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ACMA mulls 5G future for 3.6GHz spectrum

From https://www.computerworld.com.au/article/621055/acma-mulls-5g-future-3-6ghz-spectrum/

Re-farming could begin this year, communications regulator says

The potential re-farming of spectrum in the 3.6GHz band for use in fixed and/or mobile broadband services could begin as soon as soon as Q4 2017, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

The communications regulator today released an options paper on the future use of 3.6GHz spectrum.

The ACMA said its current preferred option is to “establish arrangements optimised for wide-area broadband deployments (be they mobile or fixed)” over all the spectrum available in the band (125MHz — the band covers the 3575-3700 MHz frequency range). Spectrum licenses would be allocated via auction.

Current users of the spectrum, including satellite earth stations in metropolitan areas and point-to-multipoint users in regional areas, such as some wireless Internet service providers (WISPs), would be affected by changes to how the spectrum is allocated.

Spectrum in the 5.6GHz band would potentially be made available for WISPs and other point-to-multipoint users, the ACMA said. ‘Earth station protection zones’ could be established, allowing the ongoing use of 3.6GHz spectrum by satellite services.

Submissions to a prior ACMA consultation confirmed “previous strong indications that the 3.6 GHz band is of increasing interest for wide-area mobile and fixed broadband networks,” the options paper said.

“While clearly of interest from a purely network capacity perspective, the band has also been flagged as a potential option for early 5G use, bringing with it the possibility of new types of fixed or mobile broadband services,” the paper states.

“The nature of the band means that it has at times been referred to as a potential ‘coverage layer’, meaning its relatively robust propagation characteristics would complement those of the millimetre wave spectrum that has been the other focus of early interest for 5G services. Hence a reallocated 3.6 GHz band may become an important part of providing 5G services to both urban and regional areas.”

“In line with our established mobile broadband strategy, we want to make sure Australia is well placed to take advantage of the emergence of 5G technologies both in the cities and the regions,’ said the ACMA’s acting chairperson, Richard Bean.

“The ACMA acknowledges the strong interest in the 3.6 GHz band for 5G and other wide area broadband uses, while also recognising that there are existing services and licensees using these frequencies that want to continue operating.”

The regulator is accepting submissions on the options paper until 4 August. The document is available from the ACMA’s website.

Arianespace to orbit Airbus' upcoming constellation of observation satellites

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Arianespace_to_orbit_Airbus_upcoming_constellation_of_observation_satellites_999.html

Airbus Defence and Space and Arianespace has announced the signature of the launch services contract for the next generation of very-high-resolution optical observation satellites. Two VEGA C launchers will orbit the four satellites in this constellation from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, as from mid-2020. By delivering images of each point on the globe several times a day, these extremely-agile optical satellites will keep a close watch on our constantly-changing planet.

Airbus Defence and Space is the first commercial customer for the upcoming VEGA C launcher. This enhanced version of the VEGA lightweight vehicle, which continues its brilliant career with nine successful launches out of nine, is now under development with a first flight slated for mid-2019. Through this launch services contract, the higher-performance VEGA C version demonstrates that it provides a perfect launch solution for even the most advanced Earth observation satellites.

Above all, the contract reflects the continued confidence of Airbus Defence and Space, which was the first commercial customer for the original VEGA version in May 2013, with the launch of the VNREDSat-1 satellite for Vietnam. Since then, Airbus Defence and Space has chosen Arianespace for many other VEGA missions.

"We fully trust Arianespace to orbit our new constellation, which will bolster our service offering and expand our range of services," said Francois Lombard, head of the Intelligence Business Cluster at Airbus Defence and Space.

"Along with a new-generation ground segment offering multi-mission and massive image processing capacity, our constellation will greatly expand access to higher-precision and more detailed images of Earth."

"Arianespace is extremely proud to have won this first launch contract for the upcoming VEGA C launcher from our long-standing customer and partner, Airbus Defence and Space," said Chief Executive Officer Stephane Israel.

"We are highly honored by this expression of trust from Airbus Defence and Space. We also are delighted to kick off the VEGA C's commercial career with a contract reflecting Europe's continued leadership in very-high-resolution optical observation systems.

"This contract also is the latest mark of recognition of the quality and reliability of Arianespace's family of launchers. Our permanent commitment is our customer's satisfaction."

FCC grants OneWeb US market access

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/23/fcc-grants-oneweb-us-market-access/

The Federal Communications Commission has approved a request by WorldVu Satellites Limited, which does business as OneWeb, to access the United States satellite market. The action paves the way for OneWeb to provide broadband services using satellite technology that the FCC says holds unique promise to expand Internet access in remote and rural areas across the country.

This approval is the first of its kind for a new generation of large, non-geostationary-satellite orbit (NGSO), fixed-satellite service (FSS) systems. OneWeb proposes to access the US market for its global network of 720 low-Earth orbit satellites using the Ka (20/30 GHz) and Ku (11/14 GHz) frequency bands to provide global Internet connectivity. The satellite system will be authorised by the United Kingdom, but needs FCC approval to provide service in the US.

In order for large broadband network constellations to deliver services in the US, the FCC must approve their operations to ensure the satellite constellation does not cause interference to other users of the same spectrum and will operate in a way that manages the risk of collisions.

