 Horse racing event

IS 19 12459 H Sr 7000 Netball

D2 12634 V Sr 7500 "TBS 7" Horses

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Intelsat 18 180.0E 11513 H "NC TV" has started on , Fta.

SES 7 108.2E 2535 V "Star World HD Asia" has started on , Videoguard.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3915 V "Star Cinema has replaced Entertainment Plus" on , Fta.

Measat 3 91.5E 3840 V "CBeebies Asia "has started on , PowerVu.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4000 H "Discovery HD World India" has left .

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

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3836 V "M Tunes has replaced Music Xpress" on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4013 H "Bangla Time TV" has started on Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "El TV, MFM TV and Emerald TV" have started on , Fta.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "Power of God TV" has started on , Fta.

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东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Nostalgia、Russkaya Noch(俄罗斯)等频道新增,设置11387 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月6日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Mir(+4h)(俄罗斯)等频道新增,设置11793 V 45000参数部分免费接收。 [3月6日]

东经124度轨道位置的日本通信4B号卫星Ku频段,Samurai TV(高清)频道新增,设置12643 H 23303参数免费接收。 [3月5日]
东经124度轨道位置的日本通信4B号卫星Ku频段,NTV News 24、Exciting Grand Prix(日本)频道消失,设置12643 H 23303参数无效接收。 [3月5日]
东经124度轨道位置的日本通信4B号卫星Ku频段,JLC686(高清)频道新增,设置12568 V 23303参数免费接收。 [3月5日]
东经124度轨道位置的日本通信4B号卫星Ku频段,JLC 683 HD(高清)频道新增,设置12688 V 23303参数有条件接收。 [3月5日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Nadym、Region(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11485 V 12222参数免费接收。 [3月5日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Home(+7h)替换Domashnij Telekanal(俄罗斯)频道,设置11265 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月5日]
东经124度轨道位置的日本通信4B号卫星Ku频段,JLC 681HD(高清)频道新增,设置12628 V 23303参数有条件接收。 [3月5日]
东经124度轨道位置的日本通信4B号卫星Ku频段,银河戏剧(高清)频道新增,设置12568 V 23303参数有条件接收。 [3月5日]

东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,KBS Sports(体育)频道新增,设置12352 H 3332参数免费接收。 [3月4日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Jaikisan News(测试)频道新增,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。 [3月4日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Tulasi TV替换EV-TV2(测试)频道,设置3732 V 7200参数免费接收。 [3月4日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Channel One News(印度)频道解密,设置11590 H 30000参数免费接收。 [3月4日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Multiplex替换Vision TV Shiksha(印度)频道,设置11550 V 29500参数免费接收。 [3月4日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Assam Talks(印度)频道解密,设置11510 H 30000参数免费接收。 [3月4日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,News 18替换IBN 7(印度)频道,设置11090 V 29500参数免费接收。 [3月4日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Zee 24 Taas(印度)频道解密,设置11050 V 30000参数免费接收。 [3月4日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Den Snapdeal(印度)频道消失,设置11050 V 30000参数无效接收。 [3月4日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Sony Rox HD替换国家地理(高清)频道,设置11670 H 32000参数有条件接收。 [3月4日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Kuki TV(SkyLife)频道新增,设置12450 H 27489参数有条件接收。 [3月4日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Silver iTV替换BBC Entertainment(SkyLife)频道,设置12450 H 27489参数有条件接收。 [3月4日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Noll TV替换Silver TV(SkyLife)频道,设置12450 H 27489参数有条件接收。 [3月4日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,SEN替换Work TV(SkyLife)频道,设置12450 H 27489参数有条件接收。 [3月4日]


OTT set to take off on Qantas

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/03/03/ott-set-to-take-off-on-qantas/

As Qantas rolls out nbn in the sky, passengers will also soon have access to Netflix, Spotify and Foxtel. Roy Morgan Research reveals how many Qantas flyers already subscribe to any of the three new in-flight entertainment providers—and how many could soon be tempted by a free trial.

Nearly 4.3 million Australians aged 14+ (22 per cent) take at least one domestic flight with Qantas during the year. Roy Morgan’s latest consumer research found that 87 per cent of Qantas passengers own a smartphone and 76 per cent own a tablet computer – both above the national ownership rates of 80 per cent and 65 per cent respectively.

However, while these millions of passengers will likely be carrying a compatible device on board, only 60 per cent currently use any of the three new in-flight entertainment providers Foxtel, Netflix, Spotify.

33 per cent of Qantas domestic flyers watched Foxtel in the last four weeks, including its streaming options Go and Play, while 32 per cent watched Netflix, and 22 per cent listened to Spotify.

According to Norman Morris, Industry Communications Director, Roy Morgan Research, the agreement between Qantas and entertainment providers Netflix, Spotify and Foxtel is a win for the airline, the providers, and passengers. “While six in 10 Qantas domestic passengers will soon be able to log in and start watching and listening in the air, the other four in 10 don’t currently use any of the soon-to-be-available entertainment services—and so could well be tempted to sign up to a free trial (or two or three) the next time they fly,” he noted. “For the three providers, an in-flight presence will not only satisfy their existing customers, but also be the perfect opportunity to persuade others to give it a go.”

“Netflix and Spotify will be promoted to around 2.9 million and 3.3 million potential new sign-ups respectively—over 90 per cent of whom own a mobile or tablet. Although their one-month free trials are the same deals as what’s on offer on the ground, airline passengers should represent a rather more captive audience.”

“There’s perhaps an extra benefit to Foxtel. A third of Qantas domestic passengers already have Foxtel, but only around one in six of these subscribers watch it via mobile streaming. This means that Foxtel’s three-day usage offer will not only reach up to 2.8 million non-subscribers on Qantas flights, it will also serve to promote its mobile streaming platforms to another 1.1 million subscribers who don’t currently utilise them.”

“Readership of Qantas Magazine has remained stable over the last few years, even though more passengers are carrying a mobile or tablet. Airline magazines seem to be a core part of the flying experience; however, it will be interesting to see if on-board media consumption charges with the advent of WiFi and streaming services that passengers may already use on the ground.”

Satellite Solutions Worldwide to buy Australian and Norwegian assets for £1.8m

From http://www.lse.co.uk/sharecast-news-article.asp?ArticleCode=25634717&ArticleHeadline=Satellite_Solutions_Worldwide_to_buy_Australian_and_Norwegian_assets_for_18m

(ShareCast News) - Broadband provider Satellite Solutions Worldwide Group is to buy BorderNET Internet in Australia and the customer bases of NextNet and AS Distriktsnett in Norway all for a combined £1.8m in cash and shares, bringing an additional 5,500 customers in total.

The acquisitions are part of the company's roll-up strategy as it will integrate BorderNET's operations into the existing Australian business Skymesh and NextNet and AS Distriktsnett will be integrated into its existing Norwegian hub, Breiband.

BorderNET is a specialist broadband provider to farming and remote communities and the Australian government, through NBN Co, will continue to invest in its SkyMuster satellites which will provide increased access to satellite broadband services.

The BorderNet acquisition is subject to consent from NBN Co, the Australian government's broadband provider, and the company will pay AU$1,85m (£115m) in total comprising of an initial payment of AU$1.43m (£894,577), including a retention amount of AU$200,000 (£124,300) and the balance of AU$413,125 (£256,759) will be paid in shares.

BorderNET recorded a loss of AU$26,804 (£16,554) in 2015 although it has an annualised revenue run rate of over £1m and the company expects BorderNET to be profitable under ownership.

Meanhile, for NextNet the company will pay 5,04m Norwegian kroner (£489,486) and a further 200,000 kroner (£19,424) for stock and certain infrastructure assets.

NextNet also reported a loss of 1,53m kroner (£148,215) in 2015 and has an annualised revenue run rate of about £800,000.

For AS Distriktsnett the company will pay 832,500 kroner in cash (£80,852) for the customer base, and the overall consideration is subject to adjustment in cash in respect of final customer numbers at completion of the acquisition.

Chief executive Andrew Walwyn said: "These are the first three acquisitions of 2017, which significantly strengthen our position in these key regions. Having established strong hubs in Norway and Australia last year, we can now readily acquire sub-scale, local businesses and rapidly turn them into profitable assets by integrating them onto our global platform.

"We continue to grow user numbers and revenues in these territories and to actively pursue acquisition opportunities, in line with our global strategy, as we continue our consolidation of last mile broadband across Europe and Australasia."

Shares in Satellite Solutions were down 0.11% to 8.86p at 0857 GMT.

China launches spy satellite

From http://www.brecorder.com/2017/03/04/338348

On Friday, China just launched an experimental reconnaissance satellite called TK-1 and got it successfully into orbit.

The satellite was carried by the KT-2 rocket and took off in the early hours of Thursday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch centre located in the Gobi desert region of north-western China.

According to Chinese media, the spy- satellite will be used for remote sensing, telecommunications and experiments in mini-satellite-based technologies. The KT-2 rocket is one of five carrier systems in China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp (CASIC)'s commercial space plan said the officials.

Kodi Box BAN - Using your Kodi Box could soon be ILLEGAL, and this is why

From http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/774697/Kodi-Box-UK-Download-Ban

USING a Kodi Box could soon be illegal, following a fresh round of discussions from the UK's Intellectual Property Office about how best to tackle copyright and fraud caused by these hugely-popular streaming boxes.

Watching video on a Kodi Box could soon be illegal, following a change to the law

Following a growing number of complaints from right-holders and broadcasters, the UK's Intellectual Property Office, or IPO, is purportedly holding a number of meetings to decide whether the law needs to be changed to tackle the popularity of Kodi boxes.

There have already been a number of arrests due to Kodi boxes in the UK.

Five people accused of selling illegally modified versions of the popular set-top boxes were taken into custody last month after a series of early morning raids.

Cases are pending, but there is clearly a focus on these boxes.

For those who do not know, Kodi is an open-source media player that's available to install on a range of devices.

The software was previously known as XBMC, or Xbox Media Centre, since that was the only hardware is was designed to run on.

But that has changed over the years, as the media player evolved, thanks to hundreds of coders across the globe tinkering with the software.

Since it first launched back in 2003, Kodi has been shaped by some 500 developers and 200 translators.

And now the open-source media player runs on a whole host of different devices. In fact, some estimates place 20 million devices in use in the UK at the moment.

In a nutshell, it turns any desktop computer, server, smartphone, tablet or set-top box into a media player able to stream files from the internet, your home network or local HDD storage. Unlike the Apple TV, Google ChromeCast or others, the Kodi media player is not restricted by licensing agreements, or a curated app store.

That means Kodi users can download a plethora of community-built apps, that might not be approved under the guidelines that govern the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and others.

The Kodi software itself is perfectly legal, however, it does allow users to install additional applications that allow them to access copyrighted material – uploaded, shared or streamed from other users across the globe.

However the problem with Kodi is that content is illegally taken from content providers like Sky Sports, Sky Cinema, Netflix, BBC Worldwide and others.

Those who use the Kodi platform to access this material would be taking a serious risk.

Obviously accessing the material in this manner is illegal.

One problem viewers who use the Kodi platform face is, unlike the carefully-curated Apple App Store or Google Play Store, it might not always be clear where the content is coming from – or whether it has been legally obtained.

The Kodi media player lets you stream from local, or networked storage, as well as online sources

It’s these methods to access copyrighted material for free that the Intellectual Property Office wants to put a stop to.

The IPO has called a consultation and is asking for input from a number of groups with experience of investigating and prosecuting offences related to these streaming devices, often dubbed Fully-Loaded Kodi Boxes when being sold on online marketplaces or auction websites, TorrentFreak has reported.

Anyone with relevant information for the UK Intellectual Property Office is also welcome to participate in the consultation.

In a post about its consultation about Kodi Boxes, the IPO writes: “Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) boxes (also known as set-top boxes, Android TV boxes or Kodi boxes) are small plug and play media servers, originally designed to allow consumers to stream legitimate content (locally stored or legal online content).

“Despite the legitimate use of this equipment, software is widely available (illicit Kodi extensions being the best known) which connect the boxes to illegal content through streaming websites, file lockers and BitTorrent trackers.”

Without any Add-Ons, the Kodi software is a little barebones

According to the UK Intellectual Property Office, the proliferation of devices with the required software preinstalled – sold at relatively low prices online – has triggered to a sharp increase in use from consumers.

This recent change has riled copyright owners and those whose business relies on the official, paid-for distribution of copyrighted content.

“Broadcasters and content owners have voiced concerns that, although a range of existing legislation applies to the sale and use of these devices (as well as the provision of illicit content streams), the legal framework does not provide sufficient tools to tackle this growing threat,” the IPO adds.

Technology blog TorrentFreak notes that, from the information made available by the Intellectual Property Office so far, it seems likely the UK government will tighten-up a number of strands of legislation that could be applied to these devices, including their advertising, sale, supply, and use at home.

The consultation will close on April 7th 2017.

To be clear, the sale of “fully loaded” Kodi boxes is illegal.

These are set-top boxes that already ship with – not only the basic, barebones Kodi open-source software – but a number of popular Add-Ons that allow access to content sellers think you'll want.

These community-built Add-Ons often promise free access to copyrighted material via unofficial plug-ins that make services like Sky Sports free and can even stream 3pm Premier League kick-offs.

Speaking about the five arrests made in the UK back in February, director general of Fact Kieron Sharp said: "These arrest should send out a clear warning to anyone involved in the sale and distribution of illegal set-top boxes.

"Set-top boxes loaded with apps and add-ons allowing access to copyright infringing material are very much illegal and anyone involved in selling these boxes should not be surprised to receive a knock on the door."

FACT has started to crack down on the modified Kodi players following complaints from content providers including Sky, BT Sport, Virgin Media and the Premier League.

The Federation Against Copyright Theft, FACT, claims that some people may have made as much as £250,000 shifting dodgy Kodi boxes via social media, online forums and their own websites.

It is illegal to watch any copyrighted material – that you would usually have to pay to access – for free.

That applies to torrent websites, streaming Add-Ons on your Kodi box and more.

From September 1st 2016, you also need a TV Licence to watch or download any programmes on demand, as well as live on services like BBC iPlayer.

BT retains Euro football rights for £394m

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/03/06/bt-retains-euro-football-rights-for-394m/

BT Sport will remain the exclusive UK home of all UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League football. Following a competitive auction process, BT has secured the rights until the end of the 2020/21 season that for the first time brings together exclusivity across all live games, highlights and in-match clips of both competitions. BT will pay around £394 million (€456m) each year for the rights. BT currently pays around £299 million a season for the live rights. It secured the non-exclusive clips rights in a separate deal shared with News UK.

The UEFA Champions League is set to be even stronger from 2018/19, with a minimum of four participating teams now guaranteed from each of England, Spain, Germany and Italy, resulting in more games between the top European teams. Fans will also be able to enjoy UEFA Champions League ‘double header’ nights, as live matches will kick off at both 6pm and 8pm during the Group Stage.

BT will continue to show UEFA matches using the latest broadcast innovation and technology, with games made available in 4K ultra high definition with Dolby Atmos sound, and via the BT Sport App.

BT will enhance its social media coverage to reach new audiences, by making clips, weekly highlights, UEFA’s magazine show, and both finals available for free on social media. BT streamed both finals last year on YouTube for the first time, taking the number of people who watched BT’s live coverage of the finals to more than twelve million. The company will also seek to bring the best of the action to its large mobile customer base.

“We are delighted to have renewed these rights,” declared John Petter, Consumer CEO at BT. “The UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League are two of the best competitions in the world and we would like to thank UEFA for choosing us as their exclusive broadcast partner in the UK. The UEFA Champions League is due to get even stronger and we are delighted that fans will be able to enjoy two live matches a night for the first time.”

Guy Laurent Epstein, UEFA marketing director, said: “UEFA is delighted to have extended the relationship with BT Sport for a further three seasons, taking our partnership to 2021. BT Sport has proved to be an innovative broadcast partner, pushing the boundaries and covering the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League in new ways. BT have delivered strong audiences in the UK and we are excited about their future plans for the use of social media which will engage a growing fanbase that consumes sport in different ways.”

BT says it has made top tier sport far more affordable in the UK in recent years. BT TV customers can access all of the action on BT Sport from just £3.50 a month and the company has also made its channels available to customers of EE.

Following the acquisition of EE last year which more than doubled BT’s marketable customer base, BT says it is in a strong position to monetise this investment through subscription, wholesale, commercial, and advertising revenues.

According to Paolo Pescatore, Vice President, Multiplay and Media, CCS Insight, this was a “must-win” rights auction for BT and it means that it is here to compete with Sky for the long-haul. “Last time round, BT was a challenger, but now it has grown to be a strong player in sports TV rights. It is driving innovation with 4K and Dolby Atmos as well in other areas and has brought some great programming like the Champions league goals show,” he noted.

“With this latest move, the company can continue to be innovative, however, there will be ongoing concerns on whether this cost will be passed onto consumers. Worryingly for consumers, the escalating cost of premium content rights means that we will probably have to fork out more money, which may drive some to watch via illegal streams,” he warned.

64% drop in pirate site advertising

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/03/03/64-drop-in-pirate-site-advertising/

A UK police operation that disrupts illegal websites providing access to films, TV, books, music and games has seen major success. The City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) launched Operation Creative and the Infringing Website List (IWL) in 2013 to tackle the funding of illegal streaming websites that adversely impact on the UK’s creative industries.

Research has now shown that in the past twelve months there has been a 64 per cent decrease in advertising from the UK’s top ad spending companies on copyright infringing websites.

The research was conducted by whiteBULLET, a global data company with brand safety solutions providing transparency on digital advertising on IP infringing websites.

This means more revenue to the UK’s creative industries in which hundreds of thousands of people rely on for employment.

Reducing advertising on illegal sites is one of the key aims of Operation Creative as it is one of the main generators of criminal profits. A report by the Digital Citizens Alliance estimated that in 2013, piracy websites generated $227 million (€215m) from advertising.

According to PIPCU, the appearance of adverts from established brands on illegal websites lends sites a look of legitimacy. Accordingly, a decrease in advertising from reputable brands will help consumers realise these sites are neither official nor legal.

PIPCU is a specialist national police unit dedicated to protecting UK industries that produce legitimate, high quality, physical goods and online digital content from intellectual property crime, based within the Economic Crime Directorate of the City of London Police, the National Policing Lead for Fraud. The operationally independent unit launched in September 2013 is funded by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) until 2017.

Through the introduction of the IWL, the City of London Police unit has been able to disrupt advertising revenues on illegal websites across the globe with the co-operation of the advertising industry including brands and organisations involved in the sale and trading of digital advertising.

The IWL is an online portal providing the digital advertising sector with an up-to-date list of copyright infringing sites, identified by the creative industries, evidenced and verified by PIPCU, so that advertisers, agencies and other intermediaries can cease advert placement on these illegal websites.

“This shows the great impact our work has on protecting the creative industries in the UK and across the world,” declared DCI Pete Ratcliffe, head of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit. “Operation Creative is about taking away the revenue that these criminals use to undermine one of the most important industries to the UK economy. In the coming year, we will be stepping up our work in this area and these results not only show the great work of my team but also the great cooperation shown by brands and advertising agencies we work with.”

Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation said: “Illegal streaming websites have a negative impact on the UK’s creative industries. The advertising that appears on them is a misleading attempt to legitimise these criminal operations. that means both consumers and creators ultimately lose out.”

“The naming and shaming of infringing websites sends a clear message: criminal activity will not be tolerated. PIPCU and their enforcement partners will continue to track down, de-legitimise and disrupt advertising revenues on these infringing sites.”

“I commend PIPCU and their partners for these continued efforts to disrupt funding of illegal streaming sites by dramatically reducing rates of advertising that appear on them.”

Kieron Sharp, Director General of FACT, said that following the money and disrupting advertising on infringing websites was vital to tackling online piracy. “These illegal websites are making substantial amounts of money, depriving legitimate businesses from their well-deserved revenue and in turn stifling creativity and starving the UK economy.”

“These latest figures prove how successful Operation Creative is and FACT is proud to be a partner of such a great multi-agency initiative, which was the first of its kind in the world.”

The figure of 64 per cent was based on comparing 205 websites on the Infringing Website List in both January 2016 and January 2017.

India cancels 13 TV broadcast licences

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/03/03/india-cancels-13-tv-broadcast-licences/

India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting cancelled the licences of 13 channels in January, as well as banning the transmission of one channel for violating its programme code.

The 13 channels taken down include Triveni Media, Neon Solution, Pompash Fiscal Services, New Delhi TV and Satlon Enterprise. Triveni Media suffered lost licences for 7 of its channels, five of which were News channels.

New Delhi TV’s lost licences include Granada TV and Trace Sports TV. Granada TV is a general entertainment channel owned by the UK’s ITV while Trace Sports Star (earlier Trace Sports HD) is a sports lifestyle channel. The two channels were launched in 2012.

The channel subjected to a 30-day ban (to run from April 15th to May 14th) is Sandesh News, which was found to have transmitted “nude visuals” of actors captured at a 5-star hotel party.

India now has a total of 889 permitted private TV channels.


EBS Pro satellite scaning software is now freeware. If you have a satellite tuner card in your pc this is a great tool for scanning for signals and investigating non standard stuff.

get it from the website http://ebspro.net/

EBSpro v16 has been released …and now, it is freeware!
You can use it without any limit. Everywhere.

The things have been changed, so, I decided that this is the way to go now.
Your license key will still work in old versions, but after v16 (included) you don’t need to register it. It simply will work.

Not so much changes this time, but well, it includes great fixes and improvements … and also, a new feature that is in my to-do list looooong time ago.

Maybe you’re asking yourself why EBSpro is freeware now …
The main reason is time. I don’t have the free time that I had before, so I can’t offer the kind of support and updates like I did over the years …
So, to reduce costs and time that I need to dedicate to this, I removed SatFeeds and DVBHispano and also, the support and updates speed of EBSpro.
Doing this, now I can make EBSpro free of charge.
As you may know, this means less support and less updates. The donators have been enjoyined of this over the years, but the new users doesn’t have this now, at least not like the costumers.

Making the EBSpro project alive is what it matters now. I fight for it.

Now is freeware (all features unlocked)
Auto dish adjustment (beta) feature in positioner console
Fixes and improvements.


SatFeeds removed from EBSpro.

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Measat 3a 91.4E 4000 H "Sports Illustrated 3" is now encrypted.
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Thaicom 5 78.5E 3640 H "Waaberi TV" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3740 V "Fashion TV Europe" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3974 V Discovery Turbo India, Animal Planet India, Discovery Channel India, TLC India, Discovery Science India, Discovery Channel Tamil Nadu, Discovery Kids India and Investigation Discovery India have left .

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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Shop Channel、AEC(泰国)等频道加密,设置12728 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Film 2 HD替换HBO Family(泰国)频道,设置12604 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Film 2 HD替换探索科学(高清)频道,设置12604 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月3日]
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东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Onkar Only Truth(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3932 H 18330参数免费接收。 [3月2日]
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TiVo issues death warrant for Aussie personal video recorders

From http://www.smh.com.au/technology/gadgets-on-the-go/tivo-issues-death-warrant-for-aussie-personal-video-recorders-20170302-guotfg.html

After years of uncertainty Australian TiVos will lose access to the TV guide after October, leaving thousands of lounge rooms in the lurch.

The Australian TiVo service has been plagued by Electronic Program Guide outages in recent months, leaving owners unable to schedule recordings or automatically record their favourite shows. Now TiVo's Australian backer Hybrid TV (initially bankrolled by the Seven Network) intends to pull the plug on the EPG on October 31, permanently crippling the set-top boxes in Australia and New Zealand.

Time is running short for Australian TiVos as Hybrid TV prepares to pull the plug,

These TiVo recorders download their TV guide directly from Hybrid TV, rather than extracting the guide from the free-to-air broadcast signal. Access to this custom guide makes TiVos more reliable but in return leaves the set-top boxes completely reliant on the download service.

Without the downloaded guide, TiVo owners will still be able to watch free-to-air digital TV channels and manually press record, but the box won't know which program it's recording or when the program starts and finishes – basically leaving you with the functionality of an old VCR. TiVo owners will also be able to watch old recordings still stored on the TiVo's hard drive.

The old TiVo models sold in Australia from 2008 to 2013, which were never updated with newer streaming-enabled models from the US.

The Australian TiVo service was launched with great fanfare in 2008, in time for the Beijing Olympics, but was hampered by a high $699 price tag. TiVo boxes are cheaper in the US but users are required to pay a monthly subscription fee. In an age when Foxtel and Optus' pay TV networks were the country's only subscription content services, local retailers felt that Australians were not prepared to pay ongoing montly fees to watch free-to-air television.

TiVo's famed ad-skipping features were also disabled in Australia at the insistence of free-to-air lobby group Freeview, which has had several failed attempts at launching its own personal video recorders.

The Australian TiVo service has been in limbo since the video recorders disappeared from the retail shelves in 2013. Hybrid TV stopped answering the phone but Seven initially refused to concede that the Australian TiVo operations had gone into hibernation.

The experience of other countries made it clear that the Electronic Program Guide would eventually be discontinued, although UK TiVo owners were granted a 10-year stay of execution on the EPG after the boxes were withdrawn from sale in 2002.

The TiVo's reliable program guide and easy to use menus has gained it a loyal following in Australia – with faithful users hoping in vain that the US parent company would revive the local service and release the new generation of US TiVos which support Netflix and other streaming services. There were rumours for a while that the US giant would intervene but they dried up after Australia's analogue switch off and streaming video explosion.

Hybrid TV "discourages" the use of Australian TiVos after October and is offering a $100 trade-in deal on a Fetch TV Mighty recorder, currently Australia's closest equivalent to a TiVo which supports modern streaming services. To take advantage of the deal, available via Harvey Norman, the trade-in TiVo must have connected to the EPG download service in the last six months as of yesterday – meaning old TiVos which have been sitting idle for several years won't be eligible.

To be honest, it's a $100 discount on the Fetch TV Mighty's $399 RRP and Harvey Norman has had the box on special at around $300 a few times in the last year, I bought one for my mother-in-law just after Christmas for $299 after she grew tired of the TiVo EPG outages.

Australian TiVo owners have known for years that their set-top box was living on borrowed time, but many homes will still struggle with the change. With the death of TiVo, which device will take pride of place in your lounge room?

The (NZ) TiVo Service is Coming to an End

From Tivo

We are sad to report that we reach the end of our TiVo license this year and the TiVo Service is coming to an end in New Zealand on 31 October 2017.

The TiVo Service is what delivers electronic programming guide data to your TiVo device each day, so without it, there will be no electronic programming guide and TiVo recording features such as Season Pass and WishList will stop working. For more information on what will and will not work after 31 October see "What does this mean for you and your TiVo after 31 October?"

We thank you for your support.

What does the end of the TiVo Service mean for you and your TiVo after 31 October?

TiVo End of Service

The TiVo Service is what delivers electronic programming guide data to your TiVo device each day, so without it, there will be no electronic programming guide after 7 days, and the following features will stop working:

Season Pass recording functionality;
WishList recording functionality;
TiVo Suggestions recording functionality;
TiVo Genie remote scheduling functionality.

If you are using your TiVo device with an old analogue TV to convert and receive digital channels, this will still work, and you will still be able to record items manually if you know the start and approximate end time for each program, but it will be a lot more difficult to do without the Electronic Programming Guide.

Finally, you won’t be able to run a Guided Setup or Clear & Delete on your device, as it will not be able to get past the network connection step. We do not recommend running your TiVo beyond the life of the TiVo Service, as only minimal features will be available for use.

Airways NZ satellite tracking trial could cut risk of a repeat of MH370 disappearance tragedy

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11810648

Airways will trial a satellite system that continually tracks planes across vast ocean areas, cutting the risk of an aircraft vanishing as Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 did nearly three years ago.

The new system will give air traffic controllers another layer of surveillance but it doesn't guarantee against the possibility of someone aboard the plane disabling equipment to prevent tracking.

Airways is working with United States firm Aireon which has launched 10 of a constellation of 66 satellites in near space which will start sending test data back to the New Zealand air traffic controller from June.

Airways' chief operating officer Pauline Lamb said the state-owned enterprise would examine what the data from the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system meant for airline customers and their passengers.

"Instead of having data and surveillance from hilltop sites you've got satellites going around the world and feeding information from the top down which gives us a good picture of where aircraft are," she said.

"At the moment we've got a really good picture of domestic traffic and in and out of local airports but we're trying to fine-tune the arrival times of international traffic and avoid congestion at Auckland especially with that growth."

The technology would have safety benefits too.

Three years ago next week MH370 with 239 people aboard went missing on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. One theory is that its transmitting equipment was deliberately disabled and the plane changed course and crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean after controllers lost contact with it.

Malaysia, military agencies deliberately withholding radar data that could help find MH370

Lamb said in Airways' 30 million square kilometres of airspace there were already layers of tracking that minimises such an occurrence. Aircraft communicate with controllers on the ground and their airline through a datalink system or voice calls every eight minutes (nearly half the international minimum interval).

Controllers also knew where the aircraft was meant to be through plotting and when the next communication was due.

"We've got massive amounts of alerts and bits and pieces if that doesn't happen," said Lamb.

"You can never say never but the amount of systems we have in place puts us in quite a different place to MH370."

But even the ADSB transponder could be turned off and those on the ground potentially oblivious, she said.

Aireon expects to have all its satellites launched - via Elon Musk's Space X rockets - by the first quarter of next year, providing total coverage of the globe. It will receive signals every one to eight seconds from all equipped planes.

Most planes are equipped with the transmitting technology.

Lamb said Airways should have a clear picture of the use of the system within 18 months of the trial starting.

Nearly 2 in 5 Kiwis have SVoD

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/03/01/nearly-2-in-5-kiwis-have-svod/

Nearly 2 in 5 Kiwis now have SVoD – and 1 in 10 already have at least two services in the home,

Over a million New Zealanders now have Netflix—but Lightbox is the faster growing SVoD provider in the country, Roy Morgan Research shows.

By the end of 2016, an estimated 1,066,000 New Zealanders aged 14+ subscribed to Netflix—up 56 per cent compared with 684,000 in December 2015.

However the number of Kiwis with Lightbox more than doubled over the period, from 285,000 to 630,000.

Of course, the SVoD market isn’t a zero-sum game. What at first seems like a never-ending catalogue might seem a tad incomplete after a few months of binge-watching. At the end of 2015, only 108,000 Kiwis had both Netflix and Lightbox; a year later this had more than tripled to 337,000.

Between them, Neon and Quickflix only reached around 127,000 Kiwis in the December 2016 quarter. Altogether 1.4 million Kiwis aged 14+ (37 per cent) have one or more of these four SVoD services in the home, up from 900,000 at the close of 2015. Over one in four subscribers now have two or more of these SVoD services in the home, up from one in six a year earlier.

Classified US satellite launched from California

From http://www.redwoodtimes.com/general-news/20170301/classified-us-satellite-launched-from-california

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A rocket carrying a classified U.S. satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office has been launched from California.

The Atlas 5 rocket lifted off at 9:49 a.m. Wednesday and roared away into a clear sky over Vandenberg Air Force Base.

All systems were going well when the launch webcast concluded about five minutes into the flight, as is customary during such missions.

The satellite dubbed NROL-79 is described only as a national security payload for the NRO.

The once-secret office operates an array of intelligence-gathering satellites.

The launch was conducted by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, and the Air Force's 30th Space Wing.

YouTube Made `Big Mistake' Omitting CNN From Bundle, Turner Says

From https://www.bloombergquint.com/technology/2017/03/01/youtube-made-big-mistake-omitting-cnn-from-bundle-turner-says

(Bloomberg) -- YouTube made a “big mistake” by leaving CNN, TNT and TBS out of its new $35-a-month online TV service, the head of those networks said Wednesday.

“It’s hard to imagine an attractive package without Turner,” John Martin, chief executive officer of the Time Warner Inc. cable division, said in an interview, citing the company’s entertainment, sports, news and children’s programming.
YouTube, owned by Google, on Tuesday became the latest company to unveil a so-called “skinny bundle, ” a slimmed-down live online TV service with fewer channels at a lower price. While other such offerings -- AT&T Inc.’s DirecTV Now, Sony PlayStation Vue and Dish Network Corp.’s Sling TV -- have included Turner channels, YouTube is the first to launch without them.

Executive at media companies see new online TV services as a way to recapture consumers who have dropped their pay-TV service or never signed up at all. While the new services are offsetting some subscriber losses, Martin predicted they are going to struggle.

“They are all having a difficult time putting together optimal packages,” he said, adding that Turner is open to joining YouTube’s service. “Our strategy is still the same. We want to be in as many packages as possible.”

Media companies have built their businesses on two revenue sources: advertising and fees from pay-TV providers. They typically require cable and satellite systems to carry all of their channels, not just the most popular ones. That’s forced new TV services to be selective about which networks they carry to keep prices down. The three other skinny bundles in the market have about 2 million U.S. subscribers, Martin said recently.

AT&T Inc., which owns DirecTV and is the largest U.S. pay-TV provider, has agreed to buy Time Warner Inc. for $85.4 billion.

YouTube Assortment

YouTube will deliver an assortment of major television channels for $35 a month, starting sometime mid-June or sooner. Subscribers to YouTube TV will be able to watch the top four broadcast networks -- ABC, NBC, Fox and CBS -- and 35 or so of their cable channels, including ESPN, Disney Channel, MSNBC, National Geographic and Fox News.

YouTube subscribers won’t be able to watch anything from Viacom Inc. (Comedy Central, MTV), Discovery Communications Inc. (Discovery, Animal Planet), AMC Networks Inc., A+E Networks (History, A&E), or Turner, to name a few.

Replicating the entire cable-TV bundle would have been too costly, says Susan Wojcicki, chief executive officer of YouTube. Instead, her team targeted a selection of channels that would deliver the essential elements -- particularly live sports.

UK broadcasters win TVCatchup copyright ruling

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/03/02/uk-broadcasters-win-tvcatchup-copyright-ruling/

Legislation in EU member states should not state that broadcast copyright is not infringed when it is immediately retransmitted by cable where it was initially broadcast, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled in the latest move in a dispute between UK free-to-air commercial broadcasters ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, and UK-based streaming service TVCatchup (TVC).

The broadcasters had claimed that TVC infringed their copyright by allowing the ‘live’ streaming of their broadcasts free of charge, suing TVC in the English High Court, contending that UK law prevents such a communication of works to the public.

The court referred a request for a preliminary ruling concerning the interpretation of the concept of ‘communication to the public’ in article 3(1) of Directive 2001/29 to the CJEU, which affirmed that online streaming was a “communication to the public”.

Subsequently, the High Court ruled that TVC had infringed the broadcasters’ copyright, but that it could rely on a defence under section 73 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 which covers ‘Reception and re-transmission of wireless broadcast by cable’. In response, the broadcasters appealed to the English Court of Appeal, challenging the section 73 defence.

The Court of Appeal stayed the appeal pending a further reference to the CJEU.

The CJEU found that, as regards the objective of Directive 2001/29, the principal objective of that directive is to establish a high level of protection of authors, allowing them to obtain an appropriate reward for the use of their works, including on the occasion of communication to the public In the present case, and that it was “common ground” that the retransmission at issue in the main proceedings does not fall within the scope of any of the exceptions and limitations set out exhaustively in Article 5 of Directive 2001/29.

In conclusion, the CJEU said the concept of ‘access to cable of broadcasting services’, must be interpreted as not covering, and not permitting, national legislation which provides that copyright is not infringed in the case of the immediate retransmission by cable, including, where relevant, via the Internet, in the area of initial broadcast, of works broadcast on television channels subject to public service obligations.

The broadcasters said they were delighted that the European court had ruled that their channels should not be retransmitted online or on cable without authorisation, suggesting that the finding recognised the vital importance of IP protection in maximising investment in original UK TV content and preventing “free-riding”.

The broadcasters noted that the government has already confirmed that section 73 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 is no longer relevant and will be repealed as part of the Digital Economy Bill 2016-17. The government recently published its response to a technical consultation it held on the transitional arrangements that would apply following the repeal of that section of the Act.

“Following this judgment, we now look forward to its immediate removal, as the government has promised to Parliament,” they concluded.


The Sky operated "Igloo" DVB T2 terrestrial service has switched off as planned. The decoders have been firmware updated to turn them into Freeview friendly units

Wednesday feeds

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V-Nova compression demo by Thaicom for 4K/8K

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/28/v-nova-compression-demo-by-thaicom-for-4k8k/

V-Nova’s Perseus compression system is being used by satellite operator Thaicom in a special demonstration to clients at a workshop on how broadcasters could move into 4K and 8K transmissions.

Thaicom is using Perseus to show UHD distribution of premium sports over satellite “at a revolutionary low data rate,” according to a press statement. “The breakthrough achievement will allow sports services to deliver UHD sports content more effectively and cost-efficiently,” adds the release.

The solution will be part of a workshop on ‘4K/8K TV broadcasting and production equipment’ organised by Office of The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Thailand and Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Japan, on February 28th at Century Park Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.

GomSpace to supply 3 satellites for Sky and Space Global constellation

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/GomSpace_selected_for_the_delivery_of_a_constellation_of_satellites_to_Sky_and_Space_Global_999.html

GomSpace ApS a subsidiary of GS Sweden AB has been selected by and has entered into a procurement contract with the UK company Sky and Space Global (UK) Ltd. to develop and deliver a constellation of satellites within a 4 year period.

The first delivery of satellites will be in 2018. The revenue will be distributed over the term of the agreement. The total value of this order is depending on several options including development, services and choice of satellites and will therefore range between approximately EUR 35.0 and 55.0 million.

"GomSpace is extremely excited to be part of this ground-breaking project from Sky and Space Global (UK) Ltd. With this project, we believe that Sky and Space Global, seconded by GomSpace, is on the verge of a breakthrough for nanosatellites in the professional low-earth orbit satellite business," says Niels Buus, CEO of GomSpace.

"We are getting very close to the launch of our first 3 Diamonds mission, to which GomSpace is already a key supplier, and our goal is to build a communication network based on a constellation of nanosatellites.

"This contract with GomSpace is another step towards a commercial, revenue generating service. We are very happy to continue working with GomSpace which have proven their value and capabilities," says Meir Moalem, CEO of Sky and Space Global Ltd.

SoftBank drives Intelsat, OneWeb merger

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/28/softbank-seeks-intelsat-and-oneweb-merger/

Japan’s telco giant SoftBank is the catalyst in bringing together old-established Intelsat and embryonic satellite operator OneWeb, into a merger.

In essence, the agreement sees SoftBank inject $1.7 billion (€1.6bn) of new equity into debt-heavy Intelsat. At the end of 2016, SoftBank invested $1 billion into Jersey, Channel Islands-based OneWeb. Intelsat was already a minor investor in OneWeb.

“The debt exchange offers, announced today, together with the proceeds of the SoftBank investment are intended to reduce Intelsat’s debt by approximately $3.6 billion, assuming the minimum level of participation in the debt exchange offers is achieved. Either party can terminate the agreement and SoftBank can terminate its investment if the debt exchange offers have not been successfully completed within 90 days of the date of the agreement,” said a joint statement.

Stephen Spengler, CEO at Intelsat, said, “We believe that combining Intelsat with OneWeb will create an industry leader unique in its ability to provide affordable broadband anywhere in the world. As an early equity investor in OneWeb, we recognized a network that was a complement to our next-generation Intelsat EpicNG fleet and a fit with our long-term strategy. By merging OneWeb’s LEO satellite constellation and innovative technology with our global scale, terrestrial infrastructure and GEO satellite network, we will create advanced solutions that address the need for ubiquitous broadband. The transaction, including SoftBank’s investment, will significantly strengthen Intelsat’s capital structure and accelerate our ability to unlock new applications, such as connected vehicles, as well as advanced services for our existing customers in the enterprise, wireless infrastructure, mobility, media and government sectors, while also reducing execution and other risks.”

Greg Wyler, Founder and Executive Chairman of OneWeb, said: “OneWeb has made incredible technical progress over the past year, and has itself attracted significant investment from SoftBank. With SoftBank’s support we will build the world’s first truly global broadband company, accelerating our mission of bridging the digital divide by connecting the four billion people without access today. While there are numerous growth paths available to OneWeb, we are very excited at the prospect of working with Intelsat on this shared objective.”

Masayoshi Son, Chairman/CEO of SoftBank, said: “We are in the midst of a technological revolution and, provided we receive the necessary cooperation from Intelsat bondholders, we welcome the opportunity to support OneWeb as it creates the foundation for next-generation global internet services anywhere on the planet. This combination is consistent with SoftBank’s strategy of investing in disruptive, foundational technologies that are building the infrastructure for tomorrow, and this proposal offers a win-win opportunity to accelerate OneWeb’s mission while enhancing the Intelsat balance sheet.”

Intelsat also confirmed its Q4 and full-year results on February 28th. Q4 revenues were $550.7 million. Full-year 2016 revenues were $2.188 billion. Contracted backlog was $8.7 billion.

Before the deal was confirmed, investment bank Exane/BNP-Paribas said such a move would alleviate balance sheet pressure on Intelsat and improve the competitiveness of Intelsat-OneWeb in the Data, Mobility and Government business. “The competitive benefits of the Intelsat-OneWeb merger might be strongest in the Data and Government business where OneWeb innovative technology might generate lower price points and a competitive edge. On the other hand, the Trump administration plans for a $54 billion increase in the US defense budget (the highest in a decade) might prove a more important driving force for Eutelsat and SES government businesses if actually enacted.”

The bank also asks: “We also question the appeal of such merger from the OneWeb side. While benefits for a troubled Intelsat are clear, the benefits of this merger for OneWeb are less straightforward. OneWeb claims to be the disruptor in the Space economy with an innovative technology. So the need to merge with yesterday’s leader [Intelsat] is unclear.”

YouTube TV Unveiled With ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC

From http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/currency/youtube-tv-unveiled-abc-cbs-fox-and-nbc/163686

Service features live streaming plus cloud-based DVR for $35

YouTube Tuesday unveiled its virtual MVPD service, dubbed YouTube TV.

At $35 a month, all of the major broadcast networks are represented.

The service also provides a cloud DVR with unlimited storage.

Subscribers will be able to watch all of the original programming on the YouTube Red subscription service.

Each membership comes with six accounts, each with its own recommendations and personal DVR. Up to three streams can be watched at the same time.

YouTube said the new service will be available soon in the largest U.S. markets and quickly expand to cover more cities across the country.

In addition to the broadcast networks, YouTube TV includes dozens of cable channels, such as ESPN, USA, FX, Disney Channel, MSNBC, Fox News, Sprout, E! and Bravo--all owned by media companies that own broadcasters. Also included are the Fox and Comcast regional sports networks.

Among the programmers not included at launch are Turner, AMC, Scripps and Viacom.

Analyst Rich Greenfield notes that NFL games will be viewable on TV and PC, but not on mobile. Also that ad-skipping is permitted on DVR content.

YouTube TV will compete against both established pay-TV distributors and a group of new virtual multichannel video programming distributors that have sprung up in the past year.

Those include Dish Network's Sling TV, Sony's PlayStation Vue and AT&T's DirecTV Now. Hulu is supposed to come out with its live streaming service shortly as well.

For programmers, the rise of virtual MVPDs has been seen as a way to alleviate the drop in traditional pay-TV subscribers. That drop has in turn cut into the growth of distribution revenues for cable networks.

Most of these new distributors are offering a smaller bundle of channels. That has sometimes been referred to as a skinny bundle or a core bundle. And being included at the right price has been the focus of negotiations between programmers and distributors for the past year.

The lower-priced offerings are designed to primarily attract young consumers who have either cut the cord or are cord never, who have never had a pay-TV subscription.

“YouTube TV will provide an opportunity to reach a young, mobile-first audience with an attractive multichannel offering,” said Justin Connolly, executive VP of affiliate sales and marketing, Disney and ESPN Media Networks. “By seamlessly integrating live event programming with on-demand content, we are able to deliver a unique video experience that appeals to those not currently in the pay TV universe.”

CBS has its own subscription streaming service, CBS All Access but has been eager to get its contient distributed on these newer platforms as well.

“YouTube’s new live TV service will enhance what is already a terrific platform,” said Ray Hopkins, President, Television Networks Distribution, CBS Corporation. “We’re pleased that CBS -- the most-watched network – will be an important part of it, and we look forward to expanding our partnership in the years to come.”

CBS has not yet come to an agreement to put its programming DirecTV Now.

“Joining the YouTube platform is an exciting step forward for us," said

The lower-priced offerings are designed to primarily attract young consumers who have either cut the cord or are cord never, who have never had a pay-TV subscription.

“YouTube TV will provide an opportunity to reach a young, mobile-first audience with an attractive multichannel offering,” said Justin Connolly, executive VP of affiliate sales and marketing, Disney and ESPN Media Networks. “By seamlessly integrating live event programming with on-demand content, we are able to deliver a unique video experience that appeals to those not currently in the pay TV universe.”

CBS has its own subscription streaming service, CBS All Access but has been eager to get its contient distributed on these newer platforms as well.

“YouTube’s new live TV service will enhance what is already a terrific platform,” said Ray Hopkins, President, Television Networks Distribution, CBS Corporation. “We’re pleased that CBS -- the most-watched network – will be an important part of it, and we look forward to expanding our partnership in the years to come.”

CBS has not yet come to an agreement to put its programming DirecTV Now.

“Joining the YouTube platform is an exciting step forward for us," said Freddy Flaxman, COO at The Weather Channel. "We created Local Now to give modern audiences the targeted news, weather, traffic, and lifestyle content they’re looking for on a platform that’s familiar to them. It’s great to be working with a company that shares our desire to innovate and create content that truly meets young people’s needs.”

Rupert Murdoch’s Sky bid could soon face UK investigation

From https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/feb/28/murdoch-sky-bid-uk-takeover-ofcom-21st-century-fox-eu

Culture secretary expected to refer takeover to Ofcom after 21st Century Fox formally notifies EU competition regulator

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox is expected to formally notify the European competition regulator of its £11.7bn takeover offer for Sky later this week, after which the UK culture secretary will have to decide whether to launch an investigation into the extent of Murdoch’s control of UK media.

From the point the European commission makes Fox’s bid notification public, Karen Bradley will have 10 working days to decide whether to issue a public interest intervention notice, or PIIN.

Bradley will have to examine what concerns, if any, are raised by the deal and she will look at areas including the potential concentration of media power and whether there needs to be a test to determine whether Fox is committed to the required editorial standards, such as accuracy and impartial news coverage.

Sky takeover deal – all you need to know

Fox’s deal to snap up the 61% of Sky it does not already own will give Murdoch control of Sky News and pay-TV operations in the UK, Germany, Austria and Italy.

His ownership of UK news media also includes the Times, the Sunday Times and the Sun as well as radio group TalkSport, which he controls through a separate company, News Corp.

Given the level of opposition to Murdoch’s first bid for Sky in 2011, which was eventually abandoned because of the fallout from the phone-hacking scandal that was engulfing his UK newspapers, Bradley is expected to refer the deal to media regulator Ofcom.

If asked, Ofcom will carry out a public interest test on the deal, reporting back within 40 days. If there are no concerns, Bradley must clear the bid.

If Ofcom raises concerns, however, she must decide whether to accept an undertaking from Fox to address them. In 2011, Murdoch’s bid for Sky resulted in a deal to spin off Sky News to quell media plurality issues before the takeover was abandoned.

Murdoch’s son James, now chief executive of Fox and chairman of Sky, has already said he does not believe any “meaningful concessions” will need to be made to authorities this time round.

European regulators have up to 25 days to look at competition issues but are almost certain to clear the takeover as they previously gave the greenlight to the original bid late in 2010, as well as Sky’s 2014 £7bn deal to buy its sister operations in Germany and Italy.

In a submission to Bradley on Tuesday, the Media Reform Coalition and online activist network Avaaz called for Murdoch’s Sky bid to be rejected on competition grounds alone.

The campaigners published new reseach which they claimed showed that the overall market shares of both Murdoch-owned newspapers as well as Sky remain “materially unchanged” since 2011, when media regulator Ofcom raised concerns about the previous takeover bid.

Justin Schlosberg, chair of the coalition, said the situation in terms of media competition was “definitely no better than last time and probably worse”.

In support he cited the fact that the Sun’s audience reach had increased after the removal of the paywall for its digital content despite declining print circulation; the increased reach for Sky television services through digital services such as Youtube; and research from Cardiff university last year that the newspapers had a disproportionate impact on broadcasters.

Cardiff University research on coverage of the 2015 general election “demonstrates the influence of national newspapers – and News UK titles in particular – over the issue agenda of broadcasters including the BBC”, it said.

An Ofcom investigation found in 2012 that Sky remained a “fit and proper” owner of a broadcast licence, despite the phone-hacking affair that embroiled its then parent company. However, it published a scathing assessment of James Murdoch – then the chief executive of his father’s UK newspaper group and chairman of Sky – finding that his conduct repeatedly fell short of the standards expected.

Ofcom has the right at any stage to launch a new investigation. However, the regulator has had a chance to air any concerns about James Murdoch and Sky since it was announced he was returning as chairman in January.

In October, he had to rely on the support of Fox, Sky’s largest shareholder, to win approval for his return after more than 50% of independent shareholders voted against his reappointment.

Ed Miliband asks Ofcom for inquiry into Rupert Murdoch Sky bid

Rupert Murdoch’s last bid brought together an unlikely alliance of media groups to oppose the deal including BT, the BBC, Channel 4 and the publishers of the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and Guardian.

So far, only a number of Fox and Sky’s pay-TV rivals have said that they intend to voice their opposition to the alleged dominance the deal will give Murdoch bidding for top-flight sport, movies and TV shows.

Fox could make formal notification to the the European commission as soon as Thursday, which happens to coincide with James Murdoch speaking at the annual Enders Analysis media and telecoms conference in London, although it could slip into next week.

Fox and Sky declined to comment.

Sony India completes phase 1 of TEN Sports acquisition

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/28/sony-india-completes-phase-1-of-ten-sports-acquisition/

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) and its affiliates have completed the first phase of a two-phase acquisition of the TEN Sports Network from Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEE) and its subsidiaries.

Following the completion of this phase of the acquisition, SPN’s cluster of nine sports channels will now include: Sony SIX, Sony Six HD, Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD, TEN 1, TEN 1 HD, TEN 2, TEN 3, and TEN Golf HD

Certain other operations and assets will be included in the final phase of the acquisition, subject to certain closing conditions, which is expected to be completed in the next few months.

NP Singh, CEO, Sony Pictures Networks India, commented: “I am delighted that the teams from SPN and ZEE have completed this core phase of the transaction in good time. SPN is now equipped, better than ever, to offer its viewers premium sporting content with a sports portfolio that includes every major sport and many international as well as domestic leagues. We are now stepping into the integration process to facilitate a seamless transition.”



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NBN rural customers lose satellite connection, technicians forced to turn it off and on again

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-28/nbn-rural-customers-lose-satellite-connection-to-internet/8310170

The Sky Muster satellite designed to deliver broadband internet services to more than 200,000 rural and remote Australians.

A failure of the National Broadband Network (NBN) Sky Muster satellite left about 65,000 consumers across regional and remote Australia without internet access for about two hours last night.

The problem occurred just a day before tonight's decommissioning of the NBN's Interim Satellite Service (ISS), which Sky Muster is replacing.

NBN Queensland spokeswoman Kylie Lindsay told the ABC reliability was an ongoing issue with Sky Muster and that NBN was investigating what caused the latest failure, which happened about 6:00pm.

"Our priority, of course, is to always get people back online as quickly as possible," she said.

"There is no problem with the satellite — it was a technical issue on the ground.

"We've done all sorts of things like a number of different upgrades and the feedback we are getting from consumers is the reliability is improving."

Internet services resumed after technicians in Melbourne shut down and restarted the system.

Consumer advocate Kristy Sparrow said reliability is a huge issue with Sky Muster and it has to be sorted.

"Every outage causes great angst in the bush," she said.

"Some people are hanging off switching to Sky Muster because they're worried about reliability, but they really need to put that aside because they will have no connection as of tonight.

"I know of people who tried to connect to Sky Muster in 2015 who are still not connected due to the cancellation of up to 10 planned installations."

Ms Sparrow said the NBN had made great efforts in recent months using helicopters to connect people in the Kimberly and other remote areas, but the wet season had made it difficult.

The Sky Muster satellite services about 240,000 people, including anyone with no access to fixed-wire or fixed-line services, which can also include people living on the fringe of urban areas.

About 40,000 people across the nation have moved from ISS to Sky Muster or other technologies.

The NBN said there were several hundred people who had not yet switched over or made other arrangements, who will have no internet service from tomorrow.

Sky & Space nano-satellites ready for landmark launch

From https://thewest.com.au/business/public-companies/sky-space-nano-satellites-ready-for-landmark-launch-ng-b88400144z

ASX-listed Sky and Space Global have hit another major milestone in the countdown to the launch of its "3 Diamonds" nano-satellites project after they were designated ready for launch following the completion of final testing in Europe.

The company said on Monday that its first three nano-satellites received the designation from the Perth-based company's construction partner, Danish nano-satellite producer Gomspace, who were responsible for integration and verification testing on the miniature satellite devices.

In the update, Sky and Space said that with final testing now complete, the "3 Diamonds" nano-satellites would be transported to Innovative Space Logistics’ facilities in the Netherlands where they would be integrated into their "Quadpack" launch pod.

Innovative Space Logistics are a world leader in small satellite launch integration and they have already headed-up 12 previous successful missions on the Indian Space Research Organisation's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, which earlier this month completed a world record launch of 104 satellites.

This is the same launch vehicle that will catapult Sky and Space Global’s nano-satellites into space in the second quarter of this year.

Sky and Space Global CEO Meir Moalem said: "Achieving Ready for Launch designation for our nano-satellites is a substantial milestone for Sky and Space Global. I am very happy we have met every milestone we have set for ourselves.”

"With the testing and construction of our 3 Diamonds nano-satellites complete, we look forward to launching our 3 Diamonds aboard the ISRO's PSLV for our first commercial inflight demonstration."

The milestone launch is a key part of the company’s plan to launch up to 200 nano-satellites into orbit from mid-2018. The company’s miniature satellite technology, which is much smaller and cheaper but just as effective as traditional satellites, will target industries such as shipping and aviation and regional areas that are currently poorly serviced by existing telco players.

Earlier this month, the company received a boost after signing a deal with the US Department of Defence for the provision of space situational awareness services to ensure the safety of the company’s nano-satellites whilst in space.

Sentinel-2B satellite ready for launch from Kourou

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Sentinel_2B_satellite_ready_for_launch_from_Kourou_999.html

The telescope structures and the mirrors are made of silicon carbide, which provides very high optical stability and minimizes any thermo-elastic deformation to give an excellent geometric image which is unprecedented in this category of optical imagers.

Sentinel-2B, Europe's next Copernicus satellite is being readied by engineers from Airbus for a 7 March 2017 lift-off from Kourou, French Guiana. Sentinel-2B will be the fifth satellite of Europe's environmental monitoring programme Copernicus to be launched. Copernicus is an operational programme led by the European Commission (EC) in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA). The Copernicus Sentinels supply remote sensing data of the Earth to deliver key operational services related to environment and security.

"Sentinel-2B is the next important milestone in Europe's Copernicus programme for which Airbus is a key contributor. With two highly sophisticated satellites the Sentinel-2 mission will reach its full capability," said Nicolas Chamussy, Head of Space Systems at Airbus, "and the wide ranging user community will get more "colourful" data in near real-time."

Offering 'colour vision' for the Copernicus programme, Sentinel-2 delivers optical images from the visible to short-wave infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum. From an altitude of 786 kilometres the 1.1 ton satellites provide images in 13 spectral bands with a resolution of 10, 20 or 60 metres and a uniquely large swath width of 290 km. The optical design of the Multi Spectral Instruments (MSI) has been optimised to achieve state-of-the-art imaging quality across its very wide field of view.

The telescope structures and the mirrors are made of silicon carbide, which provides very high optical stability and minimizes any thermo-elastic deformation to give an excellent geometric image which is unprecedented in this category of optical imagers.

The data gathered are used for monitoring land use and changes, soil sealing, land management, agriculture, forestry, natural disasters (floods, forest fires, landslides, erosion) and to assist humanitarian aid missions. Environmental observation in coastal areas likewise forms part of these activities, as does glacier, ice and snow monitoring.

The Sentinel-2 mission is based on a constellation of two identical satellites in the same orbit, 180 apart for optimal coverage and data delivery. The satellites are orbiting the Earth every 100 minutes covering all Earth's land surfaces, large islands, inland and coastal waters every five days. Sentinel-2A, which is identical in design, was launched on 23 June 2015.

The Sentinel-2 mission has been made possible thanks to the close collaboration between ESA, the European Commission, industry, service providers and data users. Its development has involved more than 40 companies, led by Airbus in Germany for the satellites and Airbus in France for the multispectral instruments, while Airbus in Spain is responsible for the mechanical satellite structure.

The mission has been supported by the French space agency CNES to provide expertise in image processing and calibration, and by the German Aerospace Center DLR that provided the laser communication payload, developed by Tesat Spacecom, a subsidiary of Airbus in Germany. This piece of technology allows the Sentinel-2 satellites to transmit data via laser to satellites in geostationary orbit carrying the European Data Relay System (EDRS) developed by Airbus for ESA. This SpaceDataHighway allows large volumes of data to be relayed very quickly so that information can be even more readily available for users.

As of February 2017, a total of 63,981users self-registered on the Sentinels Scientific Data Hub. About 484,000 products are available for download, with a total volume of 585 TB. Overall, a total volume of 2.74 petabytes has been downloaded by the user communities.

Copernicus EO Program
Copernicus is the most ambitious Earth observation programme to date. It will provide accurate, timely and easily accessible information to improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure civil security. This initiative is headed by the European Commission (EC) in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Environment Agency (EEA).

ESA is responsible for the coordination of the space component of the programme and coordinating the delivery of data from more than 30 contributing satellites and operates - in tandem with Eumetsat - the Sentinel satellites while the EEA is responsible for data from airborne and ground sensors. The EC, acting on behalf of the European Union, is responsible for the overall initiative, setting requirements and managing the services.

The Sentinel satellites
ESA is developing seven Sentinel missions specifically for Copernicus, the first of which - Sentinel-1A with a radar instrument built by Airbus - was launched in April 2014. The Sentinels provide a unique set of observations, which started with the all-weather, day and night radar images from Sentinel-1, and continue with optical images from Sentinel-2.

Airbus is core partner in the Copernicus Programme leading 5 of 7 Copernicus Missions as Prime Contractor: Sentinel-2, -4, -5P, -5, -6 and contributes significantly to Sentinel-1 (Radar-Instrument) and Sentinel-3 (MWR-Instrument).

Ergen to buy Inmarsat?

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/27/ergen-to-buy-inmarsat/

London-based satellite operator Inmarsat is again being talked about as a take-over target. The Financial Times reported that Inmarsat could be a target for EchoStar.

This time it is Charlie Ergen, founder of Dish Network and the EchoStar technology company who seems to have started the rumour mill. The FT reports that Ergen discussed possible industry consolidation, and various banks have specifically highlighted Inmarsat as a possible target for Ergen.

The FT said: “Analysts have long identified Inmarsat as a potential target for EchoStar, as the companies’ spectrum licences could dovetail to create a global hybrid mobile-and-satellite network.”

Analysts at Macquarie bank said that EchoStar could afford to pay “well above” £10 per share for Inmarsat.

Israel's Spacecom begins operating Amos-7 satellite

From http://www.businessinsider.com/r-israels-spacecom-begins-operating-amos-7-satellite-2017-2/?r=AU&IR=T

JERUSALEM, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Israel's Space Communications has begun operating a new communications satellite, Amos-7, it said on Monday, a major milestone after it lost two satellites in the past two years.

Amos-7 will replace the aging Amos-2 and provide service to clients in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. This was one of the tasks meant to be carried out by the Amos-6 satellite that was destroyed last September in Florida when a SpaceX launcher exploded.

Spacecom had lost contact with another of its satellites in 2015.

Amos-7 is the first addition to Spacecom's fleet since the Florida explosion. It has been in orbit since 2014 and was obtained in an agreement with Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings at a cost of $22 million a year for four years, with an option to extend for an additional year.

"The satellite is a key element in expanding our multi-regional growth patterns and enhancing the array of communications – broadcast, broadband and data – that we can provide," said senior vice president of sales Jacob Keret.

Spacecom has also announced it was buying a satellite from Boeing Satellite Systems International for $161 million.

Israel's Eurocom Holdings owns 64 percent of Spacecom, whose shares were up 2.7 percent in afternoon trading in Tel Aviv but are down some 37 percent since Amos-6 was destroyed.

Facebook video app for Samsung Smart TVs

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/28/facebook-video-app-for-samsung-smart-tvs/

Samsung Electronics has confirmed that the new Facebook video app for TV is available on Samsung Smart TVs, including its 2017 QLED TV lineup and the app will be available on all of its 2015, 2016, 2017 Smart TV models. Samsung is the only TV manufacturer that will support the app at its launch, which it claims further solidifies its role as the global leader in TV.

“It is a pleasure to bring the world’s social network to Samsung Smart TV users, as well as continue to see the value of Samsung Smart TV, as a platform, growing,” said Sangsook Han, Vice President of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “We will continue in our innovation on various fronts, including technologies and partnerships, to make sure our consumers can enjoy a wider variety of services.”

The new Facebook video app for TV is a new way to enjoy Facebook videos on a bigger screen. Through the app, users can watch videos shared by friends or Pages they follow, top live videos from around the world, and recommended videos based on their interests.

To access the app, users can simply log into their Samsung Smart Hub and download the application. Following a prompt for a one-time Facebook login, they can begin enjoying and discovering new content.

Earlier in 2017, Samsung announced its elevated Smart TV offerings, which focus on a unified, simple user experience tailored to address consumer pain points. With the new features, users will be able to control all devices connected to their TV via one source, the Samsung One Remote. Additionally, users can now enjoy their favourite live TV programmes and video-on-demand services directly on TV with a simple click on Smart View mobile app.

This enhanced Smart Hub platform was rolled out on the company’s new QLED TV lineup at CES 2017. Among its features, the QLED TV lineup includes dramatically-revamped colour performance, and was the first technology in the world to be verified by one of Europe’s largest technical-scientific associations Verband der Elektrotechnik (VDE) for reproducing 100 per cent colour volume.


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Saturday feeds

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Asiasat 5 4067 H Sr 7200 "Honda LPGA Thailand" Golf
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Intelsat 17 66E 3932 H "onkar only truth" is new Fta Sid 1406 Vpid 3062 (h264) Apid 3063

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From the Dish

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Nine steps up bid for ODI, Test, BBL cricket rights

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/nine-steps-up-bid-for-odi-test-bbl-cricket-rights/news-story/d26ede375e395af4427c5787a9af92a1

Cricket Australia’s dream of a ­billion-dollar television rights payday remains on track as the Nine Network throws its hat in the ring for the first time to buy all of the sport’s television rights.

“Cricket is an important foundation of Nine’s business and it gives us a great revenue platform over summer,” Nine chief executive Hugh Marks said.

“Would we like to have all of cricket? Of course we would. We think the Big Bash has been a great innovation by Cricket Australia and certainly young audiences are engaging with that format.”

But any deal by Nine to secure all forms of cricket is predicated on the sport’s administrators making changes to the schedule as part of a radical shake-up to reflect the stunning ascent of the Big Bash League. The Big Bash will expand to 40 games next summer and Cricket Australia plans to expand the format to 60 matches by 2019 with the tournament stretching into February.

A formal tender process could begin within months, sources said, once Cricket Australia attains full clarity of the new structure of Test and one-day international cricket. The International Cricket Council is expected to formalise a new structure in April, triggering discussions over the local TV rights earlier than an expected October start date. A spokesman for Cricket Australia declined to comment.

Nine paid nearly $100 million a year to secure the rights from 2013 to 2018, after stumping up $45 million annually under the previous deal. “How we go about that (attaining those rights) will be very important for the future cost profile of the business. I just want to restate that our intention is … not to prejudice our shareholders by ramping up costs,” Mr Marks said. “We must invest in these key sports on the basis of a profitable outcome.”

With Australia’s T20 side missing star players like David Warner and Steve Smith due to the tour of India, last week’s international T20 series in Melbourne and Adelaide against Sri Lanka was effectively contested by an Australian B-team.

A late February start created a significant break from the typical end of the cricket season, and resulted in the series being pitted against big ratings franchises My Kitchen Rules and I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!

The series attracted big crowds, but ratings on Nine’s primary channel collapsed. For the first match on Friday February 17, which Sri Lanka won by five ­wickets, the audience plunged by 47 per cent, from 1.3 million viewers a year ago when Australia played India to 672,658 viewers in the five capital cities, according to OzTAM data.

The drop was less severe but still alarming for the second match on Sunday February 19, which Sri Lanka won by two ­wickets. Nine drew an audience of 698,006 viewers, a drop of 29 per cent from 989,082 viewers.

Australia won the third match on Wednesday, February 22 by 41 runs but Nine’s audience declined by 41 per cent to 591,333 viewers, down from one million viewers.

Cricket Australia bosses are about to embark on negotiations with the three main commercial networks Seven, Nine and Ten, and pay-TV providers Fox Sports and Foxtel. The current five-year $590m deal — including Ten’s payments of $20m a year for the Big Bash League — expires at the end of next summer.

With the NRL and AFL rights increasing by 70 per cent last year, cricket administrators hold lofty ambitions of breaking the $1bn mark.

The Big Bash League is expected to yield $40m-$60m a year in the new deal.

Spark offers free Netflix to customers

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11808209

Spark New Zealand has signed a partnership with video streaming service Netflix, in a bid to become a major entertainment provider.

The telco said the exclusive deal would give Spark broadband customers a subscription to Netflix's Standard plan for one year when they sign up to a 24-month Unlimited Data broadband plan.

This is the first time that Netflix has partnered with broadband in New Zealand.

The deal comes after competitor Vodafone's proposed merger with Sky Television was declined by the Commerce Commission last week. The Commission said a merger would stifle competition, especially with its premium sports content.

Forsyth Barr analyst Blair Galpin said the deal was likely a response to this.

"I suspect given the time of the deal and the announcement, this was in preparation of a potential approval by the Commerce Commission of the proposed merger," Galpin said.

"These sorts of deals typically are effective at two things: churn reduction, so holding your customers for longer, but also how you compete," he said.

"It is an advance for Spark over Vodafone but then it will be about how Vodafone responds to this, whether with a price discount or other offers."

According to Galpin, Netflix had always been a better option long-term for Spark compared with Lightbox, with the deal being tipped to happen last week.

"They'll be looking at what they plan to do with Lightbox going forward, Spark have confirmed they are still going to make the Lightbox investment ... but it's hard to know what that means [long-term]."

Spark New Zealand has signed a partnership with video streaming service Netflix, in a bid to become a major entertainment provider.

A Vodafone spokesperson said the deal was not unexpected, and Netflix worked with all telco providers.

It said Vodafone had previously offered customers a similar deal with Netflix, and currently offered deals with Sky TV.

Jason Paris, chief executive for Spark Home Mobile and Business, said by offering Netflix and its own streaming service Lightbox, it could offer customers a wider range.

"We know that our customers love Netflix and Lightbox," Paris said.

"We've just announced that Lightbox is now approaching 250,000 subscribers and we already see the popularity of Netflix in New Zealand. Around a third of the data over our broadband network on an average evening is customers streaming Netflix and Lightbox."

Paris said the announcement was a step towards Spark being the "go-to" destination for media and entertainment.

Spark chief executive Simon Moutter said the move was consistent with the company's media strategy.

"It is also consistent with our shift towards becoming a digital services provider, rather than just a traditional telco," Moutter said.

"We're growing our platform approach with a range of providers, providing a mix of digital tools to support our customers' lives."

Spark customers can get the Netflix Standard plan, which is usually $14.99 per month, for 12 months with any 24-month unlimited data broadband plan.

A Spark ADSL/VDSL/fibre unlimited plan costs $94.99 per month with no landline or $104.99 with a landline.

Sky TV's shares fell to their lowest level since mid-2009 last week, after the proposed merger with Vodafone's New Zealand business was rejected.

The announcement wiped almost $300 million off Sky TV's market value on February 23 and the shares closed last Friday at $3.77.

Spark shares ended trading last week at $3.56, the highest in almost two weeks.

Sky TV hits out at Spark-Netflix deal

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11808450

Sky Television chief executive John Fellet has hit out at Spark signing a deal with Netflix after it had played a part in "blocking" his company's merger with Vodafone.

Spark New Zealand today said it would be offering a free subscription to Netflix for a year when customers signed up to a 24-month unlimited data broadband plan, in a bid to become a major player in the entertainment space.

The deal comes after competitor Vodafone's proposed merger with Sky Television was declined by the Commerce Commission last week.

The regulator said a merger would stifle competition, especially with its premium sports content, however Fellet said this was not accurate.

"Sport is far from the only highly desirable content," Fellet said.

"Right now television series are the best we've ever seen, with premium drama attracting huge audiences and viewership worldwide. This is exactly the kind of move we anticipated in our dealings with the Commerce Commission."

"I would imagine Spark are feeling pretty chuffed at their part in blocking our merger and then being able to announce a deal like this," he said. "The irony is there for all to see."

A spokesperson for Spark said the commission was aware of its plans to partner with Netflix, and so made its decision on a "fully informed basis".

"In Thursday's ruling, the Commerce Commission highlighted that it was Sky's exclusive control of premium sports content rights that was problematic for New Zealand consumers - not general entertainment content," a spokesperson said.

"Spark's partnership with Netflix doesn't stop customers from accessing Netflix or other services directly," she said.

Spark New Zealand has signed a partnership with video streaming service Netflix, in a bid to become a major entertainment provider.

"We've put together a wholesale deal with a global content provider that makes economic sense for both parties - and as we've said before, we'd love the opportunity to do something similar with Sky in relation to sports content."

A Vodafone spokesperson said the deal was not unexpected, and Netflix worked with all telco providers.

It said Vodafone had previously offered customers a similar deal with Netflix, and currently offered deals with Sky TV.

Spark chief executive Simon Moutter said the move was consistent with the company's media strategy, and its branching out from being a traditional telco.

He said the company was growing its platform with a range of providers, including its own service Lightbox.

Forsyth Barr analyst Blair Galpin said partnering with Netflix was a good long-term move by the telco.

"It was always the view that Netflix long-term would have been the better option," Galpin said.

"Initially if the timing had worked, Spark may have considered doing a deal with them from day one rather than with Lightbox but the timing didn't work. The fact it's happened isn't a surprise but the exact timing of when this might happen was always a bit unclear."

Galpin said such deals were typically effective at reducing customer churn as well as offering a better proposition than competitors.

He said given the timing of the deal, it was likely that it had been set up in preparation for potential approval by the Commerce Commission.

"It is an advance for Spark over Vodafone but then it will be about how Vodafone responds to this, whether with a price discount or other offers," Galpin said.

Spark would be operating Netflix alongside its other video streaming service Lightbox, although Galpin said it was difficult to know what this would mean for Lightbox long-term.

Jason Paris, chief executive for Spark Home Mobile and Business, said by offering Netflix and its own streaming service Lightbox, it could offer customers a wider range.

"We know that our customers love Netflix and Lightbox," Paris said.

"We've just announced that Lightbox is now approaching 250,000 subscribers and we already see the popularity of Netflix in New Zealand.

Around a third of the data over our broadband network on an average evening is customers streaming Netflix and Lightbox."

Spark customers can get the Netflix Standard plan, which is usually $14.99 per month, for 12 months with any 24-month unlimited data broadband plan.

A Spark ADSL/VDSL/fibre unlimited plan costs $94.99 per month with no landline or $104.99 with a landline.

Sky TV's shares fell to their lowest level since mid-2009 last week, after the proposed merger with Vodafone's New Zealand business was rejected.

The announcement wiped almost $300 million off Sky TV's market value on February 23 and the shares closed last Friday at $3.77.

Spark shares ended trading last week at $3.56, the highest in almost two weeks.

Rocket to haul commercial satellites

From http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2017-02/27/content_28354164.htm

China's biggest manufacturer of carrier rockets will soon begin to develop the next-generation Long March 8 medium-lift carrier rocket to meet the demands of commercial launch service, according to a senior manager.

Li Tongyu, head of carrier rocket development at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, told China Daily that the Long March 8 will have a modular design and will use engines that have been used by the Long March 5 and Long March 7, both new rockets developed by the academy.

"Its core stage will be based on those used by the Long March 7 and Long March 3A, and it will have two solid-propelled boosters that are 2 meters in diameter," he said. "We will spend up to three years on its development and if everything goes well, its maiden flight will take place by the end of 2018."

Long March 8 will be capable of sending a payload of about 4.5 metric tons to a sun-synchronous orbit, or 2.5 tons to geosynchronous transfer orbit, he said. In a sun-synchronous orbit, a satellite circles the Earth at the same rate that the Earth orbits the sun, whereas with a geosynchronous orbit, the satellite matches the rotation of the Earth.

Li said use of the Long March 8 will extensively reduce the launch costs of low- and middle-orbit satellites, giving it bright prospects in the commercial launch market.

Researchers at the academy are currently developing the latest variant of the Long March 5 heavy-lift carrier rocket. It will be tasked with placing the core module of the country's space station into orbit in 2018, he noted.

China plans to put a manned space station into service around 2022. It will consist of three parts — a core module attached to two space labs, each of which weigh about 20 tons. The facility is expected to be the world's only space station after the planned retirement of the International Space Station in 2024.

The first model in the country's heavy-lift rocket family, the 57-meter-tall Long March 5, made its maiden flight in November. It is China's mightiest carrier rocket and one of the world's most powerful launch vehicles currently in operation.

The second launch of the Long March 5 will be made in June to lift a large communications satellite into space. Before the end of 2017, China will conduct the rocket's third mission, sending the Chang'e 5 lunar probe to the moon, according to Li.

The China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology also has opened preliminary research on a super-heavy rocket that will have a takeoff weight of 3,000 tons and can transport a 140-ton payload into low Earth orbit.

If research and development go well, the super-heavy rocket will carry out its first flight around 2030, allowing China to land astronauts on the moon, and to send and retrieve Mars probes, designers at the academy said.

UK consults on ‘Kodi box’ legislation

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/27/uk-consults-on-kodi-box-legislation/

The UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is calling for views on whether there is any need for legislative change to deal with the issue of illicit IPTV streaming devices.

According to the IPO, the use of IPTV boxes to access illegal content appears to have increased in recent months.

Such boxes were originally designed to allow consumers to stream legitimate content (locally stored or legal online content). Despite the legitimate use of this equipment, software is widely available (illicit Kodi extensions being the best known) which connect the boxes to illegal content through streaming websites, file lockers and BitTorrent trackers.

Configuring IPTV boxes in this way allows the consumer to easily access subscription TV, sports and films for the one-off price of a box (usually £40 [€47.21] to £50). It is claimed that the ease of use of these boxes, the wide range of illicit content available and the fact they are freely available from a number of well-known online retailers as well as physical stores, has led to a sharp rise in their use by consumers.

Broadcasters and content owners have voiced concerns that, although a range of existing legislation applies to the sale and use of these devices (as well as the provision of illicit content streams), the legal framework does not provide sufficient tools to tackle this growing threat.

The government is keen to understand where further action might be necessary to address this problem. The IPO is therefore seeking views from those with knowledge and experience in dealing with IPTV boxes.

The consultation finishes on April 7th 2017.


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Av-Comm Completes IPTV Project for Queensland University of Technology

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/telecom/2017/02/23/av-comm-completes-iptv-project-queensland-university-technology/

Av-Comm has announced the successful completion of its latest satellite communications project in Brisbane on behalf of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The university engaged Av-Comm through a competitive tender process to design and install an Internet Protocol (IP) TV solution to distribute a range of foreign language and local television and radio programming throughout their Kelvin Grove and Gardens Point campuses.

The project called for the reception of foreign language TV from three satellites combined with reception of local terrestrial programing received from nearby Mount Coot-tha. The channels were received and processed with two separate IPTV headends due to the terrestrial and satellite antennas being installed on separate buildings. The PBI headends were linked together via the University’s existing IT infrastructure, which also provided the primary distribution path for the IPTV system with students accessing the services via a web-based interface and video player.

One of the challenges presented by the project was the limited roof space available to install the 2.4m C-band satellite dishes required to receive the foreign language content. The project scope called for reception of three satellites: Asiasat-5, Asiasat-7, and Chinasat-6B, with roof space only available for two satellite dishes. To overcome this, Av-Comm fitted one of the satellite dishes with its dual satellite reception feedhorn, allowing one dish to simultaneously receive Asiasat-5 and 7, allowing all three satellites to be received with just two satellite dishes.

Av-Comm also deployed several Cloudtron High Layers for Satellite (HLS) set top boxes to display the IP distributed content on the University’s existing TV, video monitor, and projector based display systems via a HD Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connection.

Sky CEO plans to stay in role

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11806926

Sky TV boss John Fellet says the failure of his company's plan to merge with Vodafone does not impact on his future.

The Commerce Commission yesterday rejected Sky's and Vodafone's merger proposal, citing Sky's exclusive rights to premium sports content which it said would cause people to switch from rival telcos, thus reducing competition in telecommunications markets.

Sky's share price closed down 13.1 per cent on the news, and was this afternoon at $3.80.

Sky has also been struggling to shore-up its subscriber base as consumers turn to alternatives like Netflix and Lightbox.

Business and technology commentator Paul Spain said he wouldn't be surprised to see some changes at the top levels of Sky's leadership, such as Fellet who has been chief executive since 2001.

On Radio New Zealand this morning, Fellet said the commission's decision did not impact on his future at Sky TV.

He said he enjoyed his role, which he carried out at the behest of shareholders, and has worked for Sky for 26 years.

"So I want the best for Sky no matter what happens."

Commerce Commission chair Mark Berry said the merger would likely have been allowed to go ahead had it not been for Sky's access to premium sports content.

"Given the merged entity's ability to leverage its premium live sports content, we cannot rule out the real chance that demand for its offers would attract a large number of non-Vodafone customers," he said.

This was also against a backdrop of the fibre broadband network being rolled out, making it an opportune time for the merged entity to attract customers with new offers, Berry said.

"If significant switching occurred, the merged entity could, in time, have the ability to price less advantageously than without the merger or to reduce the quality of its service."

It is still possible the decision could be appealed to the High Court, and Vodafone said in a statement following the decision that it would "consider all courses of action".

Vodafone debuts 4K channels and VoD

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/23/vodafone-debuts-4k-channels-and-vod/

Vodafone Spain is launching a new 4K TV service with 5 TV channels (10 by year end ) and VoD content for subscribers with convergent packages, like Vodafone One.

The five new channels are Odisea 4K, Festival 4K, FunBox UHD, Insight TV and Slow Channel – and one 4K transmission of the best football match of La Liga every week.

The company will be the first in the country to offer 4K VoD content with 850 titles including films, TV series and documentaries.

Vodafone is also offering access to over 20,000 products in their integrated services (including TV channels, videoclub, HBO and Netflix) allowing its subscribers to pause live TV, watch catch-up content from the last 7 days and record up to 350 hours in the cloud.

Vodafone Spain has currently 1.2 million TV subscribers.


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Sky-Vodafone merger quashed

From https://www.crikey.com.au/2017/02/23/nz-commerce-commission-kills-sky-news-vodafone-deal/

NZ regulators have blocked the proposed NZ$3.4 billion merger between Sky TV, the country’s dominant pay TV group, and Vodafone NZ because of worries that the deal would restrict and reduce competition — a decision that raises question marks for Fairfax Media’s move to sell off its Kiwi newspapers and websites. The Commerce Commission statement came before the start of trading on the NZ stock exchange. When it opened Sky shares lost more than 17% of their value in the first minutes, or more than NZ$240 million.

NZ’s competition overseer left little room for Sky or Vodafone to rework the bid at a later date. Seeing that had declined to do that after the commission had first raised extensive objections last October, there is no chance of a new bid being crafted. Had the merger been allowed, Britain’s Vodafone would have taken a 51% share of the merged firm and grabbed NZ$1.25 billion in cash. The decision raises doubts over the proposed creation of a newspaper monopoly through the merger of Fairfax Media’s NZ papers into NZME, the listed radio and print rump of APN News and Media. A decision from the Commerce Commission is expected next month.

But the rejection means Sky TV will remain a standalone business for now, and may have to pursue other avenues to stave off competition from emerging rivals such as Netflix. That competition, and the loss of subscribers because of rising costs and too much “choice” (too many unwatched channels), has damaged Sky TV’s finances and subscriber numbers, especially in the past year. The Vodafone deal was designed to stop that by providing a potentially larger base of possible new subscribers.

On Wednesday Sky TV, after 18 months of weakening returns, said its profits for the December half year plunged by 32% in fact to NZ$58 million on a 3.7% slide in revenue to NZ$458 million (and Sky’s biggest asset is the exclusive deal it has to broadcast All Black games). The company said total subscriber numbers fell from 852,679 to 816,135 in the six months to December 31.(In Australia, Foxtel lost around 100,000 subscribers in the six months to December). Sky is now facing a declining future and its one that sends a big warning to the much larger Foxtel in Australia, which is facing similar pressures from jaded subscribers and rising competition. But Foxtel can’t merge with either Telstra or News Corp, its owners, because neither wants such a deal (or in the case of News, can afford it). The big hope was that Telstra would float part of its stake, leaving news Corp in de facto control but the sudden slump in the six months to December in earnings, subscriber numbers and now a weak outlook, but that float is no longer an option.

Sky Sport biggest barrier to merger - Commerce Commission

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11805885

The merger Vodafone NZ and Sky TV were seeking would likely have gone ahead had it not been for Sky's premium sport content, the Commerce Commission said after declining the proposal today.

About half of all households in New Zealand had Sky TV and a large number of those were Sky Sport customers, Commission chair Dr Mark Berry said.

"Given the merged entity's ability to leverage its premium live sports content, we cannot rule out the real chance that demand for its offers would attract a large number of non-Vodafone customers.

"The central question that we considered in this case was whether the merged entity would be able to leverage Sky's premium sports content to such an extent that over time it would reduce competition in the telecommunications markets, being broadband and mobile," he said.

"There is, as you would expect, a very significant consumer segment for whom Sky Sport is a must-have."

He added: "Sky Sport has all the important content that is the glue to which New Zealanders are attached -- rugby, cricket and so on."

To clear the merger, the Commission would need to have been satisfied that it was unlikely to substantially lessen competition in any of the relevant markets, Berry said.

"The evidence before us suggests that the potential popularity of the merged entity's offers could result in competitors losing or failing to achieve scale to the point that they would reduce investment or innovation in broadband and mobile markets in the future.

"In particular, we have concerns that this could impact the competitiveness of key third players in these markets such as 2degrees and Vocus."

This was also against a backdrop of fibre being rolled out, making it an opportune time for the merged entity to entice consumers with new offers, Berry said.

"If significant switching occurred, the merged entity could, in time, have the ability to price less advantageously than without the merger or to reduce the quality of its service."

In a press conference following the decision, Berry said that 65 submissions were made on the proposed merger - the most that the Commission had ever received on a proposed merger.

He acknowledged that the deal could have produced competition in the short term, but in the long term, "our concern is that rivals might not be able to match the merged entity's offers".

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet said in a statement to the NZX that the Commission's decision was disappointing.

"This is a very disappointing conclusion to a merger we saw as enhancing New Zealand's communications and media landscape. From here we will continue to strive to deliver innovative ways to curate and deliver entertainment to all of New Zealand."

Vodafone New Zealand chief executive Russell Stanners said in a statement that the company would carefully review the Commission's decision and consider all courses of action.

"We are disappointed the Commerce Commission was unable to see the numerous benefits this merger brings to New Zealanders," he said.

Spark regulatory affairs general manager John Wesley-Smith said the Commission's decision was a big positive for Kiwi consumers.

"The lack of modern on-demand options for how New Zealand sports fans can access 'must-watch' premium sports content today, which would have been exacerbated by the merger, meant the merger was not in the best interests of consumers and so we believe the decision to decline was the right one."

Spark and several other telcos would welcome the opportunity to bundle on-demand versions of Sky's sports content with their mobile and broadband services.

Business and technology commentator Paul Spain said Sky had the most to lose as a result of the Commission's decision as the company seeks to shore-up its dwindling customer base.

He suspected Sky would consider becoming an internet service provider or telco in its own right.

"Whether they would establish that directly or whether they would be looking at an acquisition such as 2Degrees," he said, adding that such an acquisition would likely not face such a strong backlash given 2Degrees' smaller market share compared with Vodafone's dominance.

At the very least, he said Sky needed to move away from its traditional set-top box focus and move to a fully digitised operation that would allow customers to access its content through an app.

"It's a pretty messy offering I would say from Sky at the moment," he said.

Sky would also need to bring down its pricing, Spain said.

Sky TV shares hammered, down 17 per cent

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11806024

Sky TV's shares were hammered when trading opened on the New Zealand stock exchange this morning, with investors wiping $293 million off the value of the pay-TV provider after this morning's rejection of its proposed merger with Vodafone.

Sky TV shares traded at $3.60 at 10am this morning, down 75 cents per share or 17 per cent, on last night's closing price, to hit their lowest level since mid-2009.

"This is a very disappointing conclusion to a merger we saw as enhancing New Zealand's communications and media landscape," said Sky's chief executive, John Fellet, who hinted this may be the end of the road for the current merger plan, despite options existing for judicial review.

"From here we will continue to strive to deliver innovative ways to curate and deliver entertainment to all of New Zealand."

Vodafone New Zealand's chief executive, Russell Stanners, issued a single sentence quote on the decision: "We are disappointed the Commerce Commission was unable to see the numerous benefits this merger brings to New Zealanders."

A key opponent of the proposal, Vodafone's chief rival Spark New Zealand, welcomed the decision and challenged Sky to develop a "vibrant wholesale market" for its premium sports content, which the competition watchdog decided was too dominated by Sky TV to allow a merger with Vodafone to proceed because it threatened to stifle competition in the telecommunications market for services such as broadband and mobile telephony.

Spark's share price rose at the open by 2 per cent to $3.56.

"This decision recognises that the sports content market in New Zealand needs to catch up with consumer reality, as it has in many other markets around the world. Increasingly, consumers are demanding greater choice and flexibility as to how they access premium content. Today's decision is a welcome step in the right direction," said Spark's general manager of regulatory affairs, John Wesley-Smith.

"The lack of modern on-demand options for how New Zealand sports fans can access 'must-watch' premium sports content today, which would have been exacerbated by the merger, meant the merger was not in the best interests of consumers and so we believe the decision to decline was the right one.

Sky Sport biggest barrier to merger - Commerce Commission

Given live sport is Sky's main selling point it should be expected that the company will fight even harder to maintain its grip on it, Hamish Fletcher writes. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Hamish Fletcher: No hope Sky will loosen sports grip after merger declined

"The lack of a meaningful wholesale market today for Sky's sports content means we and other mobile and broadband providers have been held back from offering our customers new ways to watch sports content in ways that are already the norm elsewhere in the world. That wholesale market would not have developed at all had the merger gone ahead, but will and must develop now."

Internet NZ, representing internet service providers and users, said it had been concerned the proposed merger could raise "network neutrality" issues that could damage competition for telephony, internet and television services.

"Kiwi consumers could have been the losers from the deal," said chief executive Jordan Carter.

"Sky and Vodafone, absent this merger, will be competitors in the ever-changing markets for communications markets."

Among telcos most likely to suffer anti-competitive effects was 2degrees, the country's third largest mobile network operator. Its chief executive, Stewart Sherriff, welcomed the commission's decision.

"The Commission has recognised that competition is still developing, and that the impact of competition from companies such as 2degrees can be reduced over time if monopolies are created," he said.

Sky to dust off 'plan B' after merger rejected

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11806431

John Fellet says Sky Television will now dust off its "plan B" after the Commerce Commission rejected its proposed merger with Vodafone.

However, the Sky boss doesn't think the company will strike out on its own in the telco market as Vodafone and Spark are too big to take on.

The commission today rejected Sky's and Vodafone's merger proposal.

The regulator said that Sky's exclusive rights to premium sports content would cause people to switch from rival telcos, thus reducing competition in telecommunications markets.

Sky's share price closed down 13.1 per cent on the news, at $3.78.

Speaking to Larry Williams Drive on Newstalk ZB, Fellet said he was "incredibly disappointed" with the decision.

He said it was odd that similar deals were happening around the world but weren't allowed in New Zealand.

He believed scuppering the merger would "hold up innovation" and that Sky had held back plans it would have otherwise acted on.

"You always have a plan b so we have to dust that off," Fellet said.

Asked about the possibility of appealing the commission's ruling, he said the company would keep its options open.

He said Sky could do a better job of providing a combined internet TV and satellite TV service and would always have some version of the latter because up to 15 per cent of New Zealanders are unlikely to get access to fast broadband.

Asked if Sky would eventually move into the telco market by itself, Fellet told Williams:

"I don't think [we] do by ourselves..Vodafone and Spark are just too big for us to take them on so I'd rather work with all telecommunications partners as opposed to get into that business...I'd rather be real good at what we do."

Sky needs to reinvent itself: experts

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11806236

Sky TV will need to change the way it operates if it wants to remain competitive following its failed attempt to merge with Vodafone, analysts say.

Investors wiped $293 million off the value of the pay-TV provider after the Commerce Commission's rejection of the proposed merger on Thursday morning.

The company also has a declining customer base, with 816,135 subscribers as at December 31, down 44,310 from the same time the previous year.

The merger would have enabled the Vodafone-Sky company to offer enticing bundles of Vodafone's internet and mobile services along with Sky TV.

But the commission found that Sky's exclusive rights to premium sports content would cause people to switch from rival telcos, thus reducing competition in telecommunications markets.

Business and technology commentator Paul Spain said Sky had the most to lose as a result of the decision, and it would need to change tack in order to stay competitive.

He suspected Sky would consider becoming an internet service provider or telco in its own right.

"Whether they would establish that directly or whether they would be looking at an acquisition such as 2Degrees," he said, adding that such an acquisition would likely not face such a strong backlash given 2Degrees' smaller market share compared with Vodafone's dominance.

At the very least, Spain said Sky needed to move away from its traditional set-top box focus and move to a fully-digitised operation that would allow customers to access its content through apps.

"It's a pretty messy offering, I would say, from Sky at the moment," he said.

Spain said he wouldn't be surprised to see some changes at the top levels of Sky's leadership team, such as chief executive John Fellet who has been in the role since 2001.

The company would also need to bring down its pricing.

Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand chief executive Craig Young said Sky would need to find a plan B, particularly before its exclusive rights to broadcast live Super and international rugby in New Zealand expired in 2020.

"There is no guarantee that they will keep those rights," Young said. "If you look at the example of sports such as major league baseball and basketball in the United States, they're finding different ways of getting content to people rather than the traditional means of using television. So they've got this content which they've paid for which they need to leverage," he said.

"They'll certainly be needing to sit back and figure out, 'Well what is our competitive advantage going forward and how are we going to leverage what we've got?'"

Commerce Commission chair Mark Berry said the merger would likely have been allowed to go ahead had it not been for Sky's access to premium sports content.

"Given the merged entity's ability to leverage its premium live sports content, we cannot rule out the real chance that demand for its offers would attract a large number of non-
Vodafone customers," he said.

This was also against a backdrop of the fibre broadband network being rolled out, making it an opportune time for the merged entity to attract customers with new offers, Berry said.

"If significant switching occurred, the merged entity could, in time, have the ability to price less advantageously than without the merger or to reduce the quality of its service."

It is still possible the decision could be appealed to the High Court, and Vodafone said in a statement following the decision that it would "consider all courses of action".

"We are disappointed the Commerce Commission was unable to see the numerous benefits this merger brings to New Zealanders," said chief executive Russell Stanners.

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet said in a statement to the NZX that the decision was a disappointing conclusion to a merger he thought would enhance New Zealand's communications and media landscape.

"From here we will continue to strive to deliver innovative ways to curate and deliver entertainment to all of New Zealand."

(Craig's comment, Time to take you retirement John Fellet)

Rejecting Sky/Vodafone merger a 'free hit' for competition watchdog

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/89712513/rejecting-skyvodafone-merger-a-free-hit-for-competition-watchdog

Sky TV's proposed merger with Vodafone NZ has been torpedoed by the country's competition watchdog.

OPINION: New Zealand's Commerce Commission has often been portrayed as a bit of soft touch when compared to, say, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

So it should be thankful that Sky Television's proposed merger with Vodafone presented it with a rare opportunity to show it is not a rubber stamp.

The commission's decision last April to approve Z Energy's $785 million acquisition of Caltex-owner Cheron is looking highly suspect.

Z Energy shares have soared and consumers are scratching their heads as to why petrol costs 10 per cent less in some provincial towns than in the major centres.

READ MORE: Competition watchdog rejects Sky TV, Vodafone NZ merger

Discount and loyalty schemes have proliferated that appear the very embodiment of using confusion as a marketing tool.

Energy Minister Judith Collins sealed the commission's humiliation this month by having its sometime rival, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, launch an inquiry into petrol pricing.

To make matters worse, the commission next month faces a genuinely difficult dilemma over whether to approve Fairfax New Zealand's planned merger with NZME.

Being able to say "no" to the Sky and Vodafone merger amounted to a free hit, and its intention to decline the merger on the terms presented was signalled very clearly in October.

The commission has rightly judged that little good could come of allowing one large player in the newly-competitive and delicately balanced broadband and mobile markets, Vodafone, to leverage off Sky's premium sports monopoly.

There is little downside to the regulator sinking the merger.

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet​ has already signalled a legal challenge is unlikely.

The company may face an uncertain future because of changing technology and business models.

But its business is based on amortising its fixed programming costs over its customer base.

That means it has little choice but to suck up the commission's decision and soldier on much as before.

It is the commission's job to regulate markets, not keep individual companies in business. Sky is in essence just a distributor of content, and were it to gracefully wither away over the next 10 or 20 years, TV entertainment would still be produced and sports matches played and filmed.

If there is a downside for consumers, it is that Sky might cut back on the satellite capacity it buys on Optus' satellite network when the companies' existing agreement is due for renewal in 2019.

That could mean fewer TV channels for the 15 per cent of households in rural New Zealand who will continue to rely on satellite broadcasts for many years to come. But that risk is at this stage pretty speculative.

At least in the case of Z Energy, you could argue that the Caltex acquisition benefited New Zealand investors in the firm, such as the Super Fund.

Given the Government has a weak track record tackling greenhouse gas emissions, you could even argue that having artificially high petrol prices balances a ledger somewhat. (Disclosure: I walk to work).

In contrast, I believe the real winners from the Sky/Vodafone NZ merger would have been Vodafone in Britain, rather than Sky shareholders. Sky investors may see shares in their company hammered today.

But I believe they would have seen the vast bulk of Sky's profits siphoned off to Britain in fees and interest payments had the merger proceeded.

The Fairfax and NZME is merger is different to Sky's in that those companies are producers of "content" - mainstream news reports - many of which (arguably) no-one else may provide if they proved non-viable.

Fairfax Media chief executive Greg Hywood is not I think bluffing when he said Fairfax would move quickly to "consolidate products" (read for that, axe regional papers, for example) if its merger is declined.

But there is no denying that there are genuine questions relating to media diversity if the media merger is approved. No-one should be arguing the commission's ruling ought to be an easy decision.

The nub is that the commission should enjoy a day in the sun, as it won't get easier than this.

Intouch wants regulatory issues of Thaicom cleared up by Q2

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/business/corporate/30306982

INTOUCH HOLDINGS’ Thaicom and the Digital Economy and Society Ministry should completely clear up regulatory issues by next quarter so that Thaicom will know if it can go ahead with the launch its Thaicom 9 broadband satellite, Philip Chen Chong Tan, chief executive officer of Intouch, said yesterday.

Otherwise Thaicom might lease transponder capacity from other satellites to continue providing satellite services.

Thaicom, 41.1 per cent owned by Intouch, has been talking with the ministry for more than two years about the ministry’s proposal to bring the company’s Thaicom 7 and 8 broadcasting satellites under its concession regime as part of its reform of the satellite service industry.

The two satellites currently operate under the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commis-sion’s licensing regime.

A ministry source has said the National Space Affairs Committee had asked the ministry to resolve their dispute first before the company could proceed with orbiting Thaicom 9, also known as IPSTAR 2.

Thaicom has counter-proposed joining with CAT Telecom to develop Thaicom 9 at a cost of about US$250 million (Bt8.8 billion).

Tan acknowledged that Thaicom was in talks with CAT on the possible partnership.

If Thaicom fails to reach a conclusion with the ministry on Thaicoms 7 and 8, the company might opt to lease capacity from other satellite operators, instead of launching Thaicom 9, to serve demand of satellite services in Asean, he added.

Thaicom has also proposed to the ministry that it would allow the government to use one transponder from each of its existing licensed satellites and also its future licensed satellites free of charge for the rest of their lifespans.

It also proposed that the Thaicom 4 (IPSTAR) broadband satellite and the Thaicom 5 and 6 broadcasting satellites, which operate under the ministry’s concession, would continue paying the annual concession fee from the expiration of the concession in 2021 until the end of their lifespans.

The annual concession fee it offers to pay in this case is the same as it will pay to the ministry from this year until 2021, which is 22.5 per cent of its gross revenue.

The concessions for Thaicoms 4 and 5 will end at the same time in 2021, while in theory their lifespans will run to 2021 or later.

The concession for Thaicom 6 runs until 2021 but its lifespan will continue for a further eight years.

The ministry commissioned Chula Unisearch to study how to reform the satellite service industry. The study recommended bringing Thaicom’s two licensed satellites – 7 and 8 – back under the ministry’s concession regime. Both satellites will be under a concession until it expires in 2021.

The ministry has overseen the satellite industry through granting concessions before the NBTC got off the ground in 2000 and granted licences for Thaicoms 7 and 8.

This has led to redundancy in overseeing the satellite industry.

Intouch has allocated a budget of Bt250 million for research and development in telecommunications and technology as part of its exploration of new business opportunities.

It will also inject Bt200 million into its venture capital fund InVent to support four new promising companies this year.

Backhauling Work for NovelSat in Asia

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1074608462

NovelSat has been selected as the primary modem technology provider to support one of Asia's largest satellite mobile operators for a satellite backhaul network.

The initial deal includes approximately 30 NovelSat NS3000 Professional High-Data Rate Satellite Modems, each running NovelSat NS3, the 3rd generation satellite transmission waveform from NovelSat, as well as IP acceleration and optimization technologies. The operator was seeking a solution to replace their existing E3 architecture for Ethernet IP transmission over mobile.

The desired solution needed to offer the highest possible spectral efficiency without sacrificing link quality or reliability, and which would deliver the best ROI for a network that reaches beyond urban centers into numerous outlying remote locations. NovelSat NS3 and the various optimization, IP acceleration and redundancy technologies from NovelSat were key factors in the operator’s decision.

NovelSat NS3 is an optional software package available in all NovelSat satellite modems, modulators and demodulators, which also support and are backward compatible with all industry standards, including DVB-S, DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X. NovelSat NS3 can boost capacity by up to 40 percent compared with DVB-S2, the current industry standard, without increasing bandwidth demand.

The combined TCP acceleration and optimization solution, integrated into the NovelSat NS3000 modem, completely fills data link capacity and compensates for satellite delay. Additional features, proven to enable modem traffic to exceed link bandwidth capacity, include header and payload compression, byte caching for dramatic data reduction on multi-pass traffic, Web object caching to improve Web surfing performance and advanced cellular compression (ACC) to support 2.5G, 3G and 4G backhaul links. This is a hardware and software option that uses advanced TCP/IP acceleration algorithms based on the Space Communications Protocol Specification (SCPS).


Optus D2 12546 V Sr 22500 "Alkeraza tv" is new FTA Sid 640 Vpid 6401 MPG2 Apid 6402

Optus D2 12706 V Sr 22500 "Fashion Television" is new FTA Sid 510 Vpid 5101 MPG2 Apid 5102

Asiasat 5 4174 H Sr 6600 "globecast 1" WWE FTA

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Fashion Television launches in Australia and New Zealand

From http://www.voxy.co.nz/entertainment/5/273444

Delivering fashion content from all over the world to audiences throughout Asia Pacific since 1999, Fashion Television is proud to announce the launch of its linear satellite channel in Australia and New Zealand. This allows audiences in the region to access its popular programming 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

London-based "Fashion Television International Limited" chose Optus D2 at orbital position 152.0E with a footprint reaching Australia and New Zealand. The channel's launch will commence January 2017.

Fashion Television caters to fashionable and stylish audiences with content covering the very latest fashion, entertainment, lifestyle news and events. Delivering a strong portfolio of original programmes, Australian and New Zealand's designers, stylists and models are also featured in the channel's schedule.

"With Australia and New Zealand being one of the important destinations for lifestyle, fashion and travel, we have been covering content from regional events such as Melbourne Fashion Festival, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, Sydney Fashion Festival and more," expresses Fashion Television's Chief Operation Officer, Mr. Gleb Livshitz, "We are looking forward to more future collaborations with the local fashion and entertainment industry in the region to be featured on the channel for worldwide audiences."

The channel will debut with fashion-packed reality competition series Design Genius Season 2 showcasing up and coming designers Jack Leeson from Melbourne and Australian-Vietnamese designer Tung Fu. Top Australian talent agency Vivien Models, who shares the spotlight with the fashion industry's best, will be featured on Agencies Season 2.

For more information about Fashion Television, visit http://fashion.tv/.

(Craig's comment, looks like they were a little late in getting started)

Sky TV first-half profit falls 32pc as programme costs rise, subscribers fall

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11805231

Sky TV's subscriber numbers fell 5.2 per cent in the six months ended December 31.

Sky Network Television, which is awaiting a decision from the Commerce Commission on a proposed merger with Vodafone New Zealand, posted a 32 per cent drop in first-half profit as content costs increased, and revenue and subscriber numbers fell.

Profit slid to $59.3 million, or 15.24 cents per share, in the six months ended December 31, from $87.1m, or 22.38 cents, in the year earlier period, the Auckland-based company said in a statement. Revenue dropped 3.7 per cent to $458.2m while operating expenses gained 4.6 per cent to $308.3m.

Sky TV reiterated its forecast for earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation for the year ending June 30, 2017, to be 5 per cent to 7 per cent below the $296m forecast it gave last June, compared with ebitda of $325m last year. The company said today that ebitda in the first half of its financial year fell 17 per cent to $149.9m.

The pay-TV operator is looking to team up with telecommunications company Vodafone as it faces increased rivalry from online streaming video services such as Netflix and Spark New Zealand's Lightbox offering. Still, it retains rugby rights, which are seen as a linchpin in securing domestic viewers. Its costs to secure programming rights jumped 12 per cent to $181.6m in the first half, mostly due to higher costs to secure rugby rights and the 2016 Summer Olympics, while subscriber numbers fell 5.2 per cent to 816,135.

"This digital disruption has ... brought a massive increase in the supply of additional viewing options for consumers and spending options for advertisers. Yet without much increase in overall demand," said Sky TV chief executive John Fellet. "Since Sky has the lion's share of the New Zealand subscription television customers, it faces the biggest challenges."

The Commerce Commission is scheduled to release its decision on the merger tomorrow, and Fellet said that the regulator's decision will have a greater long-term impact on the value of a shareholder's investment in the company than today 's first-half earnings release.

Sky TV will pay a dividend of 15 cents per share on February 22, unchanged from the year earlier period.

Its shares last traded at $4.47, and have gained 8.3 pe rcent the past year.

TVNZ posts 6.2pc decline in first-half earnings, ad revenue falls

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11805474

The new TVNZ Breakfast Lineup. TVNZ posted a 6.2 per cent decline in first-half earnings as advertising revenue fell faster than operating costs.

Television New Zealand posted a 6.2 per cent decline in first-half earnings as advertising revenue fell faster than operating costs, which the state-owned broadcaster said was a creditable performance in a declining TV market.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and changes in the value of financial instruments fell to $26.7 million from $28.5m a year earlier, the Auckland-based company said in a statement. Advertising revenue fell 5 per cent, or about $8.7m, to $159m while operating expenses dropped 5.4 per cent, or $8.1m, to $142m.

Chief executive Kevin Kenrick said TVNZ had outperformed the broader TV market by increasing its audience and revenue share in what he said was a period of unprecedented change for the media industry. New Zealand's television advertising revenue market fell by 8.4 percent in the first half.

The first-half performance gave him confidence TVNZ would achieve the full-year target set out in its 2017 statement of performance expectations, which the broadcaster's board is required to provide for its government shareholders.

That document shows an earnings before interest and tax target for the year ending June 30 of $9m, almost half of the $22.6m it achieved in 2016. It didn't give a projection for total shareholder returns for the 2017 year, having recorded a 31 per cent decline last year. Its return on programme investment, or operating margin, is projected to slip to 40.7 per cent from 42.4 per cent.

Kenrick said free-to-air television "continues to provide unrivalled daily reach compared to other media options" but increasingly audiences were "showing up online". TVNZ is planning to launch a new website shortly, offering live TV and on-demand viewing, it said.

"While the ongoing fragmentation of viewing audiences will continue to impact free-to-air audiences we expect the second half of the financial year will bring some certainty around the local market structure as the outcomes in relation to the mergers between Sky/Vodafone and NZME/Fairfax are determined," Kenrick said.

The Commerce Commission is scheduled to hold a briefing tomorrow morning on the Sky-Vodafone proposal.

BBC Earth readies India debut

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/21/bbc-earth-readies-its-india-debut/

March 6th will see the launch of the latest BBC channel to be exported to the sub-continent. BBC Earth, with the strap-line ‘Feel Alive’, is launching under Sony’s overall umbrella (Sony owns 74 perncent of the joint venture, with BBC Worldwide owning the balance).

Sony Pictures Networks India president Rohit Gupta says he is confident that the new channel will shake up the ‘general entertainment’ segment, helped by the BBC’s huge back library of high-quality programming.

The channel will compete with the likes of Discovery, Nat-Geo and History TV18. While the BBC launch means that its competitor channels will no longer have access to new licensing deals for content, it also comes when its competitors are also raising their local game. For example, Discovery is creating some 200 hours of local content this year. History TV18 is doing much the same as part of its drive towards localisation.


Good news for the region with the announcment of Jcsat 18 / Kacific-1! with KU & Ka band for the Pacific region

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AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3960 H "Cartoon Network Philippines" is back on, PowerVu.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11050 V "Zee Rajasthan News" has started on , Fta.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V "ETV Rajasthan has replaced Fakt Marathi" on, Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Dolphin TV and Iqra Bangla" have started on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4075 H "Deepto TV" is Fta again.

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Boeing Builds for SKY Perfect JSAT and Kacific Broadband Satellites

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=692671167

The largest satellite operator in Asia happens to be SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation with a fleet of 18 satellites and is Japan's only provider of multi-channel payTV broadcasting and SATCOM services.

Now the company and Kacific Broadband Satellites have procured JCSAT-18, a High Throughput Satellite (HTS) based on the Boeing 702 platform. The satellite will address a variety of increasing demands in the mobility and broadband market for SKY Perfect JSAT and a Kacific-1 high-speed Ka-band satellite payload for broadband Internet services to a number of countries in Southeast Asia.

To be built by Boeing, JCSAT-18 will carry a Ku and Ka-band HTS mission over Asia Pacific including Far East Russia as well as a traditional wide-beam mission over East Asia, in response to not only mobility and broadband demands but also government and cellular backhaul demands. The satellite is a condominium satellite shared with Kacific Broadband Satellites Pte. Ltd (Kacific), a Singapore-based satellite operator, that will operate Ka-band HTS satellite broadband services under the satellite name Kacific-1.

“This satellite will be a significant addition to Horizons 3e, another HTS satellite under construction.” Shinji Takada, President & CEO of SJC stated. “With this JCSAT-18, we are excited to continue serving our valued customers in various sectors by thriving in the region where market dynamics are changing rapidly.”

JCSAT-18/Kacific-1 is scheduled to launch in 2019. Since the 1980s, Boeing has built 10 satellites for the JSAT Corporation and Space Communications Corporation, both now part of SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation.

Kacific buying new satellite from Boeing

From http://www.itwire.com/strategy/76953-kacific-buying-new-satellite-from-boeing.html

Kacific Broadband Satellites has ordered its Kacific-1 satellite from Boeing after a successful US147 million capital raising from Australian retail investors to fund the satellite purchase as well as launch services, ground systems and all other project costs.

The Singapore-based satellite operator says to secure the funding it has signed 15 managed bandwidth wholesale agreements in 14 different countries for a total value of US$434 million.

The new satellite is based on the Boeing 702 satellite platform and will be shared with JCSAT-18, ordered by SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation.

The company says the satellite is designed to deliver uncontended broadband throughput via 57 Ka-band narrow beams, each having a capacity up to 1.25Gbps, with the highest signal power ever achieved in the region.

The beams are selectively tailored to cover precise pockets of demand in a geographically dispersed footprint of 20 Pacific and South East Asian nations and strategic positioning of the beams has enabled Kacific to sell capacity in 51 out of 57 beams so far, through take-or-pay contracts, with most beams exceeding 70 percent firm capacity bookings and several being almost saturated.

Christian Patouraux, Kacific CEO, says Kacific selected the Boeing 702 because it is a reliable High-Throughput Satellite platform delivering strong economics and a consistent high-quality connectivity across all service beams.

“We do pure play broadband. We focus on direct-to-premise. We precisely place capacity where it is most needed precisely place capacity. This will yield price points that will unleash internet participation and usage. With the launch of Kacific-1, in 2019, people in areas currently lacking affordable high speed internet will be able to access online education, healthcare and public services, and grow their local economies. Delivering internet speeds over 100 Mbps on low cost, small form factor terminals, will help connect the dots of South East Asia and the Pacific to the digital world.”

“Boeing is pleased Kacific has chosen our flight-proven scalable 702 satellite for its next-generation broadband satellite service,” said Mark Spiwak, president of Boeing Satellite Systems International.

“The capability and performance of the Boeing 702 satellite will enable Kacific to meet increasing demands for connectivity in the Asia-Pacific region, reaching new and underserved markets with reliable and cost-effective satellite internet services.”

“Driven by its entrepreneurial culture and early sales success in Asia-Pacific, Kacific is now expanding its model to other regions with plans for follow-on satellites,” Patouraux said.

NZ government contributes AU$2m to join Geoscience Australia's positioning project

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/nz-government-contributes-au2m-to-join-geoscience-australias-positioning-project/

The funding will be used to trial Satellite Based Augmentation System technology to improve the accuracy of positioning in Australasia.

The New Zealand government has made a AU$2 million contribution to help Australia improve the accuracy of satellite positioning technology in the region.

It is expected that the AU$2 million will be used to trial Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) technology over two years, and will also see Land Information New Zealand; the New Zealand Transport Agency; the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment; the Ministry of Transport; and New Zealand Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) work with Geoscience Australia, which has been charged with overseeing the project on behalf of the Australian government.

The funding from New Zealand follows the AU$12 million injection from the Australian government last month, awarded to help bolster the technology that it expects will provide benefits for many industries in the region, including transport, agriculture, construction, and resource management.

It was announced last week that United States defence giant Lockheed Martin, alongside Inmarsat and GMV, will be partaking in trials of the SBAS technology. The global giants will be testing two new satellite positioning technologies -- "next generation" SBAS and Precise Point Positioning -- which Geoscience Australia said provides positioning accuracy of several decimetres and five centimetres, respectively.

Currently, Australia relies on the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) of other countries including the United States' Global Positioning System (GPS); however, these international systems typically give Australians positioning accuracy of five to 10 metres.

The SBAS test bed will also utilise existing national GNSS infrastructure developed by AuScope as part of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.

According to the government, the widespread adoption of improved positioning technology has the potential to generate upwards of AU$73 billion of value to Australia by 2030.

"From using Google Maps on your smartphone to emergency management and farming, most Australians use and benefit from positioning technology every day without realising it," Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matthew Canavan said in a joint statement.

In March, Geoscience Australia and the CRCSI will call for organisations from a number of industries including agriculture, aviation, construction, mining, maritime, road, spatial, and utilities to participate in the test bed.

The announcement comes after the Australian and New Zealand governments signed a treaty-level Science, Research, and Innovation Cooperation Agreement on Friday that will see both countries work together to tackle chronic disease and advance general health care, in addition to improving the accuracy and availability of GPS signals.

"This is the first treaty of its kind between our countries. It formalises what has been a naturally close and enduring partnership," said recently appointed Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Senator Arthur Sinodinos. "More importantly, it recognises the immense economic and social potential that merging our efforts and resources can bring to the region."

World's eye on NZ space industry progress

From https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/central-otago/worlds-eye-nz-space-industry-progress

Clyde Space business development manager Robin Sampson (left) and Centre for Space Science Technology establishment group member Jared Lewis hold a model CubeSat in Alexandra yesterday. PHOTO: JONO EDWARDS (FEB 16)
New Zealand's space industry is attracting international attention, according to a Scottish manufacturer of tiny cost-effective space satellites.

Robin Sampson, from Glasgow-based Clyde Space, was in Alexandra last week speaking to members of the Centre for Space Science Technology's (CSST) establishment group.

Mr Sampson said Clyde Space was one of the first companies to design and produce CubeSat technology when it was founded in 2005 and wanted to build on its relationship with the Alexandra-based centre for potential future collaboration.

At their smallest the instruments are 10cm10cm11.35cm and could be made for as little as $100,000, rather than traditional larger satellites that could cost up to $US20 million.

In November, $14.7 million of government funding was announced for the centre, which will use space-based measurements to aid New Zealand industries and eventually build and launch the country's first satellites.

Its opening date is planned for July 1.

Mr Sampson said CubeSats were a rapidly growing market.

Last week, 104 satellites were launched from India, in what its space agency claimed was the largest number ever launched simultaneously, and 96 of those were CubeSats, he said.

Mr Sampson's two-week trip was sponsored by the British High Commission to discuss technology and collaboration with New Zealand's space industry.

He also visited Auckland University and Rocket Lab in Auckland.

Clyde Space was involved in building Scotland's first satellite a few years ago, he said.

"So it will be awesome when New Zealand does the same.

"From my perspective there are a lot of similar needs that we have at home in Scotland in terms of access to space data. We're interested in trying to build that bridge.''

New Zealand's movements towards space technology and research had "definitely attracted a lot of attention internationally'', he said.

CSST establishment team member Jared Lewis said the centre's primary interest in CubeSat technology was around its low barrier of entry.

"It allows us to get into that industry. We also want to build that national capacity to launch them. No-one has built that operational capacity here yet.''

Bodeker Scientific director Greg Bodeker visited Clyde Space during the CSST proposal phase and the establishment group wanted to maintain that relationship, he said.

"We're looking to learn from everyone else about what worked for them.''

The centre would likely not launch satellites for another 18 months, but it would build and design them before that.

Thaicom 9 at risk of being scrapped in licence fee row

From http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/local-news/1202101/thaicom-9-at-risk-of-being-scrapped-in-licence-fee-row

Thaicom Plc says it may ditch plans to launch the Thaicom 9 satellite if the government forces the country's sole satellite service provider to pay extra charges above the current annual licence fee.

The company is also seeking diversification into non-satellite, high-growth businesses to offset shrinking revenue from traditional satellite services, said chief financial officer Vuthi Asvasermcharoen.

"We might seek other alternatives, instead of launching our own satellite, if we cannot get approval from the Digital Economy and Society (DE) Ministry by year-end," he said.

The alternatives include either renting a coordinated orbital slot from satellite operators in other countries or finding a foreign strategic partner to co-provide services on the partner's satellite.

Several potential customers have expressed interested in renting Thaicom 9 on a long-term contract basis, said Mr Vuthi.

The government has given the DE Ministry by March to settle Thaicom's compensation case for its two licence-based satellites, Thaicom 7 and 8.

The DE Ministry and Thaicom are in talks for setting a new fee structure for the industry governing new satellites such as Thaicom 9, which is expected to be launched into orbit in 2019.

The government wants Thaicom to pay an annual concession fee of 20.5% of total revenue for its latest two satellites (Thaicom 7 and 8), a sharp increase from the 5.75% it currently pays under the licensing system.

Patompob Suwansiri, chief commercial officer of Thaicom, said the current license fee of 5.75% is already quite high when compared with neighbouring countries at over 1%.

"It's impossible for us to return to a concession fee of 22.5% now that competition in the satellite business is more intense in the liberalised era," he said.

Mr Vuthi said Thaicom is expected to see flat revenue growth this year due mainly to the expiry of a contract with the Australian government to rent Thaicom's broadband satellite on its national broadband network, the termination of another contract with TOT Plc on a broadband satellite rental agreement and the shutdown of operations and services of pay-TV operator CTH.

Wilailuck Chulewatanakul, permanent secretary of the DE Ministry, said the ministry's working panel for space policy development expects to settle the compensation payment issue for Thaicom 7 and 8 by March.

The panel will submit its conclusions to the DE Minister for consideration, which would then be sent to the cabinet for approval, she said.

Thaicom holds a satellite concession under the Information and Communication Technology Ministry (the former name of the DE Ministry). The concession is due to expire in 2021.

Thaicom operates three satellites under a concession regime: Thaicom 4 or iPSTAR, a broadband satellite; Thaicom 5 and Thaicom 6, both of which are broadcasting satellites.

Thaicom 7 was launched into orbit in 2012 and has operated since 2014. Thaicom 8 was launched into orbit in May 2016. These two satellites operate under a single licence from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, which requires only 5.75% license fee payment to NBTC.

"Thaicom 7 and 8 must return to the old concession system instead of the licensing regime," said Ms Wilailuck.

Next Step, Fox Networks launch ‘Good TV’ pay TV

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/Startup_and_IT/30306634

NEXT STEP Television and Fox Networks yesterday jointly announced a satellite pay-TV service called Good TV, aiming to lure customers with an affordable package of Bt300 a month.

It is Next Step’s latest move of to tap into the satellite-platform pay-TV market, which has an estimated 2 million subscribers among the country’s 23 million households.

Amornphat Chomrat, managing director of Next Step, said the company saw a huge opportunity in Thailand’s satellite pay-TV market. Satellite networks have wide coverage at relatively low cost, while there is no pay-TV service provider for the middle-mass market with good content at an affordable price, where Good TV is positioning itself.

“The main target market is Bangkok and large cities nationwide,” Amornphat said.

The company’s key business strategy is to get households that already have a Ku-band satellite dish, which number around 6 million, to subscribe to Good TV. The programmes are broadcast via the Intelsat network to its encrypted set-top box. Existing Ku-band satellite dishes can be easily converted to work with the Good TV set-top box by adding some equipment, which is provided by the company.

By the end of 2017, the company aims to have between 50,000 a|nd 100,000 subscribers, before jumping to between 200,000 and 300,000 subscribers in 2018, and 400,000-500,000 in 2019.

Amornphat said the company would spend Bt30 million on marketing this year. At first it will mainly target households that already have a compatible dish, and will later aim to recruit new audiences that have never had a satellite-TV dish.

Good TV is a rebranding of FreeView HD, which began offering a satellite TV service two years ago. Around 100,000 users could be migrated to Good TV through an incentive package.

Good TV offers two packages, called Silver and Gold. The Silver package has no monthly fee; subscribers just pay a one-time service fee for the satellite dish and set-top box. Meanwhile the Gold package costs Bt300 per month on top of the first-time fee.

The first-time service fee is Bt2,990 for users who already have a satellite dish, and Bt3,990 for the whole set of satellite dish and set-top box.

During the promotion period, all prices will be discounted by Bt400. In addition, the Bt300 Gold package fee will be waived for three months.

Amornphat believes that customers will subscribe to pay TV if it offers good content. He said Good TV was designed with three good things: good content, good signal, and good price.

At its launch, 24 of Good TV’s 57 channels are in full high-definition format. Customers will get content from Fox Networks included Fox Thai HD, Fox Family Movie HD, Fox Crime HD, FX HD, Star World HD, Star Chinese Movies HD, Nat Geo Wild HD, and Baby TV HD, as well as documentary channels from Next Step such as MySci HD, NHK World, and Franc 24.

“The official full content from Fox Networks will start on March 1. We will add more high-definition channels by June to bring the total number of HD channels to 50, up from 24 HD channels at the first launch,” Amornphat said.

MR Rujayarak Abhakorn, vice president and territory head of |Fox Networks Group (Thailand), said Fox also saw a good opportunity in satellite pay TV in Thailand, especially when partnering with Next Step to provide content for Good TV subscribers.

China to launch first high-throughput communications satellite in April

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/China_to_launch_first_high_throughput_communications_satellite_in_April_999.html

Shijian-18 will be put into orbit by a Long March-5 carrier rocket in June, and will test the DFH-5 satellite platform.

China plans to launch Shijian-13, its first high-throughput communications satellite, in April, the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) said Friday.

The 4.6-tonne satellite, with a message capacity of more than 20 GB, will be carried into orbit by a Long March-3B carrier rocket, according to the CAST.

An increase in satellite throughput will provide better access to the Internet on planes and high-speed trains, said Wang Min, deputy head of the CAST's Institute of Telecommunication Satellite.

For the first time, a large number of domestic components have been used on a communications satellite with an orbital life of 15 years, Wang said. It is also the first time electric propulsion has been used on a Chinese satellite.

Shijian-13 has been transported to the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. After completing in-orbit technical tests, it will be designated as Zhongxing-16.

In 2017, China plans to launch six communications satellites, including Shijian-13 and Shijian-18.

Shijian-18 will be put into orbit by a Long March-5 carrier rocket in June, and will test the DFH-5 satellite platform, Wang said.

India's satellite launch ramps up space race but China ahead in Space technology: Chinese Media

From http://www.newsnation.in/science-news/india-s-satellite-launch-ramps-up-space-race-but-china-ahead-in-space-technology-chinese-media-article-162034.html

Chinese officials said on Monday that India has done a better job than China in prompting low cost satellite launch technology which could prompt Beijing to fast-track commercialization of its rockets laucnhes to compete in the world's growing satellite market.

India's satellite launch ramps up space race but China ahead in Space technology: Chinese Media

India's recent record satellite launch has recieved praises from all across the world including neighbouring country China.

Chinese officials said on Monday that India has done a better job than China in prompting low cost satellite launch technology which could prompt Beijing to fast-track commercialisation of its rockets laucnhes to compete in the world's growing satellite market.

"The launch indicated that India can send commercial satellites into space at lower costs, giving the country's competitiveness in the global race for the burgeoning commercial space businesses," Global Times quoted Zhang Yonghe, director with the new technology department of the Shanghai Engineering Centre for Microsatellites.

"In 2014, India became the fourth country to successfully send a spacecraft to orbit Mars, signalling a regional rivalry with China which suffered a failure in its Mars mission in 2012," a Global Times report said.

While praising the record launch as "India's triumph", it said "with respect to the research and development of both military and commercial rocket launch services, India lags behind China, the US and Russia".

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday launched record 104 satellites from its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.

Hughes India looks to invest $500M to set up satellite systems

From http://tech.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/corporate/hughes-india-looks-to-invest-500m-to-set-up-satellite-systems/57242998

Hughes India is willing to invest up to $500 million in India to set up satellite systems that could help in areas such as education and healthcare by reducing the cost of high-speed broadband Internet connectivity.

Last year, the government gave in-principle approval for ground segment of a GSAT-11 spacecraft.

Last year, the government gave in-principle approval for ground segment of a GSAT-11 spacecraft.
Satellite communications company Hughes India is willing to invest up to $500 million (approx 3,350 crore) in India to set up satellite systems that could help in areas such as education and healthcare by reducing the cost of high-speed broadband Internet connectivity.

“The market for satcom (satellite communications) is the one that cannot be served by WiFi. Even in developed countries like the US, about 10% of households will never have access through terrestrial technology like fibre or wireless...This last 10% unserved or underserved we've been trying to develop technology using satcom to serve this population,“ Pradman Kaul, president of Hughes Network Systems told ET.

The high cost of satellite broadband is seen as an impediment to adoption, but prices could come down if private players are allowed to set up satellites, taking the load off the sole supplierthe Department of Space.

“Economically, we have been charging customers a base rate of $50-60 a month and this provides a certain number of gigabits and capacity, pretty comparable to terrestrial technologies,“ Kaul said.

Another hurdle to the large scale adoption of the technology in India has been the lack of implementation of the satcom policy, which has been in place since the year 2000, but has not granted approval to any private player so far.

“The policy isn't a hurdle as both the FDI and the Satcom policy allows Indian registered companies with FDI to establish and operate satellites in India. A company interested in setting up a satellite system must also obtain permission from the Department of Space. However, till date, no one has been granted permission under this policy but we are hopeful our proposal will be favourably considered,“ said Kaul.

Hughes India looks to invest $500M to set up satellite systems
Last year, the government gave in-principle approval for the ground segment of a GSAT-11 spacecraft at a cost of Rs 1,117 crore, which can be used for services such as broadband and VSATs, especially in rural areas. The satellite is targeted for launch this year.

Indian Space Research Organisation chairman AS Kiran Kumar said last year that India's space capacity of 34 working satellites is barely half of what the country needs and is severely limited to meet increasing demands from the Centre.

It is here that players like Hughes see an opportunity for themselves. Department of Space, which gives permissions for satellite communications operations, is also an operator of satcom services, could be one of the reasons why permissions under the policy have been approved slowly.


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Telstra learns from Optus EPL mistakes as streaming content battle heats up

From http://www.afr.com/technology/afr20techtelstravsoptusstreaming--20170217-guftjv

Telstra chief executive Andy Penn has pledged to avoid Optus' controversial English Premier League football strategy of forcing fans to become telecommunications customers to watch its coverage, as it ups the ante on streaming content as a competitive weapon.

Telstra and Optus are increasingly turning to TV-style content as a way to differentiate their services, with sports rights the most high profile example, but Mr Penn said this didn't mean that fans should be held to ransom and made to switch long term contracts in order to watch their favourite sports.

Telstra's media revenue was a bright spot in an underwhelming half yearly results announcement last week, with its Telstra TV, BigPond Movies and sport and music subscriptions performing strongly. It has digital rights to AFL, NRL and Australian netball, whereas Optus has invested heavily to secure the rights to the exclusive rights to the EPL and some digital-only Australian cricket rights.

Optus has refused to disclose the number of people watching its football coverage, but it has struggled badly to capture the affections of local fans since it controversially decided to lock out millions of Australian by insisting that only customers on either a home broadband or postpaid Optus mobile account could access its coverage.

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Mr Penn told The Australian Financial Review that as Telstra secured content, it would make it free to Telstra customers, while charging customers of other telcos to watch its coverage.

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"I am not going to create a system where I block access to great content, which I know is really important to Australians, just because they are not a Telstra customer," Mr Penn said.

"Of course we make it more attractive if you are a Telstra customer by making it free and unmetered data, but we don't stop AFL fans from getting access to the content if they are not our customers, our approach is different to theirs [Optus] and it is certainly a point of difference for us."

Mr Penn said the importance of sports rights, and streaming services such as Netflix, Stan and Foxtel Play was growing considerably, and now represented the biggest driver of traffic on its networks.

He said consumers could expect to see more content deals appear as part of bundled packages as the National Broadband Network means it is no longer able to compete for home internet customers based on the superior quality of its network infrastructure.

"Customers want to watch what they want, where they want and at the time they want. Really the only things that are getting watched live now are sport and news, everything else is streamed and downloaded," Mr Penn said.

"Therefore the relationship between media and telecommunications has become more intimate as a consequence and it makes a lot of sense for us to look to bundle in the best content."

Optus has consistently defended its controversial approach to its EPL rights after spending a staggering $63 million a year for three years to show the competition in Australia, saying it has been vindicated by increased subscriber numbers.

However fans have been dismayed by regular technical problems and delays with its live coverage, bizarre editorial decisions that give away the results of matches before viewers can watch them on its apps and the fact that a large proportion of matches are not available on-demand.

Media reports late last year suggested that Australian viewing figures for the EPL were down since Optus took over the rights from Foxtel. For live coverage in the small hours of the morning, Foxtel achieved figures of over 100,000 for the most popular games last season, but Optus refused to tell The Financial Review if it was keeping pace.

When asked why it continued to display photographs of goal scorers from matches on the homepage of its apps, despite fans complaining that it ruins the experience of trying to watch matches "as live" on demand, an Optus spokeswoman said it was a deliberate editorial decision made by "experienced editorial staff who are football fans."

"Every Goal From Overnight is one of the most popular sections of the Optus Sports app. Our experienced content producers have taken an editorial decision to include imagery that excites and engages fans and as a result this is some of the most consumed content on Optus Sport," the spokeswoman said.

Spark's legal fight against Sky/Vodafone

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11804082

Spark New Zealand is seeking a court order for a short-term pause if the proposed Sky TV/Vodafone NZ merger gets the green light from the Commerce Commission.

In a statement to the NZX today, Spark said it are seeking a court ruling for a stay in the event the Commerce Commission clears the merger this week.

The move comes after Sky TV last week said it won't delay a planned merger with Vodafone New Zealand for a few days to allow for appeals if the deal gets regulatory approval next week.

The Commerce Commission is scheduled to make a decision on the deal on February 23, with the companies set to create the country's largest telecommunications and media group, with Sky TV buying Vodafone NZ for $3.44 billion, funded by a payment of $1.25b in cash and the issue of new Sky TV shares at a price of $5.40 per share. Vodafone becomes a 51 percent majority shareholder in Sky TV, in what amounts to a reverse takeover. The pay-TV operator will borrow $1.8b from Vodafone to fund the purchase, repay existing debt and use for working capital.

Spark's general manager of regulatory affairs John Wesley-Smith said a short pause would provide "breathing space" to assess legal options and background on the decision.

"This is a question of natural justice: to allow Sky and Vodafone to push ahead with the merger without this breathing space would likely mean the merger would already have been effected, and be difficult to unwind, before opposing parties have had a chance to view the detailed reasoning underlying the Commission's decision," he said.

Wesley-Smith said Spark was among other parties who wrote to Sky and Vodafone last week asking for a voluntary agree to a pause in the event the merger gets clearance.

"Sky and Vodafone rejected our requests, so we feel we are left with no choice but to seek a High Court ruling on the matter," he said.

Simon Moutter, chief executive, said Spark objects to the merger on the grounds that it would restrict access to popular sports coverage, and that an effective wholesale regime is necessary to prevent the monopoly position shifting into another market, he said.

"With the merger approved, we think New Zealanders will have fewer choices on how to consume the sport they want available from one company," Moutter said. "If the merger's not approved, then Sky will be highly incentivised to work with all broadband companies to produce a range of sporting products and bundles that can be delivered in a new way across everyone's services and New Zealanders will be far better off and so will Sky in our view," Moutter said.

A meeting is scheduled with at the High Court in Auckland at 10am on Wednesday

Eutelsat: 1,000 HD channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/20/eutelsat-1000-hd-channels/

Satellite operator Eutelsat has reached the symbolic landmark of 1,000 High Definition channels with the launch at Eutelsat’s HOTBIRD neighbourhood of CGTN HD, the news and current affairs channel of China’s CCTV media organisation, marking its first foray into HDTV in Europe. The 240 HD channels launched in 2016 equal the total number launched during the previous two years.

The upwards curve of HD take-up was particularly strong at Eutelsat’s flagship HOTBIRD position where HD channels increased by 25 per cent to 250, now accounting for almost one in four channels in the HOTBIRD line-up. This dynamic is driven by three key trends:

•Progressive HD adoption by public broadcasters including RAI that has transitioned nine channels to HD and CCTV that launched three channels
•New premium pay-TV content in flagship platforms including Sky Italia, Polsat, nc+ and Nova
•A wave of new free-to-air channels that include Euronews HD and Al Jazeera English

With almost 150 HD channels (up 40 per cent in one year), of which 100 are exclusive, the 7/8° West position hosted by Eutelsat and Nilesat satellites leads the transition to HD in the Middle East and North Africa. Free-to-air channels in HD now outnumber pay, with strong brands launched exclusively at this neighbourhood including five channels launched by Kuwait TV and Echourouk News HD, the 24/7 Algerian news channel.

Eutelsat satellites at 36° East that serve Russian and African markets clocked 14 additional HD channels over the last 12 months, rising to 114 HD channels. Russia’s leading NTV+ and Tricolor platforms each broadcast around 40 channels, to which can be added 32 HD channels broadcast to homes in Siberia from 56° East. In Africa, MultiChoice Africa and Zap are in the vanguard of HD, broadcasting 16 and 17 channels respectively and underscoring the trend towards higher resolution in Africa’s TV market.

“2016 marked a tipping point for High Definition TV across our portfolio of video neighbourhoods, culminating in a new landmark of 1,000 channels, many of which are exclusive to Eutelsat,” noted Michel Azibert, Commercial and Development Director at Eutelsat. “We are fully equipped to accommodate this accelerating pace and to work closely with broadcasters as they transition to an enhanced viewing experience,” he added.

Rights holders, search engines partner to combat piracy

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/20/rights-holders-search-engines-partner-to-combat-piracy/

A first-of-its kind initiative aimed at reducing the availability of infringing content accessed through online search has been agreed in the UK between representatives of rights holders (BPI, Motion Picture Association and Alliance for Intellectual Property representing a wide range of rights holders); and major search engines (Google and Bing).

Following a Government-chaired series of roundtables, a voluntary code of practice will kick-start collaboration between the parties to demote links to websites that are dedicated to infringing content for consumers in the UK. The code will accelerate the demotion of illegal sites following notices from rights holders, and establishes ongoing technical consultation, increased co-operation and information sharing to develop and improve on the process. It will also enable new practices to be adopted where needed.

The parties want to work together toward ensuring consumers have easy access to legal content and are not being inadvertently led to the infringing websites which proliferate online and risk to expose them to malware. A core aim is to ensure that users who are looking for legitimate content are much less likely to get presented with links to infringing content. There will also be collaboration to improve autocomplete suggestions which can lead users to infringing search results.

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has led the discussions, with the assistance of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Ofcom has supported the discussions by examining in detail the way that search results are presented to internet users, and the group has explored possible techniques and metrics that can help UK consumers avoid illegitimate content more easily.

This agreement will run in parallel with existing anti-piracy measures aimed at reducing online infringement. These include court-ordered site blocking, work with brands to reducing advertising on illegal sites and the Get it Right from a Genuine Site consumer education campaign, which encourages fans to value the creative process and directs them to legal sources of content.

“Successful and dynamic online innovation requires an ecosystem that works for everyone – users, technology companies, and artists and creators,” declared Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI and BRIT Awards. “BPI has long campaigned for search engines to do more to ensure fans are directed to legal sources for music or other entertainment. There is much work still to do to achieve this. The Code will not be a silver bullet fix, but it will mean that illegal sites are demoted more quickly from search results and that fans searching for music are more likely to find a fair site.”

“This initiative is a world-first. We are grateful for the support from UK Government both for this code and for the “Get It Right” campaign that encourages fans to support the artists they love. We look forward to working with Google, Microsoft and our partners across the creative industries to build a safer, better online environment for creators and fans.”

“Pirate websites are currently much too easy to find via search, so we appreciate the parties’ willingness to try to improve that situation,” commented Stan McCoy, President & Managing Director, Motion Picture Association EMEA. “We look forward to working on this initiative alongside many other approaches to fighting online piracy, such as the ‘Get it Right’ campaign that aims to help educate consumers about the many ways to enjoy film and television content legally and at the time of their choosing. We are grateful for the Government’s involvement and support on this issue.”

“The Alliance has been present throughout the discussions and has consistently made the case for a collaborative process that works for all rights holders and creators and starts to help the UK’s intellectual property generators to promote and sell their works without unfair competition,” stated Eddy Leviten, Director General, Alliance for IP. “Whilst there is still a lot of work ahead I would like to thank Ministers, past and present, and officials at the IPO, DCMS and Ofcom for their help in getting us to this crucial stage.”

Research from the IPO found that 15 per cent of Internet users – 6.7 UK Internet users – are still accessing copyright infringing content. The three-month period from March to May 2016 saw copies of films, TV programmes and music tracks accessed 24 million, 27 million and 78 million times respectively from illegal sources online.

Since 2011, when it began its programme of notifications to search engines to remove links to infringing content in their search results, the BPI has sent over 450 million notices to Microsoft’s Bing (183,333,358) and Google (274,807,342) combined. Such notices are critical for removal of infringing content, and will continue to play a critical role in the parties’ efforts to demote content.

Premier League piracy crackdown

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/17/premier-league-piracy-crackdown/

Three suppliers of pre-loaded IPTV boxes that facilitate mass piracy of Premier League football broadcasts have been ordered to pay a total of £267,000 (€311,230) by the Courts for infringing copyright.

The three sellers of pre-loaded IPTV boxes ordered to pay costs are:

•Football for Pubs Limited (based in Liverpool) was ordered by the High Court to cease the sale of the illegal devices and pay costs of £90,000;
•Pub Entertainment Systems (based in Royston, Hertfordshire) was ordered by the High Court to cease the sale of the illegal devices and pay costs of £77,000;
•Neosat was ordered to cease the sale of the illegal devices and pay costs totalling £100,000.

In a statement, Neosat said it recommended landlords to opt for Sky and/or BT to ensure that they were fully-compliant with all copyright laws. “Lastly, Neosat urges traders to take notice of the new laws and to withdraw their services rather than placing landlords at risk of prosecution,” it added.

These actions are part of a wide-ranging and sustained Premier League campaign to protect its copyright, the investment in its rights from Sky and BT and the benefits they bring across English football and beyond, and support the individuals and pubs that broadcast our matches the right way.

The High Court injunctions and orders to pay costs for the three suppliers follow a case in December 2016 that saw a seller of similar devices jailed for four years.

The Premier League also supported UK intellectual property protection body FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) in its recent raids of several IPTV box suppliers across the North-West of England that led to five people being arrested.

The focus of the Premier League’s protection of its copyright is not only sellers of IPTV boxes but also pubs that ignore warnings and broadcast matches on unauthorised foreign channels.

Pubs from Liverpool, London and Croydon are among 10 that have paid a total of £93,000 in costs for infringing copyright with unauthorised broadcasts of Premier League football.

A Premier League Spokesman said the actions were part of the largest anti-piracy campaign the Premier League has conducted to protect its copyright, and the investment from its UK live broadcasters Sky Sports and BT Sport.

“Like other sports and creative industries our model is predicated on the ability to market and sell rights and protect our intellectual property. It is because of this that clubs can invest in and develop talented players, build world class stadiums, and support young people in schools and communities across the country – all things that fans enjoy and wider society benefits from,” he added.

“These injunctions and costs orders, and the recent supplier of IPTV boxes sent to jail for four years, provide further evidence to consumers and the pub trade that the sale of these devices is illegal,” he concluded.

The latest pubs are:
1.Lord Warden, Liverpool – ordered by the High Court to pay £20,000 in costs
2.Old Fox and Hounds, Croydon – agreed to pay £5,300 in costs
3.Sandpiper, Washington – ordered by the High Court to pay at least £15,000 in costs
4.New Inn, Romford – agreed to pay £8,200 in costs
5.Prince of Wales, London – ordered by the High Court to pay £11,000 in costs
6.Fox and Hounds, Reading – agreed to pay £8,800 in costs
7.New Inn, Shipley – agreed to pay £5,100 in costs
8.Glebe Sports Club, Whickham – agreed to pay £7,900 in costs
9.Pride of Pimlico, London – agreed to pay £5,400 in costs
10.The New Inn, Maidenhead – agreed to pay £6,000 in costs


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


The Shopping channel has left Freeview NZ (Optus D1)

New stuff Apstar 7 76.5E 3740V 30000 DVB S2 8PSK Fec 3/4

Sid 1 Vpid 500 (H264) Apid 700 (AAC ADTS) "1" showing Fashion TV HD version FTA

Sid 3578 Vpid 2470 (H264) Apid 2471 "Fashion TV" SD version FTA

Sid 1102 Vpid 121 (Hevc) Apid 122 (eng AAC ADTS) "FTVUHD.COM" Showing Fashion TV UHD FTA

Friday feeds

Asiasat 5 3700 V Sr 30000 "BEVRT09" NATO feeds

Asiasat 5 3707 H Sr 7120 "WSHT E56" Ice Hockey Highlights

Asiasat 5 3725 H Sr 7200 "enc10" Ice Skating

From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Madani TV" is back on , Fta. Akhyar TV has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 V "Layar Desa TV" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4148 V "Macau Satellite TV, Macau Asia Satellite TV and Kungfu Satellite TV" have left .

Measat 3 91.5E 3814 V "Sky Racing 1" is now encrypted.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4147 H "Pepsi MTV Indies" is Fta.

Horizons 2 84.8E 11920 H El TR has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "Variety Hit" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V MV TV Channel, Five Channel, Major Channel Asian and Modern India TV have left.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3800 H "ChalermKrung TV" has started on , BISS.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "Zee Nung" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 11853 V "World Fashion Channel Russia" has started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 11913 V "Shopping Live" is now encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 12153 V "Shop & Show" is now encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 12524 H "Apostolic Oneness Network" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3791 H "Mubu TV" has started on , Fta

From asiatvro site

东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,中天新闻(高清)频道消失,设置12511 V 2400参数无效接收。 [2月17日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,国家地理悠人(高清)频道新增,设置3840 H 29720参数有条件接收。 [2月17日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,Oxygen TV(巴基斯坦)等频道消失,设置3818 V 6200参数无效接收。 [2月17日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Food Network(高清)频道改格式,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [2月17日]

东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Test CA1、Test CA2(测试)频道消失,设置11758 V 45000参数无效接收。 [2月16日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-4、天津卫视(高清)频道改格式,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [2月16日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Kids(印度)频道开播,设置12482 H 4680参数免费接收。 [2月16日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Travel TV(高清)频道改格式,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [2月16日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Zee Cafe(高清)频道加密,设置4088 V 4650参数有条件接收。 [2月16日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,ETV Erdenet Turs(蒙古)等2个频道加密,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [2月16日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,HBO Hits、CNN(MPEG-4)等全组频道加密,设置3880 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月16日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Fashion TV UHD(4K)频道新增,设置3740 V 30000参数免费接收。 [2月16日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Nomin Erdenet Tu(Ddish TV)等2个频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [2月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,台湾综合台、凯亚电视(台亚卫星)等3个频道消失,设置3700 V 33000参数无效接收。 [2月16日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Xyz(印度)频道新增,设置3949 H 3673参数免费接收。 [2月16日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Sony Gem(高清)频道新增,设置4120 V 29720参数有条件接收。 [2月16日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Bangladesh Channel(RRSat Global)频道新增,设置3769 H 13333参数免费接收。 [2月16日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Fashion TV(法国)等2个频道新增,设置3740 V 30000参数免费接收。 [2月16日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Work Shop HD(高清)频道加密,设置11639 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月16日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Zee Nung替换T News TV(泰国)频道,设置4120 H 30000参数免费接收。 [2月16日]


AFL Live's 7-inch streaming puts Foxtel first, fans second

From https://www.cnet.com/au/news/afl-live-app-small-screen-telstra-broadcast-rights/

A byzantine division of streaming rights has limited the AFL Live app to a 7-inch screen for live matches, with "big screen" rights still owned by Foxtel and Channel Seven.

If you're an AFL Live subscriber, get used to the small screen. Due to a careful division of rights between Seven, Foxtel and Telstra, AFL Live app users are limited to a screen size of 7 inches for every live match, even if they're streaming on a larger device.

As the 2017 season kicked off with a Collingwood vs. Essendon practice match on Thursday night, irate fans took to Twitter to vent. Photos started to pour in of the game streaming on tablet screens of a small image surrounded by a black border.

The AFL responded to its fans, some of whom assumed the sizable black borders were a technical fault, by confirming that the live-streamed picture size was capped at 7 inches due to the new broadcast agreement which will run from 2017 to 2022.

The six-year, AU$2.5 billion deal brokered in 2015 divided the broadcast rights between Foxtel, Channel Seven and Telstra. Under the deal, Channel Seven has HD free-to-air broadcast rights, Foxtel holds TV broadcast rights for every match and Telstra retains rights for all hand-held devices, IPTV and the club digital network.

"With the AFL and NRL we have the exclusive standalone mobile rights, which enables us to have a screen size of 7 inches up to a total screen size of 12 inches, so basically on the iPad Pro. Obviously the big screen rights are with Foxtel and Fox Sports," said Joe Pollard, Telstra's group executive and chief marketing officer, in a briefing earlier this week.

The problem was in the fine print.

From the AFL Live app's terms of service:

Telstra's agreement with the AFL restricts the display of live match videos to the a [sic] 7 inch screen size. Match highlights and match replays are available for viewing in full screen size 12 hours after the match conclusion.

While Telstra, and by extension the AFL app, can broadcast in up to 12 inches, the app was limited to 7 inches for any live broadcast. That 12-inch screen size comes into play 12 hours after the live broadcast for on-demand content and replays. The AFL Live app is free to Telstra customers, but it'll otherwise run subscribers at least AU$4.99 for a weekly pass.

A Telstra spokesperson confirmed that "live match video on mobiles and tablets will be a maximum of seven inches diagonally. There is no restriction on the image size for match replays and highlights 12 hours after the match conclusion. For the 2017 season, Telstra mobile customers get free premium access to watch every AFL game live and data-free. Image sizes appearing on mobiles and tablets is included in the terms of use on the AFL live official app."

The iOS app has also blocked Airplay mirroring, so there's no streaming from your iPad to TV for the big-screen experience, which would put it firmly under the purview of Foxtel, who hold "big-screen" broadcast rights. This season's matches will also be available for stream on Foxtel's Go and Play apps with no screen size restrictions.

The division of rights draws firm lines between mobile and traditional broadcast, with Seven and Foxtel clinging to the rights to show games on your TV. With Telstra recently pushing its mobile sport offerings and Foxtel's tumultuous time with sport rights in 2016, the squeeze is on.

AFL did not respond to request for comment.

Sky-Vodafone merger decision looms

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11802542

Vodafone and Sky are due to discover in days whether they will be allowed to join forces and create a formidable pay TV and telco provider.

New Zealand's competition regulator has been wading through hundreds of pages of arguments on the deal, which would combine Vodafone's mobile and fixed telecommunication networks with Sky's dominant position in the pay TV market.

If approved by the Commerce Commission, the merger would mean the combined business could offer consumers enticing bundles of Sky TV and Vodafone's internet and mobile services.

However, those opposed to the deal believe it will reduce competition in the telco market, which is not allowed under the Commerce Act.

The merger would see Sky TV buy Vodafone NZ for $3.44 billion, funded by a payment of $1.25b in cash and the issue of new Sky TV shares at a price of $5.40 per share. Vodafone would in turn become a 51 per cent majority shareholder in Sky TV, in what amounts to a reverse takeover.

Sky would then borrow $1.8b from Vodafone to fund the purchase, repay existing debt and for working capital.

Vodafone chief executive Russell Stanners would head the merged business.

The Commission released a letter in November which raised concerns about the merger, and the potential for competition issues in the telco market.

The new company would have substantial market power by virtue of its portfolio content, which included rights to live rugby, the commission said.

The merger would also make buying Sky on a standalone basis relatively less attractive than buying it in a bundle, resulting in customers switching from rival telcos.

The commission was further concerned that rivals would not be able to offer bundles that included Sky.

"As a result of the above, one or more rivals may lose customers to such an extent that they no longer provide an effective constraint in a telecommunications market, allowing the merged entity to profitably raise prices of a telecommunications service above levels that would prevail in the counter-factual," the regulator said.

In response, Vodafone said the commission's concerns were unfounded, arguing that the merger would need to result in "monumental change" in telecommunications markets to risk substantially lessening competition.

It said New Zealand's telecommunications markets were highly competitive, and adding Sky TV into the mix would not substantially drive the uptake of broadband or mobile services.