The Order and Declaratory Ruling adopted by the FCC outlines the conditions under which OneWeb will be permitted to provide service using its proposed NGSO FSS satellite constellation in the United States. As such, this FCC action provides a blueprint for the earth station licences that OneWeb, or its partners, will need to obtain before providing OneWeb’s proposed service in the United States.

OneWeb was the first of several entities to file a request seeking FCC authority to deploy a large constellation of NGSO FSS satellites to provide ubiquitous broadband services. The FCC is currently examining additional applications for the operation of NGSO FSS constellations, most of which include large numbers of satellites. The FCC says the action facilitates greater broadband offerings and competition in the United States.

OneWeb Satellites is a joint venture, equally owned by OneWeb and Airbus Defence and Space, to design and build the 900 satellites of the OneWeb constellation, which will offer high-speed Internet with global coverage.
OneWeb’s mission is to enable affordable Internet access for everyone, connect every school on Earth, and bridge the digital divide by 2027. OneWeb is building a communications network with a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites that will provide connectivity to billions of people around the world. It will transparently extend the networks of mobile operators and ISP’s to serve new coverage areas, bringing voice and data access to consumers, businesses, schools, healthcare institutions and other end users.

BBC fully backs Ultra HD, HDR

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/22/bbc-fully-backs-ultra-hd-hdr/

Andy Quested, the BBC’s HD & UHD Head of Technology, told delegates at the SES Ultra-HD conference in London that the broadcaster was fully behind UHD and the ‘Rec 2020’ standard which allows for High Dynamic Range images. “Everything we do today has to stand the test of time. Planet Earth 1, made some 11 years ago, is still being watched and is still selling [to overseas buyers]. We are investing in the very best images that can be generated, and also paying considerable attention to audio which is the cherry on the top.”

He explained how important it was that a single standard was employed so as not to disenfranchise existing viewers, and to avoid having to create multiple streams of video for those viewers. The BBC is behind its Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) transmission system, developed jointly by the BBC and NHK of Japan.

“All future commissions will be made in HLG (and PQ [Perceptual Quantiser] if needed by a co-production partner or overseas broadcaster) because we are an international broadcaster,” he added.

He noted that a lot of programmes are now made by independent production companies, including the new BBC Studios. “As far as independent production houses are concerned, their archive is their long-term pension! They also want to produce in the highest-possible standard. So we are seeing more and more UHD productions underway. Many are utilising high-quality cameras, but storing the rushes because the client doesn’t need UHD today. But they can go back to them later if there’s a market. I am confident that you will see more UHD especially in high-end drama and episodic series, provided we have the budget.”

Quested said that despite pressures – not least from the TV retail sector – there was not a single UHD channel available in the UK. I can watch UHD on Sky, but that is not a traditional linear channel. I could describe it as a ‘live on demand’ service. This is a great way of doing it because it helps with bandwidth demand. Once Sky gets its act together on HDR, then everyone can see the trials we have done via the BBC’s iPlayer and seen on a much greater range of displays. I would say that one of the reasons we have invested in Natural History productions [in UHD] is because we are good at it. But there are also some high-end dramas and drama series which should be available as many of them are potentially UHD. I am sure Sherlock has been shot on suitable cameras, same with Happy Valley, and there are others. Once there is a revenue stream it is going to happen. The next few years will be a mixed environment. There will be HD with HDR, UHD with HDR and there might even be some 8K floating around eventually. But there will not be a single, fixed service, the way we work today. It is all about the value of the programme, the longevity of the programme and it is common sense that where there’s a value [in adopting the technology] it will be used.”

Pubs fined for illegal Sky use

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/23/pubs-fined-for-illegal-sky-use/

Following successful legal action taken by Sky, licensees in the Scottish towns of Coatbridge and Doune have been found to be infringing Sky’s copyright by showing Sky Sports programming illegally in their premises.

Sky sought and was awarded permanent interdicts in the Court of Session, Edinburgh, which prevents the licensees and anyone acting on their behalf from infringing Sky’s copyright by showing Sky programming without the correct commercial licence. Each pub has been ordered to pay £10,000 (€11,356) in damages, as well as fund the placement of notices in local and trade publications advertising the ruling.

The pubs are:
•The Woodside, Coatbridge
•Red Lion, Doune

These successful cases come from Sky’s instruction to intellectual property experts from Burness Paull LLP and form a key part of Sky’s commitment to protecting pubs who invest in legitimate Sky Sports subscriptions. Sky is committed to visiting every licensed premises reported by other publicans and/or organisations for illegally showing Sky and has made arrangements to visit hundreds of pubs each week in towns and cities across the UK this season.

“Illegal broadcasting of sporting events is damaging to the pub industry which is why we’re committed to protecting Sky customers who are unfairly losing business due to this illegal activity,” confirmed George Lawson, Head of Commercial Piracy at Sky.

“These latest orders demonstrate how seriously the courts take piracy through the large penalty applied, but also through the order to fund advertising, which we hope will help to highlight the consequences of televising Sky’s content illegally.”

PSLV succesfully launches Cartosat-2 series,30 nano satellites

From http://www.india.com/news/agencies/pslv-succesfully-launches-cartosat-2-series30-nano-satellites-2262892/

Sriharikota (AP), Jun 23 (PTI) The Indian space agency ISRO today successfully launched its workhorse rocket PSLV carrying ‘eye in the sky’ Cartosat-2 series satellite — a dedicated satellite that will give defence surveillance a leg up — and 30 nano satellites into orbit.