"Even if this were the case, the merged entity will (and will be incentivised to) offer wholesale Sky and retail standalone Sky," Vodafone said.

"Existing and potential market participants will not, in any case, be driven below competitive scale. The market will remain as competitive as ever."

It further pointed out that other telcos also sold broadband packages, such as Spark offering Lightbox and Spotify, and Trustpower's electricity bundles.

In its response, Sky argued that rival telecommunications companies would provide an effective competitive constraint on the merged entity.

"The Commission's theory of harm, under which the merged entity drives so many customers away from rival telecommunications providers that they are no longer able to provide an effective constraint on the merged entity, does not hold," the company said.

It added that it would continue to have incentives to sell its pay TV service as a standalone product.

"However, even putting those incentives aside, rival telecommunications providers do not, and will not, need access to the premium live sports rights held by Sky in order to effectively compete in New Zealand's telecommunications markets," the company said.

"Any changes in New Zealand's telecommunications market shares that could result from the proposed transaction will not be of a magnitude that could be described as a substantial lessening of competition."

Spark and 2Degrees have formally opposed the merger, saying the deal would adversely affect consumers as a result of creating a company willing and able to use premium live sports content to stifle competition.

Concerns have also been raised by TVNZ, the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand, InternetNZ, Trustpower and others.

Earlier this week, Spark, Trustpower and InternetNZ asked the firms to hold off completing the merger for a few days, should they gain the Commerce Commission's approval. They wanted time to weigh up the decision and lodge an appeal.

Spark chief executive Simon Moutter said if the deal was approved, it would have "a profound impact on the industry structure and industry playing field" and would warrant a "meaningful" response.

Sky rejected the request, saying it did not see "any proper basis for seeking an interim stay from the courts".

"Sky has full confidence in the New Zealand Commerce Commission and its processes," Sky said. "In the event the NZCC provides clearance in respect of the proposed merger, Sky intends to proceed to completion in an orderly manner upon satisfaction or waiver of any outstanding conditions."

The Commission is expected to release its decision on Thursday.

The issues

What the Commerce Commission needs to assess:
• Is the merger likely to substantially reduce competition in a market?
• Would the merged business be able to raise prices or reduce quality?
• Would the merged entity be able to render its rivals less able to compete?

• 2016 revenue: $1.96 billion
• More than 3000 staff

• 2016 revenue: $929 million
• About 1500 staff

Rocket Lab's big leap: Test vehicle moved to launch site on Mahia Peninsula

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11801629

Rocket Lab's first Electron vehicle has arrived at its launch site south of Gisborne in what the New Zealand company says is an important milestone for the space industry.

The historic test launch will take place in ''the coming months'', dependent on equipment testing and weather on the Mahia Peninsula.

Pre-flight checks would now start on the 17m tall rocket - with a call sign chosen by staff: ''It's a Test.''

"It's an important milestone for our team and for the space industry, both in New Zealand and globally. In past, it's been countries that go to space, not companies," said Peter Beck, Rocket Lab founder and chief executive.

''I'm immensely proud of the team it's a great effort by a group of incredible people."

The rocket was taken by truck in two climate-controlled containers to the Mahia Peninsula from Rocket Lab's manufacturing base near Auckland Airport. Launch Complex 1 is at the tip of the peninsula, about 90km south of Gisborne.

The launch will be the first orbital launch attempt from New Zealand. It is the first of three planned test launches before Rocket Lab begins providing customers commercial satellite launches.

Launch windows of several days will be announced but Rocket Lab is worried sightseers may be disappointed if launches are postponed or scrubbed due to weather or technical modifications to the vehicle.

"We understand the desire everyone has to get out there and watch," said Beck. "History has shown with any test launch programme that there is a likelihood of scrubs. We value everyone's time, and wouldn't want people waiting around for us."

The rocket makes use of new technologies such as including 3D printing of engine parts and carbon-composite structures similar to that in the fuselages of new-generation aircraft.

Customers wil pay about $6.8 million per launch - relatively inexpensive by international standards - made possible by frequent missions and a cheaper launch vehicle.

Sparse air traffic around Mahia, where the only regular international flight is a LATAM airlines Dreamliner heading for Chile and back, means clearing air space is not a major issue compared to launch sites in other countries.

"Since we commenced this project three years ago, our team has accomplished an incredible amount - the vehicle has gone through rigorous qualification and acceptance testing and we've pushed the limits of many technologies,'' said Beck.

Rocket Lab will use Electron to launch satellites used to house imaging and communications technologies. Rocket Lab's customers use these satellites to provide services including optimised crop monitoring, improved weather reporting, Internet from space, natural disaster prediction, up-to-date maritime data and search-and-rescue services.

Customers signed to fly on Electron include Nasa, Planet, Spire and Moon Express.

The vehicle is capable of delivering payloads of up to 150kg to a 500km sun-synchronous orbit; the target range for the high-growth constellation-satellite market.

Rocket Lab was founded in 2006 by Peter Beck and in 2009 launched Atea 1 - the first rocket to reach space from the Southern Hemisphere.

The company has its registered headquarters in Los Angeles.

The New Zealand government has invested $25m over five years, with backing also from Sir Stephen Tindall's K1W1 Ltd, and also massive Silicon Valley funding and support from Lockheed Martin.

Rocket law could stop you taking photos if a rocket crashes

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/89223394/rocket-lab-wants-to-stop-you-taking-photos-if-rocket-crashes

Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck told the select committee hearing last week that a ban on recording a rocket crash protects his company's intellectual property rights.

New Zealand is one step closer to entering the space race, but a proposed new law to regulate rocket launches could spell a leap backward for freedom of information, opponents say.

A clause in the Outer Space and High-altitude Activities Bill would make it an offence to take a photo or make any record of a space craft that crashes. Government approval would be needed to take photos or record what happened.

Head of Journalism at Massey University James Hollings said: "It's a completely ludicrous clause because what it means is, if some company screws up and is careless and drops something on a city, we're not allowed to talk about it. It's just silly."

Rocket Lab completed qualification and acceptance testing of the first stage booster of the Electron launch vehicle in December 2016.

Hollings said the law would violate the public's right to freedom of publication and tarnish New Zealand's reputation as a free country.

"You wouldn't get the same thing through the US because it would violate the first amendment. The public have the right, defined by our courts, to take a photo of something in a public place," he said.

"For the Government to violate that to protect companies is completely outrageous."

The Law Society and Media Freedom Committee both submitted objections to the clause on the grounds it is inconsistent with the New Zealand Bill of Rights, which protects the right to freedom of expression.

The bill, which is currently before a select committee, could stop the public and the media making any record of rocket debris crashing to earth.

Submission on the bill were heard by a parliamentary select committee last week.

Newspaper Publishers Association editorial director Rick Neville helped draft a submission against the clause.

Neville said a media blackout on space technology falling from the sky was draconian and ludicrous.

"If something large falls out of the sky and lands somewhere, it's news," he said.

"Just imagine what could happen with a rocket landing in Queen Street, [Auckland] and the idea that the minister can declare that area to be a debris recovery site and then make an offence of someone making a sketch, or taking a photograph, or recording what's happened. [The clause is] quite wide and could include news reports.

Minister for communication, economic development, and transport Simon Bridges wouldn't comment on the controversial clause.

"It's an infringement on the freedom of information. The public will want to know what happened.

"We don't think it's healthy for that clause to remain in the bill, it's impractical and not realistic," Neville said.

But the chief executive of New Zealand space company Rocket Lab Peter Beck told the select committee that the clause was needed to protect his company's intellectual property rights and comply with international non-proliferation agreements of rocket technology.

"The technologies used to create a rocket can be copied to create a missile. As a result, the New Zealand and international governments enforce measures to prevent people from being able to copy these technologies.

"What might be a benign photo of a rocket crash could show the inner workings of a turbo pump, which could provide valuable information for other folk with less good intent," Beck said.

Rocket Lab can launch rockets under an interim contract, signed by Government last year.

Beck was asked by Labour MP David Cunliffe why a space craft crash was not the same as a car crash.

"Because with a traffic crash, there's a lot of cars and a lot of people who know how to make cars. There's a very select group of people that are able to develop technology for space launch vehicles," Beck said.

"All I'm saying is we don't want our competitors seeing the internal workings of our propulsion systems."

Minister for communication, economic development, and transport Simon Bridges refused to comment on the bill while it was before the select committee.

"It's important the committee can hear and consider any submissions on the bill and report back to Parliament," a spokeswoman said in a written statement.

RTL International” to discontinue transmission as of May 31st 2017

From Press Release

Cologne, 15.02.17: The Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland is terminating operation of its pay TV channel RTL International

The final transmission day for the linear offering will be May 31st 2017. The channel and its programme, aimed at a German-speaking audience and tourists overseas, was launched at the beginning of 2016. The programme can be received via platforms (satellite, cable, IPTV, OTT) in such places as the USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, among others. It can also be received on a host of cruise ships, as well worldwide via livestream per App (Android/iOS) for tablets and Smartphones and online. The international channel of the Mediengruppe RTL features current RTL content in HD quality.

Stefan Sporn, Senior Vice President International Distribution remarked: We very much regret the discontinuation of this channel. Although we quickly managed to achieve reasonable international distribution, the number of subscribers did not develop as positively as hoped, making it not possible to operate profitably in the foreseeable future. Initial analyses clearly indicate that the success of internationally operating pirate platforms which illegally stream the transmission signals of a host of German broadcasters free-of-charge on the internet is playing a critical role in this development.

After discontinuation of the linear signal of RTL International, the Mediengruppe RTL intends to proceed making its content available to Germans overseas via OTT offerings in future. Corresponding options are currently under consideration.

For any questions, please contact:

Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland
Corporate communications
Konstantin von Stechow
E-Mail: konstantin.vonstechow@mediengruppe-rtl.de
Tel: 0049 221 456 74239

Further Information:
Mediengruppe RTL-Press Site (in german)


Konstantin von Stechow
+49 221 456-74239

Motorvision launches streaming service on Amazon

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/02/16/motorvision-launches-streaming-service-on-amazon/

German TV production company Motorvision Group expands its international distribution by launching a newly developed on-demand subscription service on Amazon Channels.

Amazon Prime members in the US have unlimited access to a collection of car programmes, documentaries and lifestyle formats from Motorvision TV, the Munich-based company’s pay-TV channel for car and motor sports fans.

After making its programmes available on its linear channel on traditional pay-TV platforms in 40 countries on four continents, Motorvision Group increasingly targets the growing OTT and on-demand subscription markets.

With the Motorvision TV branded on-demand subscription streaming service on Amazon Channels, the company brings its automotive content to US motor enthusiasts for the first time.

Starting today, Amazon Prime members can subscribe to the service for $2.99 per month after a 7-day free trial. New episodes and shows will be added on a regular basis.

“Making Motorvision TV available on Amazon Channels underlines our commitment to bring one of Europe’s largest catalogues of automotive content to a worldwide audience,” said Motorvision CEO Raimund Köhler. “We’re excited that tens of millions of Amazon Prime members can now enjoy our high-quality shows and explore the fun, fast and fabulous world of cars, bikes and motoring with us.”

Philippines selects Japanese ISDB for digital transition

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/02/15/philippines-selects-japanese-isdb-for-digital-transition/

The incorporation of an emergency warning system was the deciding factor in the Philippines’ selection of Japan’s ISDB-T as its new terrestrial broadcasting system.

Announcing the decision at the country’s Digital TV Summit, the Department of Information and Communications Technology cited 2013’s Typhoon Yolanda and a 7.2 magnitude earthquake later that same year, as reasons why a faster information distribution system was needed.

Both disasters claimed many hundred lives.

The Emergency Warning Broadcast System (EWBS) complements the efforts of the authorities by allowing users to receive early warnings and real time information during earthquakes, typhoons, and other calamities.

“Digital TV is an inevitable technology that we must embrace. It was developed specifically to enhance aside from the normal viewing experience of the people but [also] for us to attain real time information that affects our lives,” said James Santiago, Consultant to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on the DTTB Migration Plan.

DICT said EWBS had already proven itself in a disaster-prone country such as Japan.

“The bottom line is that the government will have the facility now to deliver this kind of urgent and pressing information to the people,” added Santiago.

The Philippines introduced analogue TV in 1953 using the US NTSC system and has maintained the same system ever since.


No update, back Friday


Telkom 3S has launched, going to 118E with mostly coverage for Indonesia. Those in Northern parts of Australia may get some signal from it.

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From the Dish

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3700 V "BeIn Sports 1/2 Singapore" have started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Fashion TV(高清)频道消失,设置4120 H 30000参数无效接收。 [2月15日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,天映频道、国家地理(MPEG-4)等全组频道解密,设置3960 H 30000参数免费接收。 [2月15日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,HBO Hits、CNN(MPEG-4)等全组频道解密,设置3880 H 30000参数免费接收。 [2月15日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,MAX By HBO、Haugiang TV替换Cinemax(K+)等频道,设置11589 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [2月15日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,M Channel替换Invest TV(K+)频道,设置11629 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [2月15日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,World Fashion Channel(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11853 V 45000参数免费接收。 [2月15日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,M Tunes HD、Bhakti Sagar(印度)频道消失,设置3837 V 7200参数无效接收。 [2月15日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,Box TV(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置12284 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [2月15日]

东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,Fashion TV(高清)频道新增,设置4120 H 29720参数免费接收。 [2月14日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Ashirwaad Gold替换Studio One(印度)频道,设置4006 H 14400参数免费接收。 [2月14日]


Qantas launches inflight BYOD on demand

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/15/qantas-launches-inflight-byod-on-demand/

Qantas customers on WiFi enabled domestic flights will be able to watch their favourite shows, avoid missing out on live sport and listen to almost any song they like, with Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify coming on board to provide content in 2017.

With speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional inflight WiFi, Qantas will offer customers video and audio streaming when the service is switched on its first domestic aircraft later in February 2017. The rest of the airline’s fleet of domestic Boeing 737 and Airbus A330 aircraft will follow from mid-2017 onwards.

The faster connection speeds – which enable streaming – are made possible through the nbn Sky Muster satellite service and represents a significant upgrade over older satellite technology accessed by most airlines around the world. The service uses idle data capacity, with the signal reaching the aircraft as it flies through the satellite’s 101 spot beams across Australia.

Qantas Group Executive of Brand, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Olivia Wirth, said that fast, free Internet would open up a huge range of options for customers inflight. “We know that email, online shopping and general web browsing will be popular uses when we switch on WiFi, but what a lot of people relish about flying is being able to catch up on their favourite TV shows or watch movies they didn’t get to see at the cinema,” she suggested. “Foxtel and Netflix both have huge catalogues that are expanding all the time, so there will be no shortage of entertainment on board.”

“The usage data from the collection of albums we already have on our aircraft shows that music is a great way for passengers to relax as they watch the world fly by. Spotify will open this up so you can listen to virtually any song you like,” she added.

While Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify are all paid subscription services, they will offer free access to Qantas customers on and off the aircraft for between three days and one month after their Qantas flight. Specifically:
•Foxtel will offer three days’ free access to its Foxtel app every time a customer flies, allowing customers to stream live sports, news and TV shows as well as its full range of on-demand content. No sign-up to a subscription is required.
•Netflix will offer new customers access to the entire Netflix service as part of a 30-day free trial. Existing Netflix members only need to log in to continue watching at no extra charge.
•Spotify will offer a 30-day free trial of its Premium music service, which has no ads, shuffle play and unlimited skips.

Customers will log on to the Qantas inflight WiFi via their own devices, and will be greeted by a landing page with a range of options. As well as links to access Netflix, Spotify and Foxtel, this page will feature real-time flight data; hotel, restaurant and transport options at your destination; the latest weather; and personalised information linked to your itinerary and Frequent Flyer account. Streaming of Sky News Australia will also be available.

Qantas is in discussion with a range of content partners on ways to improve the on-board experience using Wi-Fi.

In November 2016, Qantas installed ViaSat satellite-receiving equipment on its first 737 to be WiFi enabled. Hardware and software testing is underway on this aircraft, ahead of the service being switched on for customers soon.

Brian Walsh, Executive Director of Television at Foxtel said: “We are delighted to be able to extend our partnership with Qantas to support this great new service for passengers. With access to Foxtel both while flying and on the ground afterwards, Qantas passengers will enjoy some of the best live and on-demand content that Foxtel has to offer.”

“Qantas passengers will also have access to Foxtel’s deep and extensive library of new and returning signature drama and entertainment programming. In February and March alone these include HBO’s highly anticipated new drama Big Little Lies, staring Nicole Kidman and Reece Witherspoon, The Walking Dead, Call the Midwife, The Real Housewives of Sydney, Selling Houses Australia, The Flash, Arrow, Divorce, The Mick, Gogglebox and much more, plus all past episodes of blockbusters such as Game of Thrones.”

“Qantas is at the forefront of providing free and fast inflight WiFi to their Australian customers,” said Bill Holmes, Netflix’s global head of business development. “Now passengers can settle in and enjoy The Crown, Black Mirror and more shows and movies on their own devices, whenever they want.”

“Travel is an experience made better with music and at 40,000 feet music fans will now be able to access all their favourite Spotify playlists or discover a world of music from our catalogue of over 30 million tracks,” said Kate Vale, Managing Director at Spotify Australia & New Zealand. “We are excited to be working with Qantas on innovating and enhancing the customer experience in-flight by offering access to Spotify’s award-winning service on WiFi enabled Qantas flights,” she added.

Company merges 4G and satellites to bring reliable communications to the outback

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-15/satellite-and-4g-brings-reliable-communications-to-bush/8272388

Mobile service provider Pivotel Group is building custom-designed mobile network bases using 4G and satellite connectivity for use on pastoral stations, mine sites and oil and gas projects.

Called the ecoSphere, it offers secure point-to-point voice, video, tracking and monitoring connections.

Remote communications have been a bugbear for rural communities and industries that often struggle just to get enough connection to send or receive a mobile phone call.

Despite the launch of the Federal Government's Sky Muster satellite, communities also suffer from download speeds so slow they make normal business operations almost impossible.

Now they face the possibility of losing the only reliable communications systems many of them have, the landline phone.

The Productivity Commission has recommended the Federal Government save money by removing the current requirement to provide basic telephones, a move angrily received in the bush.

Pivotal chief executive Peter Bolger said providing a better alternative to landlines was one of the opportunities ecoSphere could provide.

Voice services part of new network

Typically, the Universal Service Obligation (the legislation on landlines) was for voice services only.

"But voice services absolutely run over the network we've developed, which incorporates 4G networks," Mr Bolger said.

"4G networks are designed for much higher speed anyway, so it's a very simple service to run voice with that."

Many rural and remote areas are the home of farms, pastoral stations and mining companies that have become so frustrated with the communications systems on offer they have been jerry-rigging their own systems.

The vexed issue of internet speed, mobile phones and loss of landlines may be addressed with new trial.

Making remote communications work

Mr Bolger said marrying the 4G network with custom-built base stations meant high-speed ability for a large number of applications.

"It provides complete communications, particularly around machine to machine, such as on mine sites and other remote industrial sites, but there is also a lot of voice and video applications that will be picked up as well," he said.

"Prior to launch of 4G, the mobile phone networks were built up around voice services first.

"With the emergence of 4G, it's built around data first, so voice goes over the top of the data network very easily.

"And in development is another standard piece that supports very, very low power and also have very long life batteries.

"That's best for sensors, so the machine to machine [data] business that's coming about."

Role for NBN

Another service that has yet to live up to its promise, particularly for the rural sector, is the National Broadband Network (NBN).

However, Mr Bolger said the NBN was also an enabler of the system, as much as a dedicated satellite.

"The NBN entitles all farm owners, all properties, who have NBN connection to the home," he said

"But that doesn't provide mobile phone coverage on their properties; their workplace is out on the farm, not necessarily in their homes.

"So we use that NBN to connect to the mobile base stations [purpose-built on properties], which will provide complete coverage at high speed.

"But it's also for low speed, low power if for example you want to carry out simple tasks like monitoring water levels or soil quality."

Communications systems in modern agriculture

Farmers and pastoralists have been using telemetry for some time, being able to open and close gates, measure water and other comparatively simple tasks.

"A lot of it has been happening around UHF [shortwave radios] and it's very specific," Mr Bolger said.

"We're talking about bringing high speed voice, video, data, onto a single terminal where your iPad and mobile phone will work."

Mr Bolger said asset optimisation was a big aim.

"I see in the future every single piece of livestock — cattle or sheep or goats — could potentially be tracked, and their own biometric conditions monitored so that you can say, maximise growth rate, minimise animal loss through theft, death and poor feed.

"Cattle farmers spend a very large amount of time simply going around making sure they've got decent water, decent food supply and they need to do it regularly.

"That is incredibly time consuming and it could be done via this system with simple monitoring and video cameras."

Indonesia launches Telkom 3S satellite successfully

From http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/02/15/indonesia-launches-telkom-3s-satellitesuccessfully-.html

The Indonesia’s biggest telecommunication company Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) has successfully launched its Telkom 3S satellite from Arianespace’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 6.39 p.m. on February 14 local time or Wednesday at 4.39 am Jakarta time.

The US$215 million worth satellite carries 24 C-band, eight extended C-band, and 10 Ku-band transponders, which intends to provide high-definition television services, faster mobile communications and Internet applications across the sprawling archipelago of over than 17,000 islands.

"With Telkom 3S, Telkom will have a total of three satellites. The launching intends to increase the coverage since Telkom 1 and Telkom 2 has the same coverage with Telkom 3S. The reason is that our capacity is not enough; we still rent [transponders] from other countries,” Telkom’s president director Alex J. Sinaga said, adding that the satellite will first travel to 135.5 degrees east for testing purposes; then it will reach the final orbital position at 118 degrees east.

Top executives from PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia including president director Alex J. Sinaga (center), chief technology officer Abdus Somad Arief (second from right) and satellite project head Tonda Priyanto (right) pose after the successful launch of Telkom 3S on Tuesday. The satellite was launched according to plan at 6.39 p.m. from Kourou, French Guiana.(JP/Winny Tang)

Arianespace has successfully orbited two satellites: Telkom 3s for Telkom Indonesia, together with SKY Brasil-1 for the operator AT&T/ DirectTV.

“Arianespace is delighted to announce that SKY Brasil-1 and Telkom 3s have been separated as planned on the targeted geostationary orbit,” Stéphane Israël is the Chairman and CEO of Arianespace said in the satellite viewing site named Jupiter control room on Tuesday night local time.

Replacing the position of Telkom 2, the Telkom 3S, which has a lifespan of 17 years, will cover Indonesia and a part of neighboring Malaysia.

Apart from Indonesia, other countries, such as Brazil, Mexico and other South American countries, have also launched their satellites from the country

India puts record 104 satellites into orbit

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/ISRO_Creates_World_Record_PSLV_Takes_Off_With_104_Satellites_999.html

India successfully put a record 104 satellites from a single rocket into orbit on Wednesday in the latest triumph for its famously frugal space programme.

Celebrations erupted among scientists at the southern spaceport of Sriharikota as the head of India's Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced all the satellites had been ejected as planned.

"My hearty congratulations to the ISRO team for this success," the agency's director Kiran Kumar told those gathered in an observatory to track the progress of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi immediately congratulated the scientists for the successful launch which smashes a record previously held by Russia.

"This remarkable feat ... is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation," Modi wrote on Twitter.

The rocket took off at 9:28am (0358 GMT) and cruised at a speed of 27,000 kilometres (16,777 miles) per hour, ejecting all the 104 satellites into orbit in around 30 minutes, according to ISRO.

The rocket's main cargo was a 714 kilogram (1,574 pounds) satellite for Earth observation but it was also loaded with 103 smaller "nano satellites", weighing a combined 664 kilograms. The smallest weighed only 1.1 kilogram.

Nearly all of the nano satellites are from other countries, including Israel, Kazakhstan, Switzerland and 96 from the United States.

Around 90 of the satellites are from a San Francisco-based company, Planet Inc. each weighing around 4.5 kilograms that will send Earth images from space.

Only three satellites belonged to India.

World record
Scientists sat transfixed as they watched the progress of the rocket on monitors until the last payload was ejected, and then began punching the air in triumph and hugging each other.

This was PSLV's 39th succesful mission, known as India's space workhorse. In 2015, it carried 23 satellites to space.

The launch means India now holds the record for launching the most satellites in one go, surpassing Russia which launched 39 satellites in a single mission in June 2014.

And it is another feather in the cap for ISRO which sent an unmanned rocket to orbit Mars in 2013 at a cost of just $73 million, compared with NASA's Maven Mars mission which had a $671 million price tag.

ISRO is also mulling the idea of missions to Jupiter and Venus.

The business of putting commercial satellites into space for a fee is growing as phone, Internet and other companies, as well as countries, seek greater and more high-tech communications.

India has carved out a reputation as a reliable low-cost option, relying in part on its famed skill of "jugaad" -- creating a cheap alternative solution.

Experts say much of its credibility stems from India's successful launch of the Mars orbiter, which gave it an edge over its rivals in the space race.

"India is proving to be a very viable option because of the cost and the reliability factor," said Ajay Lele, a senior fellow at the Delhi-based Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.

"India has been doing these launches successfully and has established itself as a very reliable player."

Mathieu J Weiss, a liaison officer for France's CNES national space agency who is currently in India, said ISRO had pulled off a major feat.

"It's a great technical challenge to launch so many satellites at once into orbit on the right trajectory so that they don't make contact with each other," he told AFP.

Weiss said India had become a major player in the space race by making itself so competitive with its low costs and by working with private companies which are space specialists.

"India has become a space power in its own right in recent years," he added.

Last June, India set a national record after it successfully launched a rocket carrying 20 satellites, including 13 from the US.

Modi has often hailed India's budget space technology, quipping in 2014 that a rocket that launched four foreign satellites into orbit had cost less to make than Hollywood film "Gravity".


Tuesday feeds

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Geoscience Australia collaborates on research with Inmarsat

From http://www.itwire.com/strategy/76861-goescience-australia-collaborates-on-research-with-inmarsat.html

Inmarsat and federal government agency, Geoscience Australia, are collaborating on research aimed at achieving enhanced positioning accuracy and integrity by augmenting signals from multiple Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) over Australia.

The project, which is scheduled to run for two years, will see Inmarsat — a global mobile satellite communications provider — deploying the transponder on-board its L-band Asia Pacific (APAC) Region satellite, Inmarsat-4 F1 (I-4 F1), to provide the space component of the Second Generation Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) Testbed.

The UK-based Inmarsat will join in the collaborative project Lockheed Martin who will provide systems integration expertise, along with the radio frequency uplink station and GMV (Spain), one of the leading suppliers of satellite ground segment equipment, who will be responsible for the provision of magicSBAS – a state-of-the-art, multi-constellation, operational SBAS-processors to generate the GNSS augmentation message.

Claudio Soddu, Inmarsat vice-president for Navigation and Special Projects, says GNSS signals are critical tools for industries requiring exact precision and high confidence.

Soddu says, for the first time, the project will demonstrate how the use of signals from multiple GNSS, i.e. GPS and Galileo, and SBAS signals broadcast on dual frequencies (GPS L1 and L5), can achieve enhanced navigation performance in terms of user positioning integrity and accuracy.

While basic global navigation satellite system signals are sufficient for some civilian user applications for timing, positioning and navigation purposes, Inmarsat says further augmentation is required to meet more exacting requirements and the second generation SBAS will provide this accuracy and integrity.

The Navigation Payload on Inmarsat’s I-4 F1 satellite is a dual-channel bent-pipe transponder, which provides mobile users with two SBAS navigation signals at both GPS L1 and L5 frequencies. The I-4 F1 satellite was the first to be launched carrying a transponder capable of broadcasting SBAS signals at both GPS L1 and L5 frequencies.

“Being part of this innovative research project is testament to our important heritage on satellite navigation matters,” Soddu says.

“A second-generation SBAS testbed is a natural continuation of the concept of augmenting satellite navigation systems with a separate satellite data and ranging channel that we helped pioneer. Having previously been involved in testbeds and operational systems in other regions of the world, this collaboration showcases our capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region and potentially opens the door to further research and development projects in the future.”

Telkom’s $250m satellite to better connect Indonesia’s islands

From http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/02/14/telkoms-250m-satellite-to-better-connect-indonesias-islands.html

Close to the equator, French Guiana, a scarcely populated country with only 158,000 inhabitants, is regarded as an ideal place to launch satellites. Mostly covered by equatorial forest, the South American country provides a stable climate, as well as invulnerability to earthquakes and hurricanes. Lying just over 500 km north of the equator, Kourou provides an advantage for satellite launches, because the earth’s spinning boosts the propulsion of the rocket taking the satellite into space.

In this part of Guiana, where a joint French and European spaceport has been built, Indonesia’s biggest telecommunication company Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) is set to release its latest satellite into space early in the morning of Feb. 15, Jakarta time. Called the Telkom 3S, the firm’s third satellite, which costs up to Rp 3.33 trillion (US$250 million), will provide high-definition television services, faster mobile communications and internet applications across the sprawling Indonesian archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, reaching primarily to the most remote areas.

This will be enabled by new technology, high-frequency Kuband transponders, which will cut installation time and allow faster connections.

“Unlike Telkom 1 and Telkom 2 Telkom 3S has Ku-band. The benefit is that the dishes [needed to receive signals] are smaller,” Telkom satellite project head Tonda Priyanto said on Sunday in Kourou.

Indonesia has long struggled with poor information and communication technology infrastructure despite the fact that many of its citizens are already highly tech-savvy.

The current administration kicked off late last year its ambitious Palapa Ring project in a bid to connect all areas nationwide through its fiber-optic network.

However, only around one third of Indonesia’s area can be covered by terrestrial communications systems, leaving the rest to be linked through satellite systems.

A McKinsey report released last September revealed that Indonesia could realize growth of an estimated 10 percent in the gross domestic product (GDP), equivalent to $150 billion, by 2025.

“The need for satellite technology is absolute in Indonesia. Meanwhile, the supply is still low,” Telkom chief technology officer Abdus Somad Arief recently said.

Overall, the Telkom 3S satellite will carry 49 transponders, adding to the 140 transponders that Telkom currently operates through its two orbiting satellites.

Satellite builder Thales Alenia Space has handled the design, testing and in-orbit delivery of the satellite, while the satellite launch company Arianespace will be in charge of releasing the satellite into space.

During the planned launch, Telkom 3S will be positioned at 118 degrees east, to replace Telkom 2. Telkom 2, which still has a life span of about four years, will be moved to another orbital position.

In response to the satellite launch, Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara said the Telkom 3S satellite would definitely help meet the demand for better network quality in Indonesia.

“I think that even if the government begins launching its own satellites, we will still be at a deficit even up to the year 2023,” he said. “What the government can do in the meantime is to give satellite lending rights to local companies to avoid dependence on foreign ones.”

DISH confirms 4K Planet Earth II

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/14/dish-confirms-4k-uhd-planet-earth-ii/

Following advanced-television.com’s report that US pay-TV operator DirecTV is to broadcast a range of programming in 4K, satellite platform DISH TV has confirmed it is to deliver live natural history series, Planet Earth II in the format.

The series will simulcast on BBC America, AMC and SundanceTV on February 18th with subsequent episodes airing on BBCA every Saturday night. DISH says its 4K broadcast offers an unrivalled level of clarity to its Hopper 3 customers.

DISH is also offering an exclusive free preview of BBC America, from February 14th through March 30th, giving customers access to Planet Earth II in both 4K and HD at no extra cost.

“It’s been more than 10 years since the world was first wowed by the original Planet Earth, and the second instalment promises to deliver unmatched detail in crystal clear 4K resolution,” said Vivek Khemka, DISH executive vice president and chief technology officer. “We’ve heard our customers ask for more 4K content, so we’re making every effort to deliver this programming to households as its availability grows.”

“The breath-taking visuals in Planet Earth II are nothing short of astounding,” declared Sarah Barnett, BBCA President. “We are delighted to partner with DISH in bringing audiences this ground-breaking series in 4K, allowing viewers to get even closer to some of Earth’s most incredible creatures and gorgeous landscapes.”

The series will air on consecutive Saturdays from February 18 through March 25 in 4K on DISH channel 540, and in HD on BBCA channel 135. Planet Earth II is available to DISH customers with a Hopper 3 and 4K TV.

In August 2016, DISH delivered NBC’s coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro in 4K, with coverage made available on one-day delay.

Countdown for ISRO's record 104 satellites launch begins

From http://www.oneindia.com/india/countdown-for-isros-record-104-satellites-launch-begins-2347501.html

The satellites will be carried by ISRO's workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C37.

Chennai, Feb 14: The 28-hour countdown for the launch of a record 104 satellites by India on board a single PSLV rocket from the spaceport of Sriharikota commenced on Tuesday.

India will become the first country to script history if it succeeds in launching the 104 satellites in a single rocket. The countdown for the launch of PSLV-C37/Cartosat2 series satellite mission began at 5:28 am soon after the mission readiness review committee and launch authorisation board gave its approval for lift off, Indian Space Research Organisation said.

Scientists have commenced filling of the propellant for the rocket, it said.

The space agency's trusted workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37, on its 39th mission, would launch a record 104 satellites belonging to international customers. What is significant about the launch is the number of satellites carried by a rocket.

Compared to successful launch by the Russian Space Agency launching 37 satellites in one go, India will become the first country to script history if it succeeds in launching 104 satellites in a single rocket. It will also be ISRO's second successful attempt after launching 23 satellites in one go in June 2015.

PSLV will first launch the 714 kg CARTOSAT-2 series satellite for earth observation and then inject 103 co-passenger satellites, together weighing about 664 kg at lift-off into polar Sun Synchronous Orbit, about 520 km from Earth.

ISRO scientists have used the XL Variant earlier used in the ambitious Chandrayaan and during the Mars Orbiter Mission. Of 101 co-passenger satellites, 96 belong to USA, five from International customers of ISRO -- Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, respectively.

Two other Indian nano satellites, totally weighing about 1,378 kg, will also be in the rocket. The nano-satellites belonging to international customers are being launched as part of the arrangement by Antrix Corporation Ltd, the commercial arm of the ISRO.

Cartosat-2 Series, which is the primary satellite, will be similar to the earlier four satellites in Cartosat-2 Series. After coming into operation, it will provide remote sensing services. Images sent by it will be useful for coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, distribution of water and creation of land use maps, among others. Cartosat-2 Series has a mission life of five years.

The two Indian Nano-satellites INS-1A and INS-1B were developed as co-passenger satellites to accompany bigger satellites on PSLV. The primary objective of INS is to provide an opportunity for ISRO technology demonstration payloads and provide a standard bus for launch on demand services.

INS-1A carries Surface Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function Radiometer and INS-1B caries Earth Exosphere Lyman Alpha Analyser as payloads.

88 satellites being launched will image the entire Earth daily

From https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/02/13/88-satellites-being-launched-will-image-the-entire-earth-daily/21712844/

This Valentine's Day the planet Earth is getting a present.

San Francisco based imaging startup, Planet, is launching 88 satellites into orbit.

These satellites gather information by photographing the planet daily so that people can see the changes that are happening throughout the planet and react to them.

The 88 satellites will be their largest fleet ever launched, but they won't be alone. They're being launched in an Indian PSLV rocket along with 15 additional satellites not belonging to Planet.

If the launch is successful Planet will operate more satellites than any other company in the world with 143.

The launch will also mean Planet can image the entire earth daily, whereas right now they're only imaging about a third of the earth daily.

The launch is taking place in India on Valentine's Day.

Hotstar, powered by Akamai, establishes high online viewership during India-England series

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/iworld/video-on-demand/hotstar-powered-by-akamai-establishes-high-online-viewership-during-india-england-series-170213

MUMBAI: Hotstar, one of India’s leading premium video streaming platform, leveraged Akamai Technologies, Inc., a global leader in content delivery network (CDN) services, to establish several new online viewership records on its platform for live sporting events during the recently concluded India-England series. On the second One-Day International (ODI) held on the 19thof January, more than 25 million users watched the match on the platform, accounting for a majority of the Internet traffic from India on that day. The viewership peaked at more than 3 million concurrent viewers on the platform during the final T20 match of the England series, establishing a new high in the Asia Pacific region.

India’s emergence as the world’s second largest smartphone market[2] is reflected in the dramatic growth in traffic witnessed by Hotstar, backed by Akamai’s Intelligent Platform, which saw more than 75 percent of viewers streaming the match from mobile networks.

Hotstar, an Akamai customer since its launch in February 2015, delivers millions of hours of sporting and general entertainment content backed by Akamai’s Media Delivery Solutions every week.

"We are seeing dramatic growth in our viewership every month, including in cricket. As millions of new users embrace Hotstar as a way of life, the platform is seeing new highs in sports viewership as well. As data costs fall dramatically, and users increasingly look to their mobile as the primary screen, we are starting to see the emergence of Hotstar as the primary destination in cities with more than a million in population. This trend will accelerate in the next few months, especially during IPL, and we rely on Akamai’s solutions to ensure that we are able to scale in line with this vertical growth in demand,” said Ajit Mohan, CEO, Hotstar.

“Globally, the smartphone is becoming a key instrument to viewing live sporting events. We saw a significant majority of users accessing content via mobile for this ODI between India and England, making it the largest audience for a sporting event on the Akamai Platform, in Asia. Hotstar is truly leading the change in this paradigm shift in India, and we are proud to partner with Hotstar to bring new features and innovations to provide an unparalleled end user experience,” said Parimal Pandya, Vice President, Media, APJ, Akamai Technologies.

As the Internet becomes faster and more accessible in India, brands can expect app downloads and usage to surge. Per a recently released App Annie report[3], Android users in India spent close to 150 billion hours on apps in 2016, leading app usage in the world. Indian users also downloaded apps over six billion times, surpassing America, the previous world leader.


Monday feed

Asiasat 5 4150 H Sr 15000 "Grammys" (MPEG4/HD/FTA
Asiasat 5 4170 H Sr 14240 "Bafta" (MPEG4/HD/FTA
Asiasat 5 3934 H Sr 7200 "enc ou 7 paris-nms 3" Rugby FTA France vs Scotland

Sunday feeds

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A few Saturday feeds

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D2 12575 V Sr 15000 FTA AFL Feed

IS 19 12431 H Sr 7500 "sts 12 enc/ Mod 1" Basketball
IS 19 12438 H Sr 3749 "sts 12 enc/ Mod 3" Basketball
IS 19 12440 V Sr 7500 "nitro athletics"
IS 19 12449 H Sr 7500 "sts6" Basketball

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ABS 6 159.0E 3639 V CT, Solar Sports, Basketball TV, Jack TV, 2nd Avenue, ETC, NBA Premium TV and Shop TV have started on .

Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Akhyar TV" is back on , Fta

Measat 3 91.5E 11562 V "ITV Choice" has left .

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12450 V TV Desa, Saluran Musik Indonesia, Klik Music, Metro TV, INews TV,TVOne, TV BMW, Indosiar, DC 7, Trans TV, MNC Shop Channel 79, SCTV, Hola Home Shopping, ANTV, Kitanesia TV, Otomoto Channel, Creative Channel, Trans 7, Pres TV, Kompas TV, DMI, Quran TV, Arek TV, Net, Inspira TV, TVRI Nasional, Melayu Bagus Channel, Prambors Channel, Hi-Indo!, Nusantara TV, TV Tabalong, JTV, Saluran Film Indonesia and DW have left again.

Apstar 7 76.5E 4075 H "Deepto TV" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Untouchable TV and New Generation TV" have started on , Fta. One Touch TV has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "LM TV English" has started on ,Fta CT Live! Beats and Fire TV have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "Push TV" has started on , Fta. Adonai TV has left.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "Khoj India has replaced 6 TV Telangana" on , Fta.

Intelsat 33e 60.0E 3778 R "TV West, BBS TV, Life TV, UBC TV, NBS TV, Urban TV, Bukedde TV 1 and WBS TV" have started on , Fta.
Intelsat 33e 60.0E 3785 R "NTV, K24, Inooro TV, KTN News, Kass TV and GBS" have started on Fta.

Intelsat 33e 60.0E 11078 V "BTV, Nova TV, BNT 1, BNT 2, BNT HD and Bulgaria On Air" have started on , Fta

Intelsat 904 60.0E Channels TV has moved from 3729 R to 3737 R, Fta.
Intelsat 904 60.0E The Nigerian mux have moved from 3744 R to 3751 R.
Intelsat 904 60.0E NTV Uganda has moved from 3756 R to 3764 R, Fta.
Intelsat 904 60.0E Swazi TV has moved from 3759 R to 3767 R, Fta.
Intelsat 904 60.0E NBS TV, Bukedde TV 1 and WBS TV have left 3768 R.
Intelsat 904 60.0E ZNBC TV 1 and ZNBC TV 2 have moved from 3765 R to 3772 R, Fta.
Intelsat 904 60.0E K24, KBC Channel 1, NTV, Kiss TV and QTV have left 3775 R.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Cable TV、Ayutaya(IPM)等频道消失,设置11679 H 30000参数无效接收。 [2月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,DVB(IPM)频道加密,设置11170 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Bayon TV、TVK(泰国)频道加密,设置11560 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,MV LAO、O Shopping(泰国)频道消失,设置11560 H 30000参数无效接收。 [2月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,PPTV HD、Test Live HD(高清)频道消失,设置11639 H 30000参数无效接收。 [2月12日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,4K-Sat 2(4K)频道重现,设置4120 H 29720参数免费接收。 [2月12日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Sky Racing 1(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3814 V 6660参数有条件接收。 [2月11日]
东经95度轨道位置新天6号星Ku段,Zee Punjab Haryana、Zee Rajasthan News(印度)频道消失,设置11090 H 30000参数无效接收。 [2月11日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,D Sport(Dish TV)频道新增,设置11090 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月11日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,DH Sports HD替换Plus Movie HD(Dish Home)频道,设置11361 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [2月11日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,channel music、凤凰资讯(MPEG-4)等频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [2月11日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Test(测试)频道新增,设置11130 V 30000参数免费接收。 [2月11日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Ruai TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数免费接收。 [2月11日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,News Live、24 Ghanta(印度)等频道新增,设置11050 V 30000参数免费接收。 [2月11日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,24 Ghanta、News Live(印度)等频道消失,设置11510 H 30000参数无效接收。 [2月11日]
东经103度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段,Rossia 24(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11605 V 34425参数无效接收。 [2月11日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Test(测试)频道新增,设置12558 V 43200参数免费接收。 [2月10日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,凤凰卫视、凤凰资讯(老挝)等37个频道解密,设置10730 V 40000参数免费接收。 [2月10日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,星河频道、凤凰中文(老挝)等全组频道消失,设置10850 H 45000参数无效接收。 [2月10日]
东经93.5度轨道位置G-Sat 15号星Ku段,Movies Now HD、Colors Kannada (高清)频道新增,设置11670 H 32000参数有条件接收。 [2月10日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Life Ok HD(高清)频道新增,设置11630 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月10日]


Foxtel CEO: ‘Piracy a scourge’

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/13/foxtel-ceo-piracy-a-scourge/

In the aftermath of its exclusive pay-per view coverage of a top boxing bout being illegally streamed on social media platforms, Peter Tonagh, CEO of Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel, has delivered a strong condemnation of content piracy. He also confirmed that in this instance, with the co-operation of the alleged infringers, Foxtel would not be launching legal proceedings, but use the episode to help educate the public instead.

Writing an opinion piece in the Herald Sun, Tonagh describes piracy as “a scourge”, suggesting it damages industries, puts live sports and events at risk and threatens thousands of jobs.

“It is no less of a crime than stealing a loaf of bread from a supermarket or sneaking into a movie theatre or a concert without paying. Yet, as a nation, Australians are among the worst offenders in the world,” he bemoans.

“At Foxtel, we have long focused on combating piracy. The first wave was the bloke at the pub selling pirated smart cards and set-top boxes. We worked hard to address that. The second wave was pirate sites such as The Pirate Bay and the bit torrent sites that encourage illegal sharing. We finally saw some progress with the recently passed site-blocking legislation having its first impact late last year,” he notes.

“But now we are dealing with a third, and potentially most concerning, wave: illegally streaming video on social media platforms. Rest assured we will work even harder to address this piracy before it gets out of control. The illegal streaming of the Mundine v Green fight nine days ago was a wake-up call. It was the first time that Foxtel had experienced piracy of a live event on a mass scale,” he advises.

According to Tonagh, there are a number of disturbing aspects to the illegal streaming of the fight. “The first is the basic moral question: why did the individuals involved think it was legitimate to do it in the first place and, just as bad, why did so many others, including politicians and media organisations, call them heroes,” he wonders.

“If someone had bought a ticket to the fight and forged multiple copies so their mates could get in, would they have been praised or called out for what they are,” he adds. “Illegally streaming copyright material is theft, regardless of whether you think it’s reasonably priced or not,” he avers.

“The second concern is the sheer short-sightedness of this attitude. Such events are hugely expensive to stage. The overwhelming majority of the charge goes to the boxers, to covering their fees, the cost of staging the event on the ground and the significant cost of a high-quality broadcast,” he advises.

“If people give the event away free, promoters have less money to cover their costs and are less likely to stage big fights in the future. For boxing fans, that logic should be obvious and very worrying. The same is true for other sports where broadcasting rights fees are the major source of funding to support everything from juniors in local clubs to elite-level competition and international tours,” he says.

“That is why at Foxtel we take illegal streaming of any copyright material seriously and we make no apology for taking a firm stance to enforce our rights. Since the fight, we have been working with Facebook to ensure the Facebook Live steaming feature is not used for illegal purposes at any future Foxtel events. Similarly, we continue to engage with other social media platforms. Of course, there are some salient lessons for us. We acknowledge that we must always try to make content available in a timely fashion, at accessible prices and on as many devices as possible. We have made huge advances on each of those aspects through no-contract offers and lower entry prices and will continue to invest in this area, including for our Main Event broadcasts and other pay-per-view content,” he confirms.

“In this case, we have made the decision not to launch legal proceedings against the two main offenders. They have agreed to publicly acknowledge that what they did was wrong and undertake not to do anything similar in future. This was the first time we have experienced such an incident at this scale and, even though they were both on notice that the broadcast was for private viewing only and not to be shared, we have decided that it is better to use this episode to help educate the public rather than punish individuals who have done the wrong thing,” he states.

“If we are to sustain our business, maintain great sport and continue to invest in other great Australian content, we must continue to educate the public on the consequences of piracy and be willing to enforce our legal rights. We remain fully prepared to do so in the future,” he concludes.

In a separate interview with The Australian, Tonagh revealed that Foxtel and Facebook have been developing a new tool designed to put a stop similar infringements.

“We are working on a new tool with Facebook that will allow us to upload a large stream of our events to Facebook headquarters where it can be tracked,” he said. “If that content is matched on users’ accounts where it’s being streamed without our authorisation then Facebook will alert us and pull it down. Our issue is that there were 22 live streams we identified of that fight. But we know of other cases in other markets where there were several thousand streams.”

“This is a major problem and so we are working with Facebook to put a stop to it. We are sure the tool will do what it says, but we are not confident of it working 100 per cent because in this game we have to increasingly play catch-up with the pirates,” he admitted.

Telkom 3S set to launch on Valentine’s Day

From http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/02/13/telkom-3s-set-to-launch-on-valentines-day.html

The Telkom 3S communications satellite is set to launch on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, between 6:39 p.m. to 8:05 p.m., local time, from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, South America.

A week before lift-off, a number of top executives from Telkom together with employees of satellite launcher Arianespace conducted rehearsals and a launch readiness review to make sure that the satellite was ready to go.

“They have reviewed all the small details. So if anything [unexpected] happens, it is beyond our control,” Telkom chief technology officer Abdus Somad Arief said on Sunday night in Kourou.

Telkom said weather conditions were crucial for determining whether to launch the satellite or postpone the event.

“Actually, rain is fine. But problems occur if there is thunder or [cumulonimbus] cloud. Just like an airplane, if the clouds are intolerable, the launch will be postponed,” Telkom’s satellite project head, Tonda Priyanto, said.

Before stationing itself at 118 degrees east, the Telkom 3S satellite will first reach 135.5 degrees east for testing purposes.

Telkom 3S is fitted with 24 C-band transponders, eight extended C-band transponders and 10 Ku-band transponders. (bbn)

MPs demand Murdoch ‘fit and proper’ test

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/10/mps-demand-murdoch-fit-and-proper-test/

james-murdochOfcom is facing calls from a cross-party group of MPs to launch an immediate review of whether James Murdoch meets the “fit and proper” test to hold a UK broadcasting licence. Murdoch is CEO of 21st Century Fox, which has made a £11.7 billion (€13.7bn) bid for full control of Sky UK.

Organised by the former Labour leader Ed Miliband, the group has written to Sharon White, chief of Ofcom, saying there is an “unanswerable case” to open a review into whether Murdoch would pass the “fit and proper” test to be granted a broadcast licence.

Ofcom said: “We can confirm that we have received the letter, and we will consider its contents carefully.” The move comes as Fox races to make a formal notification to European competition authorities of its intention to buy the 61 per cent of the UK-based broadcaster it does not already own. Once the commission is notified, culture secretary Karen Bradley must decide whether to refer the £10.75-a-share deal to the UK competition authorities and Ofcom on the grounds of media plurality.

Miliband, an outspoken critic of the Murdoch family, writes that the regulator should investigate whether Murdoch would pass the watchdog’s test. “In the light of the real prospect of full ownership of Sky by the Murdochs, there is an urgency about these inquiries beginning straight away”.

“Clearly the bid would not be allowed to proceed by the shareholders if you were to rule that 100 per cent ownership by the Murdochs would make Sky unfit and improper to hold a licence.”

In a 2012 review, Ofcom concluded that Murdoch’s conduct at News International — the previous parent company for his family’s UK newspaper interests — “repeatedly fell short of the conduct expected of him as a chief executive officer and chairman”. But it concluded despite the phone hacking scandal at News International, there was insufficient evidence to conclude that James Murdoch “deliberately engaged in any wrongdoing”.

4K/UHD Fox Sports for DirecTV

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/13/4kuhd-fox-sports-for-directv/

The number of 4K/Ultra-HDTV broadcasts on DirecTV continues to grow. A couple of weeks ago, NBC Sports started broadcasting 4K football matches from England’s Premier League. NBC Sports will continue to cover English football for the rest of this season in Ultra-HD with additional coverage of La Liga and other key sporting fixtures.

Pay-TV broadcaster DirecTV will this weekend start showing the BBC’s Planet Earth II (February 18th at 9pm on Channel 104) in UHD, as well as a full portfolio of sports, including NBA games, College Basketball and Golf.

Indeed, Fox Sports says its California-Stanford basketball games will be the first of its telecasts to be showcased in 4K, and will be followed by regular 4K/UHD transmissions. DirecTV is promising NASCAR races, and Major League Baseball.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


A few feeds seen late Thursday night

Asiasat 5 3885 H Sr 7500 "Nitro Athletics" coverage with Channel 7

Asiasat 5 3936 V Sr 7120 "DSI" showing Football review?

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Intelsat 19 166.0E 3780 H "MTV Classic Australia" has started on , Viaccess.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3840 H "Nat Geo Wild Asia, National Geographic Asia, FX Asia and Fox Sports Thailand" have left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3880 H "Sahar Urdu" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4146 H "Star Action has replaced S TV" on ,Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4165 H "Sargam TV" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4180 V "Sony BBC Earth has replaced SET India" Powervu encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3828 V "Jan TV and Jan TV Plus" have left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3836 V "M Tunes and Bhakti Sagar" have left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4116 V "Prarthana Bhawan TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4155 V "Zee Q" has left .

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东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Test(测试)频道重现,设置3940 V 28100参数有条件接收。 [2月10日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Chokdee TV、Chic Station(泰国)频道消失,设置4015 V 8333参数无效接收。 [2月10日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sabzbaat TV替换Message TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3751 V 2333参数免费接收。 [2月10日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Dolphin TV(RRSat)频道新增,设置3769 H 13333参数免费接收。 [2月10日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,World Fashion(俄罗斯)(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11670 H 14400参数无效接收。 [2月10日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,NVK Sakha(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置11124 V 3618参数免费接收。 [2月9日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Soyuz替换Union(俄罗斯)频道,设置11913 V 45000参数免费接收。 [2月9日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Russian FTA(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11605 V 43200参数有条件接收。 [2月9日]


The men who used Facebook Live to broadcast the Mundine-Green fight apologise

From http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/piracy/one-of-the-men-who-used-facebook-live-to-broadcast-the-mundinegreen-fight-apologises/news-story/15022660815dde538b6a8615505662af

THE two men at the centre of the Danny Green-Anthony Mundine streaming scandal have taken to Facebook to apologise for their role in illegally broadcasting the fight last Friday.

Darren Sharpe was one of a number of people facing fines of up to $60,000 or five years jail for using Facebook Live to stream the $59.95 pay-per-view to hundreds of thousands of viewers.

Foxtel announced it would take appropriate action against the streamers and Mr Sharpe today posted a public apology on Facebook.

“Last Friday I streamed Foxtel’s broadcast of Mundine v Green 2 fight via my Facebook page to thousands of people. I know that this was illegal and the wrong thing to do,” he wrote.

“Foxtel and the event promoters invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce the fight and to broadcast it. I unreservedly apologise to Anthony Mundine and Danny Green, to the boxing community, to Foxtel, to the event promoters and to everyone out there who did the right thing and paid to view the fight. It was wrong and I apologise.”

Facebook user Darren Sharpe has apologised on social media for streaming the fight.

At the time of writing this story, the post had been received over 380 likes and been shared 16 times.

The post had also attracted 189 comments, with a number of users supporting his decision to admit he was in the wrong.

“Good on you mate. Hopefully this will put things right with Foxtel and you can move on with your life. May you never pay for another beer,” wrote one Facebook user.

Facebook user Brett Hevers also broadcast the fight over the social media platform and posted a similar apology to Facebook this afternoon.

“I unreservedly apologise to Anthony Mundine and Danny Green, to the boxing community, to Foxtel, to the event promoters and to everyone out there who did the right thing and paid to view the fight. It was piracy, and I’m sorry,” he wrote.

Foxtel confirmed it had been in touch with Mr Sharpe and Mr Hevers following last weekend’s illegal Facebook Live stream to express its great disappointment with their unlawful activities.

“Rather than immediately taking legal action, as a first step we want to take the opportunity to educate both of them about the significant harm such actions bring to the production of local Australian content, including live sports,” a Foxtel spokeman told news.com.au

“We have given the individuals the opportunity to formally apologise via a public social media post, acknowledging the gravity of the situation, in the hopes that more people will learn that copyright theft is not a victimless crime and something that should be taken very seriously.”

The spokesman added the effects of breaching content copyright was more widespread than people might expect.

“Illegal streaming and file sharing of any kind impacts not only the viability of the entire content industry, but also the thousands of people employed by it, including athletes, actors, technicians, editors, caterers, set designers and more, who depend on copyright laws being respected in order to protect their livelihood,” he said.

“In addition, if revenue opportunities are undermined sports fans will suffer as sports presenters and promoters will have difficulty affording the costs of staging these fights and other events.”

Foxtel has asked any funds raised in response to the Mundine-Green live stream be donated to The Clontarf Foundation.

(Craig's comment, so Foxtel bullied them into making a "fake" apology....)

Foxtel Loses Millions After Shutting Down Presto

From http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2017/02/foxtel-loses-millions-after-shutting-down-presto/

New Corp writes down value of Foxtel

$27 million net loss and a value write-down of $297 million. Losses were blamed on Foxtel's decision to turf Presto last year and increasing competition in the pay-TV space. Here are the details.

News Corp owns half of Foxtel; Telstra owns the other half. Today, News Corp released its financial results for the second quarter of its financial year, which showed that the group lost $287 million.

"This quarter's results were impacted by non-cash charges because of a change in the carrying value of Foxtel and an impairment of the print-related fixed assets at our Australian newspaper business," according to News Corp.

News Corp wrote down the value of its 50% stake in Foxtel by $297 million. According to News Corp:

"As a result of Foxtel’s performance in the first half of fiscal 2017, the competitive operating environment in the Australian pay-TV market and management’s revised projections, the [News Corp] determined that the fair value of its investment in Foxtel declined below its $US1.4 billion carrying value to $US1.2 billion."

Foxtel's net loss for the last six months of 2016 was $27 million. News Corp said the loss was a result of "Foxtel management’s decision to cease Presto operations in January 2017".

The move to shutdown Presto was announced in October 2016. Presto was Australia's third most popular subscription video streaming service. The problem was Foxtel had released its own digital streaming services including Foxtel Play and Foxtel Go, which left no room for Presto.

At the time, Foxtel said: "All Presto entitlements will be honoured; should any promotional entitlements remain after 31 January, Presto customers will be offered appropriate alternative content."

Despite trying to keep up with the times with a rejig of the Foxtel Play subscription pricing structure, Foxtel as a company continues to face stiff competition in the form of Netflix, Stan and now Amazon Prime Video.

Foxtel's subscriber numbers at the end of 2016 was over 2.8 million.

USD to AUD conversion rates in this article are accurate as of February 10, 2017.

Telstra CMO claims ‘quality network’ will avoid Optus EPL-style lag

From https://mumbrella.com.au/telstra-cmo-claims-quality-network-will-avoid-optus-epl-style-lag-425602

Telstra is starting a new push on its digital sports rights, with a new campaign set to launch this weekend, pushing its overhauled apps for AFL, NRL and the upcoming Netball Super League.

The telco’s head of media and marketing Joe Pollard played down concerns over lag on the live streams which has blighted the enjoyment of Optus’ English Premier League offering for some customers, many of which had to take out a new plan with the network in order to access the package

Pollard told Mumbrella at a launch event in Sydney: “You need to have a quality network to have a quality experience.”

She added: “We have a slightly different strategy to Optus as we have the rights but any Australian can buy them. If you’re a non-Telstra customer you can buy a weekly, monthly or annual pass. If you’re a Telstra customer, it’s included in your plan because we believe in access for all.

“I can’t speak on behalf of Optus but we believe from a network quality perspective, whether that’s speed or coverage or reliability as it relates to drop-outs, that we’re a superior network. So we don’t find we have those issues because of the quality of the network.”

Pollard said the strategy of offering all three apps free of charge to Telstra customers on the right plans as well as data-free streaming had proven beneficial in terms of customer acquisition, and retaining existing customers on higher value plans, but declined to give specific numbers.

Pollard was quick to hose down questions on whether the improved mobile experiences could be seen as a rival for Fox Sports and, by extension Foxtel, of which Telstra owns 50%.

“Really the best way to watch sport is broadcast in HD on a big screen, and you get that with Foxtel,” she said.

“But from a mobile perspective, when you can’t be near a big screen you have it on your mobile. With our relationship with Fox Sports and us owning the mobile rights we feel like we’re in the ecosystem of being a Telstra customer you can get the best of both worlds if you want it in the home. And with Foxtel you get access to go, and so we see it as complementary.”

Asked if the company was looking at other sporting rights to add to the suite Pollard said “not at the moment”, adding: “We’re always looking at what our customers want. You’ve got the cricket rights coming up in the next year, the FFA has just been finalised and then you’ve got tennis – which is more of a free-to-air sport.

“So we look at it if it’s beneficial for Telstra. If you can access it for free somewhere else, is it what we want? But we’re always on the look out for new content deals.”

Pollard said niche sports could also be of interest, pointing to the niche apps the company has launched on its Telstra TV platform such as Indian content and plans for Mandarin language content.

All three apps enjoyed a soft launch last week, with Pollard saying even without promotion they had enjoyed a 350% uptake in downloads.

The company has engaged global experts who worked on codes such as the NFL and NRL in the US to help deliver the new experiences, with specific club apps allowing fans to tailor their content.

The AFL app has had the most work, with new features like an augmented reality photo booth that allows fans to pose themselves in different situations with their team, and “augmented ringtones”.

Speaking at the launch event, Gillon McLachlan, AFL CEO, said fans had turned to the app outside of the stadiums after many had to be turned away from the first match of the AFL’s new women’s competition over the weekend, with 2.6m minutes of AFLW content streamed over the weekend.

Netball has also had an overhaul with a simplified experience and a Telstra TV app allowing fans to watch two live games a week through the connected device. Nine Network will show the other two matches live, and will provide the production for the Telstra TV games.

The smartphone app will also be able to be played on TV screens via AirPlay and Chromecast.

NRL has also had “120 improvements to the ease of finding content” for fans, according to executive director of Telstra Media Michelle Garra.

She said: “An important use case for our apps is when people are actually at the game or on the couch – a lot of people tracking trends and player stats during the game.”

Garra added: “Nobody wants a generic version of content on the apps, so we have developed tailored club experiences for each of the apps.”

All apps will carry official sponsor advertising for each of the codes.

Spain: Premier League pirate raid success

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/09/spain-premier-league-pirate-raid-success/

Spain’s Cuerpo Nacional de Policía (National Police Force) has successfully raided a store in a shopping centre in the Málaga resort of Calahonda, owned by an ISP suspected of hosting a large-scale illegal IPTV streaming business, thanks to a collaborative effort with Premier League and content security specialist Irdeto.

Investigations revealed that the ISP in question, known as ‘Y Internet’, was being run by two UK citizens and providing unauthorised online subscription services featuring more than 100 international pay TV channels, including Premier League matches.

At the time of the raid, five of the company’s 10 employees were present, including the system administrator who was in was in charge of the operation of the servers used to provide illegal access to the channels, an IT technician in charge of preparing the illicit devices and three sales managers.

Y-Internet sold illegal IPTV service packages with annual contracts to the large foreign population in the Málaga region, including hotels, pubs, neighbourhoods and individuals. This included reception devices that were adapted to receive decrypted pay TV signals without authorisation. An Irdeto investigator told the Police that he went to the store in the shopping centre where the employees showed him the device and services available. The representative supplied as evidence the reception device and a premium subscription purchased for €450 from the store.

The investigation was initiated by the Premier League as part of a global crack down on illegal online redistribution of its live broadcasts. Engaged by the Premier League for piracy detection and investigative services, Irdeto’s team of experts worked closely with the Cuerpo Nacional de Policía to gather information and evidence leading to the raid.

“The raids conducted by the Spanish authorities, supported in this case by Irdeto’s expertise, are a positive example of law enforcement taking seriously piracy and IP infringement,” declared Premier League Director of Legal Services, Kevin Plumb. “This approach is essential for organisations like the Premier League – and other creative industries – as our model is predicated on the ability to market and sell rights and protect intellectual property. It is because of this that clubs can invest in star players and managers, and world class stadiums – the very things fans enjoy about our competition.”

“These raids follow a recent case we brought in the UK that saw a supplier of IPTV devices which enable mass piracy of Premier League football sent to prison for four years. It was the first case of its type and the fact police, both in the UK and in Spain, are now targeting and arresting others selling similar devices is further evidence for consumers that they are illegal,” he added.

Once sufficient evidence of illicit activity was found, the store in Malaga was raided by the Police. While entering the premises, the agents were confronted with strong security measures inside including a surveillance system that allowed the owners to supervise the employees from the UK, where they are currently living. The raid alerted the owners who tried remotely to delete and destroy files, payment transactions and clients’ records. However, the quick and effective actions of the Police prevented this from happening.

“We are grateful to the Spanish Police for their support and decisive action against IPTV piracy,” said Mark Mulready, Senior Director, Cyber Services and Investigations at Irdeto. “We will continue to work closely with our customers, partners and law enforcement agencies to detect, analyse, investigate and counter all types of piracy affecting on-demand and live real-time content. This is a growing problem affecting content owners, broadcasters and operators across the world. Efforts like this are more critical than ever and set an example that piracy will not be tolerated,” he stated.

Luojia-1A satellite built to observe ground light

From http://www.ecns.cn/2017/02-10/244797.shtml

China has become most lighted nation in Asia, signaling its growth, expert says

China will this year launch the country's first remote-sensing satellite dedicated to observing ground light at night, according to designers.

The Luojia-1A, a 10-kilogram mini satellite, is being developed by scientists at Wuhan University in Hubei province and will carry a highly sensitive night light camera with a 100-meter ground image resolution, Li Deren, chief scientist of the project, told China News Service on Wednesday.

Li, a professor of remote-sensing surveys at the university and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said that the satellite will be capable of detecting large lighted structures on the ground within its designated observation area, such as bridges over the Yangtze River. He added that images taken by Luojia-1A will be clearer than those by United States-developed satellites.

Luojia-1A will be used to help economic planners and analysts with their research and to provide data to policymakers when they determine overseas trade measures, Li said.

Wuhan University is also working with China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp to design the Luojia-1B, a remote-sensing radar satellite, and plans to send it into orbit in 2019, the report said.

Pang Zhihao, executive editor-in-chief of Space International magazine, said on Thursday that China now has no satellite that was specifically designed to take night images of ground structures.

"Now we have satellites that have infrared imagers or synthetic aperture radars to obtain images of landscapes or buildings. Compared with them, the Luojia-1A's camera is specifically developed to capture lighted objects at night, so it is very sensitive to light," he said.

Pang added that images and data generated by Luojia satellites will be useful for provincial and city officials to monitor local economies and to improve their development planning.

Li Xi, a researcher at the State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing in Wuhan, who is taking part in the development of Luojia satellites, said the project team has vast experience in researching lighted objects.

Its members have used images of lighted structures in Syria and Iraq to discover refugee movements and changes of battlefields. They have also analyzed the concentrations of lighted structures in Asia over the past 20 years.

The research concluded that China gradually became the most lighted nation of those surveyed, a visual representation of the continuous growth of China's economy, he said.

DTH STBs: Interoperability to be ensured with MeiTY & BIS help

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-services/dth-stbs-interoperability-to-be-ensured-with-meity-bis-help-170210

NEW DELHI: The information and broadcasting ministry has decided to refer to the electronics and information technology ministry and the Bureau of Indian Standards the issue of ensuring interoperability of set-top boxes for the direct to home industry.

Minister of State for I and B Rajyavardhan Rathore told the Parliament that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had on 23 July 2014 recommended replacement of license condition at clause 7.1 of the existing DTH guidelines.

The clause stipulates that “The Open Architecture (Non-proprietary) Set Top Box (STB), which will ensure technical compatibility and effective interoperability among different DTH service providers shall have such specifications as laid down by the Government from time to time” and TRAI in its recommendations on “Issues relating to New DTH Licenses” wanted the clause to read: “The STB offered by a DTH service provider shall have such specifications as laid down by the BIS from time to time.”

TRAI further recommended that BIS should come out with updated specifications for STBs from time to time and while doing so, BIS shall consult TRAI and that the license conditions should mandate the licensee to comply with the tariff order/scheme prescribed by TRAI for commercial interoperability.

As reported in mid-December 2016, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) had failed to come out with specifications with regard to interoperability of STBs (set-top boxes) meant for DTH (direct-to-home) platforms.

An information and broadcasting ministry source was answering a question by indiantelevision.com in response to a reply in the Parliament.

The minister had said the ministry had accepted recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) that it should work with the BIS and the Department of Electronics and IT to ensure such set-top boxes.


Thursday feed

Asiasat 5 4173 H Sr 6111 "standard 9 MHZ 4 x Audio" a nice little city backdrop

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Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Bizz News" has started on , Fta.
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Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "Rainbow TV" has left again.
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Apstar 7 76.5E 3780 V "D Sport" has started on , PowerVu.

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Australia’s nbn reaches 4m homes

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/09/australias-nbn-reaches-4m-homes/

Australia’s national broadband network (nbn) has reached a significant roll-out milestone, with four million premises now Ready for Service (RFS). This landmark means that the nbn network is now available to more than one third of all Australian premises.

By the end of December 2014 nbn had made 778,824 premises RFS. In the following two years, a further 3.22 million premises have been made RFS.

In the last two years nbn, has launched four technologies: FTTB, FTTN, HFC and Sky Muster satellite broadband. FTTN is the driving force behind the increased pace of the build thanks to the very fast pace with which it can be designed and deployed with well over 1 million FTTN premises already RFS.

nbn Chief Network Engineering Officer Peter Ryan described reaching four million premises RFS as “a great achievement” and a testament to the hard work of its people and delivery partners. “We now have the flexibility and the right technologies in place to design and build the network at the speed and scale needed to reach our end goal by 2020. With these four million premises our halfway built milestone comes into focus – we are expecting to reach this around the middle of the year.”

By 2020, nbn’s goal is for all Australians to have access to the nbn network, with a forecast 11.9 million premises RFS and 8 million premises activated on the network.

RSCC agrees schedule for new Express satellites

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/rscc-agrees-schedule-for-new-express-satellites--1182826

Russian state-owned satellite operator RSCC has held a meeting on the Express-80 and Express-103 satellites.

The meeting was chaired by Igor Chursin, deputy head of the state communications agency Rossvyaz. The agenda included building, testing and commissioning of the Express-80 and Express-103 communications and broadcasting satellites. Based on the meeting results, the Master Schedule was approved of the planned efforts.

The project to build the Express-80 and Express-103 spacecraft began in late December 2016 after the coming into force of a contract between RSCC and Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems (ISS).

The launch of the Express-80 and Express-103 satellites is planned for the third quarter of 2019. Due to the time needed for the delta injection and flight testing, the satellites are scheduled to be commissioned at the end of the first quarter of 2020.

Russian pay TV operators launching Ultra HD TV services

From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/657811/russian-pay-tv-operators-launching-ultra-hd-tv-services/

MTS in satellite TV marketing push

NTV+ UHD TVRussian pay TV operators NTV+ and MTS have separately unveiled plans to develop 4K Ultra HD TV services.

NTV+ plans to launch a service comprising three channels, available throughout the Russian Federation, in the next couple of months. The services will be available in the operator’s basic package at no extra cost.

NTV+ CEO Mikhail Demin told attendees at the CSTB conference in Moscow this week that the service would initially be available in western and central Siberia from March, extending to the Far East of the country in April and European Russia in May.

NTV+ plans to use the Express-AMU1, Express-AT1 and Express-AT2 satellites to extend the reach of the service across the entire country.

The operator’s move into UHD TV follows its decision to extend its satellite service to the Far East of the country for the first time. The broadcaster will begin selling its offering in this part of Russia in April via Express-AT2 at 140° East.

In addition to the Ultra HD announcement, NTV+ has now said that the package for the Far East region will comprise over 130 channels, including 15 movie services, eight premium SuperSport channels, and nine kids services.

MTS meanwhile has already kicked off with its first 4K Ultra HD TV broadcast. The operator launched a test broadcast of the Russian Extreme channel, which airs a mix of extreme sports content, on its satellite platform yesterday.

Content is encoded in the HEVC format and the broadcast is available to all MTS satellite customers with the appropriate equipment, including an Ultra HD TV and CAM module.

MTS’s satellite project chief Alexey Ivanov said that the company was working proactively to introduce new TV formats and hailed the Ultra HD TV broadcast as “an important step” for the operator.

Russia’s satellite pay TV frontrunner, Tricolor TV, started broadcasting in Ultra HD as early as November 2015, but only in the European apart of the country. The operator’s Ultra HD offering comprises TERN’s Insight UHD, an Ultra HD version of Fashion One and Russian Extreme.

Five arrests in 'fully loaded' Kodi streaming box raids

From http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38906561

Some traders advertise set-top boxes that can access subscription content for free

Five people have been arrested, accused of selling set-top boxes modified to stream subscription football matches, television channels and films for free.

The sale of so-called "fully loaded Kodi boxes" has been called a "top priority" by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact).

The five traders were arrested in early morning raids.

Fact said it believed the suspects had made in the region of £250,000 selling the devices online.

Kodi is free software built by volunteers to bring videos, music, games and photographs together in one easy-to-use application.

Some shops sell legal set-top boxes and TV sticks, often called Kodi boxes, preloaded with the software.

The developers behind Kodi say their software does not contain any content of its own and is designed to play legally owned media or content "freely available" on the internet.

Kodi software turns compatible devices into a "media centre" and is not illegal

However, the software can be modified with third-party add-ons that provide access to pirated copies of films and TV series, or free access to subscription television channels.

The sale of these so-called "fully loaded" boxes is currently the subject of a legal test.

The five arrests were made in Bolton, Bootle, Cheadle, Manchester and Rhyl.

Kieron Sharp, director general of Fact, said the arrests "should send out a clear warning to anyone involved in the sale and distribution of illegal set-top boxes".

"Set-top boxes loaded with apps and add-ons allowing access to copyright infringing material are very much illegal and anyone involved in selling these boxes should not be surprised to receive a knock on the door," he said.

Fact said it had co-ordinated its "day of action" on behalf of the Premier League and subscription television providers BT, Sky and Virgin Media.

The five have been released on bail following questioning.

Globecast provides complete contribution and distribution services for the Total Africa Cup of Nations

From http://www.screenafrica.com/page/news/tv-and-video-production-technology/1661753-Globecast-provides-complete-contribution-and-distribution-services-for-the-Total-Africa-Cup-of-Nations#.WJw_3meB-Uk

From 14 January to 5 February, Globecast, ensured the successful international coverage of the Total African Cup of Nations 2017 from Gabon. Globecast provided a full HD contribution and distribution service for African, European and Asian broadcasters as well as an IP platform.

To cover this major event in the international football calendar, in which 16 African national teams participated, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Lagardère Sports (leader in the management of African marketing and audiovisual rights) enlisted Globecast for its technical and strategic know-how. More than 15 major broadcasters from Europe, Africa and Asia covered the event taking the Globecast live feeds. During the tournament, many additional African channels also provided coverage depending on who was playing.

Globecast provided uplinks and contribution (primary and backup sources) by deploying two flyaway antennas (C- and Ku-band) in each of the four official tournament stadiums. To do this, Globecast managed the shipping and local logistics for nine HD satellite broadcast antenna kits representing a total of six tons of equipment.

In Gabon, Globecast provided a team of engineers and a global coordinator from Globecast Reportage and its Nairobi subsidiary. In its Parisian facility (Paris-Archives/Serte), a dedicated team supervised and coordinated contribution links and international distribution for each match. Globecast also provided two commentator posts (both French) and handled the insertion of sponsors’ graphical elements to enrich the live broadcasts from its Paris MCR.

In addition to broadcast distribution, Globecast also operated a video file distribution platform, which provided the rights holders with about thirty minutes of new material per day, divided into a dozen targeted sections, as well as the live streaming of the games for exclusive Lagardère Sports editorials requirements.

Michele Gosetti, EVP Sales France, said, “It was with great enthusiasm that Globecast ensured the very successful transmission of the 31st edition of the 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. We transmitted 180 hours of live HD programming plus a hundred hours of private signals. We not only ensured the contribution and distribution of the main signal through six C and Ku-band satellites, but also provided the IP and content enrichment solutions that are now a common part of the coverage of major events. This important project is another example of how Globecast continues to develop its range of services to support its customers in the face of market changes, from and to any place in the world.”

Azercosmos makes $50 million income from Azerspace-1

From http://www.azernews.az/business/108640.html

Azercosmos Company, the only satellite operator in the Caucasus, has revealed the revenue volume from the country’s first telecommunications satellite Azerspace-1.

The company’s income exceeded $50 million since the launch of Azerspace-1 into orbit. To date, 78 percent of Azerspace-1 resources are commercialized, and annual sales growth of the satellite resources is projected, Azerkosmos told Trend on February 8.

The satellite was set at the orbital position of 46 degrees East longitude on February 8, 2013. Currently, service area of Azerspace-1 includes several countries in Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia, Middle East and Africa.

“Four years have passed since the launch of Azerbaijan’s first telecommunications satellite into orbit,” Azercosmos said, adding that during these years, Azerspace-1 was able to attract potential customers and make its orbital position recognizable.

The company mentioned that the satellite will begin to recoup the investment after eight years of operation in orbit.

Currently, Azercosmos provides services to broadcasters, government agencies, and telecommunications companies of 19 countries, namely Malaysia, Russia, Germany, Ukraine, Egypt, Georgia, UAE, Turkey, Lebanon, Cameroon, Great Britain, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Estonia, Belarus, etc. Since 2014, all Azerbaijani TV and radio channels began broadcasting via Azerspace-1 satellite.

Currently, Azerspace-1 broadcasts 30 television and 17 radio channels.

The launch of the second telecommunications satellite Azerspace-2 is scheduled for this year. It will be placed at orbital position of 45 degrees East longitude.

The service area of Azerspace-2 will cover the countries of Europe, Central and South-East Asia, Middle East and Africa. The new satellite will further ensure the sustainability of the work, and will expand coverage of services.


Intelsat 19 12557 H 15000 is back to encrypted after being FTA for several months

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AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3890 V "Big Gaurav and Big Magic Punjab" are Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3915 V "A TV and Jet TV" have started on , Fta
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4020 V "Star Movies Select" has started on , Videoguard.

Measat 3 91.5E 10982 V "Astro Best SD 12" has started on , Videoguard.
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Stan to stream Cartoon Network in Australia

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/07/stan-to-stream-cartoon-network-in-australia/

Australian streaming service Stan has agreed a content deal with Turner’s Cartoon Network.

Cartoon Network is the most popular kids channel in the Asia-Pacific region, and Stan subscribers will now have access to its huge range of series. The partnership between the two entertainment brands will also see the premiere of the eighth and final season of pop-culture hit, Regular Show, first and exclusively in Australia this April on Stan. New seasons of Adventure Time and The Powerpuff Girls will also premiere at the same time as they air on Cartoon Network.

“As the leading local streaming service, Stan is the perfect partner for Cartoon Network to showcase our amazing line-up of content. From Regular Show to Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls to Steven Universe, the arrangement further expands the reach of our uniquely entertaining children’s series across Australia,” said Robi Stanton, General Manager of Turner Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Territories.”

IPSTAR, Reachnet partner on NZ satellite broadband launch

From http://www.itwire.com/resellers/76749-ipstar,-reachnet-partner-on-nz-satellite-broadband-launch.html

New Zealand satellite broadband provider, IPSTAR, has partnered with Australian reseller, Reachnet, to deliver IPSTAR retail satellite broadband to more than 35,000 regional and rural homes across New Zealand.

Under the deal, Reachnet also offers complementary RBI plans as part of its portfolio of services and is currently creating the next generation services to deliver faster satellite connection speed for these regional areas.

“Our focus on entering the New Zealand market is to connect rural and regional New Zealand to broadband via their satellite dishes,“ says Reachnet general manager Chris Ockwell.

“For many who already have existing satellites installed, through this partnership we have been able to offer an affordable bring your own equipment (BYOE) plan from NZ$29 a month.

“Many rural homes are using patchy mobile broadband or don’t have Internet access at all. We believe this package will be a game changer for many families, in particular farmers and business owners.”

Ockwell says the aim of the partnership with IPSTAR is to “make a difference for rural and regional New Zealanders. We believe everyone has a right to decent metro comparable broadband services”.

So long TV3, MediaWorks announces new channel name

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11796942

MediaWorks has just announced the end of its flagship TV3 brand. And they are not mucking about.

Tonight, at midnight, TV3 gets renamed as Three and undergoes a complete image overhaul.

In a statement Andrew Szusterman, MediaWorks Chief Content Officer, said, "After nearly 15 years, what we have no longer reflects our channel."

As well as the new channel name MediaWorks also unveiled Three's new mathematically inspired "visual identity", which encompasses a new brightly coloured logo and multi-platform branding.

Szusterman called the new look, "vibrant, playful and inspiring".

Chief Marketing Officer Andy Brown also commented on Three's new look.

"It's an entire world for our content to live in, one that reflects who and what we are. We're a channel that entertains and informs Kiwis with the best local talent and content."

While the station has been rebranded and refreshed a couple of times over the years, this is the first major departure from the TV3 name it has carried since launching 28 years ago in 1989.

It is not the first bold move by MediaWorks. In January last year the company canned its established 3 News brand to launch the Newshub banner.

Three's new look extends to its streaming VOD service ThreeNow as well as its new website ThreeNow.co.nz, which features on-demand programming, TV guides and extra content.

AsiaSat extends occasional use service agreement with Globecast

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 7 February 2017 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), Asia’s leading satellite operator, has extended an occasional use (OU) service agreement with Globecast, the global solutions provider for media.
As a longtime customer of AsiaSat, Globecast’s affiliates in Asia, Europe and from around the world use the comprehensive C and Ku-band capacity across AsiaSat’s fleet for the distribution of news content and sports events for their clients who are major international broadcast networks and premium sports right holders.
AsiaSat 5’s strong penetration into the Asian TV market and wide global C-band footprint make it the most popular satellite for OU service in the region, serving the entire Asia-Pacific in a single beam. The service provides Globecast unmatched coverage of live sports including the AFC soccer events, golf tournaments, Asian Beach Games, Baseball World Cup as well as broadcasting live news events such as the ASEAN summit.

AsiaSat has maintained a close partnership with Globecast for over 15 years, with AsiaSat 5 providing a primarily HD delivery of OU service to its customers, alongside transmission solutions from Globecast such as its one-stop service that offers global coverage for SNG and turnaround capabilities for TV distribution service.
Francis Rolland, EVP Satellites & Strategic Projects of Globecast, said, “There is a trend to deliver bigger and better coverage of large events each year. And Globecast confirms once again its role as a key player for the transmission and distribution of the world’s greatest sporting events by renewing our partnership with AsiaSat to keep providing a one-stop service including satellite capacity and uplinking over Asia.”
Barrie Woolston, Chief Commercial Officer of AsiaSat, said, “I am very pleased that Globecast has chosen AsiaSat as a long-term partner to provide high-quality, tailored broadcast and content delivery solutions to its clients. I look forward to bringing even more value to this strong partnership that enables excellent distribution of content across the Asia Pacific.”
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About Globecast

Part of the Orange Group, Globecast provides agile and seamless content acquisition, management and distribution services globally. The company constantly innovates in an evolving IP-centric environment to provide reliable and secure customer solutions. Globecast has created the number one global hybrid fiber and satellite network for video contribution and distribution. This network enables multiplatform delivery including TV Everywhere OTT, satellite, cable, video on demand, CDN delivery as well as cloud-enabled media services. The company remains the trusted partner for coverage and international delivery of news, sports, and special events around the globe. Customers enjoy a seamless global experience on the ground from 12 interconnected Globecast owned facilities, including Los Angeles, London, Singapore, Paris, Rome, and Johannesburg. www.globecast.com

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 is planned to be launched in Q2 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com

Media Contacts:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
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How Telkom‘s 3S Satellite Contributes to Indonesia‘s Economy

From http://www.en.netralnews.com/news/business/read/1239/how.telkom...s.3s.satellite.contributes.to.indonesia...s.economy

Thales Alenia Space Builds Telkom-3S for Indonesian Operator (SpaceNews)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The launch of Indonesian Telkom 3S satellite, scheduled on Feb 15 at the Guinea Space Center, Kourou, Guinea, France, is viewed to have a positive impact on the country's economy, notably the tourism sector.

"I appreciate the launch of Telkom 3S satellite, because it becomes the solution to the development of national tourism. Hopefully, the launch will run smoothly," Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said in Jakarta on Tuesday.

According to Yahya, Indonesia is geographically an island country with thousands of islands, which has a tourism potential but cannot be maximally accessed by telecommunications infrastructure and Internet.

"With increasingly wider Internet access across the country, the tourism sector, particularly the development of the 10 primary tourism destinations, could be boosted from now as the fourth biggest foreign exchange contributor to the national economy," noted Yahya.

In the meantime, Telkoms Director of Network and IT Solution, Abdus Somad Arief, said on Monday last week that all the preparations are already on schedule. "Until now, all the preparations are on schedule," Arief said on the sidelines of the pre-launch at the Telkoms master control station, Bogor, West Java.

According to him, Telkom 3S satellite will occupy an orbital slot of 118 degrees east longitude at above Kalimantan, which is occupied by Telkom 2. With the active period of the satellite being about 15 years since its launch, Telkom 3S has a capacity of 49 transponders, comprising of 24 transponders of C-Band (24 TPE), 8 transponders extended of C-Band (12 TPE) and 10 Ku-band transponders (13 TPE).

Telkom 3S is manufactured by Thales Alenia Space (TAS) of France, launched with the Ariane 5 ECA rocket VA235 owned by Arianspace Europa."Telkom 3S will replace Telkom 1, which will expire in 2018," Somad noted.

Telkom 3S satellite will be launched with an investment of around US$300 million, which will function to improve and expand the scope of telecommunications services, especially in remote areas that cannot be traversed by the optical cable.

"It provides communication services with higher bit-rate, resulting in better quality of communication. Thus, the television broadcast, mobile communications services and broadband Internet can reach all areas of Indonesia, Southeast Asia and some East Asian states," Somad explained.

He added that with Telkom 3S satellite, the telecommunications company will have three active satellites in orbit, namely Telkom 1, Telkom 2 and Telkom 3S. Meanwhile, Project Head of Telkom Indonesia, Tonda Priyanto, said the operation of 3S Telkom is expected to reduce dependence on foreign satellites.

According to Tonda, currently, two-thirds of Indonesian areas cannot be reached by terrestrial communication systems, while satellites are helpful to address the disparity of access to information in the country.

Towards the launch, Telkom is inviting 250 students to explore the master control station in Cibinong, Bogor, to learn more about satellites. The students have an opportunity to conduct studies on aerospace using virtual reality video 360.

Intelsat undecided on insurance claim as second Epic satellite enters service

From http://spacenews.com/intelsat-undecided-on-insurance-claim-as-second-epic-satellite-enters-service/

Intelsat has yet to gauge whether the impact of a thruster malfunction on its second high-throughput satellite, Intelsat 33e, warrants involving insurers. Credit: Intelsat.

WASHINGTON — Satellite operator Intelsat’s second high-throughput satellite, Intelsat 33e, entered service Jan. 29 after a protracted journey to orbit caused by a thruster malfunction, but the company has not yet decided if it will file an insurance claim.

Intelsat 33e launched Aug. 24 aboard an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket, and was originally due to begin commercial operations during the fourth quarter of 2016, but the company discovered that the satellite’s primary thruster would not be able to lift it to its intended orbital slot. Using a backup system, the Boeing-built satellite completed orbit raising in December, and began in-orbit testing. The extra time needed for the orbit raising shifted the satellite’s in-service date into 2017.

Stephen Spengler, Intelsat’s CEO, said in September that the effect of the thruster malfunction on Intelsat 33e’s lifespan was minimal. However, the operator is still deciding whether the impact is substantial enough to file a claim with insurers. Dianne VanBeber, Intelsat’s vice president of investor relations and communications, told SpaceNews Feb. 3 the operator is “still working through the analysis” on the satellite.

Insurance officials have said in the past that Intelsat 33e’s thruster issue could shave up to 18 months off the satellite’s life, which would make Intelsat eligible to file an insurance claim worth up to $40 million for a 10 percent loss of service.

Intelsat 33e carries C and Ku-band high-throughput capacity, covering Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia from 60 degrees east. The satellite follows Intelsat 29e, the operator’s first EpicNG HTS satellite, which launched in January 2016 over the Americas and North Atlantic Ocean region.

Intelsat has three more EpicNG-series HTS satellites planned to launch in 2017 — Intelsat 32e, Intelsat 35e and Intelsat 37e — followed by Horizons 3e, a joint satellite with Japan-based Sky Perfect JSAT, to complete global HTS coverage in 2018.

Russia: 87% think sharing pirate content is legal

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/07/survey-most-russians-unaware-of-piracy-consequences/

Findings from an online consumer survey from digital platform security specialist Irdeto suggest that 87 per cent of Russian consumers polled believe that producing or sharing pirated video content is not against the law and 66 per cent think that streaming or downloading pirate content is also legal. This is in stark contrast to the reality, which is that unauthorised copying, broadcasting, distribution or reproduction of copyrighted material, including audio-visual content, is unlawful in Russia as it is in most countries of the world.

The online research was conducted in partnership with YouGov and polled 1,005 Russian adults aged 18+.

This pervasive misconception by Russian consumers is a likely contributor to the escalating piracy situation in the region, where the survey also found that over half of respondents (57 per cent) said that they actively watch pirated content. In addition, nearly a quarter (22 per cent) of those surveyed are watching pirated content at least once a week or more.

Despite being told that pirating video content results in studios losing money, which affects both the quality and amount of investment in new movies and TV shows, almost half (48 per cent) of those surveyed said it would have no impact on their illegal video consumption. In fact, only 12 per cent of consumers said it makes them want to stop watching pirated content completely, after discovering this fact. This highlights how many consumers do not fully appreciate the negative impact that piracy has on the creation of new, innovative entertainment.

“There is an immediate need for all of us in the media business to educate consumers on the legality and issues surrounding piracy, and how they put the entire entertainment ecosystem and themselves at risk,” said Natalya Romanova, Regional Director, Russia and CIS, Irdeto. “If the harmful implications of piracy are not fully realised, consumer attitudes and behaviour will not change. Piracy impacts the ability of entertainment providers to invest in new TV shows or movies. This directly results in consumers having less choice of content to watch in the future. On a consumer level, when you are accessing content from a peer-to-peer site or streaming site, you are opening yourself up to malware and also funding the criminal networks that rely on online piracy as a large money generator in their portfolio.”

When it comes to the most popular pirated content, the survey found that 38 per cent of consumers who watch pirated content prefer to pirate movies that are currently being shown in the cinema. In addition, 21 per cent of consumers are most interested in pirating a TV series. In Russia, live sports, OTT original content from Netflix, Hulu and others are not as popular, with all three categories being preferred by fewer than 6 per cent of respondents. In terms of methods used to watch or access pirated content, 75 per cent of consumers who watch pirated content watch it on their laptop or computer most often rather than their tablet (5 per cent) or smartphone (4 per cent Android, 1 per cent Apple iOS).

“Education is a vital part of every anti-piracy strategy, but, to prevent these numbers from growing, studios, operators and rights holders are also introducing more robust content protection strategies,” said Rory O’Connor, Vice President of Services, Irdeto. “Implementing a comprehensive, 360-degree anti-piracy strategy, with solutions like watermarking, forensics and online piracy detection, is essential in fighting the war against pirates,” he concluded.

Terahertz wireless could make spaceborne satellite links as fast as fiber-optic links

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Terahertz_wireless_could_make_spaceborne_satellite_links_as_fast_as_fiber_optic_links_999.html

Terahertz wireless links to spaceborne satellites could make gigabit-per-second connection speeds available to anyone anytime, anywhere on the face of the earth, on the ground or in flight. Image courtesy Fujishima et al. (Hiroshima University).

Hiroshima University, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, and Panasonic Corporation announced the development of a terahertz (THz) transmitter capable of transmitting digital data at a rate exceeding 100 gigabits (= 0.1 terabit) per second over a single channel using the 300-GHz band.

This technology enables data rates 10 times or more faster than that offered by the fifth-generation mobile networks (5G), expected to appear around 2020. Details of the technology will be presented at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) 2017 to be held from February 5 to February 9 in San Francisco, California.

The THz band is a new and vast frequency resource expected to be used for future ultrahigh-speed wireless communications. The research group has developed a transmitter that achieves a communication speed of 105 gigabits per second using the frequency range from 290 GHz to 315 GHz.

This range of frequencies are currently unallocated but fall within the frequency range from 275 GHz to 450 GHz, whose usage is to be discussed at the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) 2019 under the International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Section (ITU-R). Last year, the group demonstrated that the speed of a wireless link in the 300-GHz band could be greatly enhanced by using quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM).

This year, they showed six times higher per-channel data rate, exceeding 100 gigabits per second for the first time as an integrated-circuit-based transmitter. At this data rate, the whole content on a DVD (digital versatile disk) can be transferred in a fraction of a second.

"This year, we developed a transmitter with 10 times higher transmission power than the previous version's. This made the per-channel data rate above 100 Gbit/s at 300 GHz possible," said Prof. Minoru Fujishima, Graduate School of Advanced Sciences of Matter, Hiroshima University.

"We usually talk about wireless data rates in megabits per second or gigabits per second. But we are now approaching terabits per second using a plain simple single communication channel. Fiber optics realized ultrahigh-speed wired links, and wireless links have been left far behind. Terahertz could offer ultrahigh-speed links to satellites as well, which can only be wireless.

"That could, in turn, significantly boost in-flight network connection speeds, for example. Other possible applications include fast download from contents servers to mobile devices and ultrafast wireless links between base stations," said Prof. Fujishima.

"Another, completely new possibility offered by terahertz wireless is high-data-rate minimum-latency communications. Optical fibers are made of glass and the speed of light slows down in fibers. That makes fiber optics inadequate for applications requiring real-time responses.

Today, you must make a choice between 'high data rate' (fiber optics) and 'minimum latency' (microwave links). You can't have them both. But with terahertz wireless, we could have light-speed minimum-latency links supporting fiber-optic data rates," he added. The research group plans to further develop 300-GHz ultrahigh-speed wireless circuits.

Zee launches Telugu movie channel in US

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/07/zee-launches-telugu-movie-channel-in-us/

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) has launched its Telugu movie channel, Zee Cinemalu on Dish and Sling TV in the US as a part of the Telugu pack. This launch brings the total tally of ZEE channels in the US to 37, making ZEE the biggest multi-cultural broadcaster in the US.

Speaking on the latest addition to the ZEE bouquet, Sameer Targe, Business Head – ZEE Americas said, “Movies are an integral part of the lives of the Telugu audience and the stars of Telugu cinema are worshipped as demigods. The Telugu community in the USA is close to half a million strong and is growing at more than 10 per cent every year. With the positioning of ‘Dil Pai Super Hit’, Zee Cinemalu offers a wide variety of movies from different genres with an aim to win the hearts of the Telugu audience.”

Tata distributes MotoGP, WorldSBK

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/07/tata-distributes-motogp-worldsbk/

Tata Communications has been selected by Dorna Sports as the exclusive video distribution partner for the FIM MotoGP World Championship and Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK). Tata Communications will distribute the motorcycle road racing action from five continents to over 80 media partners, reaching over 200 million households, using its global superfast fibre and satellite network.

“This partnership with Tata Communications represents a new, exciting step in how we manage the distribution of each race to our broadcast partners worldwide,” said Manel Arroyo, Managing Director, Media and Communications Area at Dorna. “We will use the company’s global media, connectivity and cloud capabilities to bring together the different parts of our broadcast operations. This, coupled with Tata Communications’ experience in the high-pressure world of motorsports, will strengthen our ability to give MotoGP and WorldSBK fans the high-quality, exhilarating viewing experiences they crave.”

Zee set to launch channel in France with dubbed/sub-titled content

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/gecs/zee-set-to-launch-channel-in-france-with-dubbed/sub-titled-content-170208

NEW DELHI: Zee TV, which has among the largest number of Indian channels being telecast in foreign languages in different countries, is shortly launching a channel in France.

Zee founder and Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament) Member of Parliament Subhash Chandra told indiantelevision.com that the group, which had recently launched a channel in Germany, Zee One Germany, is aiming to launch in France to expand reach and target the Indian programme loving French and people of South Asian origin.

“The French channel could be launched within six months or so,” he added without giving a fixed time frame or outlining whether the channel may also at some point of time carry original French content.

Zee, which through a plethora of TV channels (some of which are dubbed in local languages in various countries) was already reaching 200 million viewers overseas, aims “to increase that reach to 500 million”. Speaking on the sidelines of the SATCAB meet organized here by the All India Dish Antenna Aavishkaar Sangh here yesterday, Chandra said that France was until now receiving the channel launched by the group for the United Kingdom.

Zee at present has channels in foreign languages running in UAE/KSA (Arab), Russia, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Africa/Mauritius, the Caribbean, United States, Canada and Brazil.

According to Chandra, content from Hollywood dominates the world and it earns 65 per cent from overseas markets, while only 35 per cent from within the US market. “India with its content of feature films and appealing television programmes can also make a mark overseas,” he added.

While pointing out that in the international market, Zee had “successfully” taken popular domestic content in the original as well as repurposed form to focus not just on the South Asian diaspora, but on a wider cross section of global audiences, Zee Entertainment Enterprises MD and Chandra’s elder son Punit Goenka had said in the company’s annual report for FY 2015-16, “This strategy is working for beyond boundaries and being true to our philosophy of `The World is My Family’. Our popular channels in this context like Zee World, Zee Aflam and Zee Magic have witnessed substantial viewership growth in their respective markets. ZEEL expanded its reach to the Asia Pacific region through channels like Zee Bioskop and Zee Nung.”

Zee Bioskop reaches approximately two million homes in Indonesia and Zee Nung caters to about 2.5 million homes in Thailand.

Launched in April, 2015 as a GEC pay channel for the local Indonesian audience, Zee Hiburan, for example, is completely dubbed in Bahasa Indonesia and is also available in Hindi. Zee Sine, a 24/7 Bollywood movie channel, customised and packaged for local audiences, was launched in the Philippines in April 2016.


Intelsat 8/805 @ 169E 4008 V Sr 5000 current listing

"HD Adhoc 1" (Biss) sid 257 Vpid 258 Apid 259
"PLTV" (Biss) Sid 513 Vpid 514 Apid 515
"sky news" Fta showing Australia Channel sid 769 Vpid 770 Apid 771

ABS 6 @ 159E 3639 V Sr 31072 Fec 1/2 there is new mux here
a repeat of a Philippines mux from Measat mostly Powervu but shop tv is FTA

2nd Ave
Jack CT
Jack TV
NBA Premium
Shop TV
Solar Sports
Mom's FM Radio

Sports 5 is also loading on 3888V Sr 8331 but biss encrypted

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4117 H Sr 3333 "Samaa TV" is New FTA Sid 1 Vpid 49 (mpg2) Apid 60

Monday feeds

Asiasat 5 3874 V Sr 7120 "encoder 7" basketball Spain

Sunday feeds

Asiasat 5 3907 H Sr 7200 "service-1" Asean basketball league

Asiasat 5 3925 H Sr 7500 "enc14" Soccer FTA Kob vs ?
Asiasat 5 3885 H Sr 7500 "sts 9" nitro track and field for channel 7 OZ FTA

Optus D2 12634 V Sr 7500 "Telstra broadcast services" Horses
Optus D2 12652 V Sr 7500 "default" not sure
Optus D2 12661 V Sr 7500 "tbs7"cycling
Optus D2 12670 V Sr 7500 "tbs sng" at the races
Optus D2 12679 V Sr 7500 "tbs 3" more horse racing
Optus D2 12597 V Sr 7498 Bathurst race seen testing but Encrypted during race

Saturday Feeds

IS 19 12440 H Sr 7500 "sts 6" NBL
IS19 12459 H Sr 7200 "STS10 Summer Surf A"
IS19 12454 H Sr 15000 FTA card Tasa Sanfl
IS 19 12454 V Sr 15000 "sts 12 enc/ mod 1" unknown encrypted

Asiasat 5 4165 H Sr 7250 "rus-048" ice hockey fta
Asiasat 5 3745 V Sr 7200 "world feed" Emirates golf Fta
Asiasat 5 3685 H Sr 7120 "sansha-tv" Asian Boxing FTA

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 805 169.0E 4008 V "Australia Channel News" is Fta.

Intelsat 19 166.0E 12646 H "Alaraby TV 2" has started on , Fta.

Optus D1 160.0E 12519 H "Prime Plus 1" has started on , Fta.

JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12463 H {"J Sports 4, Discovery Channel Japan, LaLa TV, Movie Plus, TBS Channel 2, Gaora Sports, Fuji TV Next, Space Shower TV, Super! Drama TVand Nihon Eiga Senmon Channel" have started on PowerVu.

Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H Antara TV is back on , Fta. Akhyar TV has left again.

Telkom 1 108.0E 4117 H "CNN Indonesia" is now encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4146 H "As News" has started on , Fta.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12450 V TV Desa, Saluran Musik Indonesia, Klik Music, Metro TV, INews TV, TVOne, TV BMW, Indosiar, DC 7, Trans TV, MNC Shop Channel 79, SCTV,
Hola Home Shopping, ANTV, Kitanesia TV, Otomoto Channel, Creative Channel, Trans 7, Pres TV, Kompas TV, DMI, Quran TV, Arek TV, Net, Inspira TV, TVRI Nasional, Melayu Bagus Channel, Prambors Channel, Hi-Indo!, Nusantara TV, TV Tabalong, JTV, Saluran Film Indonesia and DW have started on .

Measat 3 91.5E 3840 V "ITV Choice" has started on , Irdeto.

Measat 3a 91.4E 12396 H "Duck TV SD and My Kids" have started on , Conax.

ST 2 88.0E 11633 H "Hakka TV, Congressional Channel 1/2 have started on , Fta. Taiwan Indigenous TV and CTS" have left.
ST 2 88.0E 11633 H "Taiwan Indigenous TV has replaced Hakka TV" on , Fta.
ST 2 88.0E 12516 H "Good TV, Buddha Compassion TV Station, Da Ai TV and Life TV" have left .
ST 2 88.0E 12702 H "Videoland Sports and Videoland Max TV" have started on , Conax.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "Wish Channel" has started on , BISS.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3800 H "Money Channel" has started on , BISS.

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11170 H Jewelry Channel has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 11045 H "NTV Serial, NTV Styl and NTV Pravo" are now encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 11473 V "TNT 4 and Konniy Mir" have started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 11605 V "KinoSat" has started on, Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4117 H Samaa TV has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 904 60.0E 11583 V "GlobalStar TV and Hard Life" are still Fta.
Intelsat 904 60.0E 11622 V "Armenia 1 TV, Shoghakat TV, Armenia TV Satellite, Shant TV, H2, Kentron TV, Yerkir Media TV and RTR Planeta" are still on , BISS.

Intelsat 33e 60.0E 11504 V "L!fe 78" has started on , Fta.

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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Russkij Extreme Ultra HD(高清)频道新增,设置11732 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [2月7日]
东经124度轨道位置的日本通信4B号卫星Ku频段,GSTV、QVC(高清)等3个频道新增,设置12688 V 23303参数免费接收。 [2月7日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,World Business Channel(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11559 V 22000参数免费接收。 [2月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Kuru(测试)高清频道新增,设置11679 H 30000参数免费接收。 [2月7日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,Azadi(测试)频道消失,设置4154 V 6666参数无效接收。 [2月7日]
东经124度轨道位置的日本通信4B号卫星Ku频段,CH 71、CH 72(宣传)频道新增,设置12447 V 21100参数免费接收。 [2月7日]

东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,Channel Five(巴基斯坦)频道新增,设置3979 V 3255参数免费接收。 [2月6日]
东经124度轨道位置的日本通信4B号卫星Ku频段,探索频道、Movie Plus(高清)等频道新增,设置12463 H 23000参数有条件接收。 [2月6日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,好莱坞电影、MTV(台亚卫星)等频道加密,设置3740 V 33000参数有条件接收。 [2月6日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,三立都会、三立国际(台亚卫星)等频道加密,设置3700 V 33000参数有条件接收。 [2月6日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Live TV(印尼)频道新增,设置3627 H 17986参数免费接收。 [2月6日]

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,国家地理、Fox(MPEG-4)等全组频道消失,设置3954 V 6100参数无效接收。 [2月5日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,天映频道、国家地理(印尼)等全组频道加密,设置3960 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月5日]
东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,CNN HD(印尼)高清频道加密,设置4117 H 3000参数有条件接收。 [2月5日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,NBA Premium TV(MPEG-4)等8个频道新增,设置3639 V 31080参数有条件接收。 [2月5日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,天映频道、国家地理(印尼)等全组频道解密,设置3960 H 30000参数免费接收。 [2月5日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,Gawahi TV(巴基斯坦)频道新增,设置4037 V 4800参数免费接收。 [2月5日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,HD Service 3(测试)频道新增,设置3787 H 12800参数免费接收。 [2月5日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Test(测试)频道消失,设置4002 V 5000参数无效接收。 [2月5日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Telekanal Aist(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置10981 V 44948参数有条件接收。 [2月5日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,BBC World News替换NHK World(MPEG-4)频道,设置3880 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月5日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Metro Shopping TV替换Jak TV(印尼)频道,设置4080 H 28125参数免费接收。 [2月5日]

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Sony Gem替换SCTV(印尼)频道,设置3780 V 29900参数有条件接收。 [2月4日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Wesal TV、Insan TV(印尼)等频道重现,设置4053 H 3333参数免费接收。 [2月4日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Eve(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3880 H 30000参数无效接收。 [2月4日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Cinema One Global(菲律宾)频道新增,设置4180 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月4日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Zee Cinema(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11236 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [2月4日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Setanta TV HD(高清)频道加密,设置4120 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月4日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,8 Kanal(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11305 V 30000参数免费接收。 [2月4日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,PBA Rush替换Toonami(Cignal)频道,设置11656 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [2月4日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,艺华影视、天华综艺(艺华卫视)等频道加密,设置12472 V 33500参数有条件接收。 [2月3日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-1、东森电影(艺华卫视)等全组频道加密,设置12354 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [2月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,RHTV(环宇卫视)频道加密,设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [2月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Australia Pluus TV替换天映(cignal)频道,设置11627 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [2月3日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,BeIN Sports HD 3(高清)等3个频道消失,设置3720 H 27500参数无效接收。 [2月3日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Channel Nine BD(孟加拉)频道改格式,设置3794 H 4444参数免费接收。 [2月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Toonami(Cignal)频道重现,设置11656 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [2月3日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,BeIN Sports HD 3(高清)等3个频道新增,设置3720 H 27500参数有条件接收。 [2月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Reserve TS3(测试)频道重现,设置11685 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [2月3日]


Last minute scramble as families face loss of internet connection

From http://www.katherinetimes.com.au/story/4452414/satellite-switch-off-imminent/

With less than a month to go before the Interim Satellite Service makes its last internet transmission, installers, customers and lobby groups have hit the afterburners.

Communications networks around the country are flooding email and social media feeds with a last-minute campaign to contact an estimated 1500 customers yet to be connected to the new Sky Muster internet service.

One of those waiting is Kimberley cattle producer Anne Maree Huey.

After applying to be migrated across to Sky Muster in June 2016 but being “bumped back” to September, November, December, February and then March 30, before being given a new connection date of March 1, she has no confidence she’ll be connected up before her existing internet connection is lost.

Her frustration at the prospect of having no internet for a month boiled over on the Better Internet for Rural Regional and Remote Australia Facebook page at the end of January.

“Considering our connection date has been postponed four times since November, I have little faith that the March date will go ahead either.

“I am just wondering if anyone else is in the same position, as I am about to start lobbying anyone who will listen (and no doubt quite a few who won't).”

Living 3.5 hours from Broome at Dampier Downs and with the wet season making access problematic, Anne-Marie is facing the prospect of not being able to track cyclones, nor being able to access market information as the cattle muster begins.

“My 15-year-old niece is looking at starting Year 11 with no internet – what other kids have to do that,” she asked.

“We’ve invested in InReach for staff working for us, so they can send emergency messages. It sends an email but without internet, we’re in the dark.

“This is putting lives at risk.”

Nbn co’s Queensland corporate affairs manager Kylie Lindsay has since said a helicopter install was planned for next week.

“This order has previously been identified as being located in an area known to have periodic access issues due to weather. For example the last appointment for this site had to be rescheduled due to weather.

“We’re actually doing quite a few by chopper. We are just doing what we need to do to get into some of the most remote, and difficult to reach places in Australia.”

Kylie also said reschedules were down to “resource availability”.

According to retail service provider SkyMesh CEO Paul Rees, the installation delays were not down to his company or nbn co, but were an installer issue.

He also commented to Anne Marie that his company had highlighted the problem to nbn co, and he suspected “they will realise the seriousness of the situation and will pull out all stops to get you connected by the deadline”.

One of the most galling things for Anne-Maree was that neighbours 20km away had been connected last year, meaning that an installer would have driven past their turnoff.

“This just seems to be inept,” she said.

According to Kylie, as satellite customers apply for their service at their discretion and with their service provider, nbn does not control the locations of the rollout for satellite as they are lodged in the system.

“For ISS migration, where we had not received orders at all, we undertook a pre-installation campaign where we did batch installations for areas where we were in control of the process.”

She said that even with the “proactive effort” put in to contact all ISS users, some had left it to the last minute to order a Sky Muster service.

“However, this number is small in comparison to overall number of people who were on the ISS.”

BIRRR is urging even people who hope to secure a fixed wireless service in future to apply for Sky Muster in the meantime.

“You will NOT have an internet connection past February 28, unless you do this,” spokeswoman Kristy Sparrow said. “At a later point in time you will be able to switch to fixed wireless/fibre as planned.”

She also urged current ISS users who have made an informed decision to use an alternate service to nbn Sky Muster, to also inform their ISS provider of their decision urgently.

“This will ensure you are removed from the list of people nbn is trying to contact but will also stop your provider billing you for your ISS service.

BIRRR believes that ISS providers are contacting customers regarding the looming deadline, but fears that many are not fully aware of the implications it might make on internet services and connectivity.

“It can take some time for applications to be processed and installers to actually physically get to customer locations to install the new Sky Muster satellite dishes - we urge everyone affected to immediately get the ball rolling with their application underway,” Kristy said.

Green v Mundine: How two blokes outsmarted Foxtel and why it should get on board

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-05/how-two-blokes-outsmarted-foxtel/8241800

Brett Hevers and Darren Sharpe are either copyright thieves who deserve to face up to five years' jail or "deadset f***ing legends".

It depends who you ask.

Between them on Friday night they racked up close to 300,000 viewers within a matter of minutes, streaming the blockbuster pay-per-view Mundine v Green boxing match on Facebook Live.

It was as simple as pointing their phones at the TV and pressing the live stream button on their Facebook accounts.

The intense publicity surrounding the fight, combined with the fact it was somewhat inaccessible (requiring a Foxtel subscription) and rather expensive ($59.95 per household, over and above subscription fees), ensured their Facebook feeds quickly went ballistic.

I must admit, I was one of those participating in what Foxtel management sees as theft.

I checked into Facebook and there it was at the top of my feed urging me to watch a live feed from a bloke named Brett Hevers. So I clicked.

To be honest, I was only mildly interested in the fight.

What was truly gripping was the hilarious stream of comments and emojis rolling across the screen and the spectacle of something going truly viral, in real time.

At first, 100 people per second were joining the crime scene. Then 1,000 every few seconds.

As the viewership ticked over 100,000, some people even started posting ads in the comments feed.

Foxtel remotely turned off Brett's subscription, but within minutes another feed started up from another Robin Hood acolyte named Darren Sharpe.

He clocked up well over 150,000 viewers.

Incredibly, someone from Foxtel tracked him down, called his phone and threatened him with legal action (on speaker phone).

Eventually Darren capitulated and turned off his Facebook stream.

It felt like the corporate equivalent of a little Dutch boy putting his finger in the dyke.

Before long, dozens of others stepped in, streaming the match on Periscope and YouTube as well.

Foxtel is promising to take legal action.

Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh said: "It's very clear to us that he knew that what he was doing was illegal. We advised him that what he was doing was illegal."

But claims that live streaming threaten the sustainability of the industry are wrong. The real threat to the viability of any industry is a company's inability to adapt to technology and keep up with the demands of its users.

Consumers these days insist on instant access.

If it's not easy to buy, and relatively cheap, technology allows them to go elsewhere.

Just a few years ago, there were shops that sold CDs. "Imagine that!", we'll tell our grandkids.

To buy a music single these days, you simply hold your phone to a speaker, say "Siri, what's this?" and up pops the song, the artist, the album and the option to download it instantly for $1.99.

Despite predictions of the music industry's imminent demise at the hands of piracy, it's still going strong because it viewed a potential problem as a new market and adapted.

The fact that Australia ranks as the worst for piracy of hit TV shows like Game of Thrones isn't our convict roots showing through.

It's due to the fact the only legal way to watch the show is to sign a lengthy subscription with the rights holder, Foxtel.

Of course that's going to send people elsewhere to find it, legal or not.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was dead right when he talked about the need for us all to be agile.

It may not have won him any votes in North Queensland, but he was right to say "there has never been a more exciting time to be an Australian".

Companies can either get on board, or be slowly ground down by "legends" like Brett, Darren and their 300,000 new best friends.

Danny Green vs Anthony Mundine live streamers will face legal action from Foxtel

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-04/green-v-mundine-live-streamers-warned-to-brace-for-legal-action/8241276

Foxtel boss Peter Tonagh has confirmed the pay TV provider will launch legal action against people who streamed the Danny Green versus Anthony Mundine boxing bout on social media.

Key points:
•Thousands of people watched Danny Green take on Anthony Mundine for free
•Foxtel was charging customers $59.95 to watch the much-anticipated bout
•However, several fight fans streamed the broadcast on Facebook

One lawyer said people who live-streamed the event on Facebook could face fines of up to $60,000 or five years in prison.

The bout between the two veteran fighters was billed as the most anticipated in Australian history, with 28,000 fans at Adelaide Oval watching Green claim a controversial win.

Foxtel was charging customers nearly $60 to watch the fight on its Main Event channel.

Streams of the bout and undercard, which included rugby star Quade Cooper, on Facebook attracted hundreds of thousands of viewers and angered the event's promoter.

Brisbane man Darren Sharpe said he received a call from a Foxtel representative, asking him to stop his bootleg broadcast, and a recording of their conversation was uploaded to YouTube.

Mr Sharpe has started a Go Fund Me page saying: "Please donate in case I end up getting sued."

Mr Tonagh, Foxtel's chief executive, confirmed the broadcaster would take legal action against the people who initiated the Facebook videos

"It's very clear to us that he knew that what he was doing was illegal. We advised him that what he was doing was illegal," he said.

"We stopped the streaming of the content to his set-top box on the basis that it contravened the terms of use of his residential subscriber agreement."

'People are stealing off us'

One of the fight's promoters, Justin Manolikos — a long-time friend of Green — blasted people watching the fight for free.

"It's stealing. It's no different to video piracy or music piracy," he said.

"What it's showing, whether it's Facebook or Twitter or whatever is that the pay-per-view model has major issues from a piracy point of view.

"Companies like Facebook need to have good, hard look at themselves. They don't care. They're getting something because other people are stealing off us."

Mr Sharpe's tense exchange with a Foxtel representative came during the sixth fight on the card, between Cooper and Jack McInnes.

Darren: "Sorry mate, I just had to chuck that on mute. So you want me to turn off my Foxtel because I can't stream it?"

Rep: "No. I want you to stop streaming it on Facebook. Just keep watching the fight at home, there's no dramas with that. Just don't stream it on Facebook."

Darren: "Mate, I've got 78,000 viewers here that aren't going to be happy with you. I just don't see why it's [not] legal. I'm not doing anything wrong, mate. What can you do to me?"

Rep: "It's a criminal offence against the copyright act, mate. We've got technical protection methods inside the box so exactly this thing can't happen."

Darren: "Bullsh*t."

Rep: "It's against the copyright act of Australia mate."

Darren: "Unbelievable."

Streams drew more than 150,000

Another man who streamed the bout, Brett Hevers, said he had not done anything wrong.

"I streamed the Mundine and Green fight mainly just so a few mates could watch it. A few people couldn't afford the fee or didn't have Foxtel so I just thought I'd put it up for them," he said.

"All of a sudden 153,000 people I think at the peak were watching it."

Sara Delpopolo, a lawyer specialising in social media who founded the International Social Media Association last year, said the streams could have denied Foxtel millions of dollars.

"This sort of issue raises some massive gaps in the protection mechanisms provided by social media platforms," she said.

"This is something that arises out of social media platforms and the new technologies they are introducing.

"Up until now we've seen bit-sized personal videos and showing of third-party content but not to the extent of this. I'm surprised it hasn't happened sooner."

Fox Sports launches international AFL streaming product

From https://mumbrella.com.au/fox-sports-launches-international-sports-streaming-product-424411

Just days after Foxtel made headlines for cutting the feeds of subscribers who live streamed the Danny Green versus Anthony Mundine fight to non-paying Facebook viewers – raising questions about the future of live streaming and content piracy – Fox Sports Australia has announced a new international sports’ streaming product, while Foxtel has launched a new sport promo bundle.

The Watch AFL service will be the network’s first direct-to-consumer international streaming product.


The move marks Fox Sports’ first foray into international distribution and “will also provide a blueprint to explore similar opportunities with rights holders across the company’s full suite of sports”, a statement from the network said.

The platform is a “ground-breaking streaming service”, the statement said, featuring every AFL game in addition to all associated AFL entertainment shows. The content will be available internationally, both live and on demand, “boosting the reach and taking AFL to a whole new audience”.

The network also announced it will continue to push into new markets next year as part of its deal to represent AFL as the sports’ sales agent for international broadcast rights from 2018.

Fox Sports CEO, Patrick Delany, said the Watch AFL Service will extend the sport’s growing reach across multiple platforms.

“The new Watch AFL Service will share our love of AFL with fans around the world.

“Australians travelling or living overseas won’t miss a minute of their team live in action, plus new fans will be able to learn more about the players and the game with all of Fox Sports’ award-winning programs delivering the best insight and analysis.

“The new partnership will help grow the game globally, taking AFL to more markets, across more platforms and reaching more fans than ever before.”

Today also saw the announcement of a new “unprecedented” offer from Foxtel, which features the subscription TV service’s sport and entertainment packs, with a special 200GB broadband bundle for $99 per month on a 12-month plan.


Foxtel said the offer is a celebration of the second anniversary of “launching broadband services that are purpose-built for entertainment”.

The offer features 12 sports channels, including Fox Sports 1-5, Fox Footy, beIn Sports 1-3, ESPN 1-2 and Eurosport, enabling subscribers to “catch every round live and ad-break free during play across NRL and AFL, as well as every race, practice and qualifying session live of Formula 1 and Supercars”.

In addition, the plan includes access to the NRL-focused Fox League channel, set to launch February 27.

The entertainment side of the bundle includes 45 channels, such as Fox 8, UKTV, Arena, Lifestyle and National Geographic.

The offer, according to Foxtel CEO, Peter Tonagh, is unique in the market and “couldn’t come at a better time”.

“Foxtel’s Sports, Entertainment and Broadband bundle represents incredible value for sports fans and broadband users,” he said.

“Entertainment continues to be a major differentiator among broadband providers and I believe our special sport and broadband bundle is unmatched in terms of breadth and quality of Australian and global sport. It couldn’t come at a better time for sports fans as we get ready to kick off the 2017 winter sports season.”

Both announcements come at what some see as a tipping point for subscription-based television sport viewing.

Australia: Most Netflix subs watching less commercial TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/07/australia-most-netflix-subs-watching-less-commercial-tv/

With Netflix series The Crown crowned Best Drama at the Golden Globe Awards, Roy Morgan Research reveals how many Australians have a subscription at home, how much commercial television they still watch, and why audience engagement will become the metric that matters for the broadcast networks.

One in four Australian homes now have a Netflix subscription, Roy Morgan’s latest data to the end of 2016 shows. An estimated 5,862,000 Australians aged 14+ (29.5 per cent) now have access to the Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service (via 2,268,000 household subscriptions).

Netflix subscribers watch less commercial TV than others—but this is not simply because they have now have SVoD in the home. Many subscribers were already commercial TV, which was a driving reason to subscribe in the first place.

Among today’s Netflix subscribers, 18 per cent still watch a Heavy amount of commercial television (classified as more than three hours on a normal weekday), and another 20 per cent watch a Medium amount of two to three hours. 42 per cent watch less than two hours’ worth, and the remaining 20 per cent say they don’t watch any at all on a regular Monday to Friday.

Of course, a majority of seven in 10 Australians don’t have Netflix in the home. Among them, 27 per cent are Heavy Commercial TV viewers, 21 per cent are Medium, 37 per cent are Light and only 16 per cent watch none on a typical weekday.

“Netflix finished 2016 in almost 2.3 million Australian homes,” advised Michele Levine, CEO, Roy Morgan Research. “Commercial TV networks (and their advertisers) are right to be concerned about the popularity of SVoD, and how much attention it will ‘steal’ from free-to-air television.”

“Many Netflix subscribers, especially in the early days, weren’t big viewers of commercial TV—so the industry wasn’t necessarily losing audiences it had to begin with. Heavy commercial TV viewers remain the least likely to have Netflix—however subscriptions among this group have grown over 50 per cent in 2016, faster than any other viewing segment.”

“Free-to-air networks, industry bodies and advertisers must now pay closer attention to SVoD subscription rates and usage habits among their heaviest viewers.”

“One core issue will be how heavy commercial TV viewers use Netflix, and other SVoD services such as Stan, if and when they do subscribe. Will it be only for a weekly movie, a series binge-viewed over a weekend, or become the first port of call every time the TV is turned on?”

“In large part, this will all come down to viewers’ engagement with particular TV shows. Roy Morgan measures how much of each show’s audience loves it, especially chooses to watch, has a household member in control of the remote, or is tuned in only because there’s nothing else on. As SVoD grows (and offers award-winning ‘must-see’ new shows such as The Crown), networks and advertisers won’t be able to rely on reaching unengaged viewers.”

“The time is now to start focusing on audience engagement. Multiple broadcast channels, live streaming and catch-up platforms should give the commercial TV networks the ability to offer highly engaging programming to all different segments, keeping them tuned in and upholding free-to-air as the go-to at-home entertainment option,” she suggested.

Japan's troubled 'space junk' mission fails

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Japans_troubled_space_junk_mission_fails_999.html

An experimental Japanese mission to clear 'space junk' or rubbish from the Earth's orbit has ended in failure, officials said Monday, in an embarassment for Tokyo.

Over 100 million pieces of garbage are thought to be whizzing around the planet, including cast-off equipment from old satellites and bits of rocket, which experts say could pose risks for future space exploration.

Scientists at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) were trying to test an electrodynamic 'tether' -- created with the help of a fishing net company -- to slow down the orbiting rubbish and bring it into a lower orbit.

The hope was that the clutter -- built up after more than five decades of human space exploration -- would eventually enter the Earth's atmosphere and burn up harmlessly before it had a chance to crash into the planet.

The 700-metre (2,300-foot) long tether -- made from thin wires of stainless steel and aluminium -- was due to be extended out from a cargo ship launched in December carrying supplies for astronauts at the International Space Station.

Problems arose quickly, however, and technicians tried for days to remedy the situation but only had a one-week window to carry out the mission before the vessel reentered the Earth's atmosphere before dawn on Monday.

"We believe the tether did not get released", leading researcher Koichi Inoue told reporters.

"It is certainly disappointing that we ended the mission without completing one of the main objectives," he said.

The disappointment is the latest failure to hit JAXA and comes just weeks after the agency had to abort a mission that sought to use a mini-rocket to send a satellite into orbit.

The agency also abandoned a pricey ultra-high-tech satellite launched in February last year to search for X-rays emanating from black holes and galaxy clusters after losing contact with the spacecraft.

Thaicom appoints Chinveeraphan as chief strategy officer

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/thaicom-appoints-chinveeraphan-as-chief-strategy-officer--1182466

Asian satellite operator Thaicom has appointed Supoj Chinveeraphan as its chief strategy officer. In his new position, Chinveeraphan will lead the growth of Thaicom as an Asian brand, including the company's marketplace strategy, market positioning, partnerships and operations. Chinveeraphan recently joined Thaicom after serving as director and GM of Ipstar Australia and New Zealand from 2009 to 2015.

Italian police bust pay-TV piracy ring

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/06/italian-police-bust-pay-tv-piracy-ring-2/

Italy’s Guardia di Finanza (Financial Police) has busted a pay-TV piracy ring in Naples, seizing €76,000 in transmission equipment, including smart cards, decoders and PCs.

The pirates, equipped with decoders and cards from pay-TV operators Sky Italia and Mediaset Premium, decoded premium content such as movies and live football and retransmitted it in real-time online.

Viewers subscribing to the service were charged a flat annual rate of €70, corresponding to just over 10 per cent of the full and legal subscription to the pay-TV offer.

According to the Guardia di Finanza, the transmission centre was handled by an Italian living in Switzerland but based in the Naples suburb of Scampia. The venture provided an annual subscription to live channels, as well as a package of on demand content, similar to that offered by the pay-TV broadcasters.

Among the material seized, the police found dozens of photocopies of ID cards of people totally unaware of the operation.

The four people arrested risk imprisonment of up to four years and a fine of €15,000.

DSport, Discovery's expansion into under-served areas beyond factual

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/sports/dsport-discoverys-expansion-into-under-served-areas-beyond-factual-170206

MUMBAI: After dividing its offering into two verticals- female & family entertainment product and real world entertainment product- Discovery Networks has now entered the sports genre with its latest offering. Priced at Rs 12.6 on reference interconnect offer (RIO), and Rs 32 for the high-definition version, DSport provides access to unmatched live sporting action from around the world. With an aim to provide 4000+ hours of live content annually, DSport will air international sports properties ranging from horse racing to football, motorsports, rugby and cycling. Targeted at the passionate community of sports lovers, the channel will offer a daily dose of 10+ hours of live content for viewers across the country.

The channel went live on 6 February and reached about 35 million households.

In this fast evolving digital space where more and more digital platforms are providing live coverage of several sports events, Discovery Networks, in the current scenario, does not see owning a digital platform as the best profitable business in India. Though, it is entering the digital space with its remarkable IPs which they are licensing across multiple digital Over-The-Top (OTT) platforms.

“The only thing we are not entering right now as is our own platform because I don’t think the economics of it are suitable for every broadcaster. Going on hypothesis, I think that owning a digital platform might not be the best profitable business in India because the consumer acquisition cost is very high and the retention rates of the platforms are very low. It’s the easiest thing to launch a technological platform with content offering but acquiring people to sign in on the platform is a high end cost. 80 per cent of the subscribers are out of the platform in a month. They have no stickiness to the platform. So, we will create remarkable IPs like we have for sports and then decide whether to sign exclusive deals with the existing platforms or to distribute it across a range of digital platforms. Whatever makes the best financial sense. Our push for digital is very aggressive,” said Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific senior vice president and general manager Karan Bajaj.

He further added, “I think that we should possess content that is so remarkable that every network wants to own it, which is much more profitable business rather than owning your own platform. We are acquiring linear and digital rights for every property. We are creating digital brands with digital native players which we will be licensing through multiple platforms. My objective is to serve the digital consumers; the consumers who are looking at things digitally. And launching a digital platform is subscale for us.”

Former MD of ESPN Star and former CEO of Dish TV India R.C. Venkateish will be working closely with DSport especially in areas related to content acquisition for the channel.

The channel will be a part of the sports tier via a subscription model on both DTH and cable in both HD and SD. It has already partnered with Hathway and bunch of other cable platforms and are in talks with several DTH players. “The channel will be distributed in the same way as our other channels,” added Bajaj.

Bajaj also opined that the channel has received very strong response from the advertisers. In its initial phase, the channel does not plan to have any advertisements to hit the scale and distribution for a lucrative business of its advertisers.

The network is marketing the channel thoughtfully. It is promoting the channel community wise rather than massively. “It is best to target specific communities to market the channel rather than doing one or two big promotional activities,” added Bajaj.

DSport redefines sports coverage in India with a wide repertoire of exciting properties from across the world of sports. These will initially include:

· Horse Racing: exclusive rights to telecast daily live racing from the best of UK and Irish tracks totaling over 7000 races/ year

· Football: Brazilian League, Chinese Super League, Portuguese League, Major League Soccer (USA)

· Golf: British Open (The Open Championship), US Open, PGA Championship, LPGA

· Motorsports: NASCAR, FIA World Rallycross Championship

· Rugby: 6 Nations Rugby

· Cycling: Tour de France (a property of Eurosport)

DSport is in advanced negotiations for selected high quality cricket events to add to the above-mentioned portfolio.

The other channels of the network, Discovery, Science, Turbo, Animal Planet, TLC, ID, Kids, will perceive a complete change in its look and feel starting with Discovery channel by June end followed by the rest. It plans to have 200 hours of original localized content not limited to infotainment but diversifying into other genres like crime, adventure, automation, etc. The key focus, apart from localisation and number of hours, will be on the nature of storytelling.


Monday, no update to National holiday


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Saturday, no update


Intelsat 19 12646 H "test 2 is now al araby 2" FTA sid 399 Vpid 592 (h264) Apid 593 (arabic)

169E 4008 V Sr 3749 has changed SR to 5000 and there is 2 new adhoc channels

the listing is
PLTV Vpid 258 Apid 259 Sid 257 H264 BISS
Australia Channel News Vpid 262 Apid 263 Sid 258 H264 BISS
Adhoc 1 Vpid 514 Apid 515 Sid 513 H264 BISS
Adhoc 2 Vpid 770 Apid 770 Sid 769 H264 FTA showing PLTV

Optus D1 12546 H Sr 22500 "Calvary radio New Zealand" has left

Kodi version 17 has been released. You can get it from the downloads section

For those on android devices you need to be on Android o.s 5.1 or higher to run version 17

Friday feeds

IS19 12441 H Sr 7500, NBL Feed,
IS19 12454 H Sr 15000, FTA Mundine fight
IS19 12440 V Sr 7120 Service Name: Davis Cup AUS vs CZE Provider Name: Astralinks (Encrypted might be Tennis)

Asiasat 5 3745 V Sr 7200 "al dafra" showing Dubai golf fta

Asiasat 5 3867 H Sr 7500 "dsng-6a" showing soccer korean?

Asiasat 5 3896 V Sr 7200 "encoder 2" someone being interviewed

Asiasat 5 3916 H Sr 7200 "DSI" Total combat fighting program feed

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东经169度轨道位置的国际805号卫星C频段,Sky News、Adhoc 1(MPEG-4)等全组频道改频率,设置4007 V 5000参数部分免费接收。 [2月2日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,THT4 International、Konnyi Mir(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11473 V 22500参数免费接收。 [2月2日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,NTV-Serial、NTV-Style(俄罗斯)等3个频道加密,设置11045 H 44923参数有条件接收。 [2月2日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Reserve TS3(测试)频道新增,设置11685 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [2月2日]


John Drinnan: Lightbox staying, says Spark

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11793631

Spark is standing by its subscription video on demand service, Lightbox, amid speculation that it has also signed a deal with Netflix.

An industry source suggests the two services might run in tandem, with Netflix offered as part of a Spark package, and Lightbox given free to customers.

Spark spokesman Richard Llewellyn says the company does not comment on market speculation or rumours.

"We are absolutely committed to Lightbox and customer numbers are growing well," he says. "It's an important part of our media offering and our investment will be increasing, not decreasing."

This is a pivotal point in pay TV, with Vodafone waiting for the Commerce Commission to decide on its planned merger with Sky TV.

Llewellyn says there is no prospect that Netflix will replace Lightbox, noting an increase in the number of subscribers. However, it is not clear how much of this is due to Spark extending its offer of free Lightbox for broadband customers.

Spark will release its half year results on February 16.

By press time, Netflix had not offered any comment.

Sky vs Winston

Since it began in 1989, Sky TV has put a lot of effort into fighting and winning political battles so it can stay unregulated.

This year, however, it will have Winston Peters on its back.

A member's bill from NZ First's Clayton Mitchell calls for sports events of national significance to be set aside for free to air TV channels. This is often known as "anti-siphoning" legislation.

At the heart of Sky's success is its dominance of sports, which it uses to persuade fans to buy a basic Sky package.

So Sky cannot afford to let the bill gain headway in an election year, challenging that long-established dominance.

The bill is expected to go to its first reading in the next two months. Few observers expect it to result in free to air winning preferential rights to major sports events. But debate on the topic - and the fact that New Zealanders often have to pay to watch the All Blacks play - might provide bad publicity for Sky and good publicity for NZ First.

The Greens have supported the first reading of the bill, while Labour has not declared its position.

Two nationally significant sporting events will be on Sky during the time the bill could be in the news.

The America's Cup runs from May 26 to June 27 and the Lions rugby tour from June 3 to July 8.

New Zealand Rugby is likely to be a key supporter for Sky in the event that there is public demand for NZ First's anti-siphoning rules.

So are the other premium sports codes: cricket, league and netball.

New Zealand Rugby would argue that they need the revenue from pay TV to survive, and anti-siphoning rules would not work. The organisation's chairman, Brent Impey, says he will gladly testify to such rules not working.

Impey, a former chief executive of TV3 owner MediaWorks, says the All Blacks could not afford to retain talent if pay TV revenue were diminished.

He says comparisons with other countries which have anti-siphoning laws are not valid, because of New Zealand's small size.

Uphill push

TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick says the push for anti-siphoning rules will be an uphill task.

He insists that anti-siphoning moves need not hit sports bodies, because they could still enjoy the revenue from other media such as streaming.

"The future for small countries is multiple monetisation streams of content," says Kenrick. "In this country, rugby has the ability to go direct with over the top streaming and to sell the rights for pay TV and free to air.

"I would be surprised if they could not generate healthy returns from exploiting these fully.

"If it were live, there would be increased value to a free to air player," says Kenrick, who notes that high participation and viewing levels make sport commercially viable for free to air TV.

So how come the sporting codes don't agree?

Kenrick says that comes down to the codes being "comfortable" after years of dealing with Sky TV.

Saving sport

Over the years, Sky has made assiduous efforts to convince MPs that any anti-siphoning rules would be a very bad idea, and damage sport.

Arguably, the most effective lobbying has been Sky's sponsorship of the parliamentary rugby team.

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet says the anti-siphoning argument resurfaces every two or three years.

Fellet questions whether free to air TV would play sports events even if Sky was shut out.

TVNZ says it attempted to get rights to the America's Cup in Bermuda, but was outbid by Sky.

Big events often require a free to air broadcaster, and in that case Sky uses Prime TV to provide delayed cover.

Free to air's problems go back to 2006, when the Commerce Commission allowed Sky to buy Prime TV.

That purchase allowed Sky to take up free to air rights and use them to offer delayed coverage, keeping the rights out of reach of the rest of the market.

Expect more from Sky Pacific, says McLean

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=387801

EXPECT bigger and better things from Sky Pacific, says Digicel Fiji CEO Darren McLean.

He said in the 11 months that the mobile telecommunications player has run the television entertainment service, there had seen an increase in subscriptions.

"It's almost been a year that we've had this business and it's been very hard work but it's also been incredibly fun and we've really enjoyed getting into the TV business," he said.

"And if you look at what we've done with Sky Pacific in bringing in broadband internet, mobile and television, the response to that has been extremely strong.

"We are now into the thousands of customers who have taken home our Triple Play bundle.

"So for less than $80, you get the highest data bundle available from Unwired, you get unlimited free calls for the entire family through Digicel and you get 25 channels on Sky Pacific.

"It's an amazing offer and we are extremely happy that a lot of customers have seen the benefits and taken up the offer."

Mr McLean said Digicel was not resting on its laurels in terms of Sky Pacific and there were plans to improve on the service.

"It's gone really well and the next step for us is to improve it even further.

"And this includes simplifying the processes around activating it and keeping it going.

"So we're not finished yet with Sky Pacific."

Space officials weigh up joint investmen

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/business/corporate/30305500

THE NATIONAL Space Affairs Committee will today consider a proposal by Thaicom to seek possible joint investment with CAT Telecom to develop the Thaicom 9 broadband satellite.

A panel of CAT, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society and the Defence Ministry will submit to the committee its study on whether the country needs to develop its own communications satellite, including Thaicom’s proposal for a partnership with CAT.

Prajin Juntong, committee chairman, said this week that the meeting would not make any decision on the Thaicom proposal but would seek to first decide whether the country needs to develop its own communications satellite.

If the satellite were deemed needed, the government would need to work out whether to develop it on its own or seek a partner.

The meeting might decide that the country should not develop its own satellite due to its lack of experience in the satellite operation field, said Prajin, who is also a deputy prime minister.

Earlier, a Digital Economy Ministry source said Thaicom proposed to CAT that they invest at the ratio of 70:30 to develop the Thaicom 9 project.

This fits well with the government’s plan to have its own state satellite.

Prajin said Thaicom has proposed several partnership options. If CAT and Thaicom finally agree to enter into a joint investment, they will still need time to discuss the plan in greater detail, so their partnership is unlikely to happen soon.

If CAT and Thaicom could join forces, it would benefit the country in terms of disaster prevention, public use and commercial benefit.

The other point in the Thaicom proposal to the ministry is that it would allow the government to use one transponder from each of its existing licensed satellites, Thaicom 7 and 8, and also its future licensed satellites for free for the rest of their lifespans.

Prajin said the space committee would have to consider first the economic value of accepting this offer and the list of state agencies to be granted use of the offered transponders.

Thaicom also proposed that for the Thaicom 4 (IPSTAR), Thaicom 5 and Thaicom 6 satellites, which operate under the ministry’s concession, it would continue paying the annual concession fee from the end of the concession in 2021 until the end of their lifespans.

The annual concession fee it offers to pay in this case is the same as it will pay to the ministry from this year until the end of the concession in 2021, which is 22.5 per cent of its gross revenue.

The concessions for the Thaicom 4 and 5 satellites will end at the same time in 2021, while in theory their lifespans will run to 2021 or later.

The concession for Thaicom 6 expires in 2021 but its lifespan will continue for eight years after that.

The ministry has engaged Chula Unisearch to study how to reform the satellite service industry.

The study advised the ministry to bring Thaicom’s two licensed satellites – Thaicom 7 and 8 – back under the ministry’s concession regime. Both satellites will be under a concession until it expires in 2021.

RSCC sees rise in revenues

From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/655611/rscc-sees-rise-in-revenues/

Russian satellite operator RSCC saw its full-year revenues rise by 24% in 2016, turning in RUB11.4 billion (€175 million).

The RSCC fleet now comprises 12 communication and broadcasting satellites positioned along the GEO orbital arc from 14° West to 145° East.

The operator also brought into service Express-AMU1, a new satellite serving European Russia, in February last year.

RSCC also instructed ISS Reshetnev and Thales Alenia Space to begin building the Express-80 and Express-103 satellites for launch in 2019.

The year saw RSCC strike agreements with state broadcasting outfit RTRS for services to provide digital packages containing 20 mandatory nationwide TV channels and three mandatory nationwide radio channels.

RSCC said that international revenues now accounted for 40% of its revenues, driven by commercial activity, with an entry into the Latin American market in 2016, where the company said it ihad received initial orders, and an expansion of its customer base in South Africa.

The operator said it had also secured significant additional mobile, broadband and maritime business.

Sony BBC Earth gets regulatory approval, to launch in India soon

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/factual-documentary/sony-bbc-earth-gets-regulatory-approval-to-launch-in-india-soon-170202


MUMBAI: Sony Pictures Network's much-awaited channel -- Sony BBC Earth -- is all set to launch in India. The network has received regulatory approvals for the launch of Sony BBC Earth.

“We have received regulatory approval for the launch of Sony BBC Earth, in both SD and HD. We are now gearing up for the launch of these channels and will announce a launch date soon," said a spokesperson from the network.

The new channel will showcase the work of the world’s foremost factual film-makers as it takes the audience on a journey of discovery. From the smallest creature under the microscope to the limitless expanses of space, the channel will bring viewers face to face with heart-pounding action, mind-blowing ideas and the wonders of being human.

The Sony BBC Earth channels will be available in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.


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SkyMuster not a suitable rural alternative to landlines

From http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/4442302/skymuster-not-a-suitable-rural-alternative-to-landlines/

Better Internet for Rural Regional and Remote Australia founder, Kristy Sparrow, has spoken out against any move for telephone services to be delivered to remote users via Voice over Internet Protocols on the SkyMuster satellite service.

Last week Kalgoorlie in Western Australia had rain. Whenever a storm blows up there, Alpha’s Kristy Sparrow loses her nbn-supplied internet service.

Kristy and the Better Internet for Rural Regional and Remote Australia group she oversees says it has hundreds of similar case studies showing why rural people are opposing the Productivity Commission’s recommendation to do away with fixed landline services.

Instead of a telephone, the commission’s draft report’s suggested alternative is a mobile phone service.

For those not in a service area, 70 per cent of Australia’s land mass, it suggests that nbn satellite would be the phone provider.

“My service has been unusable, because of the impact of the weather at the beam my service is connected to,” Kristy said.

This example is one of many case studies gathered by BIRRR for its 98-page submission to the Productivity Commission’s draft report on the telecommunications USO (universal service obligation).

“A lot of people are saying, don’t take our landlines,” Kristy said. “We needed to prove why.”

BIRRR considers the commission’s recommendation for rural telephone customers to rely on nbn’s Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) to be of such concern that it has had nine volunteers in four states working on its submission.

“We need to speak up now about why SkyMuster won’t be a suitable alternative to landlines,” she said.

The group is recommending that nbn not become the USO infrastructure provider until people who can’t access nbn’s fixed line service can be guaranteed a minimum standard baseline voice and broadband service.

“They haven’t thought about the elderly, who are not connected to the internet because they don’t want to be,” Kristy added.

BIRRR is scheduled to speak to its submission via telephone at the Melbourne public hearing on February 8, and Kristy said they were “very keen” to share the case studies they had amassed to argue the case against devolving any essential voice services to nbn’s SkyMuster.

She was scathing of the short timeframe to respond to the Productivity Commission’s draft report, over Christmas and school holidays, and making Cairns the only Queensland location for public hearings.

She flagged other reviews falling due in the next month or so, expressing concern at the “ad hoc approach”, saying no-one was working together, which she felt could risk the whole future of rural telecommunications.

Telkom Indonesia to launch third satellite this month

From http://www.telecomasia.net/content/telkom-indonesia-launch-third-satellite-month

Telkom Indonesia plans to launch a third satellite in less than two weeks as part of efforts to reduce its dependence on foreign satellites.

The state-owned operator will launch the Telkom 3S from the Guiana Space Center on February 14, the Jakarta Globe reported. The satellite was constructed by Thales Alenia Space and will be launched abord Arianespace Europe's Ariane 5 rocket.

Once operational the Telkom 3S will carry 24 C band, 8 extended C band and 10 Ku band transponders. The satellite will substitute for the Telkom 3, which failed to reach orbit in 2012, and will take the orbital slot of the current Telkom 2.

In turn the Telkom 2 will be moved to another orbit, and is expected to remain operational until 2021.

The Telkom 1 and Telkom 2 satellites have a combined 140 transponders, but according to the report, Telkom said at least 300 transponders are needed to serve the operator's consumer and business customers. The new Telkom 3S will cut down on the satellite capacity the company needs to source from foreign satellites.

Intelsat 33e HTS Begins Service, Extends Intelsat EpicNG’s Coverage

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/telecom/2017/02/01/intelsat-33e-hts-begins-service-extends-intelsat-epicngs-coverage/

Intelsat has announced that Intelsat 33e, the second of the Intelsat EpicNG High Throughput Satellites (HTS), successfully completed all in-orbit testing and entered service on January, 29 2017. Manufactured by Boeing and launched in August 2016, Intelsat 33e, operating from 60 degrees east, will extend Intelsat’s HTS services in C-, Ku- and Ka-band to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Mediterranean and Indian Ocean regions, according to Intelsat. The company plans to use this capacity to enable the delivery of enterprise-grade, broadband services to fixed and mobile network operators, aeronautical and maritime mobility service providers, and government customers. Intelsat 33e’s spot beams will also enable the distribution of regionalized content for media customers operating in the region.

Among the customers committed to Intelsat 33e are: Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE), Speedcast, Marlink, Gogo, Panasonic Avionics, Pakistani internet service provider SuperNet Limited, Telkom South Africa, Orange Cameroon, IP Planet, Vodacom, Djibouti Telecom, MultiChoice of South Africa, and Russian network service provider Romantis.

Africa Mobile Networks (AMN) is also a customer and will use Intelsat EpicNG to help mobile network operators expand in these areas in a cost-effective manner and deliver social, economic, educational and other benefits to the population. Additionally, Skot Butler, president of Intelsat General Corporation, says Intelsat 33e’s coverage will provide ideal support for the U.S. Department of Defense mobility applications.

Intelsat EpicNG services were launched in March 2016 with Intelsat 29e, which is located at 310 degrees east and offers a footprint spanning the Americas, the Caribbean, Eastern United States and the North Atlantic region. Three additional Intelsat EpicNG satellites — Intelsat 32e, Intelsat 35e and Intelsat 37e — are scheduled for this year. Intelsat EpicNG’s global footprint will be completed with Horizons 3e, which is to be stationed at 169 degrees east with a launch planned in the second half of 2018. Horizons 3e will extend Intelsat EpicNG’s coverage to the Pacific Ocean Region and further expand Intelsat EpicNG’s presence in Asia Pacific.

NASA space radio could change how flights are tracked worldwide

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/NASA_space_radio_could_change_how_flights_are_tracked_worldwide_999.html

This map plots scheduled flights - more than 50,000 of them - from June 2009. With Aireon flight tracking, powered by a radio developed by Harris Corporation, air traffic control agencies will be able to see in real time the location and heading of every plane in the air. Credits: Wikipedia user Jpatokal, CC BY-SA 3.0

Under a new space-based tracking system, no plane would ever have to be off the grid, thanks in part to a reconfigurable radio developed for NASA.

NASA's powerful radio communications network allows us to receive data such as pictures of cryovolcanoes on Pluto - or tweets from astronauts aboard the International Space Station. But to send larger quantities of data back and forth faster, NASA engineers wanted higher-frequency radios that can be reprogrammed from a distance using software updates.

"A reconfigurable radio lets engineers change how the radio works throughout the life of [any space mission]," explains Thomas Kacpura, Advanced Communications Program manager at NASA's Glenn Research Center. "It can also be upgraded to work better with future missions or to enhance performance, just by adding new software."

Flexible Solutions
In the past, Kacpura says, engineers were reluctant to build reconfigurable devices for space, because it's harder to guarantee performance - after all, how do you test for functions you don't even know you'll be using?

However, NASA has recently been allotting more resources to reconfigurable devices, and the agency worked with Palm Bay, Florida-based Harris Corporation to design and develop a new reconfigurable, higher-bandwidth radio.

The radio has been put through its paces through exhaustive testing both on the ground and in space, and in 2013, it was honored with an R and D 100 Award as one of the year's 100 most significant innovations.

The biggest selling point of the new device, which Harris sells as the AppSTAR, turned out to be its flexibility. With hardware and software both fully reconfigurable, the company could quickly and cheaply redesign the radio to fit any customer's needs, explains Harris program manager Kevin Moran.

One of the biggest contracts so far is with Aireon LLC, a joint venture that will use the radios to create the first space-based global air traffic control system.

All the Planes, All the Time
For decades, airplanes have relied on radar surveillance via land-based radar stations. That's left huge gaps - particularly over oceans - where air traffic controllers have no real-time information. To compensate, pilots file detailed flight plans and are required to remain within prescribed lanes at different altitudes so air traffic controllers can estimate where they are and work to ensure there are no mid-air collisions.

But that is all set to change when a constellation of 66 satellites, owned by Iridium Communications Inc., goes into orbit equipped with AppSTAR radios. The radios are programmed to receive signals from new airplane transceivers called ADS-B, which automatically send out a flight's number, location, heading and other details.

"Within seconds you can keep track of all the aircraft in the world," says Harris systems engineer Jeff Anderson. Aireon has already signed contracts with a number of air traffic control agencies to integrate the space-based system into their flight tracking when the system goes live in 2018. Nav Canada, a founding partner in Aireon, was one of the first.

With real-time global tracking, planes can fly with less space between them and take more direct routes. "It tremendously improves public safety and potentially saves a lot of fuel costs, because you no longer have to remain in the particular airline traffic lanes," Anderson says.

And if something does go wrong, search and rescue teams will have detailed information on where the plane was last spotted through a free service called Aireon ALERT.

Using an extra card slot on the radio, Harris was also able to add global tracking for ships, which the company markets as exactAIS RealTime, powered by Harris with their partner exactEarth.

Because AppSTAR software can be reconfigured remotely, both the Aireon and exactAIS systems can be updated well after launch. And it all started with the same box, processor and power supply cards as the NASA radio.


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Foxtel-HBO deal brings expanded content to Aussie viewers

From http://www.itwire.com/strategy/76630-foxtel-hbo-deal-brings-expanded-content-to-aussie-viewers.html

Foxtel has released a raft of new on-demand content, including new movies, as it expands its new agreement with US broadcasting giant HBO.