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 40th flight (PSLV-C38), lifted off majestically from the first launch pad, Satish Dhawan Space Centre here at 9.29 am and injected the satellites into orbit about 27 minutes after lift off, amid applause from scientists.

The 44.4 metre tall PSLV-C38 carried the earth observation satellite — Cartosat-2 series satellite as the primary payload along with 30 co-passenger satellites totally weighing 955 kg.

With the launch of the third spacecraft in the Cartosat-2 series, India’s ‘eye in the sky’ is set to become sharper and wider.

The previous satellite in the series had a resolution of 0.8 metres and the images it took on India’s neighbourhood had helped New Delhi carry out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the Line of Control last year, according to ISRO sources.

The latest remote sensing satellite has a resolution of 0.6 metres, which means it can spot even smaller objects.

“It can recognise objects within that square (0.6 m by 0.6 m)”, an ISRO official told PTI on condition of anonymity.

“Defence surveillance will get a leg-up. It can be used in identifying terrorist camps and bunkers… some formations,” the official said.

Once this satellite becomes operational, it would be “handed over” to the defence forces, which have their own “set up,” including ground-stations and trained manpower to access data, the official said.

PSLV-C38 is the 17th flight of PSLV XL configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).

The co-passenger satellites includes a nano satellite designed and developed by the Noorul Islam University in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu.

The NIUSAT satellite would provide multi-spectral imagery for agricultural crop monitoring and disaster management support applications.

The other 29 nano satellites are from 14 countries– – Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

As the satellites were injected into orbit one by one, the scientists broke into cheers at the Mission Control Centre.

Lauding the scientists, ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar said the mission was successful.

“I congratulate the hardwork of the entire team, especially the Cartosat team. This particular mission has been successful, it has put all the satellites into the orbit,” he said.

The ISRO had on June 5 launched its most powerful and heaviest geostationary rocket carrying advanced communication satellite GSAT-19, weighing 3,136 kg, from the spaceport here. Every stage of the three-stage GSLV MkIII with indigenous cryogenic engine had performed well.

Kumar said the GSAT-19 has reached the designated location and all the payloads have been switched on and it has started performing.

He said a communication satellite would be launched on June 28 “which will add significant number of transponders to our capacity.”

“Our effort of continuing to provide increased earth observation, navigation as well as communication will continue and we have many more activities to be performed in the coming days,” he said.

The space agency said the 29 international customer Nano satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), commercial arm of ISRO and international customers.

Cartosat-2 is a remote sensing satellite and it is similar in configuration to earlier satellites in the series with the objective of providing high-resolution scene specific spot imagery.

The imagery sent by the satellite would be useful for cartographic applications, urban and rural, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, change detection to bring out geographical and man-made features and various other land information system (LIS) as well as geographical information systems (GIS).

Earlier on February 15, ISRO scripted history when the PSLV-37 mission launched 104 satellites into orbit, including a Cartosat-2 series earth observation satellite.


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Russia and Brazil may expand space cooperation — Putin

From http://tass.com/science/952649

Brazil is interested in expansion of GLONASS network on its territory

MOSCOW, June 21. /TASS/. Russia and Brazil are studying the possibilities of expanding their cooperation in the space sphere, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after negotiations with President of Brazil Michel Temer on Wednesday.

"A possibility is being studied for joint launches from the Brazilian cosmodrome and the joint production of small- and medium-class carrier rockets," Putin said.

One satellite bound to be launched for GLONASS system by end 2017

New GLONASS satellites will be transmitting encoded signal

GLONASS terrestrial station goes live in South Africa

Putin calls Brazil important partner in Latin America

Brazilian president hopes to strengthen partnership with Russia

Brazil and Russia to expand political dialogue — president

"There are ideas for developing cooperation in the sphere of the Earth’s remote probing," the Russian leader said, noting that Russia and Brazil were already closely cooperating in space exploration.

"An electro-optic complex has been opened on the territory of Brazil for detecting space debris and four ground-based stations of Russia’s Glonass global navigation system are in operation," Putin said.

The head of the Russian state also noted other possibilities for interaction in hi-tech spheres. "We consider as promising the work for the support of existing and the creation of new technological alliances," he said. "One of such alliances has been established by the Skolkovo [hi-tech hub] fund and the Brazilian Technopark innovation center," Putin said.

Temer expressed interest in expansion of the network of GLONASS stations on the territory of his country.

"We assessed positively the experience of creating the stations of the Russian GLONASS system in Brazil, and we, for our part, expressed interest in expanding the network of these stations," he said.

GLONASS is a space-based satellite navigation system. It provides an alternative to GPS and is the second navigational system in operation with global coverage and of comparable precision.

Currently, the GLONASS constellation consists of 27 satellites, of which 24 are operational (distributed in three orbital planes, with eight satellites per plane), one satellite in each plane is under the chief designer’s study, in-orbit spare and in the flight test phase.

New owner for Pittsburgh Teleport

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1012747199&menu=1

The Pittsburgh Teleport, the Pittsburgh Videotec Center and 50 Uplink/Production Trucks Now Owned by PSSI Global Services

PSSI Global Services has acquired the Pittsburgh International Teleport — as of June 16, 2017, PSSI Global Services assumed full operation and control of the Pennsylvania-based satellite facility.

The teleport, which will now be called the PSSI International Teleport (PIT), features 50 Ku- and C-band antennas that facilitate transmissions to locations throughout the U.S. as well as Europe and Asia. The teleport also supports worldwide connectivity via fiber, IP, microwave and mobile uplink. With this transition, PSSI Global Services will continue to serve the teleport’s existing clients, and the majority of the teleport’s legacy staff will retain their positions.

Leveraging the PSSI International Teleport, PSSI Global Services will provide 24/7 support to clients across the globe, including DTH, uplink, downlink and turnaround services; disaster recovery; co-location and quality control engineering; and syndicated television programming distribution services.

Also included in the acquisition is the Pittsburgh Videotech Center, a state-of-the-art, full-service studio located in downtown Pittsburgh. The facility features a fully equipped multi-camera production studio and audio recording studio with domestic and international connectivity. From this facility, PSSI Global Services will provide videoconferencing, live network news inserts, remote production capabilities and webcasting services to clients around the world. In addition to the PSSI International Teleport, PSSI Global Services’ assets now include a fleet of more than 50 uplink/production trucks as well as international flyaway systems.

New satellite teleport for Dubai

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/21/new-satellite-teleport-for-dubai/

Emirates-based telco ‘du’ is to build a new satellite teleport for the region.

du says the new facility will cover some 75,000 sq metres of area and built away from the existing built-up area of Dubai. Sited in the Al Qudra region of Dubai, it is designed to accommodate up to 50 large antennas and has further room for expansion. du adds that the number of TV channels being uplinked by its current teleport has grown by 600 per cent since it started operations in 2004.

“In order for du to meet the growing requirements of customers in the region and internationally, we have come up with our new Teleport facility. Today, ours is the top ranked teleport in the MENA region and is already one of the top ten independent operators in the world. As broadcast requirements continue to proliferate, we will endeavour to innovate and offer our customers new broadcast solutions that will deliver on superior quality of service,” said Ahmed Al Muhaideb, VP/Broadcasting and IPTV Services.

The telco says the new facility will handle a complete suite transmission and broadcasting operations, including play-out.

U.K Freeview Explore boosts content search

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/21/freeview-explore-boosts-content-search/

UK free-to-air platform Freeview is launching Freeview Explore – a new feature that it says will ensure that users of its Freeview Play hybrid service get the most out of their TVs. Freeview Explore will demo core functionality, deliver the latest news on the Freeview channel line-up and provide a showcase of the day’s best on-demand programmes from the UK’s leading broadcasters.

Freeview Explore will roll out on Freeview Play TVs and set-top boxes during June 2017 and paves the way for Freeview to build a deeper relationship with viewers. Users can now search for programmes by genre or programme name. The service features a scrolling carousel of 10 genres with recommendations from Freeview Play’s supported broadcasters displaying in a new image-rich menu.

The specially curated content allows viewers to browse recommendations from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, Demand 5 and UKTV Play with more content being added as additional broadcasters join Freeview Play. Viewers can access the new feature via the apps page.

In the coming months, the Help and Alerts area will deliver instructional videos as well as news and information on platform updates. The new feature is the latest development for Freeview Play which launched in 2015 and has now become the most widely adopted catch-up service on televisions in the UK. Latest estimates suggest around 1.5 million Freeview Play devices have been sold.

“With more content than ever available, Freeview Explore creates an easy way for viewers to find the shows they love or discover new ones for the first time,” commented Guy North, Managing Director of Freeview. “With more product enhancements and new features in the pipeline, we’ll be providing a better service to our viewers, and our channel and TV manufacturing partners too. It’s an exciting time for Freeview Play.”

Technical development of Freeview Play, including product specification, is being led by Digital UK, the body which supports digital terrestrial TV in the UK and provides operational support for the Freeview DTT platform.


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东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Spotv +替换MBC(高清)频道,设置12290 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [6月20日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Skysports替换MBC Music(Skylife)频道,设置11938 L 23800参数有条件接收。 [6月20日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Disney Channel、AXN HD(Skylife)频道消失,设置11938 L 23800参数无效接收。 [6月20日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Disney Channel(韩国)频道消失,设置11938 L 23800参数无效接收。 [6月20日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Lotte Home Shopping替换Anione(Skylife)频道,设置11862 L 23800参数有条件接收。 [6月20日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Skypetpark 替换Kids Talk Talk(Skylife)频道,设置11862 L 23800参数有条件接收。 [6月20日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS TV 1、OUN(Skylife)频道消失,设置11862 L 23800参数无效接收。 [6月20日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,频道解密,设置11823 L 23800参数免费接收。 [6月20日]


TVNZ taps Telestream for media processing

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017062047683/tvnz-taps-telestream-for-media-processing.html#axzz4kc7bTsX3

Bidding to improve broadcast efficiency, Kiki free-to-air (FTA) broadcaster Television New Zealand (TVNZ) is to deploy Telestream’s Vantage Media Processing Platform.

tvnz 20 june 2017TVNZ will install multiple nodes of Vantage Transcode Pro Connect with the Advanced Avid option, which enables delivery of files and metadata into Avid Interplay. Also, Vantage Array provides peer-to-peer system management with fail-over and CPU-aware load balancing. Telestream is working closely with regional channel partner, Auckland-based Amber Technology.

“Our partnership with Telestream sets us up to deliver content faster to our viewers,” explained Greg Montgomery, GM of technology at TVNZ. “At TVNZ, we have a range of first generation transcoding equipment from various vendors that are all at the end of their supported life. We needed to seed a new transcoding environment that can grow throughout our operations. Telestream’s Vantage offers us a cost-effective and elegant solution – one that offers the best architecture for future growth and supports our need to use 10-bit formats such as AVC-Intra.”