Foxtel says Australian customers will now have instant access to the new content from February with HBO’s “massive” library including “some of the world’s greatest dramas, of new releases and past hits including Big Little Lies and Girls, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War”.

Foxtel customers can also watch a new Home and Away special event. Home and Away: All or Nothing, which premiered on Australia Day, is now available exclusively on Foxtel On Demand. Home and Away: All or Nothing joins Home and Away: Revenge, which aired in December, and brings Summer Bay favourites Dan Ewing and Lisa Gormley back in their roles as Heath and Bianca Braxton.

The company says in today’s announcement that all Foxtel residential customers with an Internet-connected Foxtel iQ box could instantly stream any of Foxtel’s on-demand programming as well as recording a “huge amount of great programming to watch when it suits them”.

Foxtel Play, Foxtel’s streaming-only service, also allows access to drama live and on-demand and is available from $15 per month.

Both Foxtel residential and Foxtel Play customers have complimentary access to Foxtel’s companion streaming app, Foxtel Go, which enables them to stream TV live and On Demand to selected smartphones and tablets.

Telstra appoints Whelan as Foxtel chair

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/telstra-appoints-whelan-as-foxtel-chair--1181644

Australian operator Telstra has appointed Cynthia Whelan as chairperson of the Foxtel pay-TV business, effective on 17 February. Whelan currently serves as Telstra Group Executive New Businesses. Whelan would replace former Telstra executive Robert Nason who had served as Foxtel chairman since June 2012.

Under the terms of the Foxtel partnership with News Corporation, Telstra has the right to appoint the chairman. Whelan has been a member of the Foxtel board since September 2016. Telstra is also represented on the Foxtel board by CFO Warwick Bray and will soon appoint a third director to replace Nason.

Fiji TV Group makes a loss of $469,000 for the 6 months ended 31st December, 2016

From http://fijivillage.com/news/Fiji-TV-Group-makes-a-loss-of-469000-for-the-6-months-ended-31st-December-2016-9sr5k2/

Fiji Television Group made a loss of $469,000 for the six months ended 31st December, 2016 compared to a profit of 2.4 million dollars for the same period for the previous year.

While announcing the unaudited financial results, Fiji TV Group says the group recorded revenue of 4.3 million dollars for the first six months of the 2017 financial year which was a decrease of 15 percent compared to the previous year.

The board says this was due to lower advertising revenue arising from lower Fiji TV coverage.

It says that Fiji TV towers in Ba and Tavua got disrupted from Cyclone Winston which saw some major clients discontinue its sponsorship and advertising business.

The board further says that previous year’s group profit included the discontinued operation from Media Niu Guinea Limited which was sold in early 2016.

Acting CEO Karen Lobendahn who takes up her position from tomorrow says they have a strong team who have the capability of delivering the necessary reforms required to make urgent changes

Japan ‘space junk’ collector in trouble after botched launch

From http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/space/japan-space-junk-collector-in-trouble-after/news-story/e7f2cd5d73304a99c3e0b7d2de02445d

SPACE: Japan Launches Cargo Ship to Remove Space Junk

AN EXPERIMENTAL ‘space junk’ collector designed to pull rubbish from the Earth’s orbit has run into trouble, Japanese scientists have said, in a potentially embarrassing situation for Tokyo’s hi-tech program.

Over 100 million pieces of garbage are thought to be whizzing around the planet, including cast-off equipment from old satellites and bits of rocket, which experts say pose a growing threat to future space exploration.

Scientists at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are testing an electrodynamic ‘tether’ — created with the help of a fishing net company — to slow the junk down and bring it into a lower orbit.

The hope was that the clutter — built up after more than five decades of human space exploration — would enter the Earth’s atmosphere and burn up harmlessly long before it has a chance to crash to the planet.

About 700 metres in length, the tether was due to be extended out from a cargo ship launched in December carrying supplies for astronauts at the International Space Station.

But JAXA says it is not sure if the tether, made from thin wires of stainless steel and aluminium, successfully deployed or not.

Space debris around planet Earth. There is an estimated 100,000 pieces of space junk circling our planet.

JAXA will continue trying to remedy the situation before the cargo ship is expected to re-enter the atmosphere on Saturday, the agency added.

The trouble comes just two weeks after JAXA had to abort a mission intended to use a mini-rocket to send a satellite into orbit after the spacecraft stopped sending data to ground control shortly after lift-off.

A pricey ultra-high-tech satellite launched in February last year to search for X-rays emanating from black holes and galaxy clusters but was ultimately abandoned after researchers said contact with it had been lost.

AsiaSat announces new appointments

From press release

Barrie Woolston as New Chief Commercial Officer

Sabrina Cubbon in new role of VP, Business Development & Strategy
Hong Kong, 1 February 2017 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) strengthens commercial and strategy teams with appointments of Mr. Barrie Woolston as new Chief Commercial Officer and Sabrina Cubbon in a new role of Vice President, Business Development & Strategy. On 1 February 2017 and in the newly created role of Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Woolston will integrate and lead all sales, marketing and commercial activities of the company. Mr. Woolston will lead a strong team that will search to understand and meet customers’ needs, and continue to develop new businesses worldwide.

“We welcome Barrie on board, bringing with him strong leadership, expertise and substantial marketing and customer service experience. I am confident that with an experienced and integrated sales team, Barrie will take AsiaSat’s commercial and customer activities to the next level,” said Andrew Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat. “I’m delighted to take up this new commercial role and work closely with our customers and partners to provide enhanced service portfolio that meets customers’ changing needs. I join at an exciting time with the upcoming launch of our new satellite AsiaSat 9 and other new services later this year, and I look forward to partnering with our customers to face the challenges and drive our growth together,” said Barrie Woolston, Chief Commercial Officer of AsiaSat.

Barrie Woolston has 30 years of experience in the Technology,Media,Telecom sectors, with a wealth of solid experience in managing sales teams and driving new business, most recently as Chief Commercial Officer with Encompass Digital Media based in Atlanta, GA, 13 years as Commercial Director of Arqiva’s satellite and media business, and various global sales, marketing, product management and operations positions with leading brands globally.

In the role of Vice President, Business Development and Strategy, Mrs. Cubbon will be responsible for developing strategic initiatives to drive company’s business growth.
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About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in Q2 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com

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Intelsat 33e extends EpicNG coverage

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/30/intelsat-33e-extends-epicng-coverage/

Intelsat has announced that Intelsat 33e, the second of the Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellites (HTS), successfully completed all in-orbit testing and entered service on January 29th.

Manufactured by Boeing and launched in August 2016, Intelsat 33e is equipped with an advanced digital payload. With this flexible HTS payload design, Intelsat 33e, operating from 60° East, will extend Intelsat’s HTS services in C-, Ku- and Ka-band to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Mediterranean and Indian Ocean regions. This will enable the delivery of enterprise-grade, broadband services to fixed and mobile network operators, aeronautical and maritime mobility service providers and government customers. Intelsat 33e’s powerful spot beams will also enable the distribution of regionalised content for media customers operating in the region.

“The experience of implementing Intelsat EpicNG and bringing it to our customers has affirmed our beliefs about the potential of HTS,” said Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer, Intelsat. “We have a dynamic, open and evolving platform that will increase in capability over time, providing a technology hedge for our customers that need to make investments today on which they can build for a decade of growth. Intelsat is delivering on the promise of HTS, and our design and strategy will advance our vision of unlocking access to new, larger and faster growing sectors for Intelsat and our customers.”

“Many US government customers are eager to begin using Intelsat 33e,” said Skot Butler, President, Intelsat General Corporation. “Testing previously conducted with Intelsat 29e using a small, flat-panel antenna designed for aeronautical applications confirmed that the Intelsat EpicNG platform delivers superior performance for unmanned aircraft systems. The coverage Intelsat 33e provides is ideal to support US Department of Defense mobility applications and means deployed forces in these regions will benefit from the same game-changing performance and efficiency that Intelsat EpicNG already delivers in the Americas and the North Atlantic.”

Quansat on Intelsat EpicNG

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/31/quansat-on-intelsat-epicng/

Intelsat has announced that Quantis Global, a broadband service provider in Europe and Northern Africa, has signed an agreement to enhance and expand the Quantis network using services provided by Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput satellites (HTS) and IntelsatOne Flex services, bringing higher performing broadband services across the region.

Quantis, part of Eurona Wireless Telecom, will incorporate services from two Intelsat EpicNG satellites, Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 37e, and use Intelsat’s managed services offering, IntelsatOne Flex for Enterprise, which delivers high-quality, global, enterprise-grade, wholesale Mbps service. The network leverages Intelsat teleports and will serve NGOs, enterprise, embassies, the oil & gas sector, and maritime customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

“We added high-throughput services in order to meet the growing needs of our existing customers as well as position for new revenue-generating services that require higher throughput HTS,” said Aquilino Antuña, CEO of Quantis. “After reviewing many options, it was clear that Intelsat EpicNG and IntelsatOne Flex for Enterprise offer the best path to immediately deliver more bandwidth and cost-efficient commercial solutions to our blue-chip corporate, NGO and maritime customers. The global footprint of the Intelsat solution also means we can support our growth strategies in the countries where we currently operate as well as quickly respond to new market opportunities anywhere in the world.”

SES and Satcom Global sign an agreement for global Ku-band network

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SES_and_Satcom_Global_sign_an_agreement_for_global_Ku_band_network_999.html

SES S.A. reports that Satcom Global, a leading provider of global satellite communications services to the maritime and land sectors, will become a key partner for SES. The differentiated mobility solution will form a crucial part of Satcom Global's new Ku-band VSAT service, Aura, providing seamless, reliable and high-speed connectivity to hundreds of maritime, offshore and land customers.

The agreement provides Satcom Global with seamless access to SES's satellite fleet and upcoming next generation hybrid satellites with high throughput payloads. SES will also provide a robust ground network infrastructure, enabling multi-satellite access and service integration solutions.

SES will provide Satcom Global with an open and scalable VSAT platform that allows flexibility to deliver customisable, always-on broadband connectivity. SES delivers high-value performance with minimal initial investment cost and enables Satcom Global to scale-up service for customers without delay.

"SES is the ideal partner for Satcom Global. The current footprint, augmented by a series of high throughput beams over the next two years, makes SES the logical choice to support Aura, our global VSAT service offering.

The coverage, capacity and flexibility provided by the SES service is the perfect platform for Satcom Global to develop the type of VSAT offering our customers have been waiting for," said Ben Swallow, General Manager, VSAT, at Satcom Global.

Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer at SES, said: "From providing access to entertainment for crew welfare to driving operational efficiencies, connectivity needs across a wide variety of sectors are growing, and SES aims to help meet that demand across the world.

"Leveraging SES's global satellite fleet, upcoming HTS capacity, and extensive ground infrastructure, Satcom Global will benefit fully from customisable bandwidth and coverage, and ensure efficient utilisation of satellite capacity."

Arqiva up for sale

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/01/arqiva-up-for-sale/

UK cellular and TV distribution business Arqiva is up for sale.

Arqiva has a near monopoly for the distribution of the UK’s digital terrestrial TV signals, and handles most of the Britain’s cellular towers.

The company’s owners include pension funds under the control of Australian bank Macquarie, and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

Sources say that potential bidders have been invited to express their interest in the business, and City sources say that the company has a value of between £5 billion and £6 billion. Investment bank Rothschild is handling the sale.

Kwesé TV launches in Africa

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/30/kwese-tv-launches-in-africa/

Kwesé TV, Africa’s newest satellite network, has gone live. The Kwesé Network’s Pay-TV satellite service has started broadcasting with a full suite of entertainment and sports programming to households in Ghana, Rwanda and Zambia – which make up the initial phase of the Kwesé TV rollout across Africa. Viewers in these countries can now access Kwesé TV via Kwesé’s own satellite and set-top-box available at local retailers. Other countries will be announced in due course.

Kwesé also offers a ‘pay-as-you-watch’ service that enables viewers to purchase three or seven day passes to its full programming bouquet so they never have to miss out on trending sports or entertainment programming.

Commenting on the launch, Econet Media President and Group Chief Executive Office Joseph Hundah said: “We are a dynamic, young company built to respond to the way audiences want to access and consume content, whether you subscribe for the full Kwesé TV bouquet, watch amazing sports programming free-to-air or choose to watch TV on the move, we aim to be the first choice for viewers all over Africa by bringing them the best in programming, at an affordable price making it accessible to more people than ever before.”

11th hour settlement of Sky-Discovery dispute

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/01/31/11th-hour-settlement-of-sky-discovery-dispute/

With just hours to go before Discovery-branded channels were pulled from Sky in the UK and Germany, an agreement has been reached between broadcaster and platform.

“We are pleased that we will continue to carry the Discovery and Eurosport channels on Sky,” said Stephen van Rooyen, CEO UK & ROI, Sky. “The deal has been concluded on the right terms after Discovery accepted the proposal we gave them over a week ago. This is a good outcome for all Sky customers.”

Van Rooyen’s statement confirms how long Discovery had been reading the contract – but doesn’t reveal its contents.

A Discovery spokesperson reacted to Sky’s statement by e-mail: “The deal we reached with Sky is meaningfully better than our former agreement and their proposal. Furthermore, our new arrangement enables us to control our destiny in more ways, with even more opportunities to invest and launch channels and consumer services. Stay tuned in the coming weeks.”

Susanna Dinnage, Managing Director, Discovery Networks UK, said: “We want to thank our millions of viewers and fans for their overwhelming support over the last few days. We have been humbled by the strength of the passion people feel for all our brands, including Discovery Channel, Eurosport, TLC, Animal Planet and Investigation Discovery.”

The agreement includes Discovery’s four pay-TV channels in Germany: Discovery Channel, Eurosport 1 HD, Eurosport 2 HD and Eurosport 360 HD. Discovery also operates three free-to-air networks in Germany: DMAX, Eurosport 1 and TLC.

Late last week Sky had claimed Discovery were seeking just shy of £1 billion for distribution in the UK and Germany.

Susanne Aigner-Drews, General Manager, Discovery Networks Germany, said: “We are grateful to our fans in Germany. Thank you for all your support. We have been in a business relationship with Sky for 20 years and we are glad that will continue.”

It’s believed Sky Italy is covered by a separate agreement.

Separately, Sky has announced a new deal with PBS America that will bring the best of PBS’s factual programming to Sky, covering history, science, current affairs, arts and culture.

Sky: ‘Discovery demanded £1bn’

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/30/sky-explains-discovery-carriage-stance/

Sky has hit back in its carriage dispute with Discovery, which threatens to see the removal of 12 of the programmer’s channels from its pay-TV and NOW TV services, accusing it of “misleading claims and aggressive actions”.

In a Statement posted on its website, Sky says it has worked “really hard” for more than a year to get a deal done for its customers with Discovery, saying it is disappointed with its misleading claims and aggressive actions. “We now feel it’s time to set the record straight. Because despite our differences, we love Discovery too,” declares Sky.

It says it was prepared to pay “a fair price” for the Discovery and Eurosport channels and invest more in those channels to make them even better for its customers. “We have offered hundreds of millions of pounds to Discovery, a $12 billion (€11.3bn) American business, but that wasn’t enough. They asked the Sky Group to pay close to £1 billion for their portfolio of channels, many of which are in decline,” it claims.

“Sadly, we have now had to prepare for Discovery to take their channels away from Sky customers, as they have threatened to do. It is Discovery’s choice to do this, not ours. We never left the negotiating table and they haven’t come back to it since they made their threats public this week,” it advises.

“Sky doesn’t boot channels off our platform. If Discovery don’t want their channels to disappear, as their public campaign suggests, they could have made arrangement to stay on Sky, including free to air with advertising funding or with their own subscription, but they’ve chosen not to do so,” it says.

“Our commitment to our customers is this: We will spend every penny that we were going to pay to Discovery on more and better content that our customers value. This will come from sources around the globe and home grown shows and documentaries from the UK. We will continue to offer customers a huge range of content including hundreds of shows from The History Channel, National Geographic, PBS, Sky Arts and Sky Atlantic, along with more amazing sport on Sky Sports Mix, available to all our customers,” it states.

“We hope our customers understand that we have been working on their behalf and will always do that. We thank them for their support,” it concludes.

In response, Discovery contends that Sky’s statement is unfortunately based on “alternative facts”.

“The truth is Sky pay us less now than they did in 2006,” it states. We have asked for a few extra pennies per year for each Sky household. We would never choose to come off Sky and abandon our viewers who we value enormously.”

“We’ve been amazed and humbled by the incredible support from many of the millions who watch Discovery programmes on Sky every week. We hope Sky will listen to them and realise that while they provide top quality sport and drama, people want variety and choice and that includes all the programmes offered by Discovery’s network of channels including documentaries, sport, natural history and entertainment,” .

Comcast Is About to Sell You Cable TV Without the Cable Box

From http://www.bloombergquint.com/technology/2017/01/31/comcast-is-about-to-sell-you-cable-tv-without-the-cable-box

(Bloomberg) -- Comcast Corp. is making its Xfinity TV service available to subscribers with Roku Inc. set-top players via a new app, paving the way for customers of the nation’s largest cable provider to watch live programming without the cost or hassle of a cable box.

Roku is the first set-stop box to offer the Xfinity TV service, Comcast said in a statement Tuesday. During a test period, subscribers will have to hang on to their cable devices. When the app formally rolls out later this year, they’ll be able sign up without renting a cable box.

Comcast’s announcement sent shares of cable-box manufacturer Arris International PLC down as much as 9.3 percent to $26.05, their biggest intraday drop in almost a year.

While Comcast expects the majority of its customers to opt for the typical setup, traditional pay-TV providers are trying to be more flexible about where and how people can watch TV given the popularity of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon and the boxes that offer them. Customers with Roku players will be able to watch live TV, browse on-demand libraries and record shows, just as they can with Comcast’s boxes.

Those who use the Roku as their primary device instead of Comcast’s X1 device will receive a $2.50 monthly credit, the company said.

For now, the Xfinity app is only available within Comcast’s current markets. The Roku deal raises the possibility the company will offer Xfinity nationwide, aping Dish Network Corp. and AT&T Inc.’s DirecTV.

Online TV

Dish and DirecTV, the nation’s two satellite TV services, have created online TV services available to customers who don’t want to subscribe to traditional pay TV. They are available to people with certain set-top boxes, as well as on mobile phones, web-enabled TVs and tablets.

Comcast, based in Philadelphia, has added cable subscribers four of the past five quarters and finished 2016 with 22.5 million video subscribers. That’s down from a peak of more than 24 million several years ago. In another move designed to keep people buying video service from the cable company, Comcast integrated Netflix into its cable box last year.

The company announced plans to work with Roku last April. In September, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission called off a planned vote to give consumers cheaper alternatives to renting cable company equipment.


Monday Feeds

Asiasat 5 3936 H Sr 7500 "atl enc 2" Screen Actors Guild awards, live FTA

Asiasat 5 3867 H Sr 7500 "enc 6" Miss Universe FTA

Asiasat 5 3885 H Sr 7500 "miss U Digital feed main" Fta same Miss Universe feed as above but in 720p
Asiasat 5 3725 H Sr 7200 "enc 14" Figure skating FTA
Asiasat 5 4161 V Sr 7200 "service 1" Football FTA

Asiasat 5 4174 H Sr 7500 "rus-030" Ice Hockey FTA

Sunday feeds

Asiasat 5 3736 V Sr 6110 "sd enc-b" horse race track

Asiasat 5 3907 H Sr 7200 "world feed" Golf FTA
Asiasat 5 3645 H Sr 22395 "Taip-enc-01 Encrypted Taip-enc-02 FTA Taip-enc-03" FTA

Asiasat 5 3885 H Sr 7200 "ibes11 - path 2" Celeb show feed
Asiasat 5 4169 H Sr 15000 "tbs-golf-ygn" Golf

Intelsat 19 12431 H Sr 7500 5/6 "sts 3 nbl 8ch audio" nbl
Intelsat 19 12438 H Sr 3749 5/6 "sts 003 4.5mhz HD" nbl
Intelsat 19 12608 V Sr 6110 3/4 "lk3 nnn911"

Saturday feeds

Asiasat 5 4156 H Sr 15000 "tbs golf ygn"

D1 12634 V Sr 7200 Fec 3/4 "default" presenter doing her makeup
D1 12661 V Sr 7200 Fec 2/3 "atn snv-1" shots of crowd on an embankment 4:22 video

Intelsat 19 12431 H 7500 5/6 "sts6" nbl
Intelsat 19 12438 H 3749 5/6 "sts6" nbl
Intelsat 19 12443 H 3749 5/6 "sts3" nbl

From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3600 V "Duck TV SD" has started on , encrypted.
Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Family Channel Network has started on , clear. Antara TV and Ez Shop Indonesia" have left.
Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Ez Shop Indonesia" has started on , Fta. Akhyar TV has left.
Palapa D 113.0E 3984 H "Madani TV" has left again.

SES 9 108.2E 11026 V "Pesona TV" has started on , Fta. OTDA TV and TV Desa have left.

SES 9 108.2E G Sat muxes have started on 12401 H and 12461 H.
SES 9 108.2E G Sat muxes have left 12431 H, 12471 H and 12591 H.

SES 9 108.2E 11026 V "PNN" has started on, Fta

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3699 V "Pak News TV" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3750 V "Life News" has started on , Fta.

G-Sat 15 93.5E Movie on Demand 1/2 have started on 11510 H, Conax.

Measat 3 91.5E 3840 V "Mezzo Live HD Asie" has started on , Irdeto.

KazSat 2 86.5E 11656 V "MTRK" has left .

Horizons 2 84.8E 11840 H Cartoon Network Russia & South East Europe has started on ,encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E 11010 H "Star Plus India" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 11630 H "Showcase 1/2, TLC HD World India and Ten 1 HD" have left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 11670 H "Star Movies India, HBO South Asia, Filmy, Ibaadat TV, Bindass Play, Discovery Science Southeast Asia, ETV Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand, Zoom and Showcase HD 1" have left .

G-Sat 10 83.0E 11170 V DD Sahyadri and Star Gold Select have started on , Videoguard.
G-Sat 10 83.0E 11670 V "ABP Asmita, VTV News, Dhamaal, Bhojpuri Cinema, Bflix Movies, Big Magic Ganga, MK TV, Vaanavil TV, Captain News, Tunes 6, Malai Murasu TV, Harvest TV, Darshana TV, Athmeeya Yathra TV, Vissa, 10 TV, Aradana TV, Studio N News, CVR Health, CVR News, CVR English, CVR OM Spiritual, Raj News Telugu, Samay, Janta TV, India Watch, K News 24x7, Live Today,Samay Rajasthan, Samay UP/Uttarakhand, Samay Bihar/Jharkhand, Aalami Samay, Samay MP/Chhattisgarh, Saam TV, Amrita TV, Jai Maharashtra, Kasthuri TV, Punjab De Rang and Tata Sky Gurus" have started on,

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "Rainbow TV has replaced Panorama Specials" on , Fta
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "TV D" has started on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4002 V "Dopa Channel has replaced NBT 2" on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4006 V "Dopa Channel" has started on , Fta

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12604 V "Ch Movie, MWD Movies, MN TV, Democratic Voice of Burma TV, 5 Plus, MRTV 4, MWD, MWD Documentary, Channel 7, Quran TV, RTM TV 1, TV 3, Lao Star, LNTV 3 and Lao Public Security TV" are now encrypted.

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11170 H "PNN has replaced CCTV 14" on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3683 H "Dolphin TV" has left.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Bioscope 24 TV" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 11473 V "Telekanal Nadezhda" has started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 11605 V "Moy Mir" has started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 12407 V "Warner TV Asia" has started on , Exset.

G-Sat 18 74.0E 3819 V "Star TV" has started on , Fta.
G-Sat 18 74.0E 3995 H "TV E" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 22 72.1E "Family TV, KU TV, KBC Channel 1, Ebru TV Africa, GBS, Kyeni TV, Kwesé Free Sports, KTN News, Sayare TV, K24, Edu Channel, Citizen TV, Meru TV, Aviation TV and KTN" have moved from 3742 L to 3831 L, Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3732 V "HBC News" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 10972 H "Tojikiston, TV Safina, TV Bahoriston, Jahonnamo, TV Varzish and TV Sinamo" have left again.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "Bethesda TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3845 V "Ayush TV has replaced Ayurveda TV" on , Fta.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3894 H "Revsam TV" has left .
Intelsat 17 66.0E 4006 H "Studio One HD" has left.

Intelsat 902 62.0E 11015 V "Qom TV, Aftab TV and Hamedan TV have started on , Fta. Kermanshah TV, Kordestan TV and Ilam TV" have left.

Intelsat 904 60.0E 11464 V "Rossiya 24" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Afghan TV(阿富汗)频道消失,设置4037 V 1427参数无效接收。 [1月30日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Bioscope24 TV(以色列)频道消失,设置3769 H 13333参数无效接收。 [1月30日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,No Name(测试)频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [1月30日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Sony Gem替换VTC 2 HD(VTC)高清频道,设置10968 H 28800参数免费接收。 [1月30日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Dgold(测试)频道消失,设置3880 H 27500参数无效接收。 [1月30日]

东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,ABS promo(宣传)、Test Feed频道重现,设置3639 V 31080参数免费接收。 [1月29日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD(高清)频道消失,设置12405 V 45000参数无效接收。 [1月29日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,Bol News HD(高清)频道改频率,设置3787 H 12800参数免费接收。 [1月29日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Fox Action HD替换Cinemax HD(泰国)频道,设置12657 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月29日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Sony HD替换HBO Signature(泰国)频道,设置12521 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月29日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Partm HD替换HBO Hits HD(泰国)频道,设置12521 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月29日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Wrnr HD替换HBO HD(泰国)频道,设置12521 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月29日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Tsel HD(泰国)频道新增,设置12396 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月29日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Moy Mir(俄罗斯)频道重现,设置11605 V 43200参数免费接收。 [1月29日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Telekanal Nadezhda(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11473 V 22500参数免费接收。 [1月29日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,TLC HD World(高清)频道新增,设置11010 V 32000参数有条件接收。 [1月29日]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Solar Entertainment(传送)频道新增,设置3840 H 29720参数免费接收。 [1月28日]
东经142度轨道位置的亚太9号卫星C频段,Solar Sabong(菲律宾)频道新增,设置3817 H 3300参数有条件接收。 [1月28日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CGTN替换AFN News(环宇卫视)频道,设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月28日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,VH1 HD、Comedy Central HD(高清)频道新增,设置10970 V 32000参数有条件接收。 [1月28日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,AXN HD(高清)频道新增,设置11670 H 32000参数有条件接收。 [1月28日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Utility 1 HD(TVB)高清频道解密,设置3851 V 10800参数免费接收。 [1月28日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,ITV HD、Mezzo HD(高清)频道新增,设置3840 V 29720参数有条件接收。 [1月28日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,FCN替换Antara News(印尼)频道,设置3627 H 17986参数免费接收。 [1月28日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Travelxp(4K)频道消失,设置3792 V 9300参数无效接收。 [1月27日]

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ABC announces 'transitional measures' for shortwave radio listeners

From https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/jan/30/abc-announces-transitional-measures-for-shortwave-radio-listeners

Broadcaster offers ‘comprehensive advice on how to best access emergency information, ABC news and entertainment’ after shutdown

Just days before it switches off its shortwave radio broadcasts in the Northern Territory, the ABC has announced a package of “transitional measures” for those affected by the cancellation, but federal minister Nigel Scullion has said it is “too little too late”.

In December, the ABC announced it would cease transmitting radio broadcasts through shortwave radio in the Northern Territory and parts of the Pacific at the end of January.

The measures announced on Sunday come after weeks of sustained criticism from Coalition and Labor leaders, and remote workers and residents, who said the decision was made with no consultation or consideration of their needs. The announcement does not mention those affected in the Pacific region.

ABC local radio is simulcast on shortwave bands in the NT, where AM and FM frequencies do not reach. Papua New Guinea and parts of the Pacific currently receive Radio Australia broadcasts on shortwave, but those are also set to be scrapped. Guardian Australia understands the ABC needed to commit to a long-term contract with an infrastructure partner for the service to continue beyond this month.

'It's essential': outback workers fight ABC decision to ditch shortwave radio

In a statement released on Sunday, the ABC said it acknowledged “a small audience living and working in the Northern Territory favour shortwave radio when accessing ABC services”.

“To assist this audience following the closure of shortwave services on 31 January, the ABC has offered comprehensive advice on how to best access emergency information, ABC news and entertainment. The ABC will expand this information awareness program after 31 January to ensure as many people as possible can continue to access our services.”

The ABC said it would expand its awareness program, which had included public notices and statements in local media and regular local radio broadcasts, as well as assistance on its social media pages and via the ABC reception line.

After its shortwave broadcasts end on Tuesday, listeners can register for information packs on broadcast and technological alternatives.

The ABC said it would provide “one-on-one phone briefings/tuition” via the reception advice line, including on how to access emergency services and use existing equipment such as emergency beacons.

“The ABC will also supply (donate) a Vast [Viewer Access Satellite Television] satellite system unit to all Royal Flying Doctor Service bases and 4WD radio club bases in the affected region, allowing them to rebroadcast emergency or warning messages as required,” the statement said.

“Many remote workers and travellers make use of the Vast satellite services when stationary, to access all ABC Radio and TV in digital quality.”

It said it would also create “how to” online videos to help people access podcasts and catch-up programming for when they are mobile or away from a stationary satellite service.

Jay Mohr-Bell, a cattle station manager outside of Katherine, dismissed the ABC’s announcement. “The ABC fails to understand that their audience who listens to local ABC via shortwave do not ‘favour’ this service, this is their only available service,” he told Guardian Australia.

“The ABC likes to be heard but fails to listen. Essentially the ABC is closing down the shortwave service and replacing it with nothing.”

As well as concerns about the loss of live emergency broadcasts, the complaints aired by people who live and work remotely in the NT have centred around the mental and emotional wellbeing effect of disconnection from live radio. The ABC measures announced on Sunday do not provide for a live radio replacement.

“While these measures are welcomed, they provide little comfort for the many residents of the territory who have relied on shortwave radio for emergency support and communication in remote areas,” Scullion said, calling on the ABC to reverse its decision.

“Government funding was locked in for the ABC for three years in last year’s budget and there was no need for the ABC to make this decision with no notice or community consultation.

“I also encourage the ABC to reconsider how it works with the territory community and ensure it has better consultation practices before any future changes to the services it is funded by the commonwealth to deliver.”

ABC unmoved by pleas to save shortwave radio service for remote areas

Scullion has previously told Guardian Australia he had lobbied the ABC to reverse its decision. He called on Labor senators Malarndirri McCarthy and Warren Snowdon, who have been vocal in their opposition to the ABC’s decision, to work with the Coalition.

McCarthy said Sunday’s announcement showed the ABC was “finally admitting” the shortwave shutdown “will leave remote Territorians without access to emergency broadcasts”.

Last week the opposition leader, Bill Shorten, called on the prime minister to step in and save the service.

The communications minister, Mitch Fifield, said the cut had no relation to government funding, and called on the ABC to reassess its decision.

Thaicom proposes joint-venture broadband satellite deal with CAT

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/Startup_and_IT/30305218

SATELLITE OPERATOR Thaicom has approached state agency CAT Telecom to set up a 70:30 joint venture to develop the planned Thaicom 9 broadband satellite to serve bandwidth demand by state agencies.

The joint venture plan is part in the company’s multi-pronged proposal submitted to the Ministry of the Digital Economy and Society recently for the ministry’s consideration as part of the ministry’s plan to reform the satellite service industry. The ministry will submit Thaicom’s proposal to the National Space Affairs Committee for its consideration this month.

The state agency’s president, Colonel Sanpachai Huvanandana, said that CAT was already in talks with Thaicom on the possible joint venture deal but the partnership being formed depended on the space committee.

A ministry source said that Thaicom proposed to own 70 per cent of the joint venture, while CAT would own the rest.

A CAT source said that CAT had a plan to earmark a budget of Bt5 billion for developing the Thaicom 9 project and its own future satellites so they would be its new revenue source.

The Thaicom project would pave the way for CAT to enter the satellite service business and the project would be expected to generate annual revenue of Bt1 billion for the state agency, the CAT source added.

CAT would utilise 30 per cent of Thaicom 9’s capacity to serve state agencies. If the 30 per cent capacity were not fully used by state agencies, CAT would allocate the rest to the business sector.

The ministry hired the Thammasat University Research and Consultancy Institute (TU-RAC) to conduct a feasibility study for the government to develop the state-owned communications satellite. The study found that in 2016 the state agencies used six and a half satellite transponders and data transmissions of two gigabits per |second, with a total lease fee of Bt1.76 |billion per year. In 2021, it will rise to 14 transponders and four Gbps, with a lease fee of Bt4.296 billion. Thaicom asked for the ministry to consider seeking an orbital slot of 119.5 east for Thaicom 9 but the ministry has not looked at the request.

The other points in the Thaicom proposal to the ministry are that it would allow the government to use one transponder from each of its existing licensed satellites, Thaicom 7 and 8, and also its future licensed satellites free of charge for the rest of their life spans.

It also proposed that for Thaicom 4 (IPSTAR) and the Thaicom 5 and 6 satellites, which operate under the ministry’s concession, it would continue paying the annual concession fee from the end of the concession in 2021 until the end of their life spans.

The annual concession fee it offers to pay in this case is the same as it will pay to the ministry from this year until the end of the concession in 2021, which is 22.5 per cent of its gross revenue.

The concessions for the Thaicom 4 and 5 satellites will end at the same time in 2021, while in theory their life spans will run to 2021 or later.

The concession for Thaicom 6 expires in 2021 but its life span will continue for eight years after that.

The ministry hired Chula Unisearch to study how to reform the satellite service industry. The study advised the ministry to bring Thaicom’s two licensed satellites – Thaicom 7 and 8 – back under the ministry’s concession regime. Both satellites will be under a concession until it expires in 2021.

The ministry will submit this study to the space committee for its consideration along with the Thaicom proposal.

Russia bans DailyMotion

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/27/russia-bans-dailymotion/

Russia has permanently blocked access to online video portal DailyMotion – owned by French media group Vivendi – following a complaint from Gazprom’s media division that the site was illegally hosting TV content.

The Moscow city court ruled that DailyMotion had repeatedly violated Russia’s copyright law by hosting shows from Russian TV network Pyatnitsya!, owned by Gazprom’s TV arm Gazprom Media.

Under Russian copyright law, the repeated violations led to the permanent blocking of access to DailyMotion in Russia, and local ISPs will have to comply with the ruling within 7 days.

TVPlayer launches on Windows 10 OS devices

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/30/tvplayer-launches-on-windows-10-os-devices/

TVPlayer, the UK-based streaming service, is now available to download on all Windows 10 devices including mobile, PCs, and tablets.

Users will have access to 100 TV channels, on demand and live – with no contract and on any device within the TVPlayer app. The TVPlayer Plus service will also be available to users for £5.99 a month, offering an additional 30 premium channels including Discovery Channel, TLC, Eurosport 1 and History, as well as a 7-day catch up service.

Rob Hodgkinson, Chief Operating Officer of TVPlayer, said: “We believe that you should be able to watch your favourite TV shows on any device whenever you want, at home or on the go. We are pleased to announce that our audience will now be able to view both our free and premium content across all Windows 10 devices.”

TVPlayer is already available across a range of devices, including desktop, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV and Samsung TV and since being founded in 2014, can boast over 1 million active users and 2.5 million app downloads in the UK.

Discovery: Outcry over channel axe threat

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/27/discovery-outcry-over-channel-axe-threat/

Multi-channel broadcaster Discovery is ramping up its public relations campaign in support of its retransmission dispute with Sky, which has seen Discovery threaten to axe its 12 channels from Sky and NOW TV after January 31st, by reporting widespread public and celebrity support.

According to Discovery, the Internet has been set alight by a social media storm from thousands of Sky and NOW TV viewers and celebrities speaking up to keep Discovery’s 12 channels on Sky. Ten million households will be affected after January 31st if Discovery’s channels come off Sky’s linear and non-linear platforms. By the morning of January 27th, the keepdiscovery hashtag had gained a reach of 47 million on Twitter and is climbing by the minute, says the programmer.

“Thousands have taken to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to vent their feelings at Sky for putting some their favourite shows and channels on the chopping block. Discovery has received a deluge of calls and messages from fans asking how to watch their favourite channels if a deal isn’t reached,” it reports.

Celebrities are also rallying behind Discovery and calling for Sky to keep Discovery’s channels on air, including; Ronnie O’Sullivan, Jimmy White, David Emanuel, Gold Rush’s Parker Schnabel and Todd Hoffman, adventurer Ed Stafford, Rav Wilding, Colin Murray, Jonathan Edwards, Kate Hopkins, James Haydon, Mike Brewer, Randy Fenoli and Chemmy Alcott.

Snooker boss Barry Hearn and sports royalty British Superbike Champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne, World Superbike Champion Jonathan Rea and 2006 MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden have joined the call to keep Discovery’s Eurosport on Sky – so sports fans can continue to watch a variety of sport on TV and not just football.

A Discovery spokesperson said “We at Discovery are hugely humbled by the public support for our channels. The reaction from viewers and celebrities is staggering and we are really grateful. Our wonderful viewers deserve to keep the programmes and sports events that they adore and we still hope that this situation can be resolved with Sky.”

Discovery says the channels will be coming off the Sky and NOW TV platforms in just over four days if an agreement isn’t reached. This affects Discovery Channel, TLC, ID, Eurosport, Discovery History, Animal Planet, Discovery Shed, Home and Health, DMAX, Discovery Science and Discovery Turbo. Quest will still be available on Freeview and Virgin Media.

Not guilty plea in landmark Kodi box trial

From http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38769045

Brian Thompson's case is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK

Brian Thompson, a shopkeeper from Middlesbrough, has pleaded not guilty in a landmark case, challenging the legality of video-streaming set-top boxes that provide subscription content for free.

Mr Thompson is accused of selling "fully loaded" Kodi boxes, modified with software that allowed users to watch pirated content.

The case will be closely watched by other traders who sell similar boxes.

The trial will begin in May.

Mr Thompson denied two charges of selling equipment that facilitated the circumvention of copyright protection measures.

The case, heard at Teesside Crown Court, was brought by Middlesbrough Council after Trading Standards officers raided Mr Thompson's shop Cut Price Tomo's TV in Middlesbrough in March.

The council bought two of the TV boxes in question from Mr Thompson's shop.

After his first court appearance in September, Mr Thompson told the Northern Echo: "These boxes are available from all over the place, not just me, but it's the downloading of software to watch channels that is apparently causing the problem."

"If I am found guilty and the court rules that I am breaking the law selling these boxes, I want to know what that means for people buying and selling mobile phones or laptops because the software is available for all of them."

Ernesto van der Sar, editor of piracy news website TorrentFreak told the BBC: "The case is likely to determine where the boundaries lie when it comes to offering "fully loaded" Kodi TV devices in the UK.

"While is doesn't affect users directly, it's expected to have a profound impact on sellers in this rapidly growing business."

He added: "While Kodi itself is a neutral platform, there are lots of add-ons available for it that make pirated content readily available. Users often add these themselves at home, but the question in this case is whether shopkeepers are permitted to pre-install them."

Fully loaded boxes, that come pre-installed with the add-ons are fairly common in online stores.

Users can add the software themselves but may require a degree of technical knowledge, said Mr van der Sar.

Kieron Sharp, director general of the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) said: "Set-top and IPTV boxes which are 'cracked' or altered with software to allow you access to copyright-infringing apps and add-ons are illegal devices. The sale and distribution of these boxes is a criminal offence and the repercussions could result in years behind bars."

He added that Fact had been working with police forces across the UK to combat individuals selling such devices but did not say whether the organisation planned a similar crackdown on people who installed add-ons at home.

What is Kodi?
◾Kodi is free, legal software that allows users to collect videos, music games and photos in one easy-to-use application.
◾The software can be modified with third-party add-ons that provide access to pirated copies of films, TV series or provide free access to subscription television channels.
◾The developers behind Kodi say that they do not support the use of third-party add-ons that provide access to such content

EBU welcomes EU UHF spectrum agreement

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/27/ebu-welcomes-eu-uhf-spectrum-agreement/

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has welcomed the vote by the European Parliament’s Industry Committee on the long-term future of the UHF frequencies. The vote validates an EU interinstitutional agreement on access to UHF spectrum below 700 MHz for terrestrial TV broadcasting until at least 2030.

Public service media make their channels available on all TV platforms – DTT, satellite, cable and IP-based networks, notes the EBU. DTT, which relies on UHF spectrum, nevertheless remains the most effective means of ensuring that every citizen has access to free-to-air TV, it advises, adding that some 250 million people receive their television services through DTT in Europe.

“This agreement ensures that European audiences can continue benefiting from free-to-air TV reception at home, which is crucial to sustain the universality of public service media,” commented EBU Deputy Head of Brussels Office Wouter Gekiere. “At the same time, it puts Europe in the lead when it comes to harmonised spectrum for mobile: 1260 MHz will be available for mobile broadband, which is more than any other region in the world.”

“DTT broadcasting is indispensable,” declared EBU Head of Technology and Innovation Simon Fell. “There are no other technologies currently out there capable of replicating its advantages, both for viewers and broadcasters. Broadcasting directly connects over 250 million Europeans in their living rooms to European films, documentaries, series, news and sports.”

The text dismisses the idea to give ‘downlink-only’ access to mobile operators in the bands below 700 MHz, as originally proposed by the European Commission. This approach would have created long-term uncertainty for future innovation and investment in ‘free-to-air’ TV distribution.

EU Member states will also have the flexibility to set the clearance of the 700 MHz for mobile use to 2022 rather than 2020 if necessary and justified.

The final text of the Decision on the use of the 470-790 MHz frequency band in the EU is expected to be published in April 2017, shortly after the formal approval of the text by the European Parliament’s plenary in the course of March 2017.

Zee expands presence in Africa; launches two channels

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/gecs/zee-expands-presence-in-africa-launches-two-channels-170130

MUMBAI: Continuing with its promise of bringing quality Bollywood entertainment to Africa, leading Indian content company, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) today announced the launch of two new channels, Zee Bollymovies and Zee Bollynova which will broadcast on Africa’s new pay-TV network Kwesé TV.

With the promise of ‘Bollywood Magic’, Zee Bollymovies is set to captivate African audiences across the board with its award-winning Bollywood movies and series. The channel aims to become the number one destination for Bollywood on the continent, bringing the latest and best Bollywood entertainment to Africa. The other exciting new addition to the ZEE stable, Zee Bollynova promises to create ‘Memorable Moments’ with its offering of a fusion of general entertainment programming, showcasing the best telenovelas and food shows.

Speaking on ZEE’s expansion in the African market, ZEEL CEO – International Broadcast Business Amit Goenka said, “With great similarities between the two cultures, Africa has always shown a tremendous appreciation for rich, vibrant Bollywood content. Our two previously-launched, specially customised channels, Zee World and Zee Magic, have been warmly received by viewers, resulting in a threefold increase in our viewership since our entry into the continent in 2015. This love and appreciation for our content has encouraged us to introduce two new channels, Zee Bollymovies and Zee Bollynova, which will keep up with the ZEE trend of colour, music, dance, drama and excitement.”

Sharing more details on the launches, Zee TV Africa CEO Harish Goyal said, “ZEE is continuously striving to make further in-roads into the African continent. We have packaged our latest offerings, Zee Bollymovies and Zee Bollynova with content adapted to suit the African viewer. Both channels are customized and dubbed in English.”

“Zee Bollymovies will be a one-of-its-kind channel on the African continent, being a 24-hour dedicated Bollywood movie channel exclusively in English. On the other hand, Zee Bollynova will offer viewers innovative and engaging general entertainment programming. This is an extremely exciting launch for us and for viewers on the continent, and we look forward to being hosted on the Kwesé platform,” Mr. Goyal further added.

Both channels will be available to viewers through Kwesé’s multi-platform offering including linear TV, mobile app, and web streaming services delivering premium entertainment to viewers anywhere, anytime, on any screen. Zee Bollymovies channel is available on Kwesé TV channel 155 while Zee Bollynova can be viewed on channel 150.

Speaking on the growth of Kwesé general entertainment offering, Econet Media president and group CEO Joseph Hundah said, “As a new African broadcaster we want to ensure that our viewers have access to a diverse content offering that cuts across all programming genres. There is a strong appetite for premium Bollywood content on the continent, thus we are proud to offer these impressive channels on line-up as they provide engaging TV for the whole family to enjoy.”

Zee Bollymovies and Zee Bollynova will join Kwesé’s exciting channel mix which includes a full range of sports, actuality, news and kids content.

Zee Africa had earlier launched Zee World in February 2015, followed by Zee Magic in October 2015 which are both premium, fully dubbed English and French channels respectively.


Monday is a holiday here, back on Tuesday


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


New mux seen testing on Asiasat 5 4080 H Sr 29994 Fec 3/4 DVBS Qpsk 5 Services all Biss encrypted, provider is EBUER
"Almaty1" "Almaty2", "Almaty3", "Almaty4", "Almaty 5"

The new mux on Asiasat 5 mentioned Wednesday on 3840H Sr 29714 Fec 5/6 DVBS Qpsk has added one more channel which is FTA but sometimes BISS. Feeds have been seen of programming on the other channels, I would expect it to encrypt soon

Liga Santander Vpid 3801 H264 Apid 3802 sid 30 FTA & BISS
Solar entertainment 1 (se1) Vpid 3811 H264 Apid 3812 sid 34 FTA
Solar entertainment 2 (se2) Vpid 3821 H264 Apid 3822 sid 35 FTA
Solar entertainment 3 (se3) Vpid 3831 H264 Apid 3832 sid 36 FTA

Friday feeds

Asiasat 5 4169 H Sr 15000 "tbs-golf-ygn" Golf FTA

Asiasat 5 3876 H Sr 7200 "IBES11 - path 2" I'm a Celeb show
Asiasat 5 3907 H Sr 7200 "world feed" Golf

Thursday evening feeds

D2 12636 V Sr 6669 Paul Murray Live
D2 12681 V Sr 7500 Tamworth Country Music Concert
D2 12672 V Sr 7500 Sydney Australia Day Concert

From my Email


From the Dish

From asiatvro site

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Stream Links

A Russian tv playlist

#EXTINF:-1,Первый канал
#EXTINF:-1,Россия 1
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Datum Systems Connects Kiwis in Chatham Islands with Their High Speed DVBS2/S2X Card Sets

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1710258730

Datum Systems has announced the successful deployment of their modular and highly-efficient M7 modem platform with the newly released DVBS2X card sets—a major service provider in New Zealand has implemented the M7 modem with DVB-S2X technology to connect the Chatham Islands via a high-speed IP satellite link.

This New Zealand archipelago leverages Datum's new M70 Modulator and D70 Demodulator high speed DVBS2/S2X card sets, to deliver up to 350 Mbps of IP throughput, and support advanced features such as higher order modulation, ACM, and Sharp Carrier technology. With unmatched combination of affordability and system flexibility, the Chatham Islands can now seamlessly support growing network requirements without changing the modem hardware. This includes the firm's patented Smart Carrier cancelling.

The M7 modem system is the best in class and most affordable modem platform for provisioning FDMA based networks over traditional FSS and high throughput satellites (HTS) using DVB-S2/S2X without the need to replace satellite modems. Cards can be populated together in an existing M7 modem platform to build duplex DVB-S2/S2X links, or independently mixed with Datum's low latency FlexLDPC card sets for a truly efficient and low cost point-to-multipoint transport network. Satellite service providers, telecom operators and government/military users can design flexible and economical point-to-point or point-to-multipoint FDMA networks based on the near Shannon limit performance and modularity of the M7 system.

“We are delighted that the M7 has been selected as the best modem platform to provide IP trunking connectivity to the Chatham Islands. With the DVB-S2/S2X cards in the M7 modem, their satellite IP network has tremendous upgrade capabilities as the network grows with additional sites and higher throughput,” said David Koblinski, VP Business Development and Marketing at Datum Systems.

“The M7 modems that we installed for the Chatham Islands network provide exceptional performance and we are very pleased with the price we paid. We fully expect that we will be adding more modems to our teleport for this network and others,“ said Keith Ramsay, Director of Engineering and Operations, Gateway Teleport.

“Our M7 platform’s flexibility, reliability and efficiency are ideally suited for multipoint IP trunking applications like the Chatham Island as well as cellular backhaul, enterprise VSAT and the military,” added Koblinski.

Visit Datum Systems at Booth #738 during the Satellite 2017 Conference and Exhibition ,March 6 through March 9, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

Syria and Russia in satellite broadcasting talks

From http://spacewatchme.com/2017/01/syria-russia-satellite-broadcasting-talks/

The Syrian Minister for Information, Mohammed Ramez Turgeman, has intimated that the Syrian government is in discussions with Russia about a possible satellite acquisition so that Damacus can assert greater control over how its information and propaganda can be disseminated throughout the country and beyond without being interfered with.

The ongoing discussions with Russia were revealed in an Iranian press interview with Turgeman on 24 January 2017.

Turgeman also spoke about how the Syrian government, buoyed by its recent recovery of the city of Aleppo with the help of Iranian-backed forces and Russian air power, is bolstering and refocusing its informational and propaganda efforts via social media and other traditional forms of medai such as newspapers, radio, and television outlets.

Speaking about the removal of Syrian government, Iranian, and Hezbollah satellite television news channels, such as Hezbollah’s Al Manar TV, from major satellite providers such as Arabsat and Nilesat (among others), Turgeman said, “This is extremely important, several meetings were held with Director General of Al-Manar Channel along with Head of Islamic Radio and Television Union, Sheikh Ali Karimyan. It was agreed to move on this project in cooperation with Russia. Practical and useful steps have already been taken in this regard.”

One of the ways in which Syria, Iran, and Hezbollah have circumvented their lack of access to Arab and Western satellite providers is to move their broadcasts to Russian satellite providers such as the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) that operates several satellites that provide coverage throughout the Middle East and Central Asia.

It is also known that media outlets supported by the Syrian and Iranian governments, as well as Hezbollah, stream programming and provide other content via the Internet, social media, and through apps such as Telegram.

The discussions with Russia mentioned by Turgeman could also include the possible acquisition by Syria of a Russian-made communications satellite, but more likely for now is the continued broadcast of Syrian, Iranian, and Hezbollah through Russian owned satellites as well as through the Iranian National Communications Satellite (NCS), currently being built by Russia for Tehran, and due to be launched in the next few years.

Sky (U.K) to offer full TV service without a dish for the first time

From https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jan/26/sky-tv-without-dish-premier-league-rights-costs

Pay-TV giant announces landmark move as it reports falling profits due to Premier League rights costs

Sky is to make its full TV service of hundreds of channels available without the need for a satellite dish for the first time, as it looks to stem customer defections to rivals such as BT.

The pay-TV giant, which had an 18% plunge in profits at its UK business in the last six months of 2016 thanks to spiralling Premier League rights costs, said it would launch the broadband-delivered TV service next year.

Jeremy Darroch, the Sky chief executive, said it would allow Sky to target up to 6m households across Europe who cannot, or will not, have a satellite dish.

“This is the first time we have been able to offer the full Sky TV service without a satellite dish,” he said. “It is a big moment for the business.”

Customers can currently use the Now TV broadband service to watch a limited range of Sky channels without a dish, but the new offering will allow access to potentially all of its 270 channels.

The initiative, which could open up about 2m homes in the UK for Sky to target, comes as the company revealed that the rate of customers defecting to rivals has climbed significantly.

Sky said its churn rate, a key metric watched by the City, rose to 11.6% in the last six months of 2016. This is up significantly on the 10.2% in the same period the previous year.

Darroch blamed the jump in churn to the “highly promotional” and competitive UK market with broadband customers proving to be deal hunters more likely to switch to a rival.

Sky is also launching a loyalty programme to “reward and recognise members” based on how long they have been a customer as part of its strategy to stem customer churn.

Sky UK, which accounts for more than 90% of the pan-European broadcaster’s profits, experienced an 18% fall in profits to £620m in the second half of last year.

Sky, which had a 9% fall in total profits across its business to £679m, said that it was a resilient performance, down £65m year on year despite a £314m rise in Premier League rights costs. Total revenues rose 6% to £6.4bn.

Darroch also said Sky would not back down in the face of the threat made by Discovery, which has 12 channels including Eurosport and Animal Planet, to pull its UK programming from the end of the month.

Discovery says Sky is refusing to pay a “fair price” to air its channels and that it is using its “dominant market position” to pay it less than it received a decade ago.

Darroch said Discovery’s move to go public about the negotiations, which will result in the channels coming off Sky from 1 February if an 11th hour deal cannot be reached, was about “commercial self-interest”.

Pay-TV rivals have already voiced concerns about Sky’s potential dominance of sport, TV and film if Fox’s proposed £11.7bn takeover is allowed by competition regulators.

“This is a very real concern about being squeezed out of the market,” said Susanna Dinnage, the managing director of Discovery Networks UK & Ireland. “We have grave concerns about the impact on our business. We are in competition, in areas such as factual programming and sports rights, in the UK and Europe. There are a lot of lone voices out there, from consumers to other smaller broadcasters. We are one of the few people who can stand up and say enough is enough.”

Darroch distanced the breakdown in talks from a potential link with concerns of market dominance relating to the Fox/Sky deal.

“I don’t think this has got anything to do with the approach by 21st Century Fox,” said Darroch. “We have been talking to Discovery since April last year. We have extended deals with a whole range of companies.

“One thing we will ask for is performance from our partners. The fact is [Discovery’s] share of viewing on linear [TV] has been in long-term decline. When you look to the on-demand world, Discovery performs at best a third it does in linear. They are not hitting big shows people pay for.”

Darroch said its strategy in the upcoming battle for Champion’s League TV rights, currently controlled by BT, would not be impacted by the potential takeover by the deep-pocketed Fox.

“We go into all rights renewals this year in a good place,” he said. “The Fox approach has no effect at all on that. We have good options. We always look incrementally at where we might seek to invest and get better. We go into Champions League renewal from a position of strength across all our markets. We will bid according to the value we attribute to [those] right[s].”

Sky also announced that it has secured the exclusive rights to England matches in the new Uefa Nations League, including qualifiers for Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup.

Kodi warning issued for people who are using the boxes to stream shows illegally

From http://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/kodi-warning-users-who-illegally-9693120

The emergence of Kodi or certainly those who use it illegally is now seemingly the top priority for rightsholders

People with Kodi boxes have been warned they could be targeted by pirate fighters if using the service illegally suggests a new report.

Users of the service - as well as other set-top box software - will find themselves at the middle of a new battle.

The emergence of Kodi or certainly those who use it illegally is now seemingly the top priority for rightsholders.

The boxes have proved a huge hit with people desperate to watch events, movies - and even the top football matches of the week.

But worryingly for users, a trader is being hauled to court in a potential landmark case over their legality.

The Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) said approximately half of its current investigations centred on the devices.

It said boxes which are configured to receive premium content for free are illegal.

The statements came in the annual crime report of the government's intellectual property office (IPO).

The boxes have proved a huge hit with people desperate to watch movies and the latest football matches

Fact said set-top boxes configured to receive premium content for free were "an emerging threat to the audiovisual industry".

"This is becoming an epidemic," Kieron Sharp, director general of Fact, told the BBC.

"If you are not paying for Sky, BT or one of the pay-TV providers for your subscription channels, you are clearly in possession of an illegal box."

The IPO said the increased availability of such devices was now a "significant challenge".

"We are aware that set-top boxes, while perfectly legal in their own right, are frequently adapted by criminals to illegally receive TV channels protected by intellectual property rights," a spokesman told the BBC.

Is my Kodi box illegal? You could find yourself in trouble if you use it under these circumstances

"The government is working with its partners in industry and with police forces across the country to target criminals looking to profit from this activity.

"We are also working closely with our international partners to target the cross-border infrastructure that underpins illegal streaming."


The Australia V Pakistan 5th ODI from Adelaide Oval. Intelsat 19 12609 V Sr 7000 FTA.

Some Thursday feeds

Asiasat 5 3907 H Sr 7200 "world feed" Golf

Asiasat 5 3885 H Sr 7200 "enc14" Figure skating

Asiasat 5 4094 H Sr 7200 "cat dsng 1" Asian Indoor football

From my Email


From the Dish

Koreasat 6 at 116.0E 12370 H Sky Drama has started on, encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0E 3780 V "Gem TV Asia and AXN East Asia" have started on , Irdeto.
Palapa D 113.0E 3984 H "Madani TV" has left .

Palapa D 113.0E 12710 H "Gem TV Asia and AXN East Asia" have started on, Irdeto.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3640 H "Saab TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "Good News Network TV and Push TV" have left .

From asiatvro site

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东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Prarthana Bhawan TV(印度)频道新增,设置4117 V 8800参数免费接收。 [1月25日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Channel V、VTC 1(AVG)等频道解密,设置11260 V 30000参数免费接收。 [1月25日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,国家地理、Channel V(香港)等3个频道消失,设置3840 H 29720参数无效接收。 [1月25日]


Sky Television pressing 'frustrating' beIN for English Premier League service

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/88779292/sky-television-pressing-frustrating-bein-for-english-premier-league-service

Sky Television is putting pressure on English Premier League broadcast rights holder beIN over frustration it has not passed on its online streaming service to Sky customers.

But infuriated fans, including one who has complained to the Commerce Commission, have still not been given any date for when online streaming will kick off.

This week, Wellington football fan Andrew McGoff made a complaint to the competition watchdog alleging beIN had not delivered on its advertised online service.

Liverpool Supporters Club of Wellington founder Andrew McGoff has complained to the Commerce Commission about beIN.

The Sky subscriber said he was told he would get access to beIN's online streaming, called Connect, as part of his $11.96 a month package with Sky.

Connect went live in October, a couple of months into the season, but McGoff could still not gain access to it three months later.

This was the same for all Sky subscribers, and many have complained to beIN's New Zealand Twitter page.

The commission confirmed it was assessing a complaint about beIN.

"We're actually paying for a product that we're not receiving," McGoff said.

Sky Television spokeswoman Kirsty Way said on Thursday it had been pressuring beIN to provide the service to its customers.

She said there was no hold up at Sky's end, and the company was dissatisfied it had not been made available.

"In a nutshell, we are really disappointed that this service is not ready for Sky customers," Way said.

"They have acknowledged this and say it will be ready as soon as possible, but we have no date."

Way said Sky had intially offered the beIN channels online through its Sky Go streaming service, but had been told it was not allowed to.

This was frustrating because beIN had not provided an alternative, she said.

"We continue to press for the development to be completed."

BeIN has not responded to a request for comment.

The Qatar-based broadcaster, run by the Al-Jazeera news network, last year bought the NZ rights to the English Premier League, then struck a deal with Sky Television to televise the games.

The broadcast rights for the English Premier League previously attracted controversy when Coliseum Sports Media acquired the rights ahead of Sky in 2013.

Coliseum broadcast the league on its online streaming service Premier League Pass.

"We're realising now we were spoilt with Premier League Pass," McGoff said

NTV-Plus expands eastwards

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/01/25/ntv-plus-expands-eastwards/

The Russian DTH platform NTV-Plus is to begin broadcasting in the far east of the country.

In a statement, it says that the decision to do so was taken by its management and approved by the board of directors.

Sales in the region will begin this April and as a result of the expansion its services will then be available throughout the whole of Russia.

NTV-Plus secured the right to broadcast in the far east of Russia on January 25, when the results of a competition held by the Federal Tender Commission (FTC) were announced.

It will employ eight transponders on the Express-AT2 satellite, which is located at 140 degrees East and covers the entire region.

The FTC also granted NTV-Plus permission to use three additional transponders on the Express-AT1 satellite at 56 degrees East, thereby improving its coverage of Siberia.

NTV-Plus is one of the longest established DTH platforms in Central and Eastern Europe, having made its debut in 1996.

Netflix enables downloads to Android SD cards

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/25/netflix-enables-downloads-to-android-sd-cards/

Netflix users on Android devices can now download content to their device’s SD card – meaning they are no longer restricted to their size of their device’s memory capacity when storing content.

When saving a programme or movie for offline viewing (a feature which Netflix added last month), Android users will now be prompted to choose a download location – Device Storage or SD card.

A spokesperson for Netflix told Engadget: “You can download content to multiple SD cards. However, there are limits to how many simultaneous downloads a member can download at one time, along with limits on how long a download will remain accessible. This ensures that the feature is being used for its intended purpose.”

Additionally, users won’t be able to share SD cards between multiple devices as the content on the card will only play on the device that it was originally downloaded with.

Discovery: Sky (U.K) carriage deal ‘impasse’

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/26/discoverysky-carriage-deal-impasse/

Negotiations between Discovery and Sky over a new carriage deal have reached an impasse, according to Discovery, who claim that Sky is refusing to pay a fair price for Discovery’s portfolio of channels, forcing it to go public in what it describes as an “historic move”, suggesting that its “much-loved” channels and programmes could disappear from Sky and NOW TV households after January 31st.

Discovery has announced that ‘enough is enough’ over Sky’s retail platform strategy, a strategy that Discovery fears is limiting consumer choice and hurting independent broadcasters like itself.

“We are proud to be an independent network of channels that works hard to bring real-world first class channels and programmes to viewers in the UK for nearly 30 years, offering quality and variety to pay television,” declared Susanna Dinnage, Managing Director, Discovery Networks UK and Ireland. “Our portfolio of channels caters to a wide range of personal tastes and interests from adventure, natural history, science and sports to extraordinary people, families, weddings, and true crime. From Racing Extinction, Gold Rush, Say Yes to the Dress UK to Cake Boss and Warrior Apes which is launching later this year, we create shows that make people’s worlds bigger,” she added.

“We believe Sky is using what we consider to be its dominant market position to further its own commercial interest over those of viewers and independent broadcasters. The vitality of independent broadcasters like Discovery and plurality in TV is under threat,” she stated.

Discovery says it is now paid less by Sky than it was 10 years ago, while Sky households are paying “so much more” than they did in 2007. This is despite Discovery having increased its share of viewing on the Sky platform by more than 20 per cent. Discovery has also increased investment in original content by more than 30 per cent since 2010, adding new channels to its portfolio including Eurosport, TLC and Investigation Discovery.

If an agreement is not reached, Discovery’s says that its “much-loved” channels and programmes which make up 50 per cent of all viewing to the factual category on Sky could disappear from Sky and NOW TV households after January 31st.

“Somebody has to stand up for consumers, because consumers believe they are paying for choice and diversity – they deserve better,” continued Dinnage. “Discovery is prepared to take that stand. Pay television needs to be about more than just films and football. The consumer can’t be expected to fund all of Sky’s investments and get less and less choice in return. We are also concerned that with the recently announced Fox transaction, Sky’s market strength and incentive to disadvantage independent TV content providers will only increase.”

“All we ask is that Sky recognise the value we bring to customers and remunerate us fairly so we can continue creating content that inspires and entertains the world,” she concluded.

All 12 channels in the Discovery portfolio would disappear from Sky and NOW TV if the dispute is not resolved, leaving more than 5.5 million people who tune in each month without the channels and shows they value and pay for with their Sky subscription. Discovery first launched in the UK in 1989. Discovery Channel, TLC, ID, Eurosport, Discovery History, Animal Planet, Discovery Shed, Home and Health, DMAX, Discovery Science and Discovery Turbo are all affected.

An on-air information message is running on all Discovery channels to communicate this news to Sky customers with effect from 8pm on Wednesday 25th January. Further information can be found at discoveryuk.com.

There are no changes to BT and Virgin Media customers, with whom Discovery has separate long-term agreements in place.

India’s Airtel Digital TV struggles

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/25/indias-airtel-digital-tv-struggles/

The Indian currency swaps, where Rs500 and Rs1000 notes have had to be exchanged, has affected growth at Airtel Digital TV. Other pay-TV broadcasters have reported that the absence of low-value currency notes is making it difficult for subscribers to pay their monthly dues.

As far as Airtel Digital TV is concerned, it suffered the slowest growth in the October-December quarter for the past 5 quarters, and blames the absence of currency notes on the slowdown.

Airtel Digital TV added 183,000 net subscribers, and taking its total subscriber base to 12.58 million. In the previous quarter, it had added 256,000 net subscribers, which was its highest in the last four years.

In Q1 of its 2016 fiscal year, the DTH operator gained 424,000 subscribers, which was again its best Q1 in the last four years. The net subscriber additions in Q3 and Q4 of FY16 were 619,000 and 530,000, respectively.


A new mux on Asiasat 5 3840H Sr 29714 Fec 5/6 DVBS Qpsk. This might be connected with the powervu programming feeds seen @169E. They are showing colour bars at the moment.

Solar entertainment 1 (se1) vpid 3811 Apid 3812 sid 34
Solar entertainment 2 (se2) Vpid 3821 Apid 3822 sid 35
Solar entertainment 3 (se3) Vpid 3831 Apid 3832 sid 36

Thaicom 5/6 78.5E 3640 H Sr 28066 "saab tv" is new FTA Sid 16 Vpid 2016 (mpg2) Apid 3016

Asiasat 7 105.5E 3913 V sr 7300 "islam tv is replaced by jet tv" sid 10 mpg2 vpid 800 apid 900

Asiasat 7 105.5E 3700 V Sr 4166 "pak news" is new FTA MPG2 Vpid 104 Apid 204 Sid 4

Asiasat 7 105.5E 3751 V Sr 2333 "life tv" is new its life news? FTA H264 Vpid 300 Apid 301 Sid 3

Asiasat 7 105.5E 3699 V "Praise TV" has started on , Fta.

Asiasat 7 105.5E 3750 V "Z Action HD" has started on , Fta.

(Craig's comment, not even close to HD! at 544x576 resolution)

From my Email

From Ted Mitchley

Subject: Igloo closedown

I spoke to the Igloo help desk this morning and for those who don't want
to have their box plugged in 1-15 March the download will be available
from their website and can be loaded from a flash drive - all
instructions will be on the website which will remain open.

From the Dish

Optus D2 152.0E 12706 V "G Sat" has started on , Fta (loads as Grace TV).

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3825 V "Zhejiang Satellite TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3740 H "Animal Planet HD World India" has started on, PowerVu.

Koreasat 6 116.0E 11747 L "Arirang Korea and YTN Science" have started on , encrypted.
Koreasat 6 116.0E 11823 L "Kids TV" has started on , encrypted.
Koreasat 6 116.0E 11862 L "AniOne TV" has started on , encrypted.
Koreasat 6 116.0E 12290 H "B Shopping" has started on , encrypted.
Koreasat 6 116.0E 12330 H "OBS W" has started on , encrypted.
Koreasat 6 116.0E 12450 H "Kuki TV and Silver iTV" have started on , encrypted.
Koreasat 6 116.0E 12450 H "NHK World TV and BBC Entertainment Asia" have left .
Koreasat 6 116.0E 12730 H "Shopping T" has started on , encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0E SCTV, Indosiar and O Channel have left 3780 V.

Telkom 1 108.0E PayTren TV has left 3721 H.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3699 V "Praise TV" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3750 V "Z Action HD" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3915 V "Entertainment TV" has left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "India Crime" has left again.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "France 24 English has replaced Grand Prix Channel" on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Wish Channel" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "MCOT 1" has left.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "True Select" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3880 H "Disney Junior Taiwan" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 3660 V "BTV Business" has started on, Fta

ABS 2 75.0E 3700 V "TACT, K-Asia, Taiwan Comprehensive Channel and JET TV" have started on Fta. GTV 1, GTV Entertainment, GTV Drama and GTV K Channel have left.
ABS 2 75.0E 3942 V "TACT, K-Asia, Taiwan Comprehensive Channel and JET TV" have left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3742 V "Star Movies Select" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4184 V "Shagun TV" is back on , Fta

From asiatvro site

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,LTV(印度)频道重现,设置3689 H 15000参数免费接收。 [1月25日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,天映频道、凤凰香港(缅甸)等50个频道解密,设置10850 H 45000参数免费接收。 [1月25日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Dgold替换Z4U(测试)频道,设置3880 H 27500参数免费接收。 [1月25日]

东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星Ku频段,Arezo TV(阿富汗)频道新增,设置11023 V 1234参数免费接收。 [1月24日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,AXN替换O Channel(印尼)频道,设置3780 V 29900参数有条件接收。 [1月24日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Jet TV替换Lslam 1(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3913 V 7260参数免费接收。 [1月24日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,TV 3 HD(泰国)等全组频道解密,设置4008 H 15000参数免费接收。 [1月24日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Message TV(巴基斯坦)频道重现,设置3751 V 2333参数免费接收。 [1月24日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Zee Bihar Jharkhand(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3768 H 7500参数有条件接收。 [1月24日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Star Movies Select(高清)频道消失,设置3742 V 7000参数无效接收。 [1月24日]


Fiji TV plans to bring back Pay TV

From http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/47631/fiji-tv-plans-to-bring-back-pay-tv

Fiji TV Chief Executive Geoffrey Smith.Taken from/By: FBC NewsReport by: Rachael NathFiji Television Limited has undergone many changes over the past two years. Outgoing chief executive, Geoffrey Smith says it has been for the growth for the company. Smith says despite selling one of its cash cows, the Sky Pacific Pay TV platform, Fiji TV has plans to return into this sector in the next five years. “Moving forward there are great plans for Fiji TV. There a lot of things being said in the media but the shareholders knows what is best for the company.” Smith didn’t divulge more details. His resignation was announced yesterday and Karen Lobendahn takes over as the Acting CEO from February 1st.

Japan’s military launches first comm satellite

From http://borneobulletin.com.bn/japans-military-launches-first-comm-satellite/

TOKYO (AP) — Japan successfully launched its first military communications satellite Tuesday that is designed to upgrade its network in the face of China’s increasingly assertive maritime activity and North Korea’s missile threat.

The Kirameki-2 satellite was on an H-2A rocket that lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan.

The satellite separated from the rocket and entered a designated orbit, the defense ministry said.

It is the first of three satellites that will replace three civilian ones currently used by Japan’s military.

The new satellites will allow military units to communicate on a high-speed and high-capacity network.

Japan’s H-2A rocket lifts off carrying Defense Ministry’s first communications satellite Kirameki-2 from the Tanegashim Space Center in Minamitane on Tanegashima Island, southern Japan on Tuesday, January 24. - AP

The new satellites are also aimed at stepping up Japan’s emergency response capability in case of natural disaster, China’s maritime activity from southern Japanese waters to the South China Sea, as well as missile threats from North Korea.

The satellites are also planned for use for Japanese troops operating overseas as part of international peacekeeping operations, including those in South Sudan and off the Somali coast, Kyodo News reported.

The Kirameki-1 was supposed to be launched in July 2016, but was damaged during transport to a launch pad in French Guiana.

It is undergoing repair and now is scheduled for launch in 2018.

64% of Americans don’t know what 4K is

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/24/102376/

Findings from a survey commissioned by broadcast technology specialist Snell Advanced Media (SAM) indicate that despite the pressure for broadcasters to invest in 4K technology, some 64 per cent of Americans still don’t know what 4K is.

SAM also found that Millennials are most likely to know exactly what 4K is compared to any other age group, but that still accounts for less than one third of all 18-24 year olds (29 per cent). Given that 4K is touted as the next evolution in image resolution, SAM says it is crucial the knowledge gap between broadcasters and consumers continues to close and the consumer electronics industry embrace an ethos of transparency and education on what to expect in the new era of 4K content.

Th study, conducted with third-party research firm YouGov, revealed not only consumer understanding of 4K, but what content Americans are making a point to watch live.

Broadcasters have been preparing for 4K for some time now by upgrading their infrastructure and prepping content for enhanced formats. However, despite their focus on the evolving era of 4K, consumer understanding still lags.
•Just 17 per cent of US adults are confident they’ve heard of 4K and know exactly what it is
•However, Millennials (18-24) are more familiar with 4K than any other age group, (29 per cent said they knew exactly what 4K was) and a quarter of them (25 per cent) had purposefully watched something in 4K in the past six months
•It was no surprise then that just 11 per cent of US adults currently own a 4K TV, with half of those either yet to find it worthwhile or understand what it does ◦Though 17 per cent of early Millennials (25-34) own a 4K TV, the highest among all age groups

•However, once educated on what 4K was, 41 per cent of consumers said they would like to have a 4K TV

“At SAM, we frequently survey consumer sentiment to help us better understand the relationship between our customers and their audience. It was evident from our research that even though 4K is a huge industry buzzword, and something many broadcasters have already begun preparing to deliver to consumers, most Americans don’t quite know what that entails. The knowledge gap between broadcaster and customer revealed by our research goes to show that finding the right formula to deliver and implement a winning 4K strategy is the key to broadcasters’ success,” said Neil Maycock, EVP & General Manager, Media Software Solutions at SAM.

4K is not the only advancement in technology changing the way broadcasters approach content creation and distribution. Increasing consumer reliance on social media and multiple devices or platforms has dramatically influenced the way broadcasters need to approach live coverage, says SAM.

Sports broadcasters are live TV champions
•65 per cent of Americans thought a recent high-profile TV event was important enough to watch live. Among them, more Americans made it a priority to watch Super Bowl 50 live (61 per cent) than they did any primary election results (36 per cent)
•Three times as many Americans overall watched Super Bowl 50 live than the 2016 Grammys (39 per cent to 13 per cent)

In particular, sports networks have a significant opportunity to capitalise on the attention they receive from live viewing, as we’ve seen with high profile arrangements like the NFL live streams on Twitter,” Maycock added. “At SAM, we anticipate significant traction on this front over the next year as more sports broadcasters experiment with technology to help them spread the word about live events. We expect to see them making every effort to push live sports content to more channels, faster, all with the quality consumers come to expect from their televisions.”

SpaceX broadband plans “too optimistic”

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/24/spacex-broadband-plans-too-optimistic/

A surgical dissection of SpaceX’s recent suggestions that it could be generating $30 billion (€27.9bn) in annual revenues flowing from its projected constellation of 4400 satellites are “too optimistic no matter what assumptions are made and could stoke unrealistic expectations undermining the industry’s credibility,” according to a blunt analysis by specialists at Northern Sky Research (NSR).