The first application of Vantage within TVNZ’s broadcast operations involves its news production workflows. Vantage will be used to ingest content from various external sources including field generated content received as files from LiveU enabled cameras, Aspera delivered material from journalist’s phones and agency feeds from Reuters. AP agency feeds will be accommodated in a future integration. Vantage will be used to ingest and transcode this time-critical content and place it as quickly as possible within their Avid Interplay production system.

A key advantage for TVNZ is the integration between Telestream Vantage and Avid workflows. “The tight integration between Vantage and Avid is important to us,” said Montgomery. “It allows us to reduce complexity within our ingest process thereby increasing efficiency and saving time in the news production process.”

Formosat-5 launch imminent

From http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2017/06/21/2003672985

SPACE RACE:After it enters orbit, the satellite is to be valuable for disaster relief and prevention, national security and international technological exchanges, an official said

Taiwan’s first domestically designed satellite, the Formosat-5, is scheduled for launch in late August, according to sources.

It is believed that Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SpaceX), the company contracted to launch it, will soon send official confirmation of the launch date to Taiwan, sources said.

The satellite cost about NT$3.7 billion (US$121.71 million) to make and is to embark on a five-year observation mission around Earth.

The satellite’s launch was initially scheduled for May 2015, but has been repeatedly delayed.

The satellite missed its latest launch date, in October last year, one month after a SpaceX rocket for an Israeli satellite exploded during a static test-fire, temporarily halting all launches.

After lifting the halt on missions this year, SpaceX informed the National Applied Research Laboratories (NARL) that Formosat-5 would launch in late August, and Taiwan should begin preparations, a source familiar with the project said.

Personnel involved in the project are under orders to clear their schedules for that period, the source added.

Taiwan is expecting to receive SpaceX’s confirmation for the launch date imminently because according to SpaceX’s schedule, Formosat-5 must be shipped to the US at least 40 days prior to its lift-off, another source said.

When asked for comment, NARL refused to confirm or deny the launch date, but said it will inform the public via the proper channels once it receives official notification from SpaceX.

The satellite is second on SpaceX’s launch schedule from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, after its launch later this month of Iridium NEXT satellites for Iridium Communications Inc.

Under the terms of its contract, SpaceX is allowed a six-month grace period for delays, after which it is obliged to pay 1.25 percent of the contract for each month of delays up to a maximum of eight months.

SpaceX’s six-month grace period finished in August last year.

National Space Organization Deputy Director-General Yu Shiann-jen (余憲政) said the agency is focused on launching Formosat-5 as soon as possible, and would address the issue of compensation at a later time.

The Falcon 9 rocket that is to deliver the Formosat-5 into orbit will have “Taiwan” printed on its side along with the names of governmental organizations and other groups involved in its launch, he said.

A painting submitted by a student at New Taipei City’s Chengong Elementary School, Chu Chia-yi (朱嘉尹), that features the Formosan blue magpie and Taipei 101 is also to be painted on Falcon 9 prior to the launch, Yu added.

After entering orbit, Formosat-5 is to pass over Taiwan once every two days, and the data it obtains will be valuable for scientific research, disaster prevention and relief, national security, environmental monitoring and international technological exchanges, he said.

India to launch 31 satellites on Friday

From https://thenorthlines.com/india-launch-31-satellites-friday/

India on Friday will launch its earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series weighing 712 kg and 30 co-passenger satellites (29 foreign, one Indian) with its rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), the Indian space agency said on Tuesday.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the PSLV rocket’s XL variant is expected to lift off on Friday morning at 9.29 am from the Sriharikota rocket port. The 30 satellites will together weigh 243 kg and the total weight of all the 31 satellites, including Cartosat, is about 955 kg, ISRO said.

The rocket will sling the satellites into a 505-km polar sun synchronous orbit (SSO).

The co-passenger satellites comprise 29 nano satellites from 14 countries — Austria, Belgium, Britain, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and the US as well as one Indian nano satellite.

The 29 international customer nano satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO’s commercial arm, the Antrix Corporation Ltd and the international customers.

ISRO to launch Cartosat 2E satellite on board PSLV-C38 on June 23

From http://www.bgr.in/news/isro-to-launch-cartosat-2e-satellite-on-board-pslv-c38-on-june-23/

Cartosat-2E is an earth observation satellite.

India on Friday will launch its Earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series weighing 712 kg and 30 co-passenger satellites (29 foreign, one Indian) with its rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), the Indian space agency said.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the PSLV rocket’s XL variant is expected to lift off on Friday morning at 9.29 a.m. from the Sriharikota rocket port. The 30 satellites will together weigh 243 kg and the total weight of all the 31 satellites, including Cartosat, is about 955 kg, ISRO said.

The rocket will sling the satellites into a 505 km polar sun synchronous orbit (SSO). The co-passenger satellites comprise 29 nano satellites from 14 countries – Austria, Belgium, Britain, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and the US as well as one Indian nanosatellite. ALOS READ: ISRO’s GSLV Mk-III: 6 lesser known facts about India’s heaviest rocket launch

The 29 international customer nanosatellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO’s commercial arm, the Antrix Corporation Ltd and the international customers


Asiasat blog update


Sony Gem Indonesia replaced Skynindo info card on Chinasat 10 110.5E 3560V

Many of the channels in this PAY TV Cband service have already encrypted

From my Email


From the Dish

No Lyngsat

From asiatvro site

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,AXN(韩国)频道消失,设置11938 L 23800参数无效接收。 [6月19日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Neo Sports(印度)频道加密,设置3900 V 10370参数有条件接收。 [6月19日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,MVLao、Five(老挝)等4个频道新增,设置11600 H 30000参数免费接收。 [6月19日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Mvlao、Five(老挝)等4个频道新增,设置3433 V 7500参数免费接收。 [6月19日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,环宇新闻(Skynindo)频道解密,设置3520 V 30000参数免费接收。 [6月19日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,阿里郎、大爱一台(印尼)等4个频道加密,设置3520 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月19日]


China’s new indigenous satellite fails to enter orbit

From http://www.financialexpress.com/world-news/chinas-new-indigenous-satellite-fails-to-enter-orbit/726611/

In a rare setback to China's ambitious space programme, the Communist giant's first indigenous communications satellite for live radio and TV broadcasts today failed to enter its preset orbit.

china satellitem satellite fails, indigenous satellite fails, China-made satellite, Zhongxing-9A, CASC

Abnormal performance was identified during the third phase of the rocket launch, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). (Representative image Reuters)

In a rare setback to China’s ambitious space programme, the Communist giant’s first indigenous communications satellite for live radio and TV broadcasts today failed to enter its preset orbit. With a takeoff weight of more than five tonnes, Zhongxing-9A was launched from the southwest Xichang Satellite Launch Centre today. Abnormal performance was identified during the third phase of the rocket launch, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). The exact reason for the failure of Zhongxing-9A, launched from the Long March-3B carrier rocket at 12:11 AM, is under investigation and related parties are taking measures to address the problem and send the satellite into the correct orbit, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Zhongxing-9A is the first China-made satellite. The solar panels and communication antennae, however, have been deployed and the satellite system is operating under normal conditions, CASC said. The Long March-3B has been one of the main carrier rockets for China’s high-orbit launch missions. Zhongxing-9A is the first China-made satellite for live radio and television broadcasts.

Saudi Arabia promises 11 channels of sport

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/19/saudi-arabia-promises-11-channels-of-sport/

Saudi Arabia is looking to create a viable challenger to Qatar-based beIN Sports. Saudi Arabia’s chairman of the board of directors of Saudi media, Muflih Al Haftaa, stated that one channel would be launched next week in order to promote the network’s platform. “With the start of the new [football] season, there will be five more channels, the number will gradually increase to become 11.”

Local reports say that the first channel will launch on Arabsat “next week”, and would be free to air.

Bahrain’s Gulf News says Saudi Arabia is planning on cooperation with the major Arab sports alliances to end Qatari’s monopoly on broadcasting international sports competitions, including the football Champions League and the FIFA World Cup (2018-2022) competitions via its beIN sports channels.


Monday feeds

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Sunday feeds

Intelsat 19 12591 V Srt 6999 "STS2" feeding The Voice

Saturday feeds

Intelsat 19 12590 H 3750

Optus D1 12652 V Sr 7200 AFL

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From the Dish

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3520 V "China Movie, CHC Action, GTV 2 Qipai, Flash TV, Lan Qiu, China Food TVand Vanguard 2 Badminton Channel" have started on , Tongfang.
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 4100 V "CHC HD, CHC and CCTV 6" have started on , Tongfang.

Palapa D 113.0E 3600 V "Klik Music" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3932 V "Space Drama" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3908 H "Ummat TV Quran" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4007 V "M2 TV" has left .

ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3520 V "AXN East Asia" has started on , Fta. FTV, SET Taiwan, SET International, CTS News, Celestial Movies Indonesia, Thrill and Kix are now encrypted.
ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3560 V "Rodja TV" has started on , Fta. AXN East Asia and TVRI Nasional have left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3760 H "Sahar Urdu and Sun TV" have started on , Fta.

Asiasat 5 100.5E 3794 H "Fashion TV Asia" has left .

SES 8 95.0E 12050 H "Isai Aruvi, Vasanth TV, Kalaignar TV, Sirippoli and Aljazeera English" are now encrypted.

Horizons 2 84.8E 12040 H "Luxury" has left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 3777 H "ABP Asmita" is back on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3921 H "Lotus News" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "ME TV" has started on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "Nhung Channel" has started on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3740 V "Scoop Network" is encrypted again.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Neha TV has replaced Zoom Vision" on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3780 V "D Sport" is encrypted again.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3868 V "Boom Music" has left

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3919 H "Hungama TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3922 H "Bindass and UTV Action" have left
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3930 H "Disney Channel India, Disney XD India, Disney Junior India, Bindass Play, UTV Movies and UTV Movies International" have left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3936 V "Times Now 2" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4116 V "Prarthana Bhawan TV" has left again.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11078 H "Rossiya 1 has replaced Rossiya 24" on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Number One TV, KTT TV, RLW TV and CFTV" have started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "Anointed TV and Smile TV have started on , Fta.God's Intervention TV" has left.