SpaceX’s plans, themselves unveiled in a report in the WSJ on January 13th, talk about $30 billion being generated by SpaceX by 2025 from broadband and its related connectivity. It is far from clear whether this sum includes revenues from terminals, retail or wholesale supply, sale of satellite capacity, etc, and NSR says it is fair to assume that the bulk of today’s satellite revenues from established operators comes from video-centric applications which NSR says was worth about $13.8 billion in 2015. NSR projects these revenues to grow to some $19.7 billion by 2025 – and do not include these latest SpaceX forecasts.

Indeed, NSR says that SpaceX’s predictions are themselves higher than previous forecasts for “the entire data-centric applications market”. NSR lists the ‘top 20’ largest telco operators and states tellingly that if SpaceX’s numbers are correct, then by 2025 it would place SpaceX as bigger than BT Group, Telecom Italia, Telstra and only just behind the likes of China Unicom, and Orange.

Moreover, the prospects any new business speeding ahead to revenues greater than $1 billion (let alone $30 billion) in just a handful of years, is a challenge. NSR explains that even Dell Computers took nine years to reach $1 billion, Apple took eight years, eBay took seven, Yahoo took seven, and Google took five, Amazon five. “While SpaceX can already start working on selling capacity, the scalability of the business model is much more arduous than most dotcom businesses,” says NSR.

“The best way to predict the future is building it, and NSR will only be pleased to see the satellite industry growing to the levels forecasted by SpaceX, as it would be beneficial for everyone. While it is true that forecasting revenues for such innovative ventures has a significant level of uncertainty, NSR nonetheless believes the $30 billion revenue projection is too optimistic no matter what assumptions are made and could stoke unrealistic expectations undermining the industry’s credibility.”

NSR hedges its bets by stressing that SpaceX’s founder Elon Musk has frequently makes bold promises which generate plenty of press and analyst comment which is helpful for his businesses only for the promises to be downgraded later. NSR cautions: “When analysing SpaceX projections, being an investor, a competitor or an industry watcher, one must keep its independence and not fall into this expectations trap. Otherwise, industry’s credibility would be at risk.”

Trump’s FCC chairman favors simpler satellite licensing rules

From http://spacenews.com/trumps-fcc-chairman-favors-simpler-satellite-licensing-rules/

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump on Jan. 23 named Ajit Pai, a Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission who favors simplifying satellite licensing rules, as the nation’s top telecom regulator.

Pai, 44, replaces Tom Wheeler, who stepped down Jan. 20 as FCC chairman.

Pai’s appointment does not require Senate confirmation because he was confirmed in 2012 when then-President Barack Obama nominated the former Verizon attorney to serve as one of the FCC’s five commissioners.

As a commissioner, Pai supported AT&T’s $67 billion purchase of satellite broadcaster DirecTV and opposed mobile satellite services company Globalstar on using unlicensed spectrum in the 2.4 GHz band for its proposed Terrestrial Low Power Service, or TLPS (Globalstar in December gave up on using the unlicensed spectrum in favor of using 11.5 MHz of its own spectrum for an LTE service).

“I am deeply grateful to the President of the United States for designating me the 34th Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission,” Pai said in a Jan. 23 statement. “I look forward to working with the new Administration, my colleagues at the Commission, members of Congress, and the American public to bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans.”

In December 2015, Pai praised the FCC’s move to eliminate interim milestones for operators seeking to license new satellite systems in the U.S. — milestones that the satellite industry considered unnecessarily cumbersome and arguably sent operators in pursuit of friendlier regulatory environments such as the Isle of Man. Pai also supported the Satellite Industry Association’s proposal to let licensees “increase the number of earth stations operating under a blanket license without prior authorization.”

The satellite industry will be eager to see how Chairman Pai addresses the subjects of 5G and spectrum sharing. Wheeler rebuked the satellite industry last year for its unwillingness to even consider sharing Ka-band spectrum with terrestrial 5G services.

The industry will also want to know how or if satellite fits into Pai’s broadband goals. In his first address as chairman, Pai highlighted closing the digital divide as one of his top concerns.

“One of the most significant things that I’ve seen during my time here is that there is a digital divide in this country — between those who can use from cutting-edge communications services and those who do not,” he said Jan. 24 in remarks to the FCC. “I believe one of our core priorities going forward should be to close that divide — to do what’s necessary to help the private sector build networks, send signals, and distribute information to American consumers, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or anything else. We must work to bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans.”

Other countries, notably Australia and Mexico, have invested heavily in satellite as a means to bring internet access to unconnected regions. In a September speech titled “A Digital Empowerment Agenda,” Pai again discussed the importance of closing the digital divide, but made no mention of satellite as one of the solutions.


Prime Plus 1 has started (Monday) FTA with a static info card on D1 12519V vpid 1002 apid 1102

A few Tuesday feeds

Asiasat 5 4094 H Sr 7200 "cat dsng 1" 5 a side indoor football FTA

Asiasat 5 4174 H Sr 7200 "gca hd enc-1" Golf highlights FTA

From my Email

From Steve Jepson

RE: Closing down of the Terrestrial NZ igloo pay tv service


When IGLOO closes on the 1'st March, your box will get an automatic
update to make sure you can still use the box to watch Freeview
channels. Once this update happens, you won't have some functionality
and technical support you normally get from IGLOO but you will be able
to watch Freeview channels through your box. What do you need to do?
Just make sure your IGLOO box is plugged in and turned on from 1'st
until 15'th March.

(Craig's comment, and if you are away on holiday with it turned off? I hope they also release a downloadble to USB firmware.)

From the Dish

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Koreasat 6 116.0E 12690 H "Sky Drama" has left .
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From asiatvro site

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ACMA slashes satellite tax rate to encourage investment

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/acma-slashes-satellite-tax-rate-to-encourage-investment/

The ACMA has introduced a series of tax incentives for satellite licences in an effort to encourage more efficient use of spectrum and greater availability of Ka-band services.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has announced that the taxation rate for satellite licences has been reduced in an effort to improve spectrum efficiency and encourage investment in Ka-band satellite and space-based services.

The ACMA will decrease taxes for satellite services operating over the 17.3GHz-51.4GHz spectrum bands by 30 percent for Australia-wide and high-density area (HDA) licences; by 50 percent for medium-density area (MDA) and low-density area (LDA) licences; and by 100 percent for remote-density area (RDA) licences -- apart from a minimum tax of AU$39.57.

The ACMA also announced that it will encourage spectrum sharing by reducing its taxation of earth station spectrum by 30 percent where it is shared in co-frequency terminals located within 500 metres for earth stations in HDAs; 1,000 metres for MDAs; and 2,000 metres for LDAs and RDAs.

The ACMA will also remove the fixed annual tax of AU$279/MHz for non-geostationary orbit (NGSO) services licences operating in frequencies higher than 8.5GHz.

The federal government agency said it undertook the satellite taxation review as a response to concerns raised that the rates in Australia were higher compared to industry averages internationally, especially when taking into account the Ka-band's large bandwidth requirements.

Australian telco industry group Communications Alliance welcomed the new taxation rates, saying it would improve efficiency in using spectrum and increase investment in the Australian satellite industry.

"The ACMA has acknowledged that making Australia's pricing structure more aligned with international norms should mean that Australia can derive greater value from the space sector, which already contributes more than $4 billion per annum to Australia's GDP," said Communications Alliance CEO John Stanton.

Optus' satellite division owns the largest number of satellites covering Australia and New Zealand, with six satellites in orbit providing coverage to the region, while the Australian government's National Broadband Network (NBN) has launched two Ka-band satellites over the last year to provide high-speed broadband for the 400,000 eligible premises in rural areas.

While both Optus and NBN rely on satellite coverage for connecting those living in remote areas, however, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) earlier this month said NBN's satellite technology is unsuitable for telehealth, as it does not provide high enough data allowances and speeds.

"Regional and rural communities already face a range of disadvantages when compared to their city counterparts," AMA vice president Tony Bartone said.

"Many regional and remote areas have very poor internet connections, with relatively small download allowances, and at a much higher cost and slower speed than the services available in our cities."

NBN's Sky Muster satellite service provides speeds of up to 25/5Mbps and data allowances of 150GB per month, with an additional 50GB download per month for distance education students.

The AMA said it is specifically calling on the federal government to "develop measures to prioritise or optimise the broadband capacity available by satellite for hospitals and medical practices, either by exempting or allocating higher data allowance quotas, or by providing a separate data allowance", as well as extending its fibre, cable, and fixed-wireless network footprints and increasing mobile coverage where possible.

Telstra to broadcast WTA globally

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/23/telstra-to-broadcast-wta-globally/

Telstra has been awarded a six year multi-million dollar deal with Perform, the digital sports content and media group, for the delivery of a global media network solution for the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) series of tournaments.

The special events agreement is the largest media broadcast deal since Telstra Broadcast Services was established, and ties in with Perform Group’s recently announced 10 year partnership with WTA, creating WTA Media, the tour’s dedicated media arm.

Telstra’s deal with Perform will span 47 rolling live global WTA events in 2017, including the Brisbane International, St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, Miami Open and WTA Finals in Singapore, and will increase to more than 50 tournaments by 2020.

Dom Wedgwood, Perform Group’s Director of Content Operations, said “Perform is delighted to be working with Telstra. This new partnership enables us to deliver more WTA matches, to more clients globally, than ever before. Working with Telstra brings significant benefits as we continue to grow the Perform Sports Cloud.”

FTA networks mull anti-siphoning reform

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/fta-networks-mull-antisiphoning-reform/news-story/b4bb23d5ba1eb359ec04d919aa1a8406

Seven acquired its Olympic rights without competition from the pay-TV sector

Free-to-air networks are holding landmark talks over the future of the controversial anti-siphoning rules, indicating they are willing to consider changes to the list in an unprecedented move for the ­industry.

The historic development has won the backing of the government for the first time. The ­government prompted high-level talks between the major players after it told networks they cannot expect further licence fee cuts without reaching a sensible compromise on the legislation.

Amid a strong commitment to fiscal restraint, government ministers have told media chief executives further cuts to licence fees cannot be justified unless they ­accept changes to rules that only apply to pay-TV operator Foxtel. The government’s willingness to countenance changes to anti-­siphoning opens up a new front in a long-running dispute over the decades-old rules.

After years of fierce resistance, Seven, Nine and Ten are adopting a more pragmatic approach to the anti-siphoning rules in meetings with other media companies ­including News Corp, publisher of The Australian.

Nine, in particular, is said to be open-minded about removing international sports events from the list.

All of the FTA networks agree the list should be extended to ­include the internet, ensuring Google, Netflix and other internet giants are covered by the legislation.

Asked if anti-siphoning is now on the government’s political reform agenda, a spokeswoman for Communications Minister Mitch Fifield refused to rule out the possibility of the scheme undergoing changes.

“The media reform legislation is a priority for the minister and he continues to engage constructively with crossbench colleagues to secure support,” a statement ­issued to The Australian said.

“The media reform legislation seeks to update media ownership laws to reflect the modern media environment and the minister is continually looking at opportunities to ensure regulation keeps pace with technological change.”

Wooing the Senate crossbench to support the government’s media reform bill is Senator ­Fifield’s top priority when parliament returns next month.

The changes were halted in parliament late last year amid ­opposition from Labor and the Greens against the bill in its ­current form.

The timing of introduction of the legislation to the Senate pivots on discussions with the crossbench. The bill passed through the House of Representatives in ­November 2016.

Current laws prevent a single entity from owning newspapers, radio and television in a single market.

They also limit mergers that would allow a broadcaster to reach more than 75 per cent of the Australian population, even though FTA broadcasters are now able to stream their services nationally. Anti-siphoning is not included in the bill but Senator Fifield has the power to adjust the list at his discretion.

Asked if the FTA networks are prepared to accept the removal of some international events from the anti-siphoning list in exchange for licence fee cuts, chairman of Free TV Harold Mitchell stressed the importance of retaining marquee events on the list.

“Free TV’s position on sports is that it’s right and proper for ­Australians to expect their major sports to be free,” Mr Mitchell told The Australian.

“The anti-siphoning list has ­always attended to that over the years.

“The free-to-air networks are expecting action on the promised licence fee cuts.”

Under the pay-TV sector’s proposal, events played overseas involving Australia would generally remain protected, while most of those not involving Australia would be removed. Showpiece events like the AFL and NRL ­finals will remain untouched.

There is a growing mood of ­optimism in relation to anti-­siphoning.

But industry sources cautioned that while the players are talking with an open mind for the first time in decades, there is a risk the efforts could remain hypothetical.

There is also a danger, sources said, that broadcasters could reach a consensus for the first time but politicians won’t be able to deliver.

Advances in technology such as high-speed internet have ­rendered the laws governing sports rights in the $14 billion sector largely obsolete.

Telecommunication companies, social networks and free-to-air networks have all established ways to easily circumnavigate the anti-siphoning rules in recent years.

They were enacted in 1992 to ring-fence premium sport for the FTA networks, but they can be ­bypassed with ease by internet-based TV services.

While English Premier League matches are not covered by the anti-siphoning regime, there is nothing in the rules stopping rights holder Optus buying major sports to broadcast via the internet.

Seven acquired its Olympic rights without competition from the pay-TV sector, yet was able to charge consumers $19.95 for “premium” Olympics content, Foxtel pointed out last year.

Twitter last year paid $US10 million to stream 10 Thursday night games of National Football League games in the US on its own platform.

Under the rules, if a FTA broadcaster has the rights to one of the protected sports it must broadcast them on the main channel first, not a subsidiary digital channel. But Foxtel is prevented from acquiring the rights to broadcast unless no free-to-air networks have tried to buy the rights within 12 weeks of the event. Theoretically, the rules ensure FTA coverage of big events and top-tier sports, but in effect the regulation forces Foxtel to pay a tax to one or more of the commercial networks for secondary access to programming.

It comes as the government puts media-ownership laws back on the political agenda and traditional media outlets vie to compete with the Google, and Facebook online ad duopoly.

Major sports bodies including the AFL, NRL, soccer and tennis have thrown the weight of their support behind the approach. As not-for-profit bodies, the rights generate crucial funds for grassroots clubs, and local communities. The FTA industry was granted a 25 per cent cut to licence fees last year, leaving the tax at 3.38 per cent of revenue.

This compares to the US where broadcasters pay 0.06 per cent of revenue, while in Britain they pay 0.18 per cent of revenue.

All-electric Eutelsat 172B getting ready to fly

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/01/23/all-electric-eutelsat-172b-getting-ready-to-fly/

Construction of Eutelsat 172B, the first high-power all-electric telecommunications satellite built in Europe, is now complete at the Airbus satellite assembly facilities in Toulouse.

The fully fledged satellite for Eutelsat is now undergoing final testing before it is sent to Kourou, French Guiana, for an Ariane 5 launch scheduled in April.

Eutelsat 172B is the first high-power satellite in the three tonne class. The satellite combines electric power of 13 kW with a launch weight of only 3,500 kg. This satellite will host three distinct payloads that will strengthen Eutelsat’s capability to serving Asia-Pacific markets: a C-band payload, a regular Ku-band payload and a high throughput payload specifically designed for in-flight connectivity along Pacific air corridors.

Eutelsat 172B is based on the Eurostar E3000 platform from Airbus Defence and Space, in its latest EOR (Electric Orbit Raising) evolution. This version relies exclusively on electric propulsion for initial orbit raising and all on-station manoeuvres, with the consequent reduction in mass enabling the satellite to be launched in the Ariane 5 lower position, resulting in lower launch costs.

Mobile LTE wins satellite operator licence in Thailand

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/mobile-lte-wins-satellite-operator-licence-in-thailand--1180596

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has granted Mobile LTE a satellite operator licence. Mobile LTE has received a 15-year licence to operate both a satellite-transponder leasing service and a satellite-signal uplink/downlink service, The Nation reports, citing NBTC member Prawit Leesatapornwongsa. According to Leesatapornwongsa, Mobile LTE will talk with the Minister Ministry of Digital Economy and Society to reserve an orbital slot.

Set up in 2014, Mobile LTE has a registered capital of THB 100 million. It currently holds an NBTC licence as an MVNO but has not yet launched mobile services. Mobile LTE CEO Varayuth Yenbamroong said Mobile LTE’s satellite business will be financially supported by Silicon Valley companies and an energy services provider.

Mobile LTE plans to lease a number of transponders from a Chinese satellite operator to provide services in Thailand this year before leasing an entire satellite to provide the service in 2019. It will build its own satellite in 2021. Mobile LTE is financed by Northern Gulf Petroleum.

According to Yenbamroong, in the initial phase, Mobile LTE will develop low-and medium-Earth-orbit communication satellites such as the Iridium global satellite network for mobile voice and data communications, but with more advanced technology. Mobile LTE plans to launch a geosynchronous satellite similar to those of Thaicom within the next 5 years.

Mobile LTE also seeks to partner Thai state-owned operator TOT, and provide wireless broadband services using the state operator’s 2.3 GHz spectrum.

Turner’s kids brands lead APAC market

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/23/turners-kids-brands-lead-apac-market/

The combination of Turner’s four kids brands in Asia Pacific – Cartoon Network, Boomerang, POGO and Toonami – was the region’s No. 1 international kids portfolio across nine measured markets for the whole of 2016.

Building on the same leadership position achieved in 2015, the group again finished the year with the highest category share in the kids’ genre throughout the region. Turner’s off-air, digital touchpoints for its brands also showed significant growth during the past 12 months accoridng to data from the likes of Kantar Media, GfK, OzTAM and MediaLogic.

Mark Eyers, Chief Content Officer for Turner’s Kids Networks in Asia Pacific, said: “This is awesome news for us, and is just one of many highlights during a huge 2016. We welcomed back mega-franchises like Ben 10 and The Powerpuff Girls on Cartoon Network, saw some world-class content debut on POGO and Toonami, as well as witnessing a spike in reach and distribution for Boomerang.”

Turner is forging new ways of developing content and telling stories that converge creativity and technology. Way more than a traditional TV series, a great example of this is Cartoon Network’s recently-launched MagiMobile, which was conceived at the beginning of the concept development process. The app is an integral part of the overall experience for the network’s latest new franchise, Mighty Magiswords, and empowers users to build their own massive collection of Magiswords, just like the heroes in the show.

A raft of games, apps and consumer products will launch through the year. Already this January, in addition to MagiMobile, Cartoon Network launched the Ben 10: Up to Speed mobile game. Mobile, web and console game are all planned 2017, as are major upgrades to Cartoon Network Watch and Play and Cartoon Network Anything apps, and to the brands’ websites.
•Total visits to Cartoon Network’s regional presence across web, mobile and apps in 2016 saw an 11 per cent increase year-on-year.
•In 2016, downloads of Cartoon Network Anything were up significantly by 558 per cent year-on-year; Cartoon Network Watch and Play saw a 61 per cent download increase.

“Looking ahead, 2017 will be the year when our shows go truly multi-platform and are consumed by young audiences in new ways,” added Eyers. “We’ll have almost 800 half-hours of new content on Cartoon Network and Boomerang alone, much of which will debut on our apps perfectly complementing our TV schedules. This also includes some great new original content from our own region, such as games and shorts by creators based in Australia, India and Korea.”

As Cartoon Network gears up for an even bigger year, distribution in the region has pushed past 135 million households. Sister brands Toonami and Boomerang are at over 15 and 30 million, respectively, and POGO sits at 64 million households

Mister Trump Goes to Washington

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Mister_Trump_Goes_to_Washington_999.html

Here are a few key space issues that the new President must address. One of the most obvious issues and a large budget item is the International Space Station (ISS). NASA and its international ISS partners have pledged to support the program for seven more years.

The pressing issue here is whether to extend station operations beyond 2024, possibly until at least 2028. Beyond extending ISS's life, his other options are limited. One is to execute a controlled retro fire maneuver such that the 400,000-plus-kg monster reenters atmosphere and splashes into the Pacific Ocean. This action would be a shame, because the station was not completed until 2011 and it had a price tag of $100 billion.

Another possible scenario might be a conversion of the ISS into a commercial base for in-orbit manufacturing and other consumer activities. There surely must be an entrepreneur who can turn this financial behemoth into a commercial money-making queen. Mr. Trump will certainly soon be looking at the current $4 billion annual cost of ISS-related operations and wondering about its return on investment (ROI).

Another high-cost and complex issue deals with the future of the national security space infrastructure, i.e., disaggregation of the U.S. military satellite fleet. In recent months there have been proposals to phase out the use of expensive, monolithic military spacecraft and replace them with satellite constellations that are supposedly less vulnerable to enemy antisatellite weapons. Such constellations might be filled with many smaller satellites, rather than a few large and vulnerable platforms.

Yet another challenging issue is the question of whether the U.S. would benefit from joint space efforts with China. However, working with China in this arena has been a political taboo for the last 20 years. China is seen as a military adversary. It has antisatellite technologies, a very active military and industrial espionage program and violates our human rights standards.

Some would like to see a thaw in Sino-U.S. civil space relations. Some say we can learn from the Chinese. Others say joint activities with China will relieve the pressure on them to steal technology from us. Then, there is the military buildup in the South China Sea: not a good sign that they want to work together.

Of course, there are many other issues that are important, but have not yet become visible to the nation's leaders. Of these, there is one issue that is becoming a huge international challenge. The space debris population is growing at exponential rates in low earth orbits.

The pending addition of up to 12,000 new satellites in congested orbits will undoubtedly exacerbate the situation and possibly hasten a gridlock in the near-earth zone. All spacefaring nations may soon have to take action to control the debris buildup or suffer a "space lockout."

NASA announces NOAA’s GOES-16 Satellite takes First Photos of Earth

From http://www.clarksvilleonline.com/2017/01/24/nasa-announces-noaas-goes-16-satellite-takes-first-photos-earth/

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationSilver Spring, MD – GOES-16, the first spacecraft in NOAA’s next-generation of geostationary satellites, has sent the first high-resolution images from its Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument. Included among them are a composite color full-disk visible image of the Western Hemisphere captured on January 15th, 2017.

Created using several of the ABI’s 16 spectral channels, the full-disk image offers an example the satellite’s advanced technology.

The ABI can provide a full disk image of the Earth every 15 minutes, one of the continental U.S. every five minutes, and has the ability to target regional areas where severe weather, hurricanes, wildfires, volcanic eruptions or other high-impact environmental phenomena are occurring as often as every 30 seconds.

The ABI covers the Earth five-times faster than the current generation GOES imagers and has four times greater spatial resolution, allowing meteorologists to see smaller features of the Earth’s atmosphere and weather systems.

“Seeing these first images from GOES-16 is a foundational moment for the team of scientists and engineers who worked to bring the satellite to launch and are now poised to explore new weather forecasting possibilities with this data and imagery,” said Stephen Volz, Ph.D., NOAA’s assistant administrator for Satellite and Information Services, Silver Spring, Maryland. “The incredibly sharp images are everything we hoped for based on our tests before launch. We look forward to exploiting these new images, along with our partners in the meteorology community, to make the most of this fantastic new satellite.”

“The image is much more than a pretty picture, it is the future of weather observations and forecasting,” said Louis W. Uccellini, Ph.D., director, NOAA’s National Weather Service, Silver Spring. “High resolution imagery from GOES-16 will provide sharper and more detailed views of hazardous weather systems and reveal features that previous instruments might have missed, and the rapid-refresh of these images will allow us to monitor and predict the evolution of these systems more accurately. As a result, forecasters can issue more accurate, timely, and reliable watches and warnings, and provide better information to emergency managers and other decision makers.”

Along with the full-disk image of the Western Hemisphere, GOES-16 also captured:

◾An image of the continental United States showing the significant storm system that crossed North America on January 15th, 2017
◾A 16-panel image showing the continental United States in the two visible, four near-infrared and 10 infrared channels on ABI.
◾An image showing dust blowing off the coast of Africa
◾An image of the Caribbean and Florida that shows some of the shallows waters in the region.
◾A view of Argentina, South America, in which mountain wave clouds can be seen in the southwestern part of the country.

NASA successfully launched GOES-R at 6:42pm EST on November 19th, 2016 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and it was renamed GOES-16 when it achieved orbit. GOES-16 is now observing the planet from an equatorial view approximately 22,300 miles above the surface of the Earth.

In May, NOAA will announce the planned location for GOES-16 and by November 2017, GOES-16 will be operational in either the GOES-East or GOES-West position.

Following on the heels of GOES-16, formerly GOES-R, will be GOES-S, the next spacecraft in the series, which is planned for launch in Spring 2018. GOES-S is currently undergoing environmental testing at Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Littleton, Colorado, facility where it was built.

A full set of environmental, mechanical and electromagnetic testing will take about one year to complete. After its initial on-orbit checkout the GOES-S satellite will be moved into the other operational position as GOES-17.

NOAA’s satellites are the backbone of its life-saving weather forecasts. GOES-16 will build upon and extend the more than 40-year legacy of satellite observations from NOAA that the American public has come to rely upon.

NOAA manages the GOES-R Series Program through an integrated NOAA-NASA office. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, oversees the acquisition of the GOES-R series spacecraft and instruments.

For more information, or to see a gallery of GOES-16’s first images, visit NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service website: www.nesdis.noaa.gov/content/goes-16-image-gallery

Three Chinese HD channels launched on Hotbird

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/01/23/three-chinese-hd-channels-launched-on-hotbird/

China Central Television (CCTV) has signed a long-term distribution contract with Eutelsat to broadcast three of its flagship channels in High Definition across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

CCTV-4 HD, CGTN HD (formerly CCTV News) and CGTN-Documentary HD (formerly CCTV Documentary) are now available in HD in Chinese and English from the Hotbird satellites. The channels broadcast free-to-air and complement SD versions already available from this region’s neighbourhood.

Eutelsat started broadcasting CCTV channels in 2008 and currently broadcasts on seven Eutelsat satellites serving Europe, Africa and the Middle East. China Global Television Network, or CGTN, is China’s new international media organisation, launched by CCTV in December 2016.

CNN to launch Swiss business channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/23/cnn-to-launch-swiss-business-channel/

CNN International Commercial and MediaGo have revealed plans for CNNMoney Switzerland – the first nationwide TV channel dedicated to business news for and about Switzerland.

Launching in the second half of 2017, CNNMoney Switzerland aims to be the go-to destination for Switzerland’s professional community to follow business news.

CNN and MediaGo will work in partnership over the coming months to build the infrastructure, brand identity and programming schedule, recruit and train journalists and production teams, and establish CNN standards and practices for CNNMoney Switzerland.

The English-language channel’s output will feature original content out of CNNMoney Switzerland’s two hubs in Zurich and Geneva, each with a state of the art studio and news operation, covering Swiss business news and companies. Domestic content will be supplemented by international business news relevant to Switzerland supplied by CNNMoney’s multiplatform editorial teams

The channel will be distributed free to air across a range of Switzerland’s cable, TVoIP and free-to-air operators, accompanied by a CNNMoney Switzerland website and social networks footprints featuring the latest Swiss and international CNNMoney content.

CNNMoney Switzerland is the latest expansion from CNN – both in terms of CNNMoney, which expanded internationally in 2016 with increased multiplatform programming and a CNN Moneystream app, and for CNN International Commercial, which has already established CNN-branded local channels in India, Japan, Turkey, Chile, Indonesia, Philippines and a digital-only presence in Greece. The channel will also increase CNN’s editorial footprint in Switzerland for newsgathering on business and breaking news.

“CNNMoney Switzerland is an important step in CNN’s commercial strategy to create businesses that deliver value to CNN whilst also giving audiences new touchpoints to consume and engage with our brand,” said Rani Raad, President, CNN International Commercial. “In this case, we are working in partnership with MediaGo to create the first standalone national CNNMoney platform and show our commitment to a particularly relevant and important market for international business. Only strong brands and distinctive content stand-out in a commoditised news landscape – and I look forward to CNNMoney Switzerland doing just that.”

“CNNMoney Switzerland is filling the void for a Swiss-focused leading business and lifestyle multimedia platform of national and international reach” said Christophe Rasch, CEO, MediaGo. “CEOs and CMOs of the leading swiss multinational companies and the 50 world leading NGO and sports organizations are looking for a way to engage in an English speaking national platform. CNNMoney Switzerland will be their partner inside and outside Switzerland.” Rasch added: “CNNMoney Switzerland targets the 4 million people in Switzerland (half of the country’s population) who speak English, either as a native language or as a second or third language and who are looking for a national media of international reach to get informed on the country’s business and lifestyle news.”


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IS19 12449 H Sr 7500 "sts 3 nbl" NBL

Asiasat 5 4165 H Sr 7200 "SMBC Golf" Golf FTA

Asiasat 5 3907 H Sr 7500 "tbs sng" Tour down under cycling FTA
Asiasat 5 3745 V Sr 7200 "default" Golf from Abu dhabi FTA

Asiasat 5 4094 H Sr 7200 "CAT DSNG 1" Muay Thai league Kick Boxing FTA

Saturday feeds

Asiasat 5 3645 H Sr 7248 8psk "rus-047" Ice Hockey from Russia FTA

Asiasat 5 3745 V Sr 7200 8psk "nameless" Golf FTA
Asiasat 5 3936 V Sr 7200 8psk "HUN-017/line1" Chinese Table Tennis FTA

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From the Dish

Koreasat 6 116.0E 12330 H "JTBC 3 Fox Sports" has started on , encrypted.
Koreasat 6 116.0E 12390 V "Ch W, JEI Talent TV and MTN" have started on , Codicrypt.
Koreasat 6 116.0E 12410 H "Animax Korea" has started on , clear.
Koreasat 6 116.0E 12410 H "YTN" has left .
Koreasat 6 116.0E 12450 H "9colors and Ch W" have started on , encrypted.
Koreasat 6 116.0E 12450 H "CBN and ETN-TV" have left .
Koreasat 6 116.0E 12530 H "View" has started on , encrypted.
Koreasat 6 116.0E 12570 H "Dia TV" has started on , encrypted.
Koreasat 6 116.0E 12570 H "OCN Series" has left .

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12530 H "Onbook TV, JBS and Vision TV" have left .
Koreasat 5 113.0E 12560 H "AMC TV" is back on , Fta.

AsiaSat 8 105.5E AsiaSat 8 has left 105.5 East, moving west.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3638 H "BTV Business" has left .

AsiaSat 5 100.5E ZTTV has left 3726 V and 4148 V again.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E "SET News" has moved from 12381 H to 12353 H, Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3717 H "2nd Avenue" has started on , PowerVu+.

Horizons 2 84.8E 12180 V Tojikiston, TV Safina, TV Bahoriston, Jahonnamo, TV Varzish and TV Sinamo have leftagain.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3767 H "SVBC 2" has started on, Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12604 V "Sat TV, I-Movie, A Film, I-Asia, Movies & sat Asia, View World, Channel Movie, News 1, Bluesky Channel and TV 3 have started on . 1618 Shop and Ani Lava" are now encrypted.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12687 V "Ploen TV and Thai Channel 8" have left .

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12728 V AEC, MRTV Entertainment, MWD Documentary, MWD Music, MN TV, 5 Plus, Channel 9 and Mahar TV have started on , clear.
TNT Thailand is now encrypted. Channel 7, MRTV 4, MWD, Democratic Voice of Burma TV, M Channel and Miracle are now in clear.
Jatingja, Bluesky Channel, MRTV and GangCartoon Channel have left.

ABS 2 75.0E 11473 V "TNT International" is now encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 11473 V "World Business Channel" has left .
ABS 2 75.0E 11605 V "Oruzhie, Feniks+Kino and Anekdot TV" are now encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 11973 V "Rossiya 1" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3732 V "Xtra and National Voice" have started on , Fta
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3768 H "Zee Purvaiya" has started on , Conax.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3768 H "Zee Bihar Jharkhand" has started on , Conax.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3850 V "Comedy Central India" has started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3868 V "Rishtey Cineplex and HNN 24x7" have started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3936 V "Movies Now 2" has started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3940 V "ET Now 2" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4003 V "Skystar has replaced Abzy Movies" on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4013 H "Yes Channel" has left . IBN 7 has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4036 V News 18 Kerala, News 18 Tamil Nadu and News 18 Assam & North-East on are now in clear.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4116 V "Prarthana Bhawan TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4155 V "Zee TV India, Zee Q and & pictures" are encrypted again.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4155 V "Zee TV India and & pictures" are Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4155 V "Zee Q" is Fta
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4163 H "WION, Zee 24 Hour Business and Zee Bihar Jharkhand" have started on , Conax.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11078 H "Rossiya 24 has replaced Moya Planeta" on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 10972 H "Tojikiston, TV Safina, TV Bahoriston, Jahonnamo, TV Varzish and TV Sinamo" have started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V The Word TV and OPM TV have started on , Fta. Recovery Channel, Untouchable TV and Faith World TV have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V One Touch TV, Good News Network TV and DBN World TV have started on , Fta. The Cross TV, MMCN TV and Shot One TV have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "Bride TV, Free Indeed TV, Rehoboth TV and Ark of God TV have started on Fta. Destiny Delivery TV, Outpourings TV, Nollywood, Holyghost Testifiers TV and Shalom TV" have left.

From asiatvro site

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Pengal、Kalvi(印度)频道消失,设置4003 V 7200参数无效接收。 [1月23日]

东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,4K-Sat 2(4K)频道消失,设置4120 H 29720参数无效接收。 [1月22日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,D Sport(高清)频道加密,设置3780 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月21日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Skytv替换Entertainment TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3913 V 7260参数免费接收。 [1月21日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,9 Colors替换CBN(韩国)频道,设置12450 H 27489参数有条件接收。 [1月21日]
东经83度轨道位置的G-Sat 10号卫星Ku频段,Tata Sky(4K)频道新增,设置11050 V 32720参数有条件接收。 [1月21日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Dopa Channel(传送)频道改频率,设置4007 V 1660参数免费接收。 [1月21日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,3 SD、Thairath HD(泰国)频道消失,设置11838 V 45000参数无效接收。 [1月21日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,NBT HD(泰国)频道消失,设置11758 V 45000参数无效接收。 [1月21日]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Edge Sports(美国)高清频道消失,设置4040 H 29720参数无效接收。 [1月20日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,FX HD(美国)高清频道消失,设置3980 V 29720参数无效接收。 [1月20日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,INTV替换Grand Prix Channel(泰国)频道,设置3440 H 26666参数免费接收。 [1月20日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Maa TV HD(高清)频道新增,设置11630 H 32000参数有条件接收。 [1月20日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Star Movies HD、Zee HD(印度)等4个频道新增,设置11010 V 32000参数有条件接收。 [1月20日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TNT Comedy(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11473 V 22500参数有条件接收。 [1月20日]
东经93.5度轨道位置G-Sat 15号星Ku段,Mazhavil Manorama HD、Sony Rox HD(印度)频道新增,设置10970 V 32000参数有条件接收。 [1月20日]


S. Korea: Rohde & Schwarz oversees ATSC 3.0 broadcast

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/20/s-korea-rohde-schwarz-oversees-atsc-3-0-broadcast/

In December 2016, SBS, a privately owned broadcasting company in South Korea, aired its first broadcast in the ATSC 3.0 UHD standard. The sporting event – a world cup short track speed skating race – was terrestrially broadcast from the transmitter station on Kwanak Mountain where Rohde & Schwarz installed a liquid-cooled R&S THU9 transmitter system. It was the first transmitter to go on air using the ATSC 3.0 standard. The countrywide network will be expanded by adding stations on Namsan, Yongmoon and Gwanggyo Mountains. SBS plans to use Rohde & Schwarz technology to set up a terrestrial TV network and broadcast the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in UHD.

In August 2016, SBS decided in favor of an SFN-based transmitter network from Rohde & Schwarz that features a 1+1 passive standby configuration with ATSC 3.0. SBS chose Rohde & Schwarz because of the company’s top technical expertise and long-standing professional support with T-DMB, ATSC 1.0 and FM transmitters. During the evaluation phase, SBS also used Rohde & Schwarz transmitters to conduct SFN trials with the new ATSC 3.0 standard.

Government, KARI to Expedite Satellite Tech Independence, Industrialization

From http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/english/news/national/17107-satellite-technology-government-kari-expedite-satellite-tech-independence

The Korean government and the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) will accelerate satellite technology independence and industrialization this year. This is a strategy to lay the foundation for the development of private satellites through the independent development of satellites and a transfer of core technology industry in response to various public demand from the government and society this year devoid of any official satellite launch plan.

The KARI will push ahead with the development and test of the multi-purpose working satellites (Arirang) series, Geostationary Orbit Composite Satellites 2A and 2B, which are mid-range satellites observing the Korean Peninsula around the clock and Next-Generation Medium-Sized Satellite #1 which is developed as a standard type and an export strategy type.

First of all, various tests will be conducted on a full scale for launching 'Multi-Purpose Applications Satellite No. 6' equipped with a synthetic aperture radar (SAR). Last year, detailed system design was completed for the satellite which will be used as a satellite for disaster observation. This year, a detailed system design review meeting will be held to finally confirm its design, and the development of its main body and system will start. On top of that, after conducting an orbital environment test for a thermal structure model made of a carbon composite material, a preliminary design review meeting will be held about a connection between a projectile and the satellite, so that it will be successfully launched on Russian projectile 'Angara' in 2020.

The 'Multipurpose Applications Satellite No. 7 project started last year took the first step in development led by an industrial entity. This year, the government and the KARI will select companies for body development, and finalize preliminary system design by the end of the year. They are aiming to launch the multi-purpose working satellite, an ultra-high-resolution optical satellite with a resolution of 0.3m in 2021 by completing all the processes including the design, assembly, testing and verification of the system through Korea’s own technology.

In particular, the 'Geostationary Orbital Composite Satellite (Cheollian) No. 2 (2A and 2B)', which is being developed through Korean companies’ proprietary technologies will have a crucial year for its success this year. They will completes the final assembly of the Chollian 2A, which will serves as a meteorological satellite, until the second half of this year and its final performances will be put to test viaa satellite environmental test. Then, after a space weather sensor is put together with the satellite body in May of next year, the satellite will be launched into a geostationary orbit of 36,000km above the earth in the second half of 2018. In addition, the Cheonan-2B, a marine observation satellite, is scheduled to be launched in 2019 after body assembly and functional tests and the introduction of a payload this year.

In addition, they will lay the groundwork for the development of satellites by the private sector by finishing the detailed design of the 500kg-class "Next-Generation Mid-Sized Satellite # 1", which belongs to a industry-led satellite development project by November and transferring practical satellite technology to privately owned companies.

SpaceX is launching one of its last disposable rockets

From https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/22/spacex-to-launch-final-expendable-rocket/

They should all be reusable after this.

SpaceX won't have to intentionally crash some of its rockets going forward. Elon Musk has revealed that SpaceX's next flight, which has a Falcon 9 delivering an EchoStar satellite as soon as January 30th, should use the company's last expendable rocket. This rocket will burn too much fuel for its first stage to attempt a landing (the satellite is simply too heavy at 5.4 imperial tons), but future big-payload launches will use either the higher-performance Falcon 9 (Block 5) or Falcon Heavy and shouldn't have trouble coping with the weight. The new Falcon should lift off at the end of 2017, Musk says.

This doesn't completely rule out the possibility of other expendable rockets. However, it does represent a milestone for SpaceX -- the goal from now on is to always bring a vehicle back home, at least with missions to Earth orbit. That will save the company money, of course, but it should also help normalize private spaceflight by making reusable rockets the rule, not the exception.

Not that we're quite at the point where rockets will last for years on end. Ars Technica observes that SpaceX isn't expected to reach full reusability (where it can fly a rocket as many times as it likes) until Falcon 9 Block 5 arrives. Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin has already flown a rocket multiple times, but its current design is easier to reuse thanks to its smaller, simpler design and less ambitious flights. This is a start, though, and it might not be too long before the notion of willingly losing a rocket seems strange.

Sony’s $385m plan to buy Taj TV approved

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/20/sonys-385m-plan-to-buy-taj-tv-approved/

Sony Pictures Networks India’s proposal to invest in ZEEL-owned Taj Television, has been approved by India’s Competition Commission.

Taj TV’s ‘Ten Sports’ portfolio of sports channels is the prize that Sony is after.

The scheme sees ZEEL and Sony creating Aqua Holdings, established in August 2016, to carry out the investment whereby Sony India’s Competition Commission has approved the scheme, and this means the acquisition of 100 per cent shareholding of Taj India, and the acquisition of the sports broadcasting business from Taj Mauritius and the subsequent merger of Aqua Holdings into Sony.

The merged businesses will have immense clout in terms of sports coverage, including most major cricket boards, wresting, football, golf, athletics and cycling.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Sky NZ is launching a +1 (-1 hour) timeshift version of Prime TV. It looks like it will run on Skys own transponder capacity. I would expect it to be in SD since they still won't give Freeview satellite viewers access to Prime in HD.

"It will be available to all Sky subscribers for no extra cost, and Freeview Satellite customers will be able to manually tune their receiver in order to get it."

Note Golf feed is still active 7.20pm NZ with some nice scenic shots

a few Friday feeds

D2 12547 H Sr 6978 ABC live at a major casualty incident in Melbourne CBD

Asiasat 5 3745 V Sr 7200 "golf"

Asiasat 5 3907 H Sr 7500 "tbs sng" Australian Tennis presentation FTA

From my Email


From the Dish

From asiatvro site

东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星C频段,壹电视新闻(数码天空)频道消失,设置4020 V 30000参数无效接收。 [1月20日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Retro、Drive(俄罗斯)等频道加密,设置11732 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [1月20日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Rossiya 1 HD(高清)频道加密,设置11973 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月20日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Fa Wan Mai、Mahuaa TV(泰国)频道消失,设置12604 V 30000参数无效接收。 [1月19日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Cinemax、HBO(泰国)等5个频道消失,设置12468 V 45000参数无效接收。 [1月19日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,D Channel、Lao Star(泰国)等4个频道消失,设置12687 V 30000参数无效接收。 [1月19日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,HBO、Sony Leplex(Sun Direct)等全组频道加密,设置11010 V 32000参数有条件接收。 [1月19日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Sony Pix、Colors(Sun Direct)等全组频道加密,设置11630 H 32000参数有条件接收。 [1月19日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Insync(印度)频道重现,设置4003 V 7200参数免费接收。 [1月19日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Бокс ТВ、Союз(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11913 V 45000参数免费接收。 [1月19日]


Report: Australians more than happy to pay for content

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/20/report-australians-more-than-happy-to-pay-for-content/

With Australia’s Internet Service Providers (ISPs) now blocking their customers from a number of websites used to download copyrighted movies and TV shows for free, Roy Morgan Research has studied whose customers are most likely to pay for their downloads.

According to the firm, 1.45 million Australians aged 14+ buy movies and TV show downloads online in an average three-month period. In the 12 months to September 2016, these downloaders spent an estimated A$257 million (€182m) combined, Roy Morgan Research has found.

Among customers of the top five fixed broadband providers, Dodo’s are the most likely to purchase movies and TV shows for download (10.9 per cent), ahead of those with Telstra (10.4 per cent), Optus (9.4 per cent), and iiNet (8.4 per cent).

However, only 6.7 per cent of fixed broadband customers with TPG pay for any downloaded movies or TV shows in an average three months.

“The Federal Court at the end of last year ordered all Australian Internet Service Providers to block their customers from accessing websites used to download copyrighted content for free,” noted Michele Levine, CEO, Roy Morgan Research. “Australians have reportedly long been among the world’s biggest offenders when it comes to piracy. Having consumers blocked from specific ‘torrenting’ sites is a victory for copyright holders and broadcasters—but as other sites and proxies spring up, it may soon become a game of whack-a-mole.”

“With this potentially only short-term barrier now in place, rights holders should take this opportunity to convince pirates to become payers. The rapid take-up of Subscription Video on Demand services such as Netflix and Stan shows that Australians are more than happy to pay for content. A long-term solution will need to include carrots as well as sticks, based on a comprehensive understanding of current paying downloaders.”

“Roy Morgan’s latest research finds that 1.45 million Australians pay for movie or TV show downloads, to the tune of over a quarter of a billion dollars last year. Of course, the true value of all the content downloaded is likely much higher. In order to judge the effectiveness of the new law in combatting piracy, it will be vital for copyright holders (and ISPs eager to curb further orders to block, report on or divulge information about their customers) to monitor the incidence and expenditure of content downloads over the coming years,” she concluded.

Sky NZ will launch Prime PLUS 1 next month

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11785961

Sky has gotten onto the 'plus one' trend by offering a delayed service for Prime.

Starting next month, fans of MacGyver, Midsomer Murders and The Crowd Goes Wild will have a new way to watch their favourite shows.

Sky will launch Prime PLUS 1 on February 1. It will play the same shows as Prime but one hour behind.

The service will be available on Channel 514, and will go live at 6amthat day.

It will be available to all Sky subscribers for no extra cost, and Freeview Satellite customers will be able to manually tune their receiver in order to get it.

Prime is the latest New Zealand channel to offer the 'plus one' service.

TV3 was the first channel to offer it in 2009, followed by TVNZ 1 (2012), TVNZ 2 (2013) and Four (2014). The latter's service was replaced with Bravo + 1 when that channel launched last year.

Chinese end talks of Spacecom purchase

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/19/chinese-end-talks-of-spacecom-purchase/

Talks between China’s Beijing Xinwei Technology Group and Spacecom of Israel have broken down. Some five months of dialogue, and not helped by the September 1st loss of the AMOS-6 satellite, have scuppered the prospects of a sale by Spacecom.

Spacecom, which operates the Amos fleet of satellites, simply says that the talks ended without a deal being agreed. Spacecom admitted that while they were never formally broken off, the two sides had not held discussions for some time.

Beijing Xinwei had previously agreed to pay $285 million (€268m) for Spacecom, and this sum was reduced to $190 million following the September 1st catastrophe. Jointly-agreed deadlines for the purchase to close were missed.

The good news is that Spacecom now says that it is in talks with other candidates

Japan Plans First Military Communications Satellite Launch

From http://thediplomat.com/2017/01/japan-plans-first-military-communications-satellite-launch/

Japan anticipates the operationalization of a space-based X-band military communication satellite network.

Japan is set to launch its first military communications satellite next week. The Japanese satellite, known as the Kirameki-2, will be launched from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture.

The launch in question was announced in November 2016 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which will coordinate the launch with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the country’s civilian space agency. Japanese military satellite plans were announced in early 2013, when the Ministry of Defense announced (PDF) a scheme for the construction, launch, and operation of a satellite network through 2030.

According to a press release, the launch vehicle will be an H-IIA liquid-fueled rocket. The satellite in question is described as an “X-band defense telecommunication satellite.”

The launch window is 4:44 pm through 5:58 pm local time on January 24, 2017. The launch of a first X-band satellite was delayed after a “a mishap with a blue tarpaulin damaged sensitive antennas during transportation to Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana” earlier this year, according to Reuters.

According to one Japanese Defense Ministry source who spoke to Reuters at the time of the delay, the purpose of the satellite network will be to help streamline Japanese military communications systems: “When we need to shift units to the southwest and troops are moving down from the north, we need a stable communications link.”

According to reports at the time, the damage to the first X-band satellite, which was originally planned as auxiliary payload on another JSAT satellite, the Superbird-8, is expected to delay the launch by more than a year and possibly up to two years. The satellite being launched on Tuesday is the second of a planned three-satellite network and comprises an exclusively military payload. The Superbird-8/Kirameki-1 satellite is now expected to launch in 2018.

Contrary to one early report, the planned satellite launch has nothing to do with Japan’s growing concern about a North Korean ballistic missile threat and does not provide any augmentation to existing land- and sea-based Japanese missile defense capabilities. Though Tokyo’s concerns about a North Korean ballistic missile threat has grown, Japan does not possess a satellite-based missile defense reconnaissance capability like that of the U.S. Air Force, which fields a space-based early warning system.

North Korea tested 24 ballistic missiles last year and is close to capable of striking Japan with a nuclear device with reliable accuracy. To counter the North Korean threat, Japan has increased trilateral information sharing on missile defense, carried out multiple exercises, issued open intercept orders, and plans on carrying out its first civilian evacuation drills preparing for a ballistic missile strike. In terms of missile defense, Japan currently fields Aegis-equipped destroyers as well as land-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors, and is considering purchase of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system from the United States.

4K Premier League on DirecTV

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/20/4k-premier-league-on-directv/

NBC Sports Group and AT&T will offer the first live US telecast of the Premier League in 4K ultra high definition (UHD) this weekend to eligible DirecTV 4K customers. DirecTV will distribute the coverage (on channel 106) in the 4K UHD format beginning this Saturday, January 21, with Manchester City v. Tottenham at 12:30 p.m. ET. Premier League coverage in 4K UHD will continue this Sunday, January 22, with Arsenal v. Burnley at 9:15 a.m. ET.

For the remainder of the 2016-17 season, NBC Sports Group will present select Premier League matches in 4K UHD via DirecTV. 4K UHD coverage of the Premier League will provide the same match coverage as the high definition broadcasts on NBC and NBCSN.

Previously, NBC Sports Group and DirecTV have presented coverage of Notre Dame Football and the Rio Olympic Games in 4K UHD.

“We’re excited to continue our commitment to provide fans with unprecedented coverage of the Premier League by offering matches in 4K this season on DirecTV,” said Jon Miller, President of Programming for NBC Sports and NBCSN.

“Premier League action in the stunning detail and colour of 4K UHD on DirecTV will be a pitch perfect viewing experience, whether you’re a devoted or occasional fan of the game,” said Dan York, chief content officer for AT&T.

The games will also be available to DirecTV customers in standard and high-definition on their local NBC stations and on NBCSN.


Big update done for Lyngsat on Thaicom 5/6 KU band. Received in Perth on the 2.7M dish!

D2 12706 V Grace tv has started fta, sid 14 vpid 1660 mpg2 apid 1620

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 18 180.0E 3753 R "AFN Sports 2 and AFN Sports Korea" have started on , PowerVu.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E ZTTV has started on 3726 V and 4148 V, clear.

G-Sat 10 83.0E 10970 V Gemporia, High News, Movies Now 2, Naaptol Telugu and Zee TV India +1 have started on , Videoguard. Travel Trendz TV, Best Deal TV, Samay UP/Uttarakhand, Insync, Cine 21, Ahsas TV and R-Vision have left.
G-Sat 10 83.0E 11130 V "Samay" has left .

G-Sat 10 83.0E 11170 V Saral Jeevan, Mega 24, MK Tunes, MK Six, Mega Musiq, Sahana TV, Polimer Kannada, Suddi TV, North East Live, Onkar Only Truth TV, Alankar TV,
Bhakti Sagar, Shubh TV, Navgrah Channel, Nambikkai TV, India Voice, JK 24x7 News, News 11, Wellness, Raj Musix Telugu, Gyana Yogi, MK News, Moon TV, Raj Musix Malayalam and Raj News Malayalam have started on , Videoguard.

G-Sat 10 83.0E 11470 V "SET India +1, Zee Cinema Asia +1 and Sony Rox" have started on ,Videoguard.
G-Sat 10 83.0E 11590 V DD India has left.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 12313 V "T Sports Channel" is now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12313 V "Fan Music, High Shopping, Esan TV, Five Channel and MV TV Channel have started on, encrypted.
TV Lao, Fan TV, Cartoon Club, Samrujlok, Khongdee, MySci, Zaa Network, Bang Channel, GTH On Air, Thai Parliament TV and Dhamma Media Channel" have left.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12405 V "5 Special has replaced 5 Biscope" on , Conax.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12467 V "AXN East Asia and Animax Asia have started on , Conax. HBO Asia, Cinemax Asia and Celestial Classic Movies Thailand" have left.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12521 V "Hluttaw Channel, Cinemax Asia, 4 Ladies, 4 HD 2, Nat Geo Music, HBO Asia, Animax Asia, AXN East Asia, Channel V Taiwan International, FX Asia and Mahar Bawdi" have started on , Conax.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12557 V "Fox Family Movies, KBS World and History Asia" have started on , Conax.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12604 V "1618 Shop, Ani Lava, MWD Movie, MN TV, Democratic Voice of Burma TV,
5 Plus, MRTV 4, MWD, MWD Documentary, Channel 7, Quran TV, RTM TV 1, Lao Star, LNTV 3 and Lao Public Security TV" have started on , Fta.

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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Muzhskoe kino HD(MTS TV)等频道新增,设置12153 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月19日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Discovery Science HD(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11973 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月19日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Mubu TV(测试)频道新增,设置3790 H 7200参数免费接收。 [1月19日]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,新疆维语文艺、西藏藏语(广播)等6个频道消失,设置11880 L 28800参数无效接收。 [1月19日]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,安多卫视、新疆电视-12(村村通)等6个频道消失,设置11880 L 28800参数无效接收。 [1月19日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Z Action(巴基斯坦)频道新增,设置3751 V 2333参数免费接收。 [1月19日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Chokdee TV替换Box Film(泰国)频道,设置4040 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月19日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Bangkok Thonburi Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置4040 V 30000参数无效接收。 [1月19日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,BTV、AP1 HD(尼泊尔)频道新增,设置3659 V 4164参数免费接收。 [1月19日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,Oxygen TV(巴基斯坦)频道改频率,设置4033 H 2400参数免费接收。 [1月19日]


Arianespace to launch Indonesia’s Telkom-3S in February

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017011945834/arianespace-to-launch-indonesia-s-telkom-3s-in-february.html#axzz4WCENaE7G

Arianespace is set to launch the latest communications satellite from PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) in February, according to the state-owned telco’s chief technology officer.

Ariane 5 rocket with Star One D1 and JCSAT 15 satellites Dec 16 Telkom 3S, built by Thales Alenia Space, is reported by the Jakarta Post to be worth US$199.7 million. It will expand the operator’s C-band capacity from its orbital position at 118° East, while also offering high-definition (HD) TV and remote Ku-band GSM/internet services. “This satellite will be our third and it will support our voice and data services,” Telkom’s Abdus Somad Arief said during the 2017 Internet Retailing Expo Jakarta event.

Telkom 3S’ launch by Arianespace will follow seven successful flights by the French company’s Ariane 5 heavy lift vehicle in 2016, finishing in December with Brazil’s Star One D1 relay platform and Japan’s JCSAT-15 (pictured on the Korou launch pad). In total, Arianespace performed 11 successful flights last year.

Abdus said that Telkom also plans to launch the Telkom-4 satellite in June 2018, to provide 100Gbps Internet connection and replace the aging Telkom-1.

As well as satellite connectivity, Indonesia’s state-owned telecommunication company also uses a cable network spanning 106,000km from the western part of Indonesia to Europe through Asia, and from the eastern part of the archipelago to the US through Guam.

China's quantum communication satellite delivered for use

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Chinas_quantum_communication_satellite_delivered_for_use_999.html

The Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) satellite is the first-ever space-ground test platform for quantum communication, said Wang Jianyu, executive deputy chief engineer of the project.

China's quantum communication satellite, launched last August, is officially operational after four months of in-orbit testing, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said Wednesday.

Testing of the satellite, payloads and space-ground links have been completed, the CAS said, adding that everything was operating properly.

The Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) satellite is the first-ever space-ground test platform for quantum communication, said Wang Jianyu, executive deputy chief engineer of the project.

The research team has begun to carry out experiments and preliminary data has been obtained, said Pan Jianwei, chief scientist on the project.

China successfully launched the world's first quantum satellite from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Aug. 16, 2016.

QUESS will explore "hack-proof" quantum communications by transmitting unhackable keys from space, and provide insight into the strangest phenomenon in quantum physics - quantum entanglement.

Gomspace Signs On With Chinese Private Launch Firm For Satellite Push

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1275926706

A series of satellites will be launched by Landspace Technology Corporation of Beijing for the Danish firm, Gomspace.

The contract signing between Gomspace and Landspace Technology Corporation.

According to the contract, Landspace will use their Landspace-1 rocket to put Gomspace's satellites into orbit in 2018. Landspace CEO Zhang Changwu said his company could not have won recognition from the overseas client without decades of efforts by Chinese workers in the aerospace industry, which has been developing for 60 years.

GomSpace was founded in 2007 with a mission to be engaged in the global market for space systems and services through the introduction of new products, such as components, platforms and systems, all based on smallsat technology innovations. The company provides cost-effective, reliable subsystems and platform solutions to the expanding smallsat markets as well as develops new products and mission concepts for smallsats.

Additionally, GomSpace implements pre-operational demonstration missions of new nanosatellite based services that can be spun out as individual service businesses. They also provide an extensive portfolio of commercially available off the shelf subsystems and software components for nanosatellites as well as turnkey smallsat projects providing customers with full platform and mission solutions.

The total value of the global aerospace market could hit 485 billion US dollars by 2020, according to market estimates, with the market value in China alone reaching 800 billion yuan (116 billion US dollars) during the 2016-2020 period. Sun Jiadong, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said the aerospace industry matters not only for space exploration, but also for economic and social development. The civil aerospace industry has great potential and will grow very quickly, Sun said.

Clocks 'failed' onboard Europe's navigation satellites: ESA

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/Clocks_failed_onboard_Europes_navigation_satellites_ESA_999.html

Europe's beleaguered Galileo satnav has suffered another setback, with clocks failing onboard a number of satellites in space, the European Space Agency said Wednesday.

Designed to render Europe independent from America's GPS, the 10 billion-euro ($11 billion) project may experience further delays as the cause of the failure is investigated, ESA director general Jan Woerner told journalists in Paris.

Eighteen orbiters have been launched for the Galileo constellation to date, a number that will ultimately be boosted to 30 operational satellites and two spares.

Early, initial services were launched in December, and the failure of nine clocks out of 72 launched to date has not affected operation, Woerner said.

No satellite has been declared "out" as a result of the glitch.

"However, we are not blind... If this failure has some systematic reason we have to be careful" not to place more flawed clocks in space, he said.

Each Galileo satellite has four ultra-accurate atomic timekeepers -- two that use rubidium and two hydrogen maser.

Three rubidium and six hydrogen maser clocks are not working, with one satellite sporting two failed timekeepers.

Each orbiter needs just one working clock for the satnav to work -- the rest are spares.

The question now, Woerner said, is "should we postpone the next launch until we find the root cause?"

The next four satellites were to have been hoisted into space in the second half of 2017.

"You can say we wait until we find the solution, but that means if more clocks are failing then we are reducing the capability of Galileo," the director general said.

"If we launch we will at least sustain if not increase the possibility of Galileo, but we may take the risk (of) a systematic problem."

It was also not known whether the broken clocks can be fixed.

Taking risks
ESA boasts that Galileo has the most accurate atomic clocks ever flown for geolocalisation.

Similar to traditional clocks relying on the tick of a pendulum, atomic timekeepers also count regular oscillations, in this case switches between energy states of atoms stimulated by heat or light.

The project has already experienced many setbacks, taking 17 years and more than triple the original budget before going live last month.

In August 2014, after a more than year-long delay over "technical difficulties", satellites number five and six were placed into a lopsided, elliptical orbit -- delaying subsequent launches.

The civilian-controlled service is seen as strategically important for Europe, which relies on two military-run rivals -- GPS and Russia's GLONASS.

Neither provides a guarantee of uninterrupted service.

Woerner defended the decision to create an autonomous European satnav system based on European technology.

"If you want to be competitive in the global market you should not rely in too many aspects on the technology of others," he said.

"If you only use proven technology, you have no further development... We ought to take risks in order to learn, in order to be competitive in the future."

Last October, ESA's Mars lander Schiaparelli, designed to test technology for a future rover, crashed into the Red Planet.

It had been Europe's second failed attempt to reach the Martian surface.

US consumers unworried by digital piracy damage

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/19/us-consumers-unconcerned-about-digital-piracy/

A new survey by digital platform security specialist Irdeto has found that 74 per cent of US consumers said that producing or sharing pirated video content is illegal.

Conducted online by YouGov, the survey also found that 69 per cent of respondents think that streaming or downloading pirate content is illegal. While a majority of consumers are aware of piracy and are able to recognise pirated content, that knowledge isn’t preventing many consumers from pirating. Nearly one-third (32 per cent) of respondents said that they watch pirated content. With many consumers eager to pirate content to seek out the programming they desire, pirate businesses continue to grow.

According to Irdeto, content owners, movie studios and operators need to continue to introduce innovative product offerings as well as invest in additional content protection strategies to prevent pirates from stealing additional market share.

In addition, the survey found that when told that pirated video content can result in studios losing money, meaning they cannot invest in creating content, 39 per cent of consumers said that this knowledge has no effect on the amount of pirated video content they want to watch. Even more concerning is that only 19 per cent of respondents said that the financial damage caused by piracy would stop them from watching pirated content altogether.

However, many consumers do fully understand the negative impact piracy has on the content creation business. When consumers watch pirated video content such as movies, TV series or live sports, it results in content creators losing money that would be dedicated toward future video content, while also typically benefiting criminal organisations, Irdeto points out.

“The negative impact that piracy has on the content creation industry extends much further than lost revenue,” said Lawrence Low, Vice President of Business Development and Sales, Irdeto. “Piracy deters content creators from investing in new content, impacting the creative process and providing consumers with less choice. It is becoming increasingly important for operators and movie studios to educate consumers on the tactics employed by pirates and to further promote innovative offerings that allow consumers to legally acquire content.”

As for to the most-popular pirated content, the survey found an even split between consumers who prefer to pirate movies and TV shows. 24 per cent of consumers who watch pirated content are most interested in watching TV series. An additional 24 per cent of respondents are most interested in pirated movies that are currently showing in theatres. The survey also found that consumers are interested in pirating DVD and Blu-ray movies (18 per cent), live sports (10 per cent) and OTT original content from Netflix, Hulu, iTunes and others (9 per cent).

“Education on the impact of piracy to consumers is an important element of an anti-piracy strategy,” said Rory O’Connor, Vice President of Services, Irdeto. “It is important for content owners to educate themselves on the three elements of consumer choice when selecting a service: content, value and convenience. To avoid pirates stealing market share, content owners and operators need to make sure they are implementing a comprehensive, 360 degree anti-piracy strategy that includes watermarking, detection and enforcement.”


Thanks for the feedback about the issue with png images on Apple devices. I will switch back to JPG and later on convert the png images that are on the page back to jpgs. and I have changed VLC player back to JPG as the default for producing screenshots.

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D2 12584 V Sr 30000 Cam 1,Cam 2, Cam 3, Cam 4, Cam 5 all showing colour bars

D2 12607 V sr 7400 "popup 1"
D2 12617 V sr 7400 "popup 2"

most likely these will be Tennis for Sky NZ's popup channels

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New Zealand Racing on racing.com

From https://www.racing.com/new-zealand

Premium New Zealand Racing comes to Racing.com

The best of New Zealand's world class racing is coming to Racing.com.

Beginning on January 14 with the Group 1 Levin Classic program from Trentham, a selection of premium race meetings from New Zealand will be broadcast on free-to-air television in Australia for the first time via Racing.com.

New Zealand has a long history of producing some of the finest horses, jockeys and trainers in world racing, and has proven to be the source of many success stories in Australia since racing began.

Star gallopers Mongolian Khan, Turn Me Loose, Volkstok'n'barrell, Sofia Rosa, Sacred Elixir, Provocative and Tavago are just some of the names in recent years to emerge from New Zealand and win Group 1 races in Australia.

The five premium race meetings that will be broadcast on free-to-air by Racing.com include:

Saturday, January 14, 2017 – Trentham: Group 1 Levin Classic 1600m 3yo
Saturday, January 21, 2017 – Trentham: Group 1 Telegraph 1200m (Coverage begins at 9.30am AEDT)
Saturday, January 28, 2017 – Trentham: Group 1 Thorndon Mile 1600m
Sunday, January 29, 2017 – Ellerslie: Karaka Million (Night Meeting) 1200m 2yo
Saturday, February 11, 2017 – Te Rapa: Group 1 Herbie Dyke 2000m

Racing.com will also broadcast the New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale on January 30 and 31 from Karaka.

The five premium New Zealand race meetings will be broadcast on Racing.com free-to-air channels 78 and 68.

Please Note: New Zealand race meetings will not broadcast on Foxtel Channel 529 and Racing.com Digital Platform (website and app).

Freeviewplus Goes From Strength to Strength

From Press Release: FreeView

Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 10:04 am

Freeviewplus Goes From Strength to Strength

The free On Demand and live TV platform, created by Freeview in partnership with leading free-to-air broadcasters TVNZ, MediaWorks and Māori Television, has seen consistent growth since launching in July 2015.

There are now over 100,000 FreeviewPlus enabled devices throughout the country, and over 220,000 FreeviewPlus devices have been sold.

Sam Irvine, Freeview General Manager, believes that the growth to date is just the beginning. “Now more than ever, Kiwis are looking for simple, good value viewing options, and we believe an element of FreeviewPlus’s continued growth is certainly due to that.

“In a complex world where we find ourselves increasingly overwhelmed by choice, Freeview provides refreshingly simple solutions. Our range of options, all free, give Kiwis the ability to choose what best suits their viewing needs - whether they want to be able to watch live TV, On Demand, or to record.

“We're delighted with the results that have been achieved over the 18 months since launch, and the progress FreeviewPlus continues to make. We’ve also got some exciting developments planned this year, that will make the viewing experience even better for our users,” says Irvine.

FreeviewPlus was the first TV platform in New Zealand to combine Live TV and On Demand, allowing viewers to watch it all on their TVs, and is free to access via any FreeviewPlus TV, set top box or recorder.

Irvine says that despite Freeview’s success, there's still something of a misconception regarding the quality of programming available on free-to-air.

"It’s interesting that some viewers still think that if you're not paying a regular subscription fee, you're not getting the best content, which just isn’t the case.

“Viewers can find 96 of New Zealand’s top 100 programmes[1] on Freeview. There are world class TV shows, movies, sport and radio programmes from leading broadcasters, including TVNZ, MediaWorks, Māori Television, RNZ, Prime, Choice TV, Al Jazeera and more, available to enjoy for free.

“There’s a wealth of great local content like Attitude, Find Me a Māori Bride, Our Big Blue Backyard, The Mo Show and Country Calendar, and the latest seasons of top international blockbusters such as Humans, and Sherlock.

“The broadcasters bring us films like The Dark Horse, Frost Nixon and documentaries like In The Shadow Of The Moon and Marley - as well as cult hits and major sports events like the Olympics and NFL,” says Irvine.

FreeviewPlus also features some fantastic On Demand content – from the likes of Friday Night Bites, The Boardroom, to YouTube sensations like Simon's Cat, and kids’ favourites like Pokemon XYZ, Wiki the Kiwi and Paw Patrol.


ABS issued operator licences for Papua New Guinea

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/17/abs-issued-operator-licences-for-papua-new-guinea/

ABS has been granted the Network, Applications and Gateway Operator licences to serve Papua New Guinea (PNG) from the National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA). The licences awarded will allow ABS to operate as a telecom operator as well as a satellite service provider.

ABS is the first international satellite operator to incorporate a company in PNG, known as ABS Global Satellite Limited (AGSL) to provide information communication technology (ICT) services, registered with the Investment Promotions Authority. ABS has been in partnership with NICTA since 2008, which has resulted in a number of orbital slot positions around the world brought into use by ABS by deploying several satellites currently at such orbital locations. AGSL has met all due diligence requirements and its licence applications were approved by the NICTA Board on December 16th 2016. The three Individual Operator Licences granted by NICTA are technology neutral and now give AGSL the rights to provide ICT services in accordance with NICT (Operator Licensing) Regulation 2010.

ABS initially plans to set up a major teleport in Port Moresby to provide connectivity from its Asian gateway though the ABS-6 satellite which will bring cost effective internet connectivity and VSAT services into the country. From the gateway hub, we will also offer more affordable internet access to remotes in underserved rural regions and outlying islands transforming the market with accessible and reliable services.

ABS will be primarily engaged in satellite based or satellite support telecom infrastructure, but where necessary will deploy fiber or microwave to complement the connectivity requirements. Cellular mobile service is also allowed under the licence and may be contemplated in the future.

“The approval of the telecommunication licences is an important milestone and development for ABS in the South Pacific region. The challenge in the Pacific has been to deliver high quality resilient and cost effective voice and data solutions. Improvement in connectivity paves an opportunity for sustainable growth in PNG and is central to bridging the gap with its rural areas and neighboring countries,” said Tom Choi, CEO of ABS. “PNG is the land of the unexpected, and we at ABS are happy to bring competition into the market place to enable the provision of more affordable telecom services to the ultimate benefit of the PNG populace.”

Charles Punaha, CEO of NICTA, commented, “PNG internet penetration remains below 10%, which is very low on a global scale. This is mainly because the cost of rolling out a network in PNG is very expensive, compounded by the topographical conditions of the country, with isolated communities. We are pleased at the entry of the first satellite operator into the country to bring competition for the provision of ICT services which will result in more economical pricing. This will in turn trigger a higher demand for services supporting the development of the country.”

Global Eagle Entertainment Plays Cricket ... Gains Worldwide Rights

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1168287706&menu=1

Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (GEE) (NASDAQ:ENT) has entered into broadcasting agreement for a sport that actually stops for a tea break. "Matches can (and do!) last for days, the players wear woolly jumpers, and games often break for high tea on the village green."

Global Eagle Entertainment today announced it has entered into an agreement with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to offer telecasts of major events to commercial flights and cruise ships through its global VSAT networks. The ICC is the global governing body for cricket. Representing 105 members, the ICC governs and administrates the game and is responsible for the staging of major international tournaments including the ICC World Cup and Women’s World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy and the ICC Men’s and Women’s World T20. The ICC presides over the ICC Code of Conduct and appoints the umpires and referees who officiate at all sanctioned Test matches, One Day International and Twenty20 Internationals. The ICC Development department works with associate and affiliate members to improve the quality of international cricket, build better cricket systems, get more people playing cricket and grow the game.

The ICC has granted GEE worldwide rights to provide 1,140 hours of live cricket programming over a four-year period, from 2016-2019. The 2017 Champions Trophy and 2019 Cricket World Cup are among the 172 important events to be offered.

Jim Griffiths, senior vice president, content distribution and purchasing, of GEE said, “Cricket is a leading global sport, and the ICC broadcasts will be well received by devoted fans and newcomers alike. We are particularly excited that one of the world’s most viewed events, the Cricket World Cup, is among the broadcasts.”

Campbell Jamieson, ICC General Manager, Commercial added, “A key component of the ICC strategy is to create an environment where cricket is exciting to play and watch, while improving the quality and reach of the international game. Our partnership with GEE enables us to expand our live broadcast reach to include airline and maritime audiences across the globe which is an exciting opportunity."

Today’s announcement adds to GEE’s growing portfolio of sporting events agreements. Last year, the company signed separate global distribution contracts with Lagardère Sports and Premiership Rugby to broadcast telecasts of their popular sporting events.

China to launch satellite for predicting earthquakes

From http://www.siasat.com/news/china-launch-satellite-predicting-earthquakes-1111802/

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Beijing: China will launch a satellite this year to gather electromagnetic data which may be used in monitoring and forecasting earthquakes.

According to China’s earthquake administrative agencies on Tuesday, the satellite will be launched in the latter half of this year, Xinhua news agency reported.

Movements of the Earth’s crust generate electromagnetic radiation which can be observed from space.

By collecting data on the Earth’s electromagnetic field, ionosphere plasma and high-energy particles, the satellite will be used in real-time monitoring of earthquakes and possible seismic precursors in China and neighbouring regions.

The satellite will be China’s first space-based platform for earthquake monitoring, providing a new approach for research.

According to Shen Xuhui, deputy chief of the mission, it is designed to remain in orbit for five years and record the electromagnetic situation of earthquakes above 6 magnitude in China and quakes above 7 magnitude all over the world.

Scientists are expecting to find common factors that may be used to develop earthquake forecasting technology, Shen said.

Sony targets youth with second Hindi music channel Sony ROX HD

From http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/sony-targets-youth-with-second-hindi-music-channel-sony-rox-hd-117011600787_1.html

Its library consists of latest Hindi film music in 1080i resolution that is enhanced by Dolby Audio

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) launched its second Hindi music channel Sony ROX HD, positioned as a premium true-blue HD Hindi music channel. The channel aims at contemporary music enthusiast among 15 to 21-year-olds and is a pay channel available on platforms like Tata Sky, Fastway and In Cable.

This is among the 10 channels that are to be added to the SPN bouquet this calendar. The network will be adding Ten Sports channels it bought from Zee last year in the coming month and will launch four more channels including an infotainment channel in partnership with BBC (called BBC Earth) and a kids' channel.
Sony ROX HD's library consists of latest Hindi film music in high definition visual format of 1080i resolution that is enhanced by Dolby Audio. The programming follows the dayparted playout which proved to be a success with the network's first music channel Sony Mix. Dayparted playout refers to programming the channel according to the time of the day, mood mapping the content with the day part.

NP Singh, CEO, SPN, says: "There were 15 channels when we ventured into the Music genre five years back. We wanted to create the most music-centered destination on Indian television and Sony MIX went beyond our expectations on that count. Building on this gratifying experience, we decided to launch Sony ROX HD and now, with this launch, we are geared to take a leadership position in the broadcast of music entertainment by curating an incredible experience for music lovers. While MIX will cater to SD households, ROX HD shall set itself as the premium contemporary music channel for youth in HD households."

At the centre of it is a comprehensive music content acquisition strategy ensuring the tie-ups with all the leading labels in contemporary music: T-series, ZEE music, Sony Music, YRF, Eros Music, UTV-Disney and TIPS.

Apart from popular Bollywood music, the channel will air specials like 'ROX Original artiste of the Month' to support and promote upcoming Indie artistes on national television. There is a segment that talks about the basics of music and technicalities in different genres under the name School of Music.

Neeraj Vyas, senior EVP & business head, Hindi Movies & Music Cluster, SPN adds: "A youth-focused contemporary Hindi music channel, Sony ROX HD's music content and programming initiatives will make it the leading hangout destination on TV for 15-21-year old's. We are a 'True-Blue HD Hindi Music Channel' ensuring our viewers enjoy music that looks good, sounds great and feels awesome."

Vyas adds that packaging of the channel has been planned keeping in mind the positioning. From blue colour in the logo, to clean interface, the channel aims to de-clutter the experience for viewers. He also revealed that the decision to include songs from the past decade is has two reasons.

"Not only do songs from movies like Aja Nachle (2008) have resonance among young listeners today, but videos from this time lends themselves easily for conversion to HD. The visual and audio experience of Sony Rox HD is one of its USP's," he said.

The channel will be promoted extensively across all Sony Pictures Networks' HD channels, carrier platforms, coupled with print, a robust digital and social media presence to engage with audiences at different touch points.as part of this Sony ROX HD introduced the first two ROX Original Artistes at an event in Mumbai.

While the event saw attendance by the press, it was also seen by more than 15 million followers of the SPN network channels via a simulcast Facebook Live broadcast, a first for any channel in the country. Digital innovations such as these will continue to take place as the channel grows.


Please let me know how your device handles displaying apsattv.com (device used and browser). I've had a report that the images get screwed up when reading the page on Iphones. I will need to make some adjustments. I think it might have something to do with the shift from jpg to png for screenshot images. An image on/off script/button at top of page might be a quick fix. Of course it is a long standing joke here that i'll get around overhauling the site next year but the time is probably right to shift the site over to a new platform, if anyone has any ideas then please let me know via email.

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Our Telekom Boosts Connectivity

From http://www.solomontimes.com/news/our-telekom-boosts-connectivity/8679

Our Telekom is in the process of upgrading its receiving antenna size, increasing the amount of throughput available to their subscribers.

The decision to move to the larger antenna was made due to the rapid growth in data usage by Our Telekom subscribers.

Our Telekom currently employs a 2.4M antenna to receive the O3b satellite signal, and will upgrade to a 4.5M antenna—the largest O3b offers to customers. This will enable the service provider to reach throughput speeds up to a staggering 2Gbps from a single O3b satellite beam. With such high throughput, coupled with O3b’s ultra-low latency, consumers and businesses across the Solomon Islands will have access to even more bandwidth than the fiber-like service being offered by Our Telekom already.

The low latency inherent in O3b’s satellite-enabled network has been embraced by consumers, businesses, and even institutions of higher learning. For Our Telecom’s university customers, including University South Pacific and Solomon Islands National University, the improved connectivity has enabled distance education, live ultra HD video streaming, high-speed downloads, cloud-based applications and crystal clear voice calls.

Our Telekom will use the further enhancements to their connectivity to expand their 3G networks across the country. Using the new 4.5m terminal in conjunction with the existing antennas will provide extremely high link availability, allowing the company to provide better service than customers have ever experienced.

“We have had satellite service in the Solomon Islands for a long time, but with the low latency that O3b provides we’ve seen unprecedented growth in data usage,” said Loyley Ngira, CEO of Our Telekom. “Since the start of service with O3b in April 2015, we have already seen a traffic increase of greater than 120%. It was prudent to build infrastructure to support future growth for the people of the Solomon Islands, and this new antenna is a great foundation for Our Telekom to continue to offer high-quality services to our customers.”

“We are delighted that Our Telekom has shown confidence in O3b Networks by installing this new hardware,” said Imran Malik, Vice President Asia. “The Solomon Islands will have quality of connectivity on par with cities like Sydney or Suva, allowing the government, universities, businesses and consumers here to stay fully connected.”

About O3b Networks

O3b Networks Ltd. is a provider of global managed communication services and operates both a state-of-the-art fleet of high throughput, low latency satellites and a global terrestrial infrastructure. O3b delivers carrier-grade Data Networking Solutions to ISPs, telcos, mobile network operators, governments and enterprises in the most remote and inaccessible places on the planet. O3b Networks is a wholly owned subsidiary of SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG).

About Our Telekom

Solomon Telekom Company Limited (Our Telekom), since October 2014, is a 100% Solomon Islands owned company between the country’s only superannuation fund Solomon Islands National Provident Fund, (SINPF) which hold 97.32% of the shares, and the government owned Investment Corporation of the Solomon Islands (ICSI) which owns 2.68% of the shares.

Solomon Telekom Company Limited was incorporated as a private company, on 21st July 1988. Today it is a full service provider offering internet, voice, data (locally and internationally) and television services.

Internet Adoption Drives Palau Telecoms to Increase Capacity Over O3b Network for Fifth Time in Under Two Years

From http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170116005503/en/Internet-Adoption-Drives-Palau-Telecoms-Increase-Capacity

Consistently Rising Data Use by Subscribers Leads Palau ISP to Increase Connectivity

ST. HELIER, Jersey, Channel Islands--(BUSINESS WIRE)--O3b Networks today announced that its customer Palau Telecoms has increased network capacity for the fifth time in less than 24 months, nearly doubling its service capacity since going live over O3b.

Palau Telecoms has increased network capacity with @O3bSatellites for the 5th time in less than 24 months

“Our link over O3b enables Palau Telecoms customers to do more than they expected with their internet connection, enabling new solutions for consumers, schools, the tourism industry, and other businesses across the islands,” said Sam Masang, CEO of Palau Telecoms. “We continue to add capacity because our subscribers continue to find new productive ways to use bandwidth, and we expect the trend to continue.”

Palau Telecoms went live over the fiber-equivalent O3b network, enabled by both a cutting edge satellite constellation as well as best-in-class terrestrial infrastructure, in January 2015. The ISP has since upgraded regularly to keep up with subscriber demand, twice each in 2015 and 2016, and already once in 2017.

“Palau Telecoms has proven what an incredible need there is for high performance connectivity across the Pacific,” said Imran Malik, VP of Asia Pacific & the Middle East for O3b Networks. “O3b has focused on providing connectivity that performs just like fiber, with the availability of a fiber connection, for places where fiber is not possible.”

Palau Telecoms is one of two private sector Internet Service Providers (ISPs) on the Island of Palau, a remote archipelago of more than 300 islands located South East of the Philippines in the Western Pacific Ocean. Palau's economy consists primarily of tourism—especially scuba diving and snorkelling amongst World War II wreckage and natural coral reefs—agriculture and fishing, with the government being the largest single employer.

About O3b Networks Limited

O3b Networks Limited is a global managed data communications service provider operating both space based and terrestrial networks. O3b offers modern carrier-grade IP communications services and applications to ISPs, telco, governments and enterprises in the most remote and inaccessible parts of the planet. O3b Networks is a wholly owned subsidiary of SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG).

About Palau Telecoms

Palau Telecoms was pioneered by Palau Communications & Electronics Company (PCEC), which has been operating since 1987 under Palau Equipment Company Inc. It began with providing communications through UHF, VHF, and SSB Radios.

Palau Telecoms was added to the company to bring broadband, wireless internet to the island and give businesses and consumers a choice when it comes to internet services. For more information, please visit www.palautelecoms.com.


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TRT expands distribution

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/16/trt-expands-distribution/

TRT has signed a new agreement to launch its international news platform TRT World on 10 additional satellites and expand its reach and viewership. This multi-year agreement was signed with Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, and Türksat, Turkey’s first and unique satellite operator.

TRT World will be able to be viewed all over the world in new territories (190 countries in total) via Türksat and 10 additional major broadcast satellites operating across Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific, Africa, Australia and America. This expanded reach has already begun and will be completed in the coming months.

Director General of TRT Şenol Göka states that he is proud of signing an important project with Globecast and Türksat. Göka states: “As TRT World, we keep growing and making new international broadcast agreements. With this deal, TRT World’s reporting-from-the-field approach to creating news that focuses on the humanitarian aspect of the stories, will be available in 190 countries. TRT World will continue to bring a new perspective to international news broadcasting to an expanded global audience.”

Singapore: BBC Earth tops factual channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/16/singapore-bbc-earth-tops-factual-channels/

In December 2016, BBC Earth ranked number one among the factual channels in Singapore, topping the charts for the fourth time in a year. Data from StarHub SmarTAM indicated the channel to be the leading factual channel for live TV audiences aged four and above in December 2016, surpassing six other channels in the same category. BBC Earth also topped the charts in January, February and August 2016.

The channel was led to the top by high performing programmes including BBC Earth’s landmark natural history ratings buster, Planet Earth II, with its Deserts episode securing high viewership in Singapore.

“BBC Earth’s number one ranking in Singapore in December is strong indication that audiences here recognise and appreciate the quality of our shows,” said David Weiland, EVP Asia for BBC Worldwide. “We have a long-standing commitment to produce and deliver stimulating, intelligent content that informs, educates and entertains our audiences the world over. This ranking inspires us to continue to deliver shows that will inspire and amaze viewers.”

4KUniverse, DiaDem sign 10 year China deal

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/16/4kuniverse-diadem-sign-10-year-china-deal/

4KUniverse, the 24/7 Ultra HD general entertainment channel launched in North America by Matthew Mancinelli, has signed a 10-year agreement with tech company DiaDem Technologies to distribute the channel throughout China.

The wide-ranging agreement gives DiaDem Technologies exclusive distribution rights to 4KUniverse in China, grants them authority to secure content approval with the Chinese government and becomes the technology backbone to launch 4KUniverse’S 4K linear and 4K SVoD offering across all platforms.

“It’s refreshing that both Gordon Gu, CEO of Diadem Technologies and I share the same vision about 4K market growth, rapid deployment of fiber internet speeds and the eventual rollout of 5G mobile technology, says Founder/CEO of 4KUniverse, Matthew Mancinelli. “I look forward to working together to distribute the 4KUniverse channel to the millions of Chinese who currently, and will eventually, own a 4K-enabled device.”

Raduga-Internet starts satellite internet on Ka-band

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/raduga-internet-starts-satellite-internet-on-ka-band--1179709

Russian satellite operator Raduga-Internet has started providing internet services over the Russian satellite Express-AM6 on the Ka-band, reports Comnews.ru. The services are available for customers in Western Russia, the Urals and Siberia.
Services can be used with end-user equipment from Hughes Jupiter. Download speeds reach up to 12 Mbps, and the upload speed totals up to 3 Mbps. The company plans to increase the speeds significantly soon. A monthly subscription to the 'Unlimited' tariff plan costs RUB 500, the end-user equipment is RUB 29,000, and standard installation is charged RUB 6,000.

CASBAA: Indian TV regulations threaten investment

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/16/casbaa-indian-tv-regulations-threaten-investment/

CASBAA, the Association of Asia’s pay-TV Industry, has applauded the judicial review now underway in India of proposed extension and tightening of India’s pay-TV rate regulations.

The Madras High Court is currently reviewing the clash between the rights of copyright owners around the world and new tariff regulations proposed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The court has ordered the TRAI not to give effect to the rules until the underlying issues are considered, with a hearing now set for January 19th.

CASBAA CEO Christopher Slaughter observed that the new rules would be a major negative factor for the business environment in the $17 billion Indian media industry. “India’s pay-TV regulations have long been among the strictest in the world”, he said. “The proposed new rules are highly intrusive and would make the environment much worse. Such a heavy-handed regulatory regime will inevitably hit foreign companies’ interest in investing in India.”

Indian law gives copyright owners the ability to price and sell their creative works. In filing the Madras suit, the petitioner broadcasting organisations denounced the TRAI regulation as contrary to these principles as enshrined in the law, and in international treaties to which India is a signatory. (The TRAI rules would establish a controlled price regime by mandating a la carte channel supply, setting the ceiling, by specific genres, that broadcasting organisations can charge to multichannel programme distributors, limiting discounts, prescribing carriage fees, and stipulating a compulsory distribution fee to be paid by Broadcasting Organisations to multichannel programme distributors.

CASBAA has long expressed concern about India’s previous rate regulations, which included a cable retail price freeze imposed in 2004 “until the market became more competitive” and never revoked.

“Today, India’s television content market is among the most competitive in the world,” said Slaughter. “Modern cable MSOs, six different DTH platforms and now online OTT television are all giving Indian consumers a wide range of viewing options.”

CASBAA’s Chief Policy Officer John Medeiros observed that “As convergence and greater competition sweep the TV economy, other governments around the world are eliminating rate controls, to give more scope to competition among traditional and new online providers. In the last few years, Korea and Taiwan have both undertaken to liberalise their pay-TV price controls, leaving India as the last market economy in Asia with a hyper-regulatory regime. The proposed new rules would take India in the opposite direction from the rest of the world.”

SpaceX success; plans extra launch facilities

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/16/spacex-flawless-success-plans-extra-launch-facilities/

SpaceX enjoyed a textbook success with the launch of a 10-satellite cargo for telco Iridium on January 14th. The launch was the first since a catastrophic explosion back on September 1st 2016. Thales Alenia was the prime contractor for Iridium with ATK as the sub-contractor.

The Elon Musk-backed rocket company then successfully landed the Falcon 9’s booster stage onto its floating landing barge, named “just read the instructions” – and spot-on onto the centre of the barge.

SpaceX has also said it is looking to develop extra launch/landing sites at Cape Canaveral in Florida. SpaceX needs the extra facilities in order to simultaneously land the three core recoverable stages from its Falcon 9 ‘Heavy’ rocket.

Elon Musk’s team have their eyes on Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 13 and various studies are now underway on the potential environmental impact for the expansion. The scheme covers more than just one landing area at Complex 13, and plans show that SpaceX will build two new reinforced concrete pads, about a half-metre thick, and additional to the existing ‘main’ pad at the Complex.

The expansion would include new access roads, fire and other safety elements, and the construction of a new 45,000 litre water storage tank (which helps reduce noise of a rocket’s lift-off).

Catching Cassini's call

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Catching_Cassinis_call_999.html

This week, ESA deep-space radio dishes on two continents are listening for signals from the international Cassini spacecraft, now on its final tour of Saturn. ESA's sensitive tracking antennas at New Norcia, Western Australia, and Malargue, Argentina, are being called in to help with crucial observations during Cassini's last months in orbit, dubbed the 'Grand Finale'.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is one of the most successful exploration endeavours ever. Launched in October 1997, the Cassini orbiter delivered Europe's Huygens probe to the surface of Saturn's mysterious moon Titan in 2005, just a few months after becoming the first spacecraft to enter orbit around the giant gas planet.

In addition to Huygens' historic delivery 12 years ago on 14 January, Cassini has returned a wealth of information from Saturn's system, including images and other data from the massive planet, its multiple moons and its hauntingly beautiful system of rings.

Now running low on fuel, Cassini will be commanded to dive into Saturn's upper atmosphere on 15 September, where it will burn up like a meteor.

As part of its final ambitious observing plan, the craft began last month making a series of 20 orbits, arcing high above the planet's north pole then diving down, skimming the narrow F-ring at the edge of the main rings.

Then, starting in April, Cassini will leap over the rings to begin its final series of 22 daring dives, taking it between the planet and the inner edge of the rings.

ESA's Big Iron listens in
Between December 2016 and July 2017, ESA' ground stations will work with NASA's Deep Space Network to record radio signals transmitted by Cassini across 1.6 billion km, helping scientists to study Saturn's atmosphere and its enigmatic rings, bringing us closer to understanding its origins.

They will record signals transmitted from Cassini that have crossed or bounced off Saturn's atmosphere or rings. Variations in the strength and frequency contain valuable information on the composition, state and structure of whatever they have passed through.

In addition, tiny wobbles in Cassini's orbit due to the varying pull of gravity can be teased from the signals, helping to build our understanding of the planet's interior.

First passes
The first three recording passes involving ESA stations were conducted in December, followed by two more on 3 and 10 January. Twenty more deep-space link-ups are scheduled.

"For the first few months of 2017, we're mostly recording signals that will transit through the ring system or the atmosphere," says Daniel Firre, the service manager at ESA's mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

"After April, as Cassini's orbit gets lower, we'll switch to recording signals to be used for gravity analysis."

The recordings - some batches comprising up to 25 GB - are passed to the Cassini radio science team for analysis.

"The ESA stations are helping to acquire extremely important radio science data from Cassini, highlighting how interagency cooperation can make planetary missions even more valuable," notes Aseel Anabtawi, from the radio science group at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Some recording contacts between Cassini and Earth will last over 10 hours, and require technically complex handovers of the signal from an ESA to a NASA station and vice versa. In addition, specialists in Darmstadt must perform very precise frequency calculations for the recording passes.

"Supporting Cassini radio science for the mission's Grand Finale requires not only teamwork at ESA, but also deep collaboration between the agencies," says ESA's Thomas Beck, responsible for ground station services.

"This is part of our continuing mutual support that is yielding real scientific and engineering value."

PBS Kids Lands Its Own National TV Channel

From http://www.thewrap.com/pbs-kids-national-tv-channel/

More than 100 licensees will launch standalone network this year

PBS launched its first-ever national 24/7 PBS Kids channel today, which will be provided by member stations on television and live-streamed across digital platforms.

The free service, which will be entirely educational programming, was unveiled by PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger Sunday at the Television Critics Association press event.

The PBS Kids channel is expected to be launched by 108 licensees by the end of the year, which will make it available to 90 percent of U.S. TV households. On Monday, 75 licensees will debut the channel, with more rolling it out in the coming months.

No patience? The new network will be available as a live stream on pbskids.org and on the free PBS Kids Video App for mobile and tablet devices. That live stream will introduce integrated games later this year.

Participating stations will provide the PBS Kids 24/7 channel in addition to their current primary PBS channel, which will continue to feature a PBS Kids day part.

Beginning April 21, 2017, the new channel will debut “PBS Kids Family Night,” weekly family viewing events featuring movie specials or themed programming every Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and repeating on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

“By offering PBS Kids programming 24/7, PBS stations will extend the reach and impact that they already have in their communities, where they provide essential services for families,” said Kerger. “With the launch of the multi-platform 24/7 PBS Kids channel, all of America’s children will be able to access our trusted educational content anywhere, anytime and through any device. As the only free national 24/7 kids’ TV service in the U.S., the PBS Kids channel will be a game changer for all families — especially our nation’s most under-served, many of whom do not attend preschool and rely solely on over-the-air television for media content.”

“We know from years of research that PBS Kids helps children build important social-emotional and school readiness skills, and that the learning potential of media is multiplied when parents co-view with their children,” said Lesli Rotenberg, senior vice president and general manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS. “We are encouraged to see how much parents value family viewing time, ranking PBS Kids as the number-one use of family screen time, because parent involvement is critical to our long-term vision of using the power of media to create a personalized learning experience that engages and meets the needs of kids, parents and teachers.”

Eutelsat 117 WB gets to work

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/16/eutelsat-117-wb-gets-to-work/

Eutelsat’s 117 West B all-electric satellite, launched last June by SpaceX is now on position, fully tested and working to support clients, says Eutelsat.

The long gap between launch and service introduction is because E-117WB, once launched, used its own on-board electric propulsion to raise itself to its correct orbital position. This is now a tried and tested solution for satellite operators, but the process is slow when compared to chemical satellite propulsion.

The upside benefits, however, are considerable. Eutelsat would have saved millions of Euros in its launch cost, and while the satellite is designed for the usual 15-17 years of working life, it is quite likely to exceed that period thanks to its on-board Ion electric thrusters which maintain the satellite in position.

Originally planned as SatMex-9, this spacecraft is equipped with 48 Ku-band transponders (36 MHz equivalent) connected to four beams providing premium coverage of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, the Andean region and the Southern Cone of South America. Eutelsat’s new satellite complements E-117 West A, launched in 2013, to create a multi-satellite neighbourhood at 117° West, which is already used by Millicom’s Tigo Star, Stargroup and Televisa. It will also provide key services to telecom operators and government service providers in Latin America.

Interestingly, E-117 WB is also carrying a special payload for the USA’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) operated by electronics giant Raytheon, which supplies a Wide Area Augmentation System for the FAA. The system will go live in 2018, and is designed for civil aviation and will receive signals from ground stations that verify signal accuracy and rebroadcast the information to GPS users, including airline cockpits, the most demanding of civil GPS applications. It will increase GPS signal accuracy from 10 metres to 1-2 metres, thereby enhancing aviation safety for users in Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the continental US including Alaska.

Trust chief warns of digital TV piracy risks

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/16/trust-chief-warns-of-digital-tv-piracy-risks/

The head of pro-copyright education body The Industry Trust for IP Awareness has warned of the risks of pirating film, TV and sports content through unauthorised apps, suggesting that parents who engage in digital TV piracy have no idea of the associated risks to their families.

Writing for the Huffington Post, Liz Bales CEO of the Industry Trust, notes that Internet-connected TV set-top boxes and sticks are a great way to enjoy digital entertainment through the home television, with many people no doubt having received such a device this Christmas. “But new research reveals a growing number of people are using this technology to pirate film, TV and sports content through unauthorised apps. It also reveals they could be getting more than they bargained for,” she says.

“Unauthorised apps installed on the boxes and sticks ‘scrape’ content from illegal file-sharing sites, cyber-lockers and streaming sites to download and stream infringing film, TV and sports content,” she notes. “In doing so, they expose users to many of the security and safety risks traditionally associated with pirate websites, but deliver these through a much more trusted and social family viewing medium – the television,” she advises.

According to Bales, the first ever detailed study of this type of piracy has just been completed and reveals one in ten of those engaging in it have been inadvertently exposed to pornographic or age-inappropriate content, while a supporting technical analysis found that one third of advertising served to viewers was of an adult nature.

“The technical analysis showed that the problem is exacerbated by a lack of parental controls, which are often not supported by the apps and add-ons used to pirate content. Of 16 of the highest-traffic apps, none of them included British Board of Film Classification age ratings or any guidance regarding suitability,” she reveals. “As a result, the research showed popular children’s films featured alongside titles with very explicit and violent content.”

For Bales, what is most concerning in the research is the tendency for families to engage in digital TV piracy, usually through their trusted family TV and, more often than not, leaving children to use the technology on their own. “In fact, more than three quarters (79 per cent) of parents who have participated in digital TV piracy report that their children are allowed to access unauthorised content unattended, with seven per cent saying they have actually installed the technology in their children’s bedrooms,” she notes.

Bales says the study reveals that the vast majority of parents who engage in digital TV piracy have no idea of the associated risks to their families. “With recommendations of this type of piracy coming largely from friends and family, people are advocating this type of piracy without realising the risks they could be passing on,” she warns.

Doordarshan to offer 104 DTH channels from March-end

From http://www.livemint.com/Consumer/5pg1nsK7m1Qh0hRZ4napgM/Doordarshan-to-offer-104-DTH-channels-from-Marchend.html

By March-end, Doordarshan will be coming out with new set-top boxes for enhancing the number of existing channels from 80 to 104

Doordarshan director general Supriya Sahu said five channels of Doordarshan - National, News, Sports, Kisan and local–are now available through digital terrestrial transmission (DTT).

Hyderabad: To expand its DTH platform, Doordarshan plans to come out with new set-top boxes having MPEC-4 technology and provide 104 channels by March-end, its director general Supriya Sahu said Sunday.

‘Free Dish’, its DTH platform, at present has 20 million subscribers, and is the market-share leader among the seven DTH players in the country, she said.

“The new initiative is that we are introducing conditional access system in our set-top boxes. We are getting into a new technology which is MPEC-4. So by March-end, we will be coming out with new set-top boxes for Doordarshan enhancing the number of existing channels from 80 to 104,” Sahu told PTI.

She also said five channels of Doordarshan - National, News, Sports, Kisan and local–are now available through digital terrestrial transmission (DTT).

“DTT is already available in 16 cities. By the end of March this year, DTT will be available in Hyderabad, Srinagar and Thiruvananthapuram. By 2018, other 44 cities will become digital (where DTT will then be available),” she said.

DTT allows Doordarshan viewers to watch channels for free on their Android mobile phones with a small dongle (available online and at some shops), and no Internet or data connectivity is needed, said Sahu.

She was here in connection with the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union’s first edition of international television film festival, hosted by Prasar Bharati. “We have capacity for ten channels (through DTT),” she said, adding that once IIM Ahmedabad, entrusted with the task of preparing a business plan on DTT roadmap, gives its report by March first week, Doordarshan would decide on its strategy of providing additional five channels through DTT.


Telepace started again Optus D2 12519 V sr 22500 Vpid 5021 Mpg2 Apid 5022 Sid 502 FTA

Sunday feeds

Asiasat 5 3936 V Sr 7198 "htv uplink" SGH vs KAT ABL Basketball FTA
Asiasat 5 3707 H Sr 7118 "1" MONO 29 Topking World series fighting

A few feeds from Saturday

Saturday early feed
Asiasat 5 3743 H sr 7118 Chinese fighting

Asiasat 5 3896 V Sr 7200 "Outv" ABL Basketball FTA

afternoon feed

Asiasat 5 4147 H Sr 7000 Fec 2/3 "Telstra Broadcast Services" Horse racing related

Asiasat 5 4156 H Sr 7500 "service 01" Channel 7 horse racing same as on D1
Asiasat 5 3936 V Sr 7120 "atl enc 1" Boxing" fta

D1 12643 V Sr 7200 "7BCS Slot 2 QPSK Low Delay" same as the feed on Asiasat 5
D2 12670 V Sr 7500 "TBS SNG" Horses

Evening feed

Asiasat 5 3867 H Sr 7120 "telecity encoder 7" South Africa vs Sri Lanka cricket FTA

From my Email

From John

Hi Craig

Here's a run down on the C band Tracking system.

Let me know if you need anything further

Best wishes


I help to develop and support Planeplotter ,a non commercial a/c tracking network which is run on an amateur basis.
PlanePlotter has been around for well over ten years and has led the way in a/c tracking technology for the enthusiast.

If , like me , you may be looking for something different to use your C Band kit on and if , also like me , you have an interest in aviation , you may like to join a small group of enthusiasts who are receiving flight tracking data from the geostationary Inmarsat fleet.

Most of our 3000 plus members are either radio amateurs or have an interest in radio/computing or sat comms . Planeplotter network tracks a/c in flight using various techniques , everything from ACARS , to ADS-B plus some which are unique to the software.

In the spirit of co-operation should an aviation incident occur , we volunteer our data to the investigating bodies , such as the UK AAIB and other official organisations.

Following the MH370 tragedy Inmarsat offered to develop a new oceanic tracking system which would involve long haul oceanic flights "logging in" at least every 15 minutes.That system is still in its infancy but with more and more a/c using satcomm systems it is now possible to monitor the location of oceanic traffic by taking the Inmarsat C band aero feed and running it through recently developed software.

So , why don't we see large satellite dishes on top of the aircraft
fuselage ?

Well , the aeroplanes communicate with Inmarsat via an L band [1.5ghz] uplink thus requiring much smaller pod based antennae . The return path , down to the ground station , is C band . This is important as only the C band downlink includes location data.

Over the last twelve months we have set up a small global network of satellite ground stations to pick up the data feeds.

Inmarsat use dishes of 8m plus at their earth stations.
Our experience is that using a Titanium PLL C band lnb it is possible to see the data using a dish of just 1.2 m.

All that is required is a dish of 1.2m or more , PLL C band lnb , sat receiver with loop through , SDR # software and an rtl tv dongle [cost of latter about 25 $ Aus] plus a PC.
Most group members probably have all of this!

At present we have about a dozen satellite sites.
Ideally we would like a twenty or so , especially in the AOR/IOR and POR sectors to extend our global network.

So if your C band dish is sat there doing nothing , why not join us in this groundbreaking project.
The decoding sw is provided by New Zealand based "Jonti" with
position reports fed into the Planeplotter* network to give real time Oceanic coverage.

Its a fascinating aspect of our hobby .

By all means contact me direct john@satcom.freeserve.co.uk for further information if you are interested.

*PlanePlotter software is available at a registration fee of 25 Euros
plus tax .

However for anyone who is happy to feed Inmarsat C Band tracking data
into the network on a 24/7 basis , we are prepared to offer a free licence.

From the Dish

NSS 9 177.0W 4099 R "TFC Asia-Pacific" has started on , PowerVu.
NSS 9 177.0W 3922 R "Wallis et Futuna 1ère" has left.
NSS 9 177.0W 4099 R "MTN Special Events, Prime Journey, Prime One, ITV Choice, Colors, Prime Favorites and BBC HD Polska & Türkiye have started on , PowerVu.
Engage, Prime US and Prime Telly" have left.
NSS 9 177.0W 4152 R "PBS Kids" has left .

Optus D2 152.0E 12519 V "Telepace" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4100 V "TRT World" has started on , Fta
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4000 H "Star Chinese Movies South East Asia, Fox Family Movies and Star World Vietnam" have left .

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4148 V "ZTTV" has left again.

NSS 6 95.0E 11037 H "Zee 24 Ghanta, Zee Madya Pradesh Chhattisgarh, Zee 24 Taas, National Geographic India, Fox Life India, Disney Channel India, Disney XD India, Z ETC Bollywood, Sadhna TV, Quran TV, Comedy Active and Alankar TV" have left .
NSS 6 95.0E 11090 H "Zee Punjab Haryana Himachal, Zee Rajasthan News, STV Haryana News and CNBC Bajar have started on, clear. Zee Bangla, ETV Andhra Pradesh, ETV Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand, Rang, Dish Box Office, Zee Purvaiya, CTVN AKD Plus, MBC TV, Kanak News, Travel XP HD, Dish Box Office 2, Ishwar TV, Nat Geo People Asia, Colors Infinity, Zee Kalinga, Zing Asia, Miniplex, Naaptol Marathi and Bindass Play" have left.
NSS 6 95.0E 11172 H "Zee Punjab Haryana Himachal, Zee Classic, Pogo, Star Gold India, Zee Tamizh, India Today, Vrinda Channel, Gemporia, Prameya News 7, Channel One News and Discovery Kids India" have left .

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11470 H ETV Rajasthan, Naxatra News, ETV Bihar Jharkhand, Home Shop 18, DY 365, Pratidin Time, Prag News, Naaptol Green, Vrinda TV, MGK Naaptol Tamil, Gemporia, Prameya News 7, Zee Yuva and Dhoom Music have started on .
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11510 H Zee Madya Pradesh Chhattisgarh, Shop CJ, News Live, Naaptol Bangla, Alankar TV, Zee 24 Ghanta, Zee 24 Taas, Sadhna Plus, Dish Box Office Premier and Den Snapdeal TV-Shop have started on .
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11590 H "ETV Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand, ETV Madhya Pradesh Chhattisgarh, Rengoni, Rang, Zee Purvaiya, MBC TV, Kanak News, Dish Box Office 2,Ishwar TV, Zee Kalinga, Zing Asia, Naaptol Marathi, Devi Channel, Assam Talks, Satsang TV, Nepal 1, Channel One News and Bindass Play" have started on , Fta.

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

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11170 H TV Lao, Thairath TV 32, Jewelry Channel, PPTV HD 36, MCOT HD, CCTV 14, LNTV 3, Lao Public Security TV, CCTV 13 and Democratic Voice of Burma TV have started on , BISS.

ABS 2 75.0E 10985 H "Rossiya 1" has left.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3740 H Discovery Channel India, Discovery Channel Tamil Nadu, Animal Planet India, Investigation Discovery India, Discovery Science India,
Discovery Turbo India, TLC India, Discovery Kids India, Discovery HD World India and TLC HD World India have started on , PowerVu.

NSS 12 57.0E 4138 R "Prime Journey, Prime One and Prime Favorites" have started on ,PowerVu.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,MCOT HD(泰国)频道新增,设置11170 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月16日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Telekanal Zvezda(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置12640 V 30000参数免费接收。 [1月16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。 [1月15日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Mountain TV(韩国)频道解密,设置12530 H 26000参数免费接收。 [1月15日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Zee Q、Zee TV HD(印度)等3个频道解密,设置4155 V 22500参数免费接收。 [1月15日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,TNT Music(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11387 V 30000参数免费接收。 [1月15日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Viceland替换Outdoor Channel(高清)频道,设置12401 H 45000参数免费接收。 [1月14日]
东经57度轨道位置的新天12号卫星C频段,Special Events(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4136 R 15580参数有条件接收。 [1月14日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Aseervatham(斯里兰卡)频道加密,设置12050 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月14日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Ten 1、Ten 2替换Ten Sports(斯里兰卡)等频道,设置12050 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月14日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Adventist Media Channel(韩国)频道重现,设置12560 H 2300参数免费接收。 [1月14日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Isai Aruvi替换Kasturi TV(斯里兰卡)频道,设置12110 H 40700参数免费接收。 [1月14日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,QPTV替换VTV 4(K+)频道,设置11549 H 28490参数有条件接收。 [1月14日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,民视替换非凡新闻(DISH-HD)频道,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月14日]

东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Adventist Media Channel(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置12560 H 2300参数无效接收。 [1月13日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,DD National、DD Urdu(印度)等全组频道加密,设置11630 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月13日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Star Movies、Star World替换ETV MP(Dish TV)等频道,设置11090 H 30000参数免费接收。 [1月13日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,UzReport TV(乌兹别克)频道重现,设置11505 V 3800参数有条件接收。 [1月13日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,24 Ghanta、Sadhna Plus(印度)等20个频道新增,设置11510 H 30000参数部分免费接收。 [1月13日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,ETV Bihar、ZEE Yuva(印度)等24个频道新增,设置11470 H 30000参数部分免费接收。 [1月13日]


NBN trialling aeronautical mobile satellite service proof of concept with Qantas

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/nbn-trialling-aeronautical-mobile-satellite-service-proof-of-concept-with-qantas/

NBN will be trialling an aeronautical mobile satellite service proof of concept for nine months beginning in February.

Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) company has issued a test agreement document for undertaking a proof of concept (PoC) trial for an aeronautical mobile satellite service, inviting customers to participate in the testing of services.

The document [PDF], http://www.nbnco.com.au/content/dam/nbnco2/documents/sfaa-test-description-POC-aeronautical_20170116.pdf.pdf

issued on Monday, outlines the arrangements of the PoC trial, which would occur starting February 1 for up to nine months. Both the Qantas Boeing 737-800 and the Qantas Airbus A330-200 aircraft equipped with an Air Terminal can be used for the tests.

NBN specifies the Air Terminal as being "a network termination device and tracking antennae system which is designed to be used on aircraft and compatible with the NBN Co satellite network".

The tests will also involve an Air-Network Interface (ANI), an interface transmitting data to and from an Air Terminal and located on the outer surface of the satellite-based facility; and a Mobile Network-Network Interface (M-NNI), which is the interface at an NBN point of interconnect (POI) where retail service providers connect to NBN's network.

"The data service is a Layer 3 virtual private networking service on the NBN Co network delivered using the NBN Co satellite network that supports communications-on-the-move (COTM) and carries test participants' data traffic between an ANI and an M-NNI," the test document says.

Retail service provider test participants must install, operate, and maintain the Air Terminals, ensuring that they interoperate correctly with the aircraft. No more than one Air Terminal may be installed per test aircraft, while no more than two Air Terminals can be used concurrently.

The maximum speed for data transmission at each Air Terminal cannot exceed 20Mbps, NBN added, with any test participants required to provide feedback to NBN about performance and functionality "at regular intervals" during the trial and within 10 business days after the trial is completed.

The first of NBN's two new AU$620 million Ka-band satellites, named Sky Muster, was launched in October 2015, with commercial services becoming available in April last year. The second satellite was then launched in October 2016.

The service, which provides broadband via the projection of 101 spot beams for those not living within the fibre, hybrid fibre-coaxial, and fixed-wireless NBN footprints, will replace the overloaded interim satellite service (ISS).

The satellite service provides speeds of up to 25/5Mbps and data allowances of 150GB per month, with an additional 50GB download per month for distance education students.

NBN had received 50,134 installation requests for Sky Muster services and completed orders of 29,760 between April and the end of October 2016, and as of October 28 had four months to shift 18,847 customers still connected to the ISS onto its Sky Muster or fixed-wireless services.

A breakdown by state saw 13,814 customers connect to Sky Muster in New South Wales; 8,950 in Queensland; 6,773 in Victoria; 4,250 in Western Australia; 3,115 in South Australia; 2,021 in Tasmania; 813 in the Northern Territory; and 24 in the Australian Capital Territory as of October 31.

Japan loses another spacecraft

From http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/01/japan-loses-another-spacecraft

Japan's troubled space efforts suffered another setback today with the aborted launch of a tiny rocket intended to put a microsatellite into orbit.

The rocket lifted off successfully at 8:33 am Japan time and was on a normal flight path. But ground controllers for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) canceled ignition of the rocket's second stage because the craft stopped sending telemetry data shortly after liftoff, according to an agency press release. The craft then plunged into the ocean southeast of JAXA's Uchinoura Space Center, on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's 4 main islands.

JAXA's Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) built the SS-520 launch vehicle-which was 10 meters long, had a diameter of 52 centimeters, and weighed 2600 kilogram-using off-the-shelf electronics and a carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer body tube to minimize costs. Primarily a sounding rocket, designed to perform observations during a suborbital flight, the SS-520 could also loft small satellites. This was the rocket's third mission; it was carrying a 3-kilogram microsatellite, developed by a University of Tokyo team to conduct Earth observations for just one month before falling back into the atmosphere. At a press conference today, JAXA officials told local reporters that the mission budget was $4.4 million.

This is the latest in a lengthening list of ISAS rocket and satellite failures. Last February, the institute successfully launched the $300 million ASTRO-H x-ray satellite, jointly developed with NASA, only to have the craft break up 5 weeks later. Investigators concluded that ASTRO-H, renamed Hitomi after launch, had suffered multiple spacecraft control malfunctions that they traced back to “insufficient project management oversight of safety, reliability, and satellite safety and system design.” ISAS is currently overhauling mission management to minimize the risk of future failures.

The cause of the SS-520 failure will be investigated, JAXA officials said today's press conference.

SpaceX launches, lands rocket for first time since Sept blast

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SpaceX_launches_lands_rocket_for_first_time_since_Sept_blast_999.html

SpaceX on Saturday successfully launched and landed its first unmanned Falcon 9 rocket since a costly and complicated launchpad explosion in September.

"Liftoff of the Falcon 9," a SpaceX commentator said as the tall white rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:54 am (1754 GMT), carrying a payload of 10 satellites for Iridium, a mobile and data communications company.

Moments after the Falcon 9 soared into the sky, the rocket's two sections separated as planned, sending the satellites to orbit and the tall portion, known as the first stage, of the rocket back to Earth.

Cheers erupted at SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne, California as live video images showed the first stage powering its engines and landing steady and upright on a platform marked with an X in the Pacific Ocean.

SpaceX has successfully landed multiple rockets this way, on both land and water, as part of its effort to bring down the cost of space flight by re-using multimillion dollar components instead of jettisoning them in the ocean after launch.

The platform, or droneship, was labeled "Just Read the Instructions."

Though the landings garner plenty of excitement, SpaceX's primary mission was to safely deliver the payload of satellites to orbit.

"Mission looks good," SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter.

"All satellites deployed."

Saturday's launch was the first in a series planned to upgrade Iridium's global communications network.

The $3 billion project aims to send 81 satellites to space in the coming months.

- High stakes -

The stakes for SpaceX were high after a pair of accidents.

September's blast destroyed a $200 million satellite Facebook had planned to use to beam high-speed internet to Africa. Another explosion in June 2015 two minutes after liftoff obliterated a Dragon cargo ship packed with goods bound for the astronauts at the International Space Station.

The incidents cost SpaceX dearly, possibly pushing the privately owned company into the red, the Wall Street Journal reported this week.

"That June 2015 disaster, followed by months of launch delays, contributed to a quarter-billion dollar annual loss and a six percent drop in revenue, after two years of surging sales and small profits," the paper said after a review of internal financial documents from 2011 to 2015, forecasts for the next decade and interviews with former SpaceX employees.

Three weeks after last September's accident, the company removed a long-standing phrase from its website saying it was "profitable and cash-flow positive."

That "suggest(ed) both profit and cash flow had moved into the red for 2016," the Journal said, noting that it found an operating loss for every quarter in 2015 and negative cash flow of roughly $15 million.

SpaceX, headed by Musk, a billionaire entrepreneur who also runs Tesla Motors, declined to comment on the findings and is not obligated to release its financial figures because it is a private company.

"The company is in a financially strong position and is well positioned for future growth," with $1 billion in cash and no debt, SpaceX chief financial officer Bret Johnson was quoted as saying.

- Fueling concerns -

The June 2015 accident -- in which the unmanned Dragon cargo ship exploded in a massive fireball two minutes after launch -- was caused by a faulty strut that allowed a helium tank to snap loose, SpaceX said.

Last September's explosion, during a test a day prior to a scheduled launch, was traced to a problem with a pressure vessel in the second-stage liquid oxygen tank.

SpaceX said it will change the way it fuels for now and redesign its pressure vessels in the future.

But a report out this week by a top NASA advisory group also expressed concerns about the way SpaceX fuels its rockets, particularly since it plans to start launching astronauts to space in the coming years.

SpaceX uses super chilled liquid oxygen, and since the temperature must stay so low, it plans to have astronauts inside the spacecraft atop the rocket before fueling is complete, known as a "load and go" approach.

The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel urged NASA to scrutinize this process closely, saying its risks may not be "adequately understood."

Musk has lofty goals, including colonizing Mars and revolutionizing the launch industry by making rocket components reusable.

Founded in 2002, SpaceX logged 18 successful launches of the Falcon 9 before the 2015 accident.

The company has a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to supply the International Space Station using its Dragon space capsule, which is the only cargo ship that can return to the Earth intact.

Iridium's NEXT Generation Celebrates Launch of First 10 Satellites

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=499249354

SpaceX's Falcon 9 launched Saturday and all went perfectly including the release of Iridium's 10 satellites—the first of many for the NEXT satellite constellation.

Iridium's Statement

Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) announced today the successful launch of its first ten Iridium NEXT satellites. The satellites were delivered into low-Earth orbit approximately one hour after the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:54:39 a.m. PST. Iridium NEXT is the company’s next-generation satellite constellation, replacing and enhancing its existing network of low-Earth orbit satellites spanning the entire globe—the largest commercial satellite constellation in space.

This is the start of a series of Iridium NEXT launches scheduled over the next 18 months, and marks the beginning of one of the biggest “tech refreshes” in history, completely replacing the only satellite constellation providing 100-percent truly global communications coverage. Once fully deployed, Iridium NEXT will enable a new broadband multi-service capability called Iridium CertusSM, while providing the technical flexibility to support innovative new services and technologies from Iridium’s extensive partner network. Among those technologies is a unique hosted payload from Iridium’s partner Aireon, which will provide a real-time global aircraft surveillance service, extending aircraft visibility across the planet.

The first ten Iridium NEXT satellites were delivered to a 625 kilometer (km) temporary parking orbit where they will be tested and exercised by Iridium over the coming weeks. Upon meeting testing and validation requirements, the satellites will then be moved into their 780km operational orbit and begin providing service to Iridium’s customers. One-by-one, the new satellites will be positioned near a current generation satellite, each moving at approximately 17,000 miles per hour as testing begins. Iridium’s unique inter-satellite communication links from nearby satellites will be repositioned to point to the new Iridium NEXT satellite as it prepares to take over service. Existing satellites will eventually be de-boosted and de-orbited.

“Today Iridium launches a new era in the history of our company and a new era in space as we start to deliver the next-generation of satellite communications,” said Matt Desch, chief executive officer of Iridium. “We have been working endless hours for the last eight years to get to this day, and to finally be here with 10 Iridium NEXT satellites successfully launched into low-Earth orbit is a fulfilling moment. We are incredibly thankful for all of the hard work from our team, as well as our partners, to help us achieve this milestone.”

Both Thales Alenia Space, System Prime Contractor for the program, and their subcontractor for production, Orbital ATK, have been integral in the development of the Iridium NEXT program, from the design and manufacturing of the Iridium NEXT satellite vehicles to managing an 18-station, state-of-the-art assembly line production system.

“Leading a worldwide team to manufacture, assemble, test and prepare each satellite for this moment has been incredibly exciting,” said Bertrand Maureau, executive vice president of telecommunications at Thales Alenia Space. “We are very proud to have conducted such a unique program, in terms of scale and complexity as well as to have successfully completed the end-to-end whole constellation on-ground validation. The system is fully tested, and the compatibility of Iridium NEXT with the Block-1 operating satellites has been perfectly demonstrated. It has truly been an honor, and we are looking forward to completing the rest of the Iridium NEXT constellation through 2017 and early 2018.”

“We are proud to be a part of this revolutionary satellite program,” said Frank Culbertson, president of Orbital ATK’s Space Systems Group. “Seeing these first 10 satellites launch successfully into space is the result of a unique assembly-line process at our satellite manufacturing facility that represents a remarkable achievement. We look forward to seeing the innovative solutions these satellites, which are great examples of leading-edge technology and manufacturability, will enable.”

In addition to partnering with Thales Alenia Space as System Prime Contractor, Iridium has partnered with SpaceX for the launch of 70 Iridium NEXT satellites on its Falcon 9 rocket.

“We are very proud to be chosen as the launch provider for the entire Iridium NEXT program and are excited about today’s successful first launch,” said Gwynne Shotwell, President of SpaceX. “Iridium was one of SpaceX’s first customers, and working alongside them to deliver one of the largest aerospace projects underway is an exciting moment for us at SpaceX.”

Iridium and SpaceX are partnered for a series of seven launches, deploying 10 Iridium NEXT satellites at a time. The next major milestone will be the completion of on-orbit testing of these satellites, to validate performance requirements are met. The second Iridium NEXT launch will be scheduled after this testing is completed, in April. The entire Iridium NEXT network is scheduled to be completed by mid-2018.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Australia v Pakistan one day series match on Intelsat 19 12609 V Sr 7000 "STS NNA" HD, . Free to air.

Feed seen early this morning
Asiasat 5 3885 H Sr 7200 Fec 3/4 "SPRINTER 4 ENC 2" BMW SA Open Golf Championship FTA

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From the Dish

No lyngsat

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,SPS Tulaan、SPS Sport替换SPS Plus(Ddish TV)等频道,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [1月13日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,JBS(韩国)频道消失,设置12530 H 26000参数无效接收。 [1月13日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Mountain TV(韩国)频道重现,设置12530 H 26000参数有条件接收。 [1月13日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV 4(K+)频道加密,设置11549 H 28490参数有条件接收。 [1月13日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,2nd Avenue替换Warner TV(环宇卫视)频道,设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月12日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Zee Purvaiya、Ishwar TV(印度)等一组频道新增,设置11590 H 30000参数部分免费接收。 [1月12日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,广东卫视、金鹰卡通(DISH HD)频道新增,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月12日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Zee Tamil、MTV India(印度)等全组频道消失,设置11172 H 30000参数无效接收。 [1月12日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Colors Odia、News Live(印度)等全组频道消失,设置11037 H 40700参数无效接收。 [1月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Maxagro、Chic Station(泰国)等3个频道新增,设置3840 V 30000参数免费接收。 [1月12日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Vision TV Shiksha替换Multiplex(印度)频道,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。 [1月12日]


Village Roadshow to push fight against Aussie pirates 'big time'

From http://www.ibtimes.com.au/village-roadshow-push-fight-against-aussie-pirates-big-time-1539948

Village Roadshow has issued a new warning to Aussie pirates. The company’s co-CEO Graham Burke said they are continuing its push “big time.”

Village Roadshow and Foxtel’s landmark Federal Court case asked websites that offer content downloads, including Solar Movie, Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound and IsoHunt, to be blocked by internet service providers in Australia. ISPs include Telstra and Optus.

The rule was handed down by a federal judge, who specified that ISPs must "take reasonable steps to disable access" to such sites. ISPs have blocked some privacy websites including Solar Movie, Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound and IsoHunt in the country last year. Burke said more site-blocking cases can be expected.

Burke told Mashable that there will be further cases, when the court resumes next month. He has not specifically shared which sites Village Roadshow plans to focus on, but said there is a list that is as long as his arm.

However, critics continue to question the value of site-blocking applications. Internet Australia CEO Laurie Patton has commented that the site blocking cases are a "PR stunt," and a "very blunt way" of trying to educate about privacy. "They can mount as many cases as they like, it won't stop unlawful downloading of content," he told Mashable.

Patton suggested that the only way to deal with the privacy issue is to stop geo-blocking. He further stated that people should get an easier access to the "stuff" at a reasonable price.

In relation to this, Burke has clarified that site-blocking is only one of the company's initiatives to stop piracy in the country. He revealed that what they are planning to do is to sue copyright infringers.

"We have the legal ability and the right to do," Burke said. "Unlike previous areas where that's been explored, if anyone is of dire circumstances or poor health and they undertake to stop doing it, we will accept that," he added.

Russia Works on New-Generation Space Radio Intelligence System

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Russia_Works_on_New_Generation_Space_Radio_Intelligence_System_999.html

The first Lotos-S was launched in 2009 but numerous problems with its system precluded it from functioning properly.

Russia's Defense Ministry continues to develop the Liana Electronic Intelligence Program (ELINT) using Lotos-S satellites, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday.

Lotos-S and Pion-NKS radio surveillance satellites are planned to replace two aged Soviet Tselina satellites and create the upgraded ELINT system for land and sea military surveillance. The electronic intelligence will be capable of locating ground-level radio signal emissions coming from both stationary and moving objects, thus providing valuable information on enemy military activity. Lotos-S is responsible for the ground component, while the Pion satellite is responsible for naval surveillance.

"Today, we will discuss the implementation of instructions on creating a Liana space system using Lotos-S and Pion-NKS spacecraft," Shoigu said at a ministry meeting.

The creation and running of a satellite constellation required for the system is a priority for the government, he added.

"The success of the implementation directly depends on the quality of work by enterprises, including both developers and manufacturers in the space industry," the minister said.

The first Lotos-S was launched in 2009 but numerous problems with its system precluded it from functioning properly. The issues were later resolved and a second satellite was launched in 2014. Serial production kicked off in 2015, and the Defense Ministry plans to complete the system next year.

Thales: Bangabandhu Satellite-1 passes critical design review stage

From http://quwa.org/2017/01/12/thales-bangabandhu-satellite-1-passes-critical-design-review-stage/

In an official press release, Thales Alenia Space has announced that the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 program, has passed the critical design review (CDR) stage.

The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will be Bangladesh’s first geostationary communications satellite.

Bangladesh ordered the satellite from Thales Alenia Space for USD $248 million in November 2015. The contract also includes the provision of ground-based satellite control and network operations centres. The French export credit agency Coface provided a loan to support the sale.

Thales Alenia Space has begun producing the satellite’s components and is aiming for mating/integration in March 2017. The Government of Bangladesh is aiming to launch the satellite on 16 December 2017. Thales Alenia Space will launch the satellite using a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

Bangladesh sought its own satellite to mitigate long-term costs. Presently, Dhaka spends USD $14 million per year in leasing commercial satellite bandwidth from foreign operators. Not only will Bangabandhu Satellite-1 save upon those costs in the long-term, but Dhaka can also (and plans to) lease its capacity to other countries, especially in Southeast Asia.

Turner expands its kids’ distribution to East Africa with Boing

From http://www.screenafrica.com/page/news/television/1661460-Turner-expands-its-kids-distribution-to-East-Africa-with-Boing#.WHiBNWeB-Uk

Turner announced the expansion of Boing Africa – a successful, cartoon-based entertainment channel, into new African territories following its initial launch in May 2015.

Turner announced its partnership with AzamTV, one of the largest, fast-growing digital satellite platforms in East Africa. As of the 1 January 2017, Boing Africa is now available to all of AzamTV customers, known for its commitment to the family audience, from the basic package in uncharted African territories for Turner, namely: Kenya, Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania.

With its non-exclusive deal strategy, Boing Africa will continue to increase the accessibility of its kids content to local African households, with the ambition to extend its offering to nearly every African home.

Boing not only complements AzamTV, but strengthens the provider with greater kid-focused variety for their audience through a funny, spontaneous and energetic brand targeting seven to 14 year olds. The channel has kept its promise and has managed to match local African kids’ taste through the acquisition of contemporary and exclusive programmes. Creative and bonding, Boing is a fun-filled playground where kids can share great stories with their friends. Today on AzamTV African kids will be able to discover a range of comedy and action shows with a modern flair such as Courage the Cowardly Dog, Johnny Bravo, Batman, The Green Lantern, DreamWorks’s Dragons and Inspector Gadget.

Pierre Branco, Vice President and General Manager of Turner France, Portugal and Africa says, “We are delighted to have forged this partnership with AzamTV. This new deal is totally aligned with Boing Africa’s mission to provide quality kid’s content to almost all African households at an affordable price, which makes this partnership truly symbiotic. Already distributed in Zambia, the Seychelles, Nigeria and French African territories, Boing now has a footprint in East African markets which nicely complements our regional presence across Sub-Saharan Africa.”

"Boing has added the cherry on top of our kids’ dessert! Within such a short time, it is one of the most popular kids channel. We are glad to have it in our bouquet and we share the same passion with Turner to provide such content across the Sub-Saharan countries,” adds the Deputy CEO of Azam Media Ltd, Jacob Joseph.


Asiasat 7 4100 V Sr 29700 tp:C12V fec:5/6 "Trt World hd" has started FTA

7.30pm Thursday night feed scan

Intelsat 19 12431 H Sr 7500 "STS 3" nbl

Optus D1 12643 V Sr 7200 "default" colour bars 7 news 3 snv

From my Email


From the Dish

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3960 H "TCM Australia" has left .

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3726 V "ZTTV" has left again.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 11488 H Trenet has started on, clear.

NSS 12 57.0E 4138 R "BBC HD Polska & Türkiye" has started on , PowerVu.

From asiatvro site

东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,UzReport TV(乌兹别克)频道消失,设置11505 V 3800参数无效接收。 [1月12日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Rossia HD(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置10985 H 35000参数无效接收。 [1月12日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Baby TV(蒙古)频道解密,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [1月12日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,TRT World HD(高清)频道新增,设置4100 V 29700参数免费接收。 [1月11日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thaicom HD 1、Thaicom HD 2(高清)等3个频道新增,设置3625 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月11日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,LTV(印度)频道消失,设置3689 H 15000参数无效接收。 [1月11日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Hit Tune TV(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置4165 H 5040参数无效接收。 [1月11日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sargam(巴基斯坦)频道新增,设置4165 H 5040参数免费接收。 [1月11日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Animax、AXN(MPEG-4)等全组频道加密,设置3920 H 28340参数有条件接收。 [1月11日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,History 2(缅甸)频道消失,设置11167 V 45000参数无效接收。 [1月11日]


SkyMesh beats telco supplier over millions in defective gear, data fees

From http://www.crn.com.au/news/skymesh-beats-telco-supplier-over-millions-in-defective-gear-data-fees-447105

Satellite broadband operator Ipstar has been ordered to pay back up to $5.2 million to SkyMesh for three separate claims stemming from defective gear and increased data fees.

SkyMesh was Ipstar's second largest internet service provider, using Ipstar's satellite to provide broadband connections to rural Australia.

Ipstar's satellite requires customers to connect using a proprietary user terminal (UT), supplied by Ipstar, which does not work with any other service provider. The UT consists of an outdoor satellite dish antenna and radio frequency transceiver, as well as a modem.

Significant problems came to light in 2010, when customers began to complain about internet dropping out, freezing and hanging.

SkyMesh found that the equipment provided by Ipstar was not properly sealed against water, causing customer's connections to drop out after it rained.

After being presented with 4000 separate customer claims, Ipstar denied responsibility for reimbursing SkyMesh for replacement devices.

Ipstar argued that if goods were defective, then compensation should be directed to end users, rather than SkyMesh as the reseller.

SkyMesh was able to prove in court that the equipment from Ipstar was defective before being sold and that the responsibility for remuneration should fall on Ipstar as the manufacturer.

The court awarded SkyMesh $1.8 million for the defective goods claim.

The second claim from SkyMesh was for compensation for the costs associated with hiring extra support staff to handle an increase in customer complaints. The claim was shot down, however, as it would have only been relevant for damages suffered by SkyMesh's customers.

The third claim stemmed from increased data costs imposed by Ipstar after SkyMesh sought compensation for the replacement UTs.

Ipstar informed SkyMesh that it was raising its fees from $2500 per Mbps per month by an additional $433 per Mbps per month.

When asked why, Ipstar said in an email: “We trust you understand that the new pricing is [a] reflection of the substantial increase in cost of doing business with SkyMesh.”

Ipstar later told SkyMesh director Paul Rees the reason for the price hike was due to the disproportionate number of service calls from SkyMesh. No other ISPs were subject to the same price increase.

Rees claimed he was forced to sign the new agreement under protest, as no other satellite provider could maintain the bandwidth necessary to service its customers at the time. SkyMesh would have also had to purchase $60 million of new hardware to swap from Ipstar.

During the court proceedings, SkyMesh claimed Ipstar was dishonest in its reasoning. The court found that the price increase was broadly calculated on the anticipated cost to Ipstar of meeting its warranty obligation to SkyMesh.

The judge ruled that Ipstar had engaged in unconscionable conduct by charging SkyMesh for the liability it owed itself.

"In imposing that requirement Ipstar did do so in an environment where SkyMesh had no real practical alternative but to accept the price increase because the requisite bandwidth was only available from Ipstar and the cost of new equipment required if SkyMesh changed service provider was prohibitive," he said.

SkyMesh was awarded $3.4 million, bringing the total compensation to about $5.2 million. However, the exact amount of compensation for the first $1.8 million is still being negotiated as to what the correct amount is.

Ipstar has been contacted for comment.

SMC’s ninth WGS satellite arrives in Florida for launch

From http://www.aerotechnews.com/blog/2017/01/11/smcs-ninth-wgs-satellite-arrives-in-florida-for-launch/

The ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9), satellite is transported from the Boeing facility in El Segundo to LAX for delivery via an Air Force C-17 Globe Master, to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Jan, 9. WGS-9 will provide additional communications capabilities to both U.S. forces and international partners after undergoing final processing, encapsulation, and transport to the launch pad.

The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center-sponsored ninth Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft arrived today at Titusville-Cocoa Airport, Fla.

The shipment of WGS-9 marks an important milestone for the launch campaign. WGS-9 will provide additional communications capabilities to both U.S. forces and international partners.

“This is a very special moment that marks yet another event in the significant relationship with Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and New Zealand with the shipment of WGS-9,” said Robert Tarleton, the director for the Military Satellite Communications Directorate. “We’re excited to get down to Florida and look forward to a successful launch.”

In January 2012, Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and New Zealand signed a multilateral Memorandum of Understanding with the United States, agreeing to fund the procurement of the ninth WGS satellite. The United States is responsible for funding the launch, operation and sustainment of WGS-9. International partners will receive a proportional share of the bandwidth provided by the WGS constellation based on financial contribution. The spacecraft is undergoing final processing, encapsulation, and transport to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The launch is scheduled for March 8.

Wideband Global SATCOM provides anytime, anywhere communication for soldiers, sailors, Airmen, Marines, and international partners through broadcast, multicast, and point-to-point connections. WGS is the only military satellite communications system that can support simultaneous X-band and Ka-band communications with crossbanding that makes it transparent to the users to communicate across terminal types.

WGS provides real-time data exchange necessary for tactical communications. WGS supports a wide variety of missions for Combatant Commanders around the world to perform missions, from search and rescue efforts to military operations.

Matching the recently launched WGS-8, WGS-9 also includes the new state-of-the-art wideband digital channelizer that will increase communication capacity for the warfighter by approximately 45 percent compared to the first seven WGS satellites. This increase in capacity will ensure U.S. and international partners have the capability to effectively coordinate on all mission areas, including air, land, and naval warfare. The WGS constellation is the highest-capacity military communications system in the U.S. Department of Defense arsenal. With one more satellite in production, the WGS constellation is expected to have a total of 10 satellites on orbit by 2019.

Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Calif., is the U.S. Air Force’s center for acquiring and developing military space systems. Its portfolio includes GPS, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control networks, space-based infrared systems, and space situational awareness capabilities.

U.S. Air Force prepares SBIRS satellite for launch

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/US_Air_Force_prepares_SBIRS_satellite_for_launch_999.html

The U.S. Air Force has encapsulated its Space Based Infrared System satellite in preparation for the craft's planned launch.

The satellite, built by Lockheed Martin, is scheduled to be launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Jan. 19. The system will be sealed in a protective cone, the last step satellites must undergo before launch.

The Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Satellite, known as SBIRS GEO, will be used to transmit surveillance information, detect missile launches, support ballistic missile defense and intelligence-gathering operations.

Lockheed Martin Overhead Persistent Infrared vice president David Sheridan says the encapsulation marks a milestone for the company's program with the Air Force.

"The satellite's successful delivery and encapsulation closes out a manufacturing process that Lockheed Martin has continued to streamline with each build, driving significant schedule and cost reductions into the SBIRS program," he said in a press release. "With its launch, the addition of GEO Flight 3 into the constellation will greatly enhance SBIRS' ability to provide resilient, space-based infrared surveillance capabilities for decades to come."

The next SBIRS GEO satellite, designated GEO Flight 4, is planned for launch later in 2017. Two additional satellites, GEO 5 and GEO 6, are currently in production.

Norway flicks analogue radio switchover

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/11/norway-flicks-analogue-radio-switchover/

Norway has become the first country in the world to start digital switchover (DSO) from FM to DAB+. National FM networks will be switched off region by region – starting in Nordland and progressing across the whole country throughout 2017. The final regions, Troms and Finnmark, will complete the process in December.

“Today’s digital switchover is a hugely important milestone for the radio industry,” said Patrick Hannon, President, WorldDAB. “The DAB platform is far more efficient than FM – offering both greater choice and clearer sound. With the start of the switch-over process, Norway is sending a clear signal across the world that the future of radio is digital.”

“This is a historic day for radio,” declared Ole Jørgen Torvmark, CEO of Digital Radio Norway. “We want to see radio continue its development on digital platforms, following the FM-technology that lifted radio from its beginning on AM. The Norwegian broadcasters are showing the digital possibilities today by launching five new radio stations, giving the listeners 30 national channels in total. The world’s first digital switchover is made possible through collaboration across Government, broadcasters and supply chain. Throughout 2017, the focus will be to help all listeners with the transition.”

Other international markets are following Norway’s lead. Switzerland is planning for switch-over to begin in 2020 and a major promotional campaign to raise awareness starts this year. The North-Italian region of South Tyrol will start its FM switch-off in 2017.

In the UK, the government has stated it will review the next steps for digital radio when its criteria for coverage and listening are met – expected to be achieved by the end of 2017. Germany and Denmark have both recently announced second national multiplexes, the Netherlands continues to make good progress, France has announced continued geographic expansion, Slovenia launched national services in 2016 and Belgium has announced plans for a federal DAB+ launch across Flanders and Wallonia in 2018. Outside of Europe, Australia continues to lead the way.

“A commitment to digital switchover has significant benefits for broadcasters, manufacturers and listeners,” stated Patrick Hannon. “It provides certainty on the future and allows broadcasters and radio manufacturers to plan and invest accordingly. For listeners, this greater investment and innovation in radio means more choice – today in Bodø consumers have access to 30 national stations on DAB+, compared to just five on FM.”

The Norwegian switchover applies to national radio stations and commercial local radio stations broadcasting in larger cities. Community radio stations and smaller local stations will continue to broadcast on FM for five more years after national switch off, at which point licences will be reviewed.

Dolby Labs VP: “Prepare for 4,000 Nits displays”

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/11/dolby-labs-vp-prepare-for-4000-nits-displays/

Television displays are going to get brighter, according to Dolby Labs VP/Technology Patrick Giffis. Speaking at a CES panel, Giffis suggested that the next battleground in display technology will be over brightness.

Today’s high-end Ultra-HD displays generally handle up to 1000 ‘Nits’. A ‘nit’ (from the Latin word nitere, to shine) is a photometric unit of Luminance and is commonly used as a measure of light emitted. The UHD Alliance’s High Dynamic Range standard is set at 1,000 nits.

“Have no doubt about it, the nits race is on. It will be 2,000 nit displays, and I suspect before too long, 4,000 nit consumer displays,” he told CES delegates. Giffis added that Dolby’s own experiments showed that viewers can perceive brightness benefits in excess of 10,000 nits.

Giffis reminded delegates that his company’s Dolby Vision master their output at 4,000 nits.

(Craig's comment, 8k UHD with 4K mega nits and a free pair of sunglasses)

ISRO's Aim of 103 Satellites' Launch... Forget Setting a Record Just Maximize Capability

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=621045305

Perhaps a surprising statement from India's ISRO...With less than a month left for the proposed launch of 103 satellites at one go, Indian Space Research Organisation today said its aim is to maximize capability with each launch and not set a record.

After the success of the Mars mission, ISRO, which is currently conducting experiments for its second moon mission said another mission to Mars, Venus and Jupiter are on the horizon and studies are underway.

"We are not looking at it as a record or anything. We are just trying to maximize our capability with each launch and trying to utilise that launch for the ability it has got and get the maximum in return," ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar told reporters here.

Of the 103 satellites that ISRO's workhorse PSLV-C37 is expected to carry, 100 are foreign.

"They are all actually a constellation, they are getting into a constellation of satellites providing observation of Earth," Kumar said in response to a query on the sidelines of Karnataka ICT Summit 2017.

The three Indian satellites are Cartosat-2 series, weighing 730 kg as primary payload, INS-IA and INS-1B, weighing 30 kg.

An official from the space agency said it was earlier planned to launch 83 satellites in the last week of January, of which 80 were foreign, but with the addition of 20 more foreign satellites the launch was delayed by a week and would now take place in the first week of February.

Kumar also said ISRO was working on having more frequent launches and make use of each launch or maximize the capability of the launch vehicle itself.

"The next one is going to carry a number of satellites from various companies along with our own Cartosat-2 series satellite and immediately following that we have GSLV Mark III and Mark II.... In the first three months that's what we are targeting, but beyond that we are trying to work for almost one launch a month," he said.

"The prime driver for all of this is to increase the capacity. Though we have the number of satellites in operation, we require many more for providing the necessary services that is needed," he added.

After the success of the Mars mission, ISRO, which is currently conducting experiments for its second moon mission said another mission to Mars, Venus and Jupiter are on the horizon and studies are underway.

"As we are progressing, we need to look at long-term. So what we are looking beyond Chandrayan-2, for which we are already working on an approved program," Kumar said.

"Beyond that, Mars second mission and Venus mission are all on the horizon, we have to go through the various studies and then formulate, get the approval and move. Right now, they are all in the study phase," he added.

ISRO is conducting tests for hazard avoidance for Chandrayaan-2 as it lands at its facility in Challakere in Chitradurga district of Karnataka, where simulated lunar craters have been created to evaluate the performance of the system.

The ISRO Chairman and French Space agency (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall in the presence of visiting French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault had on Monday signed a partnership agreement in satellite launch technology.

To a question on the agreement, Kumar said "Currently we are working with them on Oceansat-3... and then we are working for a future payload, on an infrared imaging sensor."

"We are also looking at possibilities of working with them in various areas of future developments of satellites, launch vehicles," he added.

ISRO in the past had worked with CNES on sounding rockets, SARAL satellites program and had also launched satellites for them.


Seen last night.

Vinasat 132E 3569 V Sr 3500 dvb-s2 8psk h264 video FTA "en2hcm" feed for a fashion? show also playing out via VTV6

From my Email


From the Dish

Optus D2 152.0E 12706 V "Karbala Satellite Channel" has left .

Telstar 18 138.0E 3847 H "GMA Life TV, GMA Pinoy TV Asia-Pacific and GMA News TV International" have left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "CBN News" is back on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4054 H "Andy Haryana" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Movies Max" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11078 H "Moya Planeta" has started on , Fta

Intelsat 902 62.0E 10988 V "Taban TV" has started on , Fta.

NSS 12 57.0E 4138 R "MTN Special Events" has started on , PowerVu.

From asiatvro site

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,ABS-CBN、动物星球(环宇卫视)等频道加密,设置12711 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月11日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,AXN、HBO HD(环宇卫视)等全组频道加密,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月11日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,AFN Movie、国家地理野生(环宇卫视)等全组频道加密,设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月11日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Sony、ANX(MPEG-4)等频道解密,设置3920 H 28340参数免费接收。 [1月10日]


Nickelodeon appoints Foxtel GM as new Australia boss

From http://www.adnews.com.au/news/nickelodeon-appoints-foxtel-gm-as-new-australia-boss

Ben Cox, inset, will take the reins of Nickelodeon in Australian and New Zealand in February.

Nickelodeon has appointed a Foxtel GM to lead its Australia and New Zealand operations from February. Ben Cox, Foxtel's GM of content aggregation, will succeed current VP and general manager Jihee Nam, who is leaving the company at the end of this month.

He will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Nickelodeon’s brands in Australia and New Zealand, overseeing a 24-hour subscription television network available in more than 4 million households, as well as digital platforms, live events, recreation destinations, consumer products, local production and programme sales.

Cox comes to Nickelodeon after more than a decade within the subscription television industry. Prior to his current role at Foxtel, he served as head of channel partnerships and as a business development manager. He has also been a strategy analyst and a product manager at AUSTAR Entertainment.

At Foxtel, Cox has been worked on initiatives for children and youth, such as the launch of the Nick Play app. In 2014, he worked closely with Viacom International Media Networks to grow the distribution of pre-school channel Nick Jr. to become one of the most-watched non-sports channels on the platform.

“As one of the most globally recognised and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family, Nickelodeon has been a trailblazer in Australia for over 20 years,” Cox says.

“I’m looking forward to joining a passionate and kid-centric team that consistently creates innovative entertainment experiences for both kids and kids-at-heart.”

Cox will report to Viacom International Media Networks Australia and New Zealand senior vice president and GM Ben Richardson.

“Ben has always championed the value kids’ brands bring to Foxtel, and he comes into this role with a nuanced expertise I’m confident will continue to drive Nickelodeon’s success,” Richardson says.

“His familiarity with our business combined with a top-notch reputation makes him the perfect choice to lead the Nickelodeon business in Australia and New Zealand.”

BBC HD for cruise ships

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/10/bbc-hd-for-cruise-ships/

BBC Worldwide has confirmed the launch of a global entertainment channel, BBC HD, the company’s first channel produced exclusively for cruise ships and the wider maritime market. It will go live through Global Eagle Entertainment’s (GEE) MTN TV network, with P&O Cruises and Cunard being the first to offer this to their guests.

Content on the new channel will cover all genres ranging from drama, comedy and factual entertainment to natural history and documentaries. Fans of much loved soaps such as Eastenders, Holby City and Casualty will air on BBC HD close to the UK broadcast so fans can stay up to date with their favourite shows as they enjoy their cruise holiday.

BBC HD complements BBC World News, which launched on MTN TV in 2010 and is available on cruise ships throughout the world.

Zina Neophytou, Vice President, Out of Home, BBC Worldwide said: “There has always been a strong demand for BBC content within the travel and hospitality sectors including cruise ships so launching a bespoke global entertainment channel on MTN TV alongside BBC World News is an obvious step. BBC HD will be the one-stop shop for the best of British TV content.”

As the launch customer BBC HD will be available on all P&O UK and Cunard ships with the channel also becoming available to the wider cruise industry in due course.

(Craig's comment, as noticed yesterday by FeralKiwi)

Japan space agency postpones launch of mini rocket because of wind

From http://whtc.com/news/articles/2017/jan/11/japan-space-agency-postpones-launch-of-mini-rocket-because-of-wind/

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's space agency postponed on Wednesday the launch of a mini rocket that will put a satellite into space because of strong wind, an agency spokeswoman said.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) had planned to launch the SS-520 rocket, which is about 10 meters (35 feet) long and 50 centimeters (20 inches) in diameter, at its Uchinoura Space Center in southern Japan, early on Wednesday.

The rocket, which media has called the world's smallest space rocket, will carry a 3-kg (6.6 lb), 35-centimetre (14 inches) satellite, which will take images of the earth and gather other data.

The agency has not decided when it would try to launch the rocket again. The spokeswoman said it would usually took at least two days to reschedule a launch.

The rocket was built with 400 million yen ($3.45 million) from the trade ministry. Private firms paid for various parts, the spokeswoman said.

CCT Said in Talks to Acquire Permira’s Asia Broadcast Satellite

From http://www.bloombergquint.com/markets/2017/01/10/cct-said-in-talks-to-acquire-permira-s-asia-broadcast-satellite

(Bloomberg) -- China Communication Technology is among final bidders for Asia Broadcast Satellite, the communications operator being sold by European private equity firm Permira, people familiar with the matter said.

CCT, a Shenzhen-based provider of military communication equipment, is in the advanced stages of negotiations with Permira, the people said, asking not to be identified because the discussions are confidential. Permira had been seeking to value the business at about $1 billion, according to one of the people. There are still other bidders interested in Asia Broadcast Satellite, the person said.

Permira acquired control of Asia Broadcast Satellite in 2010 in a 184 million-euro ($195 million) deal. The company, led by Chief Executive Officer Thomas Choi, owns a fleet of seven satellites that beam television and mobile-phone signals to Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm’s latest orbiter was launched in June 2016, according to its website.

CCT hasn’t reached a final agreement with Permira on terms, and there’s no certainty the talks will result in a transaction, the people said. A spokesman for CCT declined to comment, while a representative for Permira didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

A deal by CCT would mark the second recent attempt by a Chinese company to acquire an overseas satellite operator. Beijing Xinwei Technology Group Co., led by the Chinese tycoon who announced plans to build a $50 billion canal across Nicaragua, agreed in August to buy Israel’s Space Communication Ltd. Xinwei has been discussing a change in the deal terms after one of the Israeli company’s satellites exploded, according to a September announcement.

CCT is the largest shareholder in Shenzhen-listed Huaxun Fangzhou Co., which has a market value of $1.8 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Huaxun Fangzhou Chairman Lv Xiang-yang is the co-founder of and one of the largest shareholders in Chinese electric-car maker BYD Co., the data show.

SPI launches FunBox UHD channel in Qatar

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/10/spi-launches-funbox-uhd-channel-in-qatar/

SPI International / FilmBox Channels Group has launched the FunBox UHD channel on Qatar’s Ooredoo tv.

FunBox UHD is a global general entertainment channel broadcast in UHD quality. It features compelling primetime programming and documentaries on nature, wildlife, society, music videos, sports, arts and culture and more. The channel is available to all subscribers of Ooredoo tv, including ‘Essentials’ subscribers, as the company continues to offer leading international and local content to its customers.