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东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,东森亚洲、亚洲旅游(台湾)等全组频道重现,设置3648 H 5000参数免费接收。 [6月19日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,东森亚洲、亚洲旅游(台湾)等全组频道消失,设置3648 H 5000参数无效接收。 [6月19日]
东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星C频段,点心卫视(中国)频道消失,设置3840 H 27500参数无效接收。 [6月19日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,SD154(测试)频道新增,设置3520 H 28125参数有条件接收。 [6月18日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sahar TV(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3760 H 26000参数无效接收。 [6月18日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Hindi Khabar替换9X Bajao(印度)等频道,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [6月18日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Zonet(印度)频道消失,设置3949 H 3673参数无效接收。 [6月18日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Zee Hindustan替换India 24x7(印度)频道,设置3976 H 3200参数免费接收。 [6月18日]

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV Hyundai替换SCJ TV(MPEG-4)频道,设置11008 H 28800参数免费接收。 [6月17日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Maasranga TV(孟加拉)频道加密,设置3812 H 2200参数有条件接收。 [6月17日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Channel 9(高清)频道改格式,设置3794 H 4444参数免费接收。 [6月17日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Fashion One(4K)频道消失,设置3920 V 30000参数无效接收。 [6月17日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Nepal TV、Star Plus HD(尼泊尔)等全组频道消失,设置10710 V 45000参数无效接收。 [6月17日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Scene Movie、T Tunes HD(尼泊尔)频道消失,设置10861 V 45000参数无效接收。 [6月17日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Samachar India(印度)频道消失,设置3689 H 15000参数无效接收。 [6月17日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Star Sports 4 HD(高清)频道消失,设置10790 V 45000参数无效接收。 [6月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,5 Movies(缅甸)频道解密,设置12405 V 45000参数免费接收。 [6月17日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,M Tunes(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置10736 V 45000参数无效接收。 [6月17日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star Gold Select(STAR TV)频道新增,设置3940 V 28100参数有条件接收。 [6月17日]

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Australia’s satellite capabilities get $500m investment

From https://www.defenceconnect.com.au/intel-cyber/839-australia-s-satellite-capabilities-get-500-million-investment

The Turnbull government has announced a $500 million investment to improve Australia’s space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to support Australian Defence Force operations at home and around the world.

The $500 million investment will improve the Department of Defence's access to commercial satellites to provide information to government agencies.

Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said this information will be used to support Australia’s defence priorities, including defence operations, border protection and humanitarian missions.

Minister Payne said that Defence Project 799 was introduced in the 2016 Defence White Paper to enhance Australia’s geospatial-intelligence capabilities.

Phase 1 of the project will provide Australia with direct and more timely access to commercial imaging satellites to support a wide range of Defence and national security activities.

"Defence’s enhanced access to these satellites will increase Australia’s capacity to maintain surveillance and improve situational awareness for the Australian Defence Force and other national security agencies through the provision of high-quality imagery," Minister Payne said.

"This means imagery from high-end commercial satellites, now in orbit, will be integrated directly into the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation’s imagery dissemination systems, reducing the time it will take for satellite imagery to get to a member of the ADF or the officers of Australia’s national security agencies."

Minister Pyne said these contracting arrangements will provide improved value for money for the Australian government when accessing commercial imagery.

The minister also said the investment will immediately create 22 new jobs in Defence and industry across Australia in direct support of the establishment and maintenance of the capability, with many others created in the supply chain as the project matures.

"The Turnbull government is committed to maximising Australian industry content, with this project forecasting over $144 million to be spent in Australia, creating jobs and generating economic growth," Minister Pyne said.

"Australian industry will benefit with around $14 million spent locally to build the ground infrastructure to collect imagery from commercial satellites."

A total of $130 million will be spent on support contracts over the 13-year life of the project, providing commercial opportunities for Australian companies – including in the Northern Territory and South Australia.

This investment will also create opportunities for Australian companies interested in satellite technology and imagery analysis.

This latest investment in Australia's satellite capabilities comes after Minister Payne announced the extension of the Department of Defence’s C1 satellite partnership with Optus and after BAE Systems Australia secured a $30 million contract to deliver a major capability improvement to the Royal Australian Navy with the upgrade of maritime satellite communications terminals.

Telstra to maintain Foxtel content

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/telstra-to-maintain-foxtel-content/news-story/c7a06f4d77069f0f9c28166bd0c6c7ee

Telstra chairman John Mullen says the company remains is looking at a structural solution with Foxtel. Picture: Renee Nowytarger

Telstra chairman John Mullen has vowed his company will maintain its access to Foxtel’s content under a new ownership structure for the pay-TV group, which is expected to see the telco retain a significant cornerstone interest in the company.

In the wake of Foxtel’s move last week to relaunch its subscription video on-demand service under the name Foxtel Now, with a new operating interface, Mr Mullen said Telstra was “very committed” to Foxtel but remained open to selling down its interest as part of a repositioning of the pay-TV group.

Telstra has a 50 per cent stake in Foxtel, while the other half of the company is owned by News Corporation, publisher of The Australian.

“We are very committed. And whatever ultimate structural solution ends up being the appro­priate one, it will not prejudice our access to content. We will work together on content. That is the key,’’ Mr Mullen told The Aust­ralian.

“You don’t strictly have to own it all. I don’t see Telstra wanting to buy a Time Warner or something like that. But you have to have access to (Foxtel content), whether it is by joint venture, association, or whatever it is. That is going to be increasingly important.”

While he declined to comment on the specific negotiations between Telstra, Foxtel, News and the News-owned sports programming business Fox Sports, it is understood all the parties have abandoned plans for a float of Foxtel on the Australian Securities Exchange or an outright sale of Telstra’s interest in the pay-TV company.

Last year Telstra was considering a selldown of its Foxtel interest in an initial public offering that would have seen Telstra hold on to 19 per cent, News Corp 51 per cent and a free float of 30 per cent.

But the float was delayed by volatile equity markets and Telstra is said to be resolved to “re­positioning” the ownership of Foxtel and Fox Sports, which could be completed by the end of the year. “It is a really interesting space, every carrier realises you must have access to content and the method of delivery is changing rapidly,” Mr Mullen said of the burgeoning market for internet streaming.

“The relationship with News is very good. We do need to address how we compete jointly in that market going forward and we are working pretty hard on that.”

Foxtel axed Presto, its loss-making video on demand co-­venture with Seven West Media, in January after it failed to gain traction with viewers against rivals such as Netflix and Fairfax Media and Nine Entertainment-backed Stan.

Telstra plans this year to launch a new version of its popular television streaming device, Telstra TV, featuring unique hardware and software custom-built by US-based video streaming device maker Roku.

Telstra remains bullish on Foxtel but the telco and the pay-TV operator could butt heads this year as Foxtel readies plans to release its own puck-style streaming device that could be a potential competitor to Telstra TV.

Foxtel has plans to launch its device in two stages.

The first will hit the market as early as July and hook into fixed-line broadband connections to offer consumers access to its Foxtel Play streaming service. It also will aggregate other streaming apps including free-to-air catch-up services and potentially streaming video services such as Stan and Netflix.

The second stage of the launch will happen early next year with the introduction of a more ­sophisticated device that will be equipped with a free-to-air ­broadcast tuner and be able to connect through satellite internet services. The respective strategies of Foxtel and Telstra in the popular streaming market are believed to have led to tension between the partners, but Mr Mullen downplayed any current issues. “I am not aware of any great difficulties,” he said.

“Partners sometimes have different objectives but that doesn’t hold us back.

“We are very keen on positioning Foxtel for the next 20 years. The threats are the Amazons and others, they are not another local cable operator.”

At the end of March, Foxtel had 2.8 million subscribers but its household penetration in Australia has been stuck at 30 per cent for several years.

Revenue at the pay-TV operator dropped 2.2 per cent to $1.62 billion in the six months to December 31 as total subscriber numbers fell 2.1 per cent to 2.822 million.

Telstra’s “Foxtel by Telstra” service, however, has been sold more aggressively than the telco’s self-branded streaming device. The importance of resold Foxtel services to Telstra’s revenues showed in first-half results that saw a 9.7 per cent increase to $522 million as the company added 88,000 new Foxtel services.

Those Foxtel bundles added $390m in revenue (an increase of 11.4 per cent) for the half, meaning that sales of the pay-TV service now account for 75 per cent of the telco’s total media revenue.

The telco giant now has 748,000 customers who subscribe to Foxtel through Telstra.

Long March 3B launches Zhongxing-9A satellite, fate uncertain

From http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/china-national-space-administration/long-march-3b-launches-zhongxing-9a-satellite-fate-uncertain/

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket lifted off at 12:12 EDT (16:12 GMT) June 18, 2017, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southern China to deliver the Zhongxing-9A indigenous television satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). Since the launch, however, there has been no official word the mission was successful.

China is usually tight-lipped about its rocket launches, but confirmation of a successful Zhongxing-9A deployment was expected within an hour, according to the GBTimes. This has led some to speculate the mission might not have been a success.

The last time one of the country’s rockets had a failure was in September 2016. During the flight of a Long March 4C rocket, the third stage underperformed, preventing the Gaofen-10 satellite from reaching orbit.

The Zhongxing-9A mission utilized China’s workhorse carrier rocket outfitted in its ‘enhanced’ configuration. It was the country’s seventh launch of 2017.


When the countdown reached zero, the rocket’s four YF-25 booster engines and the core stage’s lone YF-21C engine ignited in a cloud of nitrogen tetroxide and unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine byproducts. The 185-foot (56.3-meter) tall Long March 3B/E heavy-lift rocket leapt off the pad at Xichang’s Launch Complex 3 and climbed spaceward.

The five engines produced a combined 1.3 million pounds (5,923.2 kilonewtons) of sea-level thrust, easily enough to lift the rocket and payload off the pad.

Having consumed their hypergolic propellants, the four strap-on boosters separated from the core stage 2 minutes, 20 seconds after liftoff and later impacted the ground several hundred miles from the launch site. Twenty seconds later, with its job complete, the first stage separated as the second stage’s YF-24E propulsion cluster, consisting of a single YF-22E engine and four YF-23C vernier thrusters, ignited.

If all went according to plan, the rocket’s second stage (or third, depending on how the boosters are classified) fired its YF-22E engine while still attached to the core stage in an operation known as “hot staging.” This negates the need for stage separation motors, reducing both the weight of the vehicle and the complexity of the staging process.

Consuming the same propellants as the first stage, the second stage was expected to have burned through its 108,900 pounds (49,400 kilograms) of fuel in just over three minutes.

Orbital insertion

Since there has been no official report of a successful mission, it is unclear if the satellite reached orbit, or was deployed into a lower than planned orbit. If the mission was successful, some six minutes after leaving Xichang, the third stage’s liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen consuming YF-75 engine would have ignited.

On a nominal flight path, the third stage would have entered into an initial low-Earth orbit before later re-igniting to deliver the satellite into GTO