“We are glad to bring the Ultra HD channel to viewers in Qatar,” says Murat Muratoglu, SPI’s head of distribution for the Middle East. “It is important for us to expand our UHD distribution footprint into new markets such as Qatar following our recent launches in Romania, Portugal, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Turkey.”


A look at 164E KU from a 90cm dish in Western Australia. As you can see, internet forum rumours of it being empty are not correct.

Our scan with a TBS tuner card and various pieces of software detected the following services

12344 H Sr 7200 "gwn backhaul feeds " Fec 1/2 DVB S QPSK SNR 7.7dB
12597 H Sr 29993 Fec 4/5 DVB -S2 16 APSK pilot on SNR 12.6dB
12486 V Sr 29993 Fec 3/4 DVB -S2 QPSK SNR 11.9dB

Not much of interest to the average viewer with 12344 H having the only video service and 12597 H and 12486 V having internet traffic But as you can see most of the transponders are loaded up. I will do a followup post using a 2.7M.

From my Email

From Owen "feralkiwi" Christchurch

180E Intelsat 18 4174 3679 AFN channels News now FTA.
166E Intelsat 19 4180 H 30000 CINE MO, YEY and DZMM Teleradyo now FTA.

177W NSS 9
MTN has changed its channels. 4099 Sr 24503
Was . . . . . . . . . . . . . Now.
MTN INFO Channel . . . MTN INFO Channel
MSNBC . . . . . . . . . . . MSNBC
FOX NEWS . . . . . . . . Fox News
CNBC . . . . . . . . . . . . CNBC
SKY NEWS . . . . . . . . Sky News
BBC NEWS . . . . . . . . BBC World News
Engage . . . . . . . . . . Prime Journey
SKY SPORT . . . . . . . Sky Sport News
HD Sport 24 . . . . . . . Sport 24
Prime US . . . . . . . . . Prime one
itv Choice . . . . . . . . ITV Choice
RTL . . . . . . . . . . . . RTL International
Prime Australia . . . . . Prime Australia
Colors TV . . . . . . . . Colors
TFC . . . . . . . . . . . . TFC
Raiitalia . . . . . . . . . . Prime Favorites
MTN Special Events . . Special Events
. . . . . . . NEW . . . . . BBC HD

"BBC HD" not BBC news. 720i.

From the Dish

Superbird C2 144.0E 12549 V "Da Ai TV" has left

Telkom 1 108.0E 3916 H "PayTren TV" has started on , Fta

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3726 V "Macau Satellite TV, ZTTV, Macau Asia Satellite TV and Kungfu Satellite TV " have started on , Fta

NSS 6 95.0E 11037 H Comedy Active and Alankar TV have started on , Conax. Quran TV is now encrypted. Zee News has left.

ST 2 88.0E 11633 H "PTS 3 and PTS" are Fta.
ST 2 88.0E 11669 H "CTV, CTV News and CTV Variety" are Fta

Horizons 2 84.8E 12180 V "Tojikiston, TV Safina, TV Bahoriston, Jahonnamo, TV Varzish and TV Sinamo" have started on ,Fta(S Safarov)

Insat 4A 83.0E 3756 H "1 Yes TV" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3732 V "HBC News" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4003 V "Pengal and Kalvi TV" have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4184 V "Shagun TV" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11025 V "Rossiya 24" has left .

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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,东森洋片、动物星球(环宇卫视)等全组频道解密,设置12711 H 45000参数免费接收。 [1月10日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,东森戏剧替换Global Theater 13(环宇卫视)频道,设置12461 H 45000参数免费接收。 [1月10日]

东经57度轨道位置的新天12号卫星C频段,Prime Favorites、BBC HD(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4136 R 15580参数有条件接收。 [1月9日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,台湾艺术、台湾综合(台湾)等频道消失,设置3942 V 30000参数无效接收。 [1月9日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,Star Movies HD、AXN(Dish TV)等全组频道解密,设置12702 V 40700参数免费接收。 [1月9日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,E Entertainment(Skynindo)频道新增,设置4100 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月9日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,山东卫视、辽宁卫视、湖北卫视(高清)频道改格式,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月9日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV 1(越南)频道新增,设置11008 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [1月9日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV 3(越南)频道消失,设置11008 H 28800参数无效接收。 [1月9日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,AMG Test替换Tehelka News TV (测试)频道,设置3751 V 2333参数免费接收。 [1月9日]


China launches commercial rocket mission

From http://www.siasat.com/news/china-launches-commercial-rocket-mission-1105695/

Gansu (China): A Chinese rocket Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) sent three satellites into space in its first commercial mission on Monday.

The rocket, carrying the satellite JL-1 and two CubeSats XY-S1 and Caton-1, blasted off from China’s Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu at around 12.11 p.m. (Beijing Time), reports Xinhua news agency.

The KZ-1A was developed from the Kuaizhou-1 rocket with improvements in adaptability.

It is a low-cost solid-fuelled carrier rocket with high reliability and short preparation period and was designed to launch low-orbit satellites weighing under 300 kg.

The JL-1 is a multifunctional remote-sensing satellite providing high-definition video images which is expected to be used for land resource and forestry surveying, environmental protection, transport and disaster prevention and relief purposes.

The XY-S1 and Caton-1 are experimental satellites to test technologies of low-orbit narrow-band communication and VHF Data Exchange System respectively.

A rocket technology company under the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation was responsible for the launch mission.

SpaceX's Return-to-Flight Rocket Launch Slips to Saturday

From http://www.space.com/35264-spacex-return-to-flight-launch-delay.html

SpaceX's Return-to-Flight Rocket Launch Slips to Saturday

SpaceX plans to launch 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket on Jan. 14, 2017 from the company's launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base, seen here in a 2013 file photo.

SpaceX's first Falcon 9 rocket launch since an explosion in September will now lift off no earlier than Saturday (Jan. 14), a five-day delay that's due to high winds, rain and schedule conflicts at the company's California launch site.

SpaceX representatives announced the launch delay on Twitter on Sunday (Jan. 8). At the time, SpaceX was targeting a Monday launch of Falcon 9 from a pad at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base to send 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit for satellite operator Iridium.

"Launch moving due to high winds and rains at Vandenberg," SpaceX representatives wrote in the Twitter post. "Other range conflicts this week results in next available launch date being Jan 14."

SpaceX aims to return its Falcon 9 rockets to flight more than four months after a Falcon 9 carrying another commercial satellite, Israel's Amos-6 communications satellite, was destroyed Sept. 1 in an explosion during a routine pre-launch test at the company's Florida launchpad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. [Dramatic Video of SpaceX's Rocket Explosion]

In a Jan. 2 statement, SpaceX representatives stated that the explosion occurred when the aluminum liner of a composite overwrapped helium tank inside the Falcon 9 rocket's upper stage liquid oxygen tank buckled.

This buckling allowed liquid oxygen propellant to pool between the aluminum liner and carbon overwrap covering, according to SpaceX. The pooling propellant ultimately ignited, rupturing the helium tank and leading to the loss of the Falcon 9 on the pad. The company is modifying its helium-loading processes to avoid similar problems in the future.

Last week, on Jan. 6, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a launch license to SpaceX for its upcoming Falcon 9 mission. That announcement came one day after Musk announced via Twitter the success of a Falcon 9 engine static test firing at its launchpad, a standard SpaceX test performed before each Falcon 9 mission.

Russia to produce new EgyptSat-A satellite instead of failed EgyptSat-2

From http://tass.com/science/924077

The satellite will be fitted with advanced optical-electronic system and onboard control package

MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. EgyptSat-A satellite to be produced by Russia’s Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia instead of failed EgyptSat-2 is scheduled to be launched in 2019, Chief Executive Officer of the corporation Vladimir Solntsev told TASS.

"We have already started producing the spacecraft. Its launch is scheduled in 2019," he said.

EgyptSat-A should replace EgyptSat-2 satellite produced by Russia, communications with which was lost in April 2015. RSC Energia said it started producing EgyptSat-A at the expense of the insurance coverage for the lost satellite in May 2016. The equivalent cost of new work amounts to approximately $100 mln.

The satellite will be fitted with advanced optical-electronic system and onboard control package. High-speed onboard radio link and improved solar batteries. The share of Russian components in EgyptSat-A will be much higher than in EgyptSat-2, including X-band transmitters.

Newly proposed reference datasets improve weather satellite data quality

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Newly_proposed_reference_datasets_improve_weather_satellite_data_quality_999.html

This is an artist's rendition of NASA's JPSS satellite, which carries a microwave instrument that can monitor Earth's weather from space. Image courtesy NASA/NOAA. For a larger version of this image please go here.

"Traffic and weather, together on the hour!" blasts your local radio station, while your smartphone knows the weather halfway across the world. A network of satellites whizzing around Earth collecting mountains of data makes such constant and wide-ranging access to accurate weather forecasts possible. Just one satellite, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R that launched in 2016, can collect 3.5 terabytes of weather data per day.

But how do scientists ensure satellite-measured weather data is good? They can compare live data against high-quality reference data from in-orbit satellites. Making such resources available is a goal of the Global Space-based Inter-Calibration System (GSICS), an international consortium of 15 satellite agencies that collaborate on monitoring satellites and developing methods to ensure the quality of their weather data.

"The quality of the satellite data drives how prepared nations - and the world - can be when it comes to weather-related events," said GSICS Deputy Director Manik Bali, a faculty research assistant in the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC), a joint center of the University of Maryland and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Bali is also a NOAA affiliate.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a United Nations specialized agency and the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS), launched GSICS in 2005. ESSIC contributes manpower and infrastructure support to GSICS, including the servers needed to share data between GSICS collaborators worldwide, enabling the monitoring of weather satellites among member agencies and the correction of measurement anomalies in real time.

One GSICS breakthrough came in 2011, with a paper demonstrating that a GSICS-developed algorithm corrected a temperature difference of approximately 3 degrees Celsius between two satellites.

The results were published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. While that temperature difference may sound small, the world's nations recently negotiated the Paris Climate Agreement, which seeks to limit global warming to a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures.

Also in 2011, Cheng-Zhi Zou, a NOAA research scientist and former chair of the GSICS Microwave Subgroup, intercalibrated 38 years of climate data - starting in 1979 - to generate what NOAA calls a fundamental climate data record (FCDR). The FCDR was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

At the American Geophysical Union's (AGU) fall meeting in December 2016, Bali demonstrated that Zou's FCDR was suitable for monitoring microwave satellites, including the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder onboard NOAA/NASA's Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS).

When launched, JPSS will replace the aging National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System and provide full global monitoring coverage twice a day. Bali expects the FCDR will help monitor and adjust data gathered during JPSS missions.

At the recent AGU meeting, Bali also showed that the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites' Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) and NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder exhibit sufficiently stable behavior to serve as in-orbit references. Calibrating against these satellites can reduce errors from 2 degrees Celsius to below 0.1 degrees Celsius.

"This has given tremendous confidence to the GSICS calibration community that uses IASI-A as an in-orbit reference to monitor its geostationary satellites," said Bali.

Moving forward, Bali's colleagues at ESSIC will continue to support the science goals of the JPSS satellite mission through the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS), which is managed by ESSIC and was created in 2009 through a $93 million agreement with NOAA.

"ESSIC's leadership in supporting these global initiatives is very important," said Bali. "Looking ahead, I see a far greater interaction between NOAA and ESSIC/CICS, which will help NOAA lead the global satellite calibration efforts."

WTA reveals teleport operator rankings for 2016

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/09/wta-reveals-top-operator-rankings-for-2016/

The World Teleport Association (WTA) has published its annual rankings for the Top Teleport Operators of 2016. The annual rankings of companies by revenue and revenue growth are compiled by surveying teleport operators around the world as well as referencing the published results of publicly-held companies.

“The technology and market changes roiling satellite communication markets affect the teleport sector as well as satellite operators,” said WTA executive director Robert Bell. “As technology-agnostic service providers, however, teleports are well positioned to deal with change, particularly the smaller and more nimble players.”

Key Facts

Companies reporting for the Top Operators had total annual revenues exceeding $12 billion, of which independent operators comprised $2.7 billion.

The two fastest-growing operators, GEE/EMC and SpeedCast, have grown through merger and acquisition activity, while the previous acquisition leader, Encompass Digital Media, has focused on consolidating its purchases.

Independent operators that have reported consistently for the past three years achieved an average compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12 per cent over the period. In a sign of challenging times, however, 43 per cent of these companies reported revenue declines while 47 per cent reported revenue increases. Despite the wave of consolidation among larger operators, it has proved harder for them to achieve growth over the past three years than smaller operators. Two-thirds of smaller companies (revenues of less than $100 million) reported revenue growth over the period compared with 40 per cent for large operators. The big companies that did grow, however achieved average CAGR of 116 per cent for the period, compared with 42 per cent for smaller companies.

On average, the independents reporting for the Top Operators spent 41 per cent of revenues on satellite capacity, with a low of 12 per cent and a high of 76 per cent. Half of the companies kept capacity spending below 40 per cent of revenues, while 20 per cent turned over more than 60 per cent of revenue to their satellite vendors.

In May 2017, WTA will publish its annual Inside the Top Operators report, which will provide a more detailed analysis of survey results.

The Independent Top Twenty

The Independent Top Twenty ranks teleport operators based on revenue from all sources. The list focuses on the independent operators at the core of the business, excluding companies whose primary business is ownership and operation of a satellite fleet or terrestrial network. In order from largest to smallest, the Independent Top Twenty of 2016 are:
2.Harris CapRock (USA)
3.Telespazio S.p.A. (Italy)
4.Encompass Digital Media (USA)
5.Arqiva (UK)
6.SpeedCast (China)
7.Globecomm (USA)
8.Telstra Corporation (Australia)
9.Belgacom Int’l Carrier Services (BICS) (Belgium)
10.du (UAE)
11.PlanetCast Media Services (India)
12.Media Broadcast (Germany)
13.Jordan Media City (Jordan)
14.Signalhorn Trusted Networks (Germany)
15.Axesat (Columbia)
16.Onlime (Germany)
17.STN (Slovenia)
18.Elara Comunicaciones SA (Mexico)
19.Global Data Systems (USA)
20.Milano Teleport S.p.A. (Italy)

The Global Top Twenty

The Global Top Twenty ranks companies based on revenues from all customised communications sources and includes operators of teleports and satellite fleets. In order from largest to smallest, the Global Top Twenty of 2016 are:
1.Intelsat S.A. (Luxembourg)
2.SES (Luxembourg)
3.Eutelsat (France)
4.EchoStar Satellite Services (USA)
5.Telesat (Canada)
7.Harris CapRock (USA) *
8.Telespazio S.p.A. (Italy)
9.SingTel Satellite (Singapore)
10.Thaicom Public Company Ltd (Thailand)
11.Encompass Digital Media (USA) *
12.Hispasat (Spain)
13.Arqiva Broadcast & Media (UK) *
14.Optus (Australia)
15.AsiaSat (China)
16.SpeedCast (China) *
17.Globecomm (USA) *
18.MEASAT (Malaysia)
19.Telenor Satellite (Norway)
20.Telstra Corporation (Australia) *

* Independent: does not operate satellite capacity

The Fast Twenty

The Fast Twenty ranks all teleport-operating companies based on year-over-year revenue growth in their most recent fiscal years. Emerging Markets Communications was the fastest of the fast with 48 per cent growth. Ranked by revenue growth, the Fast Twenty of 2016 are:

Growth Rate
1. GEE/ EMC (Emerging Markets Communications) (USA) * 48%
2. SpeedCast (China) * 38%
3. Global Data Systems (USA) * 29%
4. Belgacom Int’l Carrier Services (BICS) (Belgium) * 23%
5. Gazprom Space Systems (Russia) 21%
6. Satellite Mediaport Services (UK) 15%
7. STN (Slovenia) * 14%
8. MEASAT (Malaysia) 13%
9. PlanetCast Media Services (India) * 12%
10. Milano Teleport S.p.A. (Italy) * 11%
11. Media Broadcast (Germany) * 10%
12. Hispasat (Spain) 9%
13. Santander Teleport (Spain) 6%
14. du (UAE) * 6%
15. Thaicom Public Company Ltd (Thailand) 5%
16. SES (Luxembourg) 5%
17. Telenor Satellite (Norway) 5%
18. Onlime (Germany) * 4%
19. Eutelsat (France) 4%
20. Telstra Corporation (Australia) * 3%

Inclined orbit satellites can now be worth millions

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/09/inclined-orbit-satellites-can-now-be-worth-millions/

Communications satellites generally have an in-orbit lifetime of about 15-17 years. During this period they are deliberately maintained at a precise orbital position, which means they are perfect for DTH transmission to millions of receiving dishes despite being at some 37,000 kms above the Earth.

However, at the end of this full operational life, the satellite can be allowed to drift slightly out of its geostationary orbit. It means the satellite is no longer good for conventional DTH transmission. Such satellites still have a use, albeit limited, and this low-cost usage tends to be for ground-based users with more sophisticated ground antennas capable of following the North/South drift of the satellite. Over time, the inclined or eccentric orbit will extend until the satellite is truly out of life and it will be placed into a graveyard orbit out of harm’s way.

However, this financial model looks like it is about to change, and perhaps dramatically improve the fortunes of large satellite operators, many of which have a ‘fleet’ of these very aging craft.

The saviour is the airline industry, and in particular a new breed of satellite clients which beam broadband and video signals to aircraft passengers. These ‘direct to seat’ services do not wholly depend on expensively maintained geostationary satellites but can happily use an ‘inclined’ orbit satellite that’s well past its nominal life.

One new financial example occurred on January 4th when Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) bought the entire bandwidth which is operating in an inclined orbit over North America. GEE paid $50 million for the satellite’s capacity, which will be used for its ‘direct to seat’ services for Southwest Airlines.

Industry rumours suggest the satellite is SES’s AMC-3 satellite, launched in September 1997 (and thus some 19 years old. Currently, the satellite is at 73 degrees West. GEE is a major client for SES and Intelsat.

GEE is not alone in using satellites for its aircraft services. Panasonic Avionics, Gogo, and Thales LiveTV all have similar in-flight services, and could prove to be extremely valuable clients for satellite operators both in terms of ‘conventional’ broadcasting as well as inclined orbit usage.

Germany: New Dreambox for “total TV” experience

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/09/germany-new-dreambox-for-total-tv-experience/

The new generation of digital terrestrial television, DVB-T2 HD, kicks off in Germany on March 23rd. The new DM525 COMBO will allow all viewers to enjoy the greater selection of programmes, with images in Full HD, without having to do without the huge range of choices of satellite television or of his cable connection.

The Dreambox comes equipped with the hybrid tuner for DVB-C/T2 as well as with a DVB-S2 receiver unit. The loop-through input allows you to record one programme while at the same time viewing another channel. Naturally, the DM525 COMBO features the hardware and software capability typical of Dreambox.

India: NBA streams live game on Facebook

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/09/india-nba-streams-live-game-on-facebook/

The NBA stream a regular-season game via Facebook Live for the first time on January 2nd across India.

Sunday’s game, which saw the Sacramento Kings lose against the Golden State Warriors, was available to fans in India across the Facebook pages of the Kings, the NBA and The Warriors.

The Facebook stream featured the league’s newly released “NBA Mobile View” feed, delivering a closer shot of the action optimised for viewing on tablet and phone screens.

Warriors President & COO Rick Welts commented: “We are always looking for ways to utilise technology for opportunities to connect with our diverse group of fans throughout the world and are thrilled to engage with our followers in India.”

TataSky claims Indian DTH leadership

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/09/tatasky-claims-indian-dth-leadership/

India’s TataSky, backed in part by Rupert Murdoch, is claiming leadership in terms of the number of DTH channels on offer to subscribers.

TataSky says its subscribers can view more than 600 channels and services. As at December 2016 it was offering 483 standard-definition and 76 HDTV channels. Additional to this total are another 31 Value Added services, 15 other ‘special’ SD and HD movie services, plus 9 other exclusive feeds.

Tata Sky chief communications officer Malay Dikshit said, “Consumers in India consider the number of channels provided by an entertainment platform to be among the second-biggest reason to make their purchase decisions. Tata Sky is leaving no stone unturned to offer the maximum number of channels and services to its subscribers.

However, TataSky’s channel count leadership is slim. Dish TV supplies 585 channels, while Videocon d2h offers a total of 570 channels and services, while Airtel Digital supplies 520 channels in its latest count.


Optus D2 12706 V Karbala Satellite Channel has left

Monday afternoon feeds

D1 12634 V Sr 7200 Fec 2/3 "ATN 7SNV1" tennis? 422
D1 12643 V Sr 7200 Fec 4/5 "perth bucky" Fire reporter

Sunday feeds

D2 12661 V Sr 7500 Fec 3/4 "tbs 7" Cycling

D2 12670 V Sr 7500 Fec 3/4 "Telstra Broadcast" Horses
D2 12679 V Sr 7500 Fec 3/4 "astra 3 path 1"

D1 12643 V Sr 7200 "SAS7 SEN-915"

Sunday evening feeds

Asiasat 5 3847 V Sr 7200 "shanghai sng" China Volleyball league

Asiasat 5 3907 H Sr 7200 "enc_1" Asean Basketball
Asiasat 5 3937 V Sr 7200 "abl sg vs my" Asean Basketball

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From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 4080 V "Hits" has left .

Telstar 18 138.0E 3735 H "GMA Life TV, GMA Pinoy TV Asia-Pacific and GMA News TV International" have started on , PowerVu.
Telstar 18 138.0E 3820 V HBO Hits, HBO Signature Asia, HBO Family Asia, HBO Malaysia and HBO Taiwan have started on, MediaCipher. Warner TV Asia has left.

AsiaSat 4 122.2E 12414 V "Da Ai 2 and Taiwan Macroview TV" have left .

Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V CTS News Info has started on , encrypted. TTV, TTV Variety and TTV News have left.

Palapa D 113.0E 12590 H "Aniworld Satellite TV has replaced K-Drama" on , Irdeto.
Palapa D 113.0E 12710 H "Hunan TV has replaced Lejel Home Shopping Live" on , Irdeto.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "Colombo TV" has left.
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4148 V "ZTTV" has started on , Fta.

SES 8 95.0E 12110 H Zing Asia, HBN, News Nation, 9X Jalwa, Live India, Sanskar TV, Dhamaal, News State and Peace of Mind TV have left .
Mazhavil Manorama, We, Sankara TV, Bhakthi TV, CGTN, Kashish News, Captain TV, ABN, Angel TV India, Makkal TV, Kalaignar Murasu TV and Fashion TV India are now encrypted.

ST 2 88.0E 3632 V "Videoland HD" has left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "MK News has replaced Shalini Plus" on, Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Bioscope 24 TV has replaced Gram Bangla" on , fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 12715 H TBN Asia, Hillsong Channel, Apostolic Oneness Network, Kanal 10 Asia, Celebration TV and SBN International have left .

Intelsat 902 62.0E 11001 V "Kermanshah TV, Kordestan TV and Ilam TV" have started on , Fta.
Intelsat 902 62.0E 11005 V "Mazandaran TV and Golestan TV" have started on , Fta.
Intelsat 902 62.0E 11008 V "Kerman TV, Khalij-e Fars TV and Hamoon TV" have started on ,Fta.
Intelsat 902 62.0E 11011 V "Semnan TV" has left .
Intelsat 902 62.0E 11012 V "Qazvin TV and Guilan TV" have started on ,Fta.
Intelsat 902 62.0E 11019 V "Khozestan TV and Aflak TV" have started on , Fta. Jahanbin TV has left
Intelsat 902 62.0E 11022 V "Fars TV, Boushehr TV and Dena TV "have started on Fta.
Intelsat 902 62.0E 11022 V "Qazvin TV and Guilan TV" have left .
Intelsat 902 62.0E 11029 V Khorasan Razavi TV, Khorasan Shomali TV and Khorasan Jonoobi TV have started on ,Fta. Qom TV, Aftab TV and Hamedan TV have left.

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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Smart TV(蒙古)频道消失,设置12690 H 43200参数无效接收。 [1月9日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Viceland、B4U Movies(ABS)等全组频道加密,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [1月9日]

东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Thairath HD、3 SD(泰国)频道重现,设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。 [1月8日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,NBT HD(高清)频道新增,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。 [1月8日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,大爱二台、宏观卫视(台亚卫星)频道消失,设置12416 V 43200参数无效接收。 [1月8日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Cel-Mal、Vil-Fcb(传送)频道新增,设置4156 V 22500参数有条件接收。 [1月8日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,3 SD、Thairath HD(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11838 V 45000参数无效接收。 [1月8日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,NHK World TV HD(HEVC)频道新增,设置11838 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月8日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,NHK World TV HD(HEVC)频道消失,设置11758 V 45000参数无效接收。 [1月8日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Kanal 10(ABS)频道重现,设置12523 H 30000参数免费接收。 [1月8日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星Ku频段,湖南卫视替换Lejel Home Shopping Live(MPEG-4)频道,设置12710 H 29900参数有条件接收。 [1月8日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星Ku频段,金鹰卡通替换K-Drama(MPEG-4)频道,设置12590 H 29900参数有条件接收。 [1月8日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,动物星球(Skynindo)频道新增,设置4140 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月8日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,华视新闻资讯替换客家电视(Skynindo)频道,设置4100 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月8日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Thairath HD替换NBT HD(泰国)频道,设置11758 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月8日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,True Sg HD(泰国)频道消失,设置4120 H 30000参数无效接收。 [1月7日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,GMA Life TV(菲律宾)等全组频道改频率,设置3736 H 4444参数有条件接收。 [1月7日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Afghan TV(阿富汗)频道新增,设置4037 V 1427参数免费接收。 [1月7日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-4、Trace Sport Star(ABS)等全组频道解密,设置11165 H 44000参数免费接收。 [1月7日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Colombo TV(斯里兰卡)频道消失,设置3960 H 30000参数无效接收。 [1月7日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Box TV、Soyuz(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11913 V 45000参数无效接收。 [1月7日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,History HD、AXN HD(Sky Direct)等全组频道加密,设置12571 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月7日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,幼儿教育(鼎视传媒)频道消失,设置3600 V 27500参数无效接收。 [1月7日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Cinemo、GMA 7(Sky Direct)等全组频道加密,设置12531 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月7日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Khong Dee替换B-Xcite(泰国)频道,设置11838 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月7日]

东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Planet News替换1 Yes(印度)频道,设置3756 H 13333参数免费接收。 [1月6日]


Poor weather delays SpaceX rocket launch five days

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Poor_weather_delays_SpaceX_rocket_launch_five_days_999.html

SpaceX's planned rocket launch was delayed five days until Jan. 14 because of bad weather.

The launch was originally scheduled for 10:22 a.m. Monday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

SpaceX, owned by Elon Musk, announced Sunday on Twitter: "Launch moving due to high winds and rains at Vandenberg. Other range conflicts this week results in next available launch date being Jan 14."

The company set a new launch time of 9:54 a.m. with a backup date one day later for the Falcon 9 carrying 10 Iridium Communications satellites.

Iridium chief executive Matt Desch tweeted Sunday: "Bad weather the cause. Anti-rain dances didn't work -- oh well. Cal needs rain?"

On Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorized SpaceX's Commercial Space Transportation License. SpaceX launches have been suspended since Sept. 1, after a massive explosion during a prelaunch test at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Fla. destroyed launch equipment and a $95 million satellite owned by Facebook.

On Jan. 2, SpaceX announced the conclusion of a four-month investigation that found the explosion "likely" resulted from buckling in tanks that store gaseous helium to pressurize propellant tanks. The company plans to reconfigure its helium tanks and load the gas at a warmer temperature.

SpaceX hopes to launch again in Florida on Jan. 26 at Kennedy Space Center's pad 39A; Launch Complex 40 remains out of commission.

China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

From http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/09/c_135967088.htm

JIUQUAN, Gansu, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- The rocket Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) has sent three satellites into space in its first commercial mission on Monday.

The rocket, carrying the satellite JL-1 and two CubeSats XY-S1 and Caton-1, blasted off from northwestern China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at around 12:11 p.m. Monday Beijing Time, according to a statement from the center.

The KZ-1A was developed from the Kuaizhou-1 rocket with improvements in adaptability. It is a low-cost solid-fuelled carrier rocket with high reliability and short preparation period and was designed to launch low-orbit satellites weighing under 300 kg.

The JL-1 is a multifunctional remote-sensing satellite providing high-definition video images which is expected to be used for land resource and forestry surveying, environmental protection, transport and disaster prevention and relief purposes.

The XY-S1 and Caton-1 are experimental satellites to test technologies of low-orbit narrow-band communication and VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) respectively.

A rocket technology company under the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation was responsible for the launch mission. The success of the mission marks the company's capability of providing flexible, convenient, quick and economical launch services for domestic and overseas clients, said the statement.

GEE What A Purchase... Global Eagle Entertainment Shops for a Satellite

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=114421310

Due to the company's needs, Global Eagle Entertainment CEO Dave Davis stated, “Given the increased need for capacity in North America, we’ve actually done a deal with our largest supplier to purchase essentially an entire satellite.”

He shared this information with his investors in New York at the 19th Annual Needham Growth Conference adding that the company needed the capacity to support the growth of in-flight connectivity services, in particular for Southwest Airlines, its largest customer.

In a December 1 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Global Eagle said it was “in discussions with a leading satellite provider to purchase satellite transponders for an estimated price of approximately $50 million,” to support a large aviation-connectivity customer. That news was part of the company’s announcement that it was seeking new credit facilities.

Although Davis didn't specify, it's general knowledge that Global Eagle has leased large amounts of capacity from Intelsat and SES, as well as Arabsat. The ownership of the satellite will remain with the unnamed fleet operator, but Global Eagle will have access to all of its capacity. Rather than leasing capacity for a set amount of time, the purchase will prove to be a smarter financial move enabling substantial cost savings.

Davis added, “How do you decide to make a capital purchase versus continue to lease? We took a hard look at the satellite, had a third-party appraiser come in and give us an estimated useful life ... and then you look at how much we are paying for the satellite, our actual cost per megahertz is less than half of what we could get if we were leasing.”

4K UHD ATSC 3.0 TVs from LG

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/09/4k-uhd-atsc-3-0-tvs-from-lg/

LG Electronics (LG) is introducing the first ATSC 3.0-enabled 4K Ultra HD TVs to support the US-wide deployment of the next-gen TV broadcast standard in South Korea. Starting spring 2017 – in advance of the 2018 Winter Olympics – new 2017 models of LG 4K Ultra HD TVs and large-screen LG smart TVs sold in Korea will have both ATSC 3.0 and ATSC 1.0 tuners.

One of these new models – a 65-inch class LG LED TV with an embedded second-generation ATSC 3.0 tuner displayed 4K UHD high-dynamic range (HDR) broadcast programming at CES. LG also demonstrated ATSC 3.0’s advanced electronic service guide capabilities. They include broadcast video-on-demand and a programme guide delivered by the ROUTE (Real-Time Object Delivery over Unidirectional Transport) protocol specified in the nearly-finalised ATSC 3.0 standard.

LG Electronics is launching the first ATSC 3.0-equipped 4K Ultra HD TVs in Korea as SBS and other Korean broadcasters begin next-gen TV broadcasting this spring in advance of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

LG’s early introduction of ATSC 3.0-enabled TVs builds on the company’s key role in the development of the ATSC 3.0 suite of standards, especially the approved A/322 Physical Layer Standard at the heart of the new broadcast system that will merge the capabilities of broadcast and broadband for the first time.

Core technologies developed by LG and its U.S. R&D lab Zenith are included in the majority of the ATSC 3.0 Physical Layer Standard. LG contributions to the A/322 transmission system include the scrambler, forward error correction, bit interleaver, mapper, time interleaver, OFDM framer, frequency interleaver, pilots, reserved tones, and guard interval functions.

Anticipated by its proponents to redefine TV broadcasting for decades to come, the Internet Protocol-based ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard will deliver 4K UHD services, robust reception on mobile devices and improved spectrum efficiency. The increased payload capacity of the physical layer combined with HEVC encoding will allow broadcasters more options when planning their broadcast services. A majority of the ATSC 3.0 suite of standards has been approved or is in the final stages of approval, expected to be completed this spring.

Development of ATSC 3.0 technologies represents the latest LG/Zenith innovation in digital television, which also includes key technologies in the A/153 Mobile Digital TV Standard adopted by the industry in 2009. Zenith also invented the core transmission system at the heart of today’s ATSC A/53 Digital Television Standard, approved by the US Federal Communications Commission in 1996.

“In parallel with our extensive standards development work with the ATSC, LG has been collaborating with Korean broadcasters and the Korean government to support the next-gen TV launch this year,” said Brian Kwon, president of the LG Home Entertainment Company. “The combination of the latest ATSC 3.0 chipset with our industry-leading LG 4K OLED and LG SUPER UHD displays will deliver the promise of next-gen TV for consumers in Korea. Early availability of ATSC 3.0 products in Korea also sets the stage to support US broadcasters’ next-gen TV rollout plans in 2018 and beyond,” he added.

Intelsat swaps $400m of debt

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/06/intelsat-swaps-400m-of-debt/

Satellite operator Intelsat has successfully exchanged some $403.3 million (€380.9m) of debt, due for repayment in 2018, for new higher interest-bearing Notes that will now fall due in 2024.

The $403 million accepted and re-issued represents 80.7 per cent of the 2018 debt (at 6.75 per cent) on offer. The other remaining debt-holders have until January 19th to accept the terms on offer, and the offer will expire on January 20th.


Sunday, no update


Satuday, no update


Not much to finish the week on

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AsiaSat 7 105.5E E News has left 3699 V.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E Life HD has left 3750 V.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E D TV Gold has left 3880 H.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E Global TV has left 4082 H.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E As TV has left 4146 H.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E Sargam TV has left 4165 H.

Intelsat 906 64.2E 3765 R ITV has left .

Intelsat 904 60.0E 3744 R OnMax and Wazobia Max Lagos have started on , clear. OnTV and Wazobia TV have left.
Intelsat 904 60.0E 4047 R Wazobia Max Lagos, Lumen Christi TV Network, Arewa 24, Wap TV, ITV, Liberty TV, Tiwa 'n' Tiwa, Rave TV, Core TV News, R2 TV and Spice have started on , Fta.

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东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Flowers、Magna TV(阿联酋)等全组频道消失,设置11356 V 44900参数无效接收。 [1月6日]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,探索频道(高清)频道新增,设置3740 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月5日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,FOX Thai HD(HEVC)频道新增,设置11838 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月5日]
东经169度轨道位置的国际8号卫星Ku频段,Fuji TV One、卫星剧场(日本)等全组频道消失,设置12326 H 30000参数无效接收。 [1月5日]
东经169度轨道位置的国际8号卫星Ku频段,J Sports 4、LaLa TV(日本)等全组频道消失,设置12287 H 30000参数无效接收。 [1月5日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Big Magic HD(印度)等全组频道解密,设置3891 V 11838参数免费接收。 [1月5日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,ETV Gujarati、ETV Oriya(印度)频道加密,设置3805 H 28500参数有条件接收。 [1月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,ANC、AXN HD(Sky Direct)等全组频道解密,设置12571 V 30000参数免费接收。 [1月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Cinemo、HBO HD(Sky Direct)等频道解密,设置12531 V 30000参数免费接收。 [1月5日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sony Entertainment TV (高清)频道消失,设置4180 V 30000参数无效接收。 [1月5日]


CapRock sale to Speedcast completes

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/05/caprock-sale-to-speedcast-completes/

The sale of Harris Corp’s subsidiary CapRock Communications to Speedcast International, has closed.

Harris announced the sale of CapRock to Hong-Kong and Australia-based Speedcast last October, for $425 million (€404.8m) in cash. The sale has now wrapped.

The sale places Speedcast as one of the world’s largest satellite communications networks, with an especially large presence in the maritime market with connectivity to some 6200 vessels and off-shore oil platforms.

“With this acquisition, SpeedCast becomes the global leader in the industry, with a scale that enables us to deliver world-class services and support in over 100 countries,” said SpeedCast CEO Pierre-Jean Beylier.

Speedcast is seemingly getting something of a bargain in the price paid considering that Harris bought CapRock only in 2010 and paid $525 million for the business. Harris says it will use the funds to pay down corporate debt and return cash to shareholders.

China opens busy year for space with launch of experimental comms sat

From http://gbtimes.com/china/china-opens-busy-year-space-launch-experimental-comms-sat

China has opened what promises to be a busy year for space with the launch of the TJS-2 experimental communications technology satellite to geostationary orbit on Thursday.

A Long March 3B carrier rocket lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwestern China at 23:18 Beijing time (15:18 UTC).

State media confirmed the launch successful an hour after launch, describing the satellite as part of a new generation of high-capacity communications and broadcasting test satellite.

There is little information about the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology-developed satellite, which is understood to be TJS-2 (Tongxin Jishu Shiyan Weixing Er Hao), making it the second in a series of classified launches.

A similarly secretive Long March 3B launch in September 2015 carried a satellite that Chinese state media stated would be mainly used to test Ka frequency broadband communication.

However, other sources note rumours surrounding the mission, unofficially referred to as TJS-1, that suggested it could be part of an experimental early warning satellite program.

Thursday's launch was the 245th overall for the Long March rocket series. China's first satellite, Dong Fang Hong-1, was launched on a Long March 1 rocket on April 24, 1970.

China closes 2016, opens 2017

China's previous launch, which closed global launch activities for 2016, saw a launch issue with the Long March 2D rocket leave the two 500kg SuperView-1 high-resolution imaging satellites and a cubesat in an orbit with a low perigee of just over 200 km that would likely mean reentry into the Earth's atmosphere within months.

The SuperView-1 01 and 02 satellites have since performed a number of burns to raise their perigees to near the intended orbits of 483 x 529 km and 518 x 536 km.

On-orbit testing has started, with SuperView, owned by a subsidiary of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the main contractor for the space program, due to release the first images in the near future.

The next Chinese launch is expected to be a solid-fuelled Kuaizhou-1A, scheduled January 9, carrying a Jilin-1 video satellite and a range of other payloads (Chinese).

China plans record year in 2017

Having set a national record 22 launches in a massive year for the Chinese space program, CASC is looking to launch near 30 times in 2017, with China's CASIC, the main missile maker, also likely to add a number of orbital launches.

Major missions planned include sending the new Tianzhou-1 cargo craft to the Tiangong-2 space lab in April to test refuelling technologies for a future space station, and the Chang'e-5 lunar sample return late in the year - the first such mission for over four decades.

Among other launches expected during the year are the Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT) space science probe, a mid-year launch of a Long March 5 heavy-lift rocket to test a new, large model of geostationary satellite, and a host of remote sensing, weather and communications satellites, including some to be used by the People's Liberation Army.

The Chang'e-5 reentry capsule (r) and ascent module (background) undergoing testing (Framegrab/CCTV).
Above: The Chang'e-5 reentry capsule (r) and ascent module (background) undergoing testing (Framegrab/CCTV).

China's international commercial contract launches in 2017 are set to involve the lofting of satellites for Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela (September).

Much of the Chinese launch schedule has not been announced, due to China running a relatively closed space program, while the global calendar will start with a busy January.

Planned launches for American companies - SpaceX, 31, United Launch Alliance, 14, and Orbital ATK, 4 - coupled with Russia aiming for 29 of their own, mean 2017 will be a year crowded with space launches.

Only DVB-T2/HEVC TV sets on sale in Italy

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/05/only-dvb-t2hevc-tv-sets-on-sale-in-italy/

As of January 1st, the sale of TV sets with DVB-T/MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 encoding is no longer allowed in Italy.

Retailers can market only TV sets with tuner compatible with the new second-generation digital terrestrial standard DVBT-2/HEVC, which allows for more efficient use of frequencies by an estimated 30 per cent compression of the signal.

By opting for the DVBT-2/HEVC standard, Italy has averted a double migration (the first to the DVB-T2 MPEG-4 and the second to the DVB-T2 HEVC), with the consequent need for viewers to purchase new receivers in a very short time.

According to estimates by the Association of Radio and TV Broadcasters (CRTV), of the approximately 48 million TV receivers in Italian homes in March 2016, only 6 per cent were capable of receiving the new standard with a replacement rate of between 4 and 6 million pieces per year.

The transition to the new technology is an obligation under the planned migration at EU level of the 700 MHz band to mobile broadband expected by 2020-2022.

In Italy, the band is occupied in over 60 per cent of the cases by national network operators, while the rest is almost entirely used by local stations, with some rights of use expiring in 2032.

The transaction will be gradual until 2022 all the main channels will be transmitted in simulcast.


Thursday evening feed

Intelsat 19 12432 H Sr 7500 Fec 5/6 "STS 12 Enc/ Mod 1" FTA NBL Feed

Planned Satellite Launches in the Asia Pacific region for 2017

Telkom 3S Ariane 5 - VA235 Kourou 118.0°E 10 Ku tps and 32 C tps will replace Telkom 2
Koreasat 5A Falcon 9 Cape Canaveral 113.0°E
G-Sat 9 GSLV Sriharikota 83.0°E 12 Ku tps
G-Sat 11 Ariane 5 Kourou 74.0°E 12 Ku tps and 36 C tps will replace Insat 3C
G-Sat 19E GSLV Sriharikota
G-Sat 17 Ariane 5 Kourou
Koreasat 7 Ariane 5 Kourou 116.0°E
ChinaSat 16 Long March 3BE Xichang 110.5°E
PSN 6 Falcon 9 Cape Canaveral 146.0°E 18 Ku tps and 38 C tps
Eutelsat 172B Ariane 5 Kourou 172.0°E 36 Ku tps and 14 C tps
G-Sat 6A GSLV Sriharikota
AsiaSat 9 Proton Baikonur 122.0°E 32 Ku tps and 28 C tps will replace AsiaSat 4 S Günes
Express AMU2 Proton Baikonur 103.0°E 80 C- and Ku tps
Geo Kompsat 2A 128.2°E weather satellite SLT
BSAT 4A Ariane 5 Kourou 24 Ku tps
Superbird 8 Ariane 5 Kourou
ABS 8 116.0°E 50 tps will replace ABS 7
Bangabandhu 1 Falcon 9 Cape Canaveral 119.1°E
SES 12 Ariane 5 Kourou 95.0°E 138 Ku tps and 19 Ka tps will replace NSS 6 and be co-located with SES 8

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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Channel D替换八大娱乐(台亚卫星)频道,设置3700 V 33000参数有条件接收。 [1月4日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Null(测试)等2个频道消失,设置4148 V 11852参数无效接收。 [1月4日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Bioscope24 TV替换Gram Bangla(以色列)频道,设置3769 H 13333参数免费接收。 [1月4日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Bharat Samachar(印度)频道新增,设置3920 H 13000参数免费接收。 [1月4日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,中童卫视、功夫卫视(澳门)等频道新增,设置3727 V 6666参数免费接收。 [1月4日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,CGTN-法语替换华娱卫视(老挝)频道,设置10850 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月4日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,CGTN-西班牙替换TVB 8(老挝)频道,设置10850 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月4日]


Space Is No Longer The Final Frontier For Aussies

From http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/mark-skelsey/space-is-no-longer-the-final-frontier-for-aussies/

We're back in the space race.

December was somewhat of a turning point for this fledgling industry.

For decades, Australia has been left behind in the space race.

With no dedicated launch facility, nor a dedicated government space agency, Australia has looked on as overseas multinational companies and governments have dominated space-related travel and commercial opportunities.

Now, a group of innovators based in and around Sydney are helping Australia back into the space industry, as part of a growing movement to "democratise" space and open it up to everyday entrepreneurs and enthusiasts.

The month of December proved to be something of a turning point for this fledgling industry.

On December 10, Sydney-based company Cuberider helped launch Australia's first payload to the International Space Station. The lift-off carried experiments designed by 1,000 students. Cuberider is founded by two 23-year-old Sydney university students.

On 19 December, another Sydney-based company had its satellite operations software certified by an international space advocacy body. Saber Astronautics, which is based in Chippendale in Sydney's inner-west and Colorado in the United States, has developed an early version of software which allows a person to plan a satellite mission and then operate this satellite while in space.

This software has now been certified by the Space Foundation, a 33-year-old organisation based in the United States which seeks to advocate and promote space-related endeavours. The Space Foundation described the software as "a uniquely ingenious product, combining space technology and elements of education".

At this stage, the early version of the software launched in September 2016 is largely limited to allowing someone to work out where, and how, to fly their satellite, before getting a live feed from the satellite in space. This live feed can help with identifying space weather and radiation and problems with the craft.

In the near future, it is hoped that the software will be able to guide the satellite's movements while in space.

Opening up space to small businesses and enthusiasts

Saber CEO Dr Jason Held said that launching and operating a satellite is already becoming a more affordable option for entrepreneurs, enthusiasts and students.

"I know of commercial satellites launched into space which have been funded for less than $150,000 on a crowd-funding campaign," he said. "To put that into perspective, that's half the cost of a juice bar franchise."

Low-cost satellites, he said, are being used by entrepreneurs to deliver broad-scale imagery to assist the agriculture and mining industry and to help professional services firms such as land valuers and financiers.

There is also the potential for satellites to play a role in the "internet of things" industry by helping to connect and track devices and objects -- particularly where there is no or limited mobile reception.

"If you can't get cell phone reception, then what are you going to use?" he said. "For this reason, there is no question that the data highway of the 21st century is space."

The issue, according to Dr Held, is that while it is getting cheaper to launch satellites, it is still proving difficult to operate them while in space.

"The 'do-it-yourself' movement often do well with developing the satellite but can struggle with the outdated operational tools, many of which are text based and hard to learn," he said.

That's where Saber's software comes in, by using video game style technology to allow people to plan, track and, in the future control, their satellite.

"Our aim is the democratisation of space, where anyone, regardless of background, can bring their innovation, ideas, and talent to market," he said.

The Australian space industry

Saber is part of the growing, and somewhat unlikely, Australian space industry. In the 1950s and '60s, Australia was regarded as a space industry leader, alongside the United States and Russia. In fact, during this era, students from Melbourne even launched a low-earth orbit satellite and European-built rockets were tested in South Australia.

However, the early potential quickly faded. Until recently, Australia has been regarded as a space industry laggard with no launch facilities nor a dedicated space agency. A group of enthusiastic startup companies and students are now ignoring the government policy and funding vacuum to deal Australia back into the space race.

Dr Held said in the order of 30 new companies involved in satellite technology have been founded in Australia in the past two years, which compares favourably to the 100 or so similar companies in the United States.

"I think Australia also has a larger proportion of space companies as part of our start-up community, compared to other hubs around the world such as California, New York, London or Tel Aviv," he said.

"What's more, our industry I think is growing faster than these other hubs."

Dr Held said that the Australian civil space industry is mainly focussed on Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne, with Canberra and Adelaide having the strongest defence space focus.

Saber is one of the founding members, along with the Universities of NSW and Sydney, of the Delta-V space industry alliance which is seeking to grow the Australian space industry.

One active participant in this alliance is Andreas Antoniades, who this year formed his company Obelisk Systems which is based at Maitland in the Hunter Valley, north of Sydney. His company produces hardware to insert into Cubesats, which are small miniaturised satellites, usually no more than 1.3kg in weight. It also developed the original 'Asimov' educational modules, and helped with preliminary mission development, for Cuberider.

Antoniades finished his electrical engineering and business degree at the University of Newcastle in 2015. He said he was attracted to the space industry for the same reasons as Dr Held -- to try to make it more accessible to amateurs and innovators.

"Back in 2013, I was frustrated that you couldn't get into space for less than $250,000 and therefore wrote my thesis on affordable space hardware," he said.

He said the space industry in Australia is now "phenomenally upbeat", despite the lack of formal government support.

"Space is an inspirational field, every time you mention space to anyone they get excited," he said.

"It is the space industry in Australia which is now producing the necessary infrastructure and proving the business model -- we are not waiting for government validation."

Antoniades said one big benefit of space-related entrepreneurship is that it tends to produce innovations which benefit the broader economy. He cited the role that GPS technology -- developed in the 1990s from a network of satellites -- now plays in our daily lives.

Antoniades said he benefits from being close to advanced manufacturing facilities and a strong innovation community in Newcastle, along with having far lower business costs compared to Sydney.

JSAT and Arianespace Sign On To Go Up Together

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=691763984

News of an agreement for production of a communications satellite for Japan, courtesy of builder, Lockheed Martin and launch services of Arianespace. Today's contract reflects the transaction between SKY Perfect JSAT and Arianespace.

On January 4, 2017 Arianespace announced a launch service contract with SKY Perfect JSAT for JCSAT-17. It will be launched by an Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Center, French Guiana, in 2019.

SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation's Representative Director, President and Chief Executive Officer, Shinji Takada, has concluded a contract for a launch service for its JCSAT-17 communications satellite with Arianespace's Chairman and CEO, Stéphane Israël.

With this launch, built by Lockheed Martin based on the A2100 platform, JCSAT-17’s main coverage zone will be Eastern Asia, including Japan, whereby their aim is to maintain stable and high-quality satellite communications services.

Since the launch of JCSAT-1 in 1989, SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation and Arianespace have worked together with this new satellite being the thirty-first Japanese satellite launch contract awarded to Arianespace.

After the signature, Stéphane Israël, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace said, "We are proud and honored to announce this new contract two weeks after the successful launch of our 19th satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT. This choice once again reflects the exceptional partnership of more than 25 years between Arianespace and the largest commercial satellite operator in Asia. Thanks to SKY Perfect JSAT for its trust, which is a clear recognition of the quality and the competitiveness of our launch services.”




Eutelsat scales up Ultra HD content

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/04/eutelsat-scales-up-ultra-hd-content/

One day ahead of the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, where Ultra HD is set to be a continuing hot trend, satellite operator Eutelsat Communications has confirmed the launch of two new Ultra HD channels at its popular HOTBIRD video neighbourhood. Fashion TV’s new Ultra HD channel, FTV UHD and Travelxp 4K, the world’s first 4K travel channel, have concluded multi-year contracts with Eutelsat to leverage HOTBIRD’s market-leading penetration into cable and IPTV networks across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

FTV UHD made its debut on HOTBIRD on 23 December while Travelxp 4K starts broadcasting from January, 2017. Both channels have selected HEVC encoding with 10bits of colour depth (one billion colours), at 50 frames per second.

The strong image and awareness of the Fashion TV brand projects a unique, cosmopolitan and modern style. Building on the one-of-a-kind Fashion TV brand, FTV UHD is setting a new standard in fashion and lifestyle broadcasting through original programming on style and trends offered with exceptional image quality.

“Since the launch of our first fashion-themed channel on a Eutelsat satellite in 1997 we have developed a unique and comprehensive brand with high-quality broadcasting at its core,” stated FTV UHD’s CEO, Michel Adam Lisowski. “We made the leap to High Definition ten years after the launch of our first digital channel on Eutelsat’s fleet. Today, we are excited to pursue our commitment to the highest quality of broadcasting standards through an Ultra HD channel offering Eutelsat’s HOTBIRD homes exceptional images of the latest fashion events from around the world. Eutelsat is our fashionable and lucky HOTBIRD.”

Available in seven languages, Travelxp 4K, features hundreds of hours of world class travel programmes filmed all over the world. The 4K channel follows the success of Travelxp HD, which offers 100 per cent originally-produced premium travel and lifestyle programming distributed to over 50 million homes globally. It will also broadcast in 10 bits REC 2020 colour space using the new HDR (High Dynamic Range) standard developed by the BBC and NHK that creates richer and more dynamic images by increasing the contrast ratio between the lightest and darkest areas of the screen and expanding the volume of colours displayed. This standard uses HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) technology, enabling legacy Standard Dynamic (SDR) displays to decode the HDR standard.

“Travelxp 4K is all about bringing the world to homes in stunning resolution,” explained Travelxp 4K’ CEO, Prashant Chothani. “Ten bit REC 2020 with HLG, HDR will make the viewing experience more immersive and vivid. It’s not just about more pixels in 4K but better pixels. We are proud to reinforce our partnership with Eutelsat and to benefit from their vast knowledge of the Ultra HD broadcasting chain. Joining the HOTBIRD neighbourhood and gaining access to a unique and ethnically diverse population pool is a natural step for us that will fast-track penetration of Travelxp 4K into homes across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.”

“The launch of FTV UHD and Travelxp 4K is new evidence of the move by content producers to Ultra HD,” declared Michel Azibert, Eutelsat’s Chief Commercial and Development Officer. “Their trust in Eutelsat reflects our commitment to delivering service that guarantees viewers an enriched and unrivalled Ultra HD experience. We are proud to support these new channels and look forward to accelerating their distribution across the vast footprint provided by our HOTBIRD video neighbourhood.”

Hulu adds CBS nets to live TV service

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/05/hulu-adds-cbs-nets-to-live-tv-service/

Premium entertainment streaming service Hulu has agreed a comprehensive deal with CBS Corporation to carry America’s most-watched broadcast network, CBS, as well as popular sports and entertainment channels CBS Sports Network and POP, with the potential to add additional networks in the future. All networks in the deal will be available to stream live, with much of their programming available on-demand as well, through Hulu’s new multichannel, live TV streaming service, set to launch in the coming months.

With the addition of the CBS channels, subscribers to Hulu’s new live service will have access to popular programming, including Big Bang Theory, NCIS, Big Brother, Blue Bloods and 60 Minutes, both live and on-demand.

CBS’s sports programming, including the NFL on CBS (all preseason, regular and post-season games broadcast on CBS) and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will also be offered on the new service, as well as news programming and specials, CBS’s leading late night shows and major annual live events such as The Grammys. In addition, the new deal extends Showtime Networks’ existing deal with Hulu in which SHOWTIME is offered as a premium subscription service to those customers who subscribe to Hulu’s live or SVoD service.

“To build a successful live TV service, you have to have viewers’ favorite sports and shows — and CBS’s programming is absolutely vital to that mix,” said Mike Hopkins, CEO of Hulu. “With 21st Century Fox, Disney, Turner and now CBS on board, our new live service will offer one of the most valuable sports, news and entertainment line-ups anywhere – from ESPN, Fox Sports, CBS Sports and TNT to ABC, CBS, FOX and The Disney Channel.”

“We are very pleased to make CBS available on Hulu’s new live TV service,” said Ray Hopkins, President, Television Networks Distribution, CBS Corporation. “Hulu has made it clear that it understands the value that the CBS Television Network, along with Showtime and our basic cable network portfolio, will bring to this new offering. In addition, today’s announcement represents another significant step in our strategy to deliver CBS’s industry leading content to viewers whenever and where ever they want to watch it, at terms that are consistent with the Company’s goals.”

The CBS deal follows Hulu’s recently announced agreements with 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company, which encompassed more than 35 top networks, including broadcast networks FOX and ABC; Fox Sports networks such as the Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2 and BTN; ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN-SEC and ESPN 3; Fox Regional Sports Networks across dozens of key national markets; Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior; Fox News and Fox Business; Freeform; FX, FXX and FXM; and National Geographic and Nat Geo Wild.

Earlier this year, Hulu announced an affiliate agreement with Time Warner Inc. for live and on-demand streaming of Turner’s suite of popular entertainment, sports, news and kids’ networks including TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, Boomerang and Turner Classic Movies.

As a complement to the company’s current ad-supported and ad-free subscription video on demand products, Hulu’s new service will offer subscribers the most valuable, premium live TV offering on the market in a new user experience. With no set-up costs or installation, it will feature an easy-to-use, intuitive and personalised interface, that brings together live and on-demand news, entertainment and sports, all in one place, across hundreds of living room and mobile devices.

Hulu's live cable TV competitor will cost 'under $40' per month

From http://www.businessinsider.in/hulus-live-cable-tv-competitor-will-cost-under-40-per-month/articleshow/56341991.cms

On Wednesday, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins revealed that the company's upcoming live TV service, a competitor to cable TV, will cost "under $40" per month, Variety reports.

The service will work much like a regular cable or satellite TV package, except that it will be delivered over the internet to your smart TV, phone, tablet, and so on. Though Hopkins didn't specify an exact release date, he said it would launch in a "couple of months," and that the "under $40" price would include both Hulu's existing $7.99-per-month on-demand video library, as well as cloud DVR capabilities.

Hulu's upcoming service will include CBS, notably absent from AT&T's competing DirecTV Now internet TV package.

"To build a successful live TV service, you have to have viewers' favorite sports and shows - and CBS' programming is absolutely vital to that mix," Hopkins said in a statement. "With 21st Century Fox, Disney, Turner and now CBS on board, our new live service will offer one of the most valuable sports, news and entertainment lineups anywhere - from ESPN, Fox Sports, CBS Sports and TNT to ABC, CBS, FOX and The Disney Channel."

Hulu said that all networks in the CBS deal will be available to stream live on the service, and "much of their programming" would also be available on-demand.

Hulu will enter a crowded streaming TV market in 2017. Besides Dish's Sling TV, Sony's Vue, and AT&T's DirecTV Now, YouTube is working on its own package, and Amazon is rumored to be doing the same.

What remains to be seen is exactly how robust Hulu's channel lineup will be. While AT&T's DirecTV Now initially offered a whopping 100+ channels for $35 dollars per month, that tier will begin to cost $60 per month on January 9. The $35 dollar option will include 60+ channels. Hulu's full lineup has not been revealed.

The other big question for Hulu's service will be technical performance. The two big names in the space, Dish's Sling TV and AT&T's DirecTV Now, have been plagued with technical issues, as has Sony's Vue to some extent, though it reportedly has a much smaller subscriber base than Sling.

Samsung Smart TVs integrate Verimatrix forensic watermarking

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/05/samsung-smart-tvs-integrate-verimatrix-forensic-watermarking/

Revenue security and enhancement specialist Verimatrix and Samsung Electronics have announced an expanded partnership to ensure the 2017 line of Samsung Smart TVs comply with the Ultra HD (UHD) and 4K content guidelines set by MovieLabs’ Specifications for Next Generation Video and Enhanced Content Protection. The Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS) Ultra architecture, which includes hardware-based VideoMark forensic watermarking, is integrated with Samsung’s next-generation Smart TV platform to establish a secure chain-of-custody across the UHD ecosystem.

“The proliferation of UHD and 4K content has amplified threats of IP-sourced piracy, putting a direct target on Smart TVs. Therefore, it is essential that emerging technology adopts a balanced integrated approach built around MovieLabs’ requirements to protect UHD and 4K content,” said Petr Peterka, CTO of Verimatrix. “Samsung’s decision to integrate VideoMark watermarking as part of VCAS Ultra optimally positions its future Smart TVs to secure high-quality content, pushing Samsung ahead in the race against piracy.”

According to Verimatrix, through an infrastructure of integrated VideoMark watermarking technology and Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) support, VCAS Ultra presents a formidable barrier to piracy underpinned by three pillars of MovieLabs security requirements – hardware credentials and anchors, a trusted software security environment and forensic watermarking. This multi-pronged approach ensures that UHD and 4K content delivered by Samsung Smart TVs are in full compliance with the mandate through encryption, authentication and device revocation.

India needs extra satellite capacity

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/01/04/india-needs-extra-satellite-capacity/

India’s Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which is the country’s sole source of authorised satellite broadcasting capacity, has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) for a ‘gap-filler’ satellite.

The RFP calls for a satellite – either in orbit now but perhaps nearing the end of its operational life – or for a new satellite that would be in orbit this year, and then leased to ISRO for about three years. ISRO would then re-sell the available capacity to India’s fast-expanding media broadcasters.

ISRO has about a dozen satellites in orbit, and also recognises authorised capacity from operators such as SES. A 2015 study showed that ISRO had some 286 transponders under its control. ISRO has plans to launch five new satellites this year including science missions.

ISRO says it needs more satellite capacity and has 12-18 satellites in the planning stage.

India to launch 103 satellites in record single mission

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/India_to_launch_103_satellites_in_record_single_mission_999.html

India will launch a rocket carrying 103 satellites next month in a record single mission, a report said Wednesday, as its famously frugal space agency looks to zoom ahead in the commercial space race.

The rocket is set to blast off from the southern spaceport of Sriharikota in February carrying three Indian satellites and 100 foreign ones including from the US, France and Germany, the Press Trust of India said.

If successful, India will set a world record as the first country to launch the most satellites in one go and leave behind Russia, which launched 39 satellites in a single mission in June 2014.

"We are making a century by launching over 100 satellites at one go," S. Somnath, a director at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), was quoted as saying at a science convention in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

Another official told AFP that most of the 100 foreign satellites were meant for commercial purposes while the Indian satellites were intended to observe and measure the Earth's atmosphere.

The business of putting commercial satellites into space for a fee is growing as phone, Internet and other companies as well as countries seek greater and more high-tech communications.

India is competing with other international players for a greater share of that launch market, and is known for its low-cost space programme.

Last June, India set a national record after it successfully launched a rocket carrying 20 satellites, including 13 from the US.

In May, it successfully launched its first mini space shuttle as it joined the global race to make reusable rockets.

It sent an unmanned rocket to orbit Mars in 2013 at a cost of just $73 million, compared with NASA's Maven Mars mission which had a $671 million price tag.

ISRO is also mulling the idea of missions to Jupiter and Venus, according to PTI.

"We are looking at other planets that we can explore... two of them are Jupiter and Venus," M. Nageswara Rao, an associate director at ISRO, said Wednesday, adding "it may take few years from now".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has often hailed India's budget space technology, quipping in 2014 that a rocket that launched four foreign satellites into orbit had cost less to make than Hollywood film "Gravity".


Thanks to a remote pc, Teamviewer software and a fibre connection we can now monitor most of the main satellites from 57E to 180E. This means we should be able to provide more updates, screenshots, feed reports and other observations in 2017.

Wednesday feeds

D1 12643 V Sr 7200 Fec 3/4 "7BCS Slot 2 QPSK Low Delay" Showing channel 7 Tennis FTA
D1 12724 V Sr 3749 Fec 2/3 went off before I checked it but probably something for 7

Intelsat 19 12609 V Sr 7000 Fec 5/6 "STS NNA" FTA bars,

Tuesday feed

Asiasat 5 3725 H Sr 22395 Fec 5/6 Shenzen Open Tennis 4 courts, FTA

Interesting link


From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 805 169.0E 4007 V "Australia Channel News has replaced Sky News Australia" on , BISS.

Intelsat 8 169.0E 12286 H Discovery Channel Japan, LaLa TV, Movie Plus, Channel Ginga,TBS Channel 2, Gaora Sports, Fuji TV Next, Space Shower TV and Nihon Eiga Senmon Channel have left
Intelsat 8 169.0E 12326 H J Sports 3, Golf Network, TBS Channel 1, Fuji TV One, Fuji TV Two, Jidaigeki Senmon Channel and TBS Channel 2 have left .

Optus D2 152.0E 12608 H "RTS Satelit" has started on , Fta

Palapa D 113.0E 3600 V "Indonesia Healthy Channel" has left . My Kids is now encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3729 H "TVB 8, TVB Xing He and China Entertainment TV" have left .

Horizons 2 84.8E 11920 H "Vetta 24" has started on , encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "CBN News" has left.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4040 H "High News has replaced News 1 India" on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Movies Max has replaced RSU Wisdom TV" on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "BVN TV Azië" has left again.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3920 H "NBT 2 has replaced NBT TV" on , BISS.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4147 H "NBT 2 has replaced NBT TV" on , BISS.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 4154 H "NBT 2 has replaced NBT TV" on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 11605 V "Oruzhie, Feniks+Kino and Anekdot TV" are Fta.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11356 V Flowers International, Media One Gulf, Magna TV, Jeevan TV, Safari, Jaihind TV, Janam TV, Kaumudy TV, Media One, Reporter, Polimer, Captain TV, Peppers TV, Moon TV, Dheeran TV, MK TV, Tamilan TV, Channel UFX, Deepam TV, Thanthi TV, Polimer News, Captain News, News 7 Tamil and Sathiyam TV have left .

From asiatvro site

东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,KHL TV(俄罗斯)等频道加密,设置12640 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月4日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Viasat History(俄罗斯)等全组频道加密,设置12560 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月4日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,France 24(HEVC)频道新增,设置11838 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月4日]

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Hits(高清)频道消失,设置4080 V 30000参数无效接收。 [1月3日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,TCM(澳洲)频道消失,设置3960 H 27500参数无效接收。 [1月3日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,BeIn Sport 1、BeIn Sport 2(高清)频道消失,设置3920 V 29720参数无效接收。 [1月3日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,纬来精采(高清)频道消失,设置3632 V 30000参数无效接收。 [1月3日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Ashirwad、9X Bajao替换Shalini Plus(印度)等频道,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [1月3日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,TVB8(高清)频道新增,设置12465 H 4284参数有条件接收。 [1月3日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段,TVBS(四画面)等频道消失,设置12293 H 4000参数无效接收。 [1月3日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-9、Bloomberg HD(ABS)等全组频道加密,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [1月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Good TV替换Thai Visons(泰国)频道,设置4040 V 30000参数免费接收。 [1月3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)频道加密,设置12571 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月3日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,台湾艺术台、凯亚替换八大第一(台亚卫星)等频道,设置3700 V 33000参数免费接收。 [1月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD、PBO(Sky Direct)频道加密,设置12531 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月3日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-7、凤凰香港(艺华卫视)等14个频道新增,设置12472 V 33500参数有条件接收。 [1月3日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Moskva 24、Gulli、Zee TV(俄罗斯)等全组频道加密,设置12600 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月3日]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,TVBS(四画面)等频道新增,设置12459 H 4000参数部分免费接收。 [1月2日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,NBA TV(Viva TV)频道消失,设置3717 H 7500参数无效接收。 [1月2日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Eurosport、Eurosport-2(欧洲体育)频道加密,设置12560 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月2日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Andy Haryana(印度)频道新增,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。 [1月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Chokdee TV替换Box Film(泰国)频道,设置4015 V 8333参数有条件接收。 [1月2日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,9X Bajao替换Housefull Action(印度)频道,设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [1月2日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,3 Angels(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11670 H 14400参数无效接收。 [1月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Shamshad TV(阿富汗)频道消失,设置3627 H 2444参数无效接收。 [1月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Z4U替换D Gold(外语)频道,设置3880 H 27500参数免费接收。 [1月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Hit Tune TV替换Sargam TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4165 H 5040参数免费接收。 [1月2日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,天映经典替换Screen Red(泰国)频道,设置12313 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月1日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,Mood Music 替换Zenat TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4037 V 4800参数免费接收。 [1月1日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,Dil TV替换Global News(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4037 V 4800参数免费接收。 [1月1日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Ch Music、Hs Live(印尼)等10个频道新增,设置3810 V 10000参数免费接收。 [1月1日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,K-Drama、Ruai TV(印尼)等全组频道消失,设置3820 V 29500参数无效接收。 [1月1日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,ANT Th(AVG)频道解密,设置11260 V 30000参数免费接收。 [1月1日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,Uni TV(巴基斯坦)频道新增,设置4037 V 4800参数免费接收。 [1月1日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,BOL News(高清)频道新增,设置3768 H 12796参数免费接收。 [1月1日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Rossiya 1、REN TV(Kontinent TV)等全组频道解密,设置12640 V 30000参数免费接收。 [1月1日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Channel、TiJi(Kontinent TV)等全组频道解密,设置12600 V 30000参数免费接收。 [1月1日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,TV1000 East、KHL TV HD(Kontinent TV)等全组频道解密,设置12560 V 30000参数免费接收。 [1月1日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,MTV、动物星球(俄罗斯)等全组频道解密,设置11665 V 38400参数免费接收。 [1月1日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Tvoy Dom、Fashion HD(俄罗斯)等全组频道解密,设置11387 V 30000参数免费接收。 [1月1日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,TNT、Detski Mir(俄罗斯)等全组频道解密,设置10981 V 44948参数免费接收。 [1月1日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,印华卫视(Skynindo)频道消失,设置4140 V 30000参数无效接收。 [1月1日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,中童卫视(澳门)频道开播,设置4148 V 11852参数免费接收。 [1月1日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Dia TV替换OCN Series(韩国)高清频道,设置12570 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [1月1日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,凤凰中文、凤凰资讯(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11165 H 44000参数无效接收。 [1月1日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-4、H2(ABS)等全组频道解密,设置11165 H 44000参数免费接收。 [1月1日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,频翡翠卫星(TVB)等道加密,设置3851 V 10800参数有条件接收。 [1月1日]
东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星Ku频段,中国金融台(中国)频道消失,设置12750 V 3600参数无效接收。 [1月1日]

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,翡翠卫星、Utility 1 HD(TVB)等全组频道解密,设置3851 V 10800参数免费接收。 [12月31日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,动物星球、天映频道(Topas TV)等全组频道加密,设置3960 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月31日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,HBO、HBO Hits(Topas TV)等全组频道加密,设置3880 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月31日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Warner TV、AXN(菲律宾)等全组频道解密,设置12571 V 30000参数免费接收。 [12月31日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Disney、HBO(菲律宾)等全组频道解密,设置12531 V 30000参数免费接收。 [12月31日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Dhamma Media Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置3600 H 26667参数无效接收。 [12月30日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Movie Max(泰国)频道新增,设置3480 H 30000参数免费接收。 [12月30日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Scene Movie(Dish Home)频道新增,设置10861 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月30日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,中天综合、中天新闻替换TVBS(艺华卫视)等频道,设置12354 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [12月30日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Thu Nghiem(高清)频道加密,设置11300 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月30日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Samrujlok HD,、Animal show(泰国)频道消失,设置11758 V 45000参数无效接收。 [12月30日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,CAT Channel、Mysci HD(泰国)等频道消失,设置11838 V 45000参数无效接收。 [12月30日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,BVN(泰国)频道消失,设置3600 H 26667参数无效接收。 [12月29日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,东森洋片、CNN(环宇卫视)等全组频道解密,设置12711 H 45000参数免费接收。 [12月29日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,ZTV(测试)频道新增,设置4148 V 11852参数免费接收。 [12月29日]


NBN: Four months to move 18k satellite customers to Sky Muster, fixed-wireless

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/nbn-four-months-to-move-18k-satellite-customers-to-sky-muster-fixed-wireless/

Despite only connecting 29,760 customers to Sky Muster between April and October, NBN left itself just four months to shift over the 18,000 customers remaining on the old satellite service.

Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) company has revealed that as of October 28, it had four months to shift the 18,847 customers that are still connected to the interim satellite service (ISS) onto its Sky Muster or fixed-wireless services prior to the ISS shutdown at the end of February.

NBN revealed when answering Senate Estimates questions on notice that it received 50,134 installation requests for Sky Muster services and completed orders of 29,760 between April, when services were launched, and the end of October.

The order lead time for services averaged 20 business days, or almost one month, between May and October.

NBN launched its second satellite, Sky Muster II, in October 2016, a year after the launch of the first satellite in October 2015, in an effort to replace the overloaded ISS to provide higher-speed broadband via the projection of 101 spot beams for those not living within the fibre, hybrid fibre-coaxial, and fixed-wireless NBN network footprint.

The ISS will be switched off on February 28.

ISS customers living within the fixed-wireless footprint are eligible for a fixed-wireless service rather than being moved to Sky Muster, however, with orders having been due by December 1, 2016.

"Where fixed-wireless is currently available, resources are in place with NBN's delivery partners to ensure installation for those eligible ahead of the ISS switch-off," NBN said.

"Where fixed-wireless services are planned but not yet available, end users will be able to migrate to Sky Muster in the interim, before connecting to fixed-wireless when it becomes available at a later date."

A breakdown by state saw 13,814 customers connect to Sky Muster in New South Wales; 8,950 in Queensland; 6,773 in Victoria; 4,250 in Western Australia; 3,115 in South Australia; 2,021 in Tasmania; 813 in the Northern Territory; and 24 in the Australian Capital Territory as of October 31.

There have been 31,007 reschedules of service installations since launch, caused mainly by technician issues, customer issues, weather, network issues, and non-standard installations, with just 18 premises visited by a technician unable to establish satellite line of sight.

NBN said that there have been 520 complaints since the launch of Sky Muster: 206 in NSW; 103 in Queensland; 94 in Victoria; 42 in WA; 31 in Tasmania; 23 in SA; and 21 in the NT.

"Over the past two months, there have been issues with the software responsible for managing various aspects of the satellite network," NBN explained in response to questions on notice.

"The root causes are understood, fixes have been identified, and we are in the process of rolling out new software to the network to improve stability and reliability.

"The total number of network faults since launch is 325 with an average restoration time of 1.5 hours. The total number of service faults raised by RSPs on behalf of end users since launch is 2,984; however, it should be noted that this is likely to include multiple reports relating to the same network fault or issue."

NBN said in October that the issue with connecting users to its Sky Muster satellite service had been resolved, with a software upgrade that "didn't go to plan" to blame.

During October last year, the average closure time for complaints was 21.4 days.

Fibre on demand

NBN also revealed through questions on notice that it has produced total revenue of AU$654,040 thanks to its technology choice program: AU$356,236 from individual switches and AU$297,804 from area switches.

The technology choice program offers Australians a pure fibre alternative to NBN's fibre-to-the-node, fibre-to-the-basement, fibre-to-the-distribution-point, hybrid fibre-coaxial, fixed-wireless, and satellite connections -- if they pay an application fee, a field quote fee, and then the cost of installing the fibre.

There are two options for the fibre-on-demand product: An area switch, covering between 150 and 350 premises; or an individual switch, covering one. Application fees for an individual switch cost AU$330, as does the quote fee, while area switches cost AU$1,100 per fibre distribution area, with the quote fee specified "upon application".

The cost of installing the fibre would then cost an average of around AU$4,300 per premises.

According to NBN, there are 15 individual premises currently making use of an NBN connection resulting from the technology choice program: Six in NSW; three each in Queensland and WA; and one each in Victoria, SA, and Tasmania.

The average revenue gained by NBN for these is AU$22,368 per premises.

No area switches have yet taken place, but there are currently two sites under contract and in progress, NBN added.

In February last year, one Tasmanian council said it would be requesting a refund on the fee it was charged by NBN for a cost analysis of upgrading two regions from FttN to FttP, because it was not detailed enough to warrant a AU$10,000 fee.

The estimate was between AU$2.75 million to AU$3.3 million for the Westbury and Hagley region upgrade, and AU$2.2 million to AU$2.75 million to upgrade Hadspen and Traveller's Rest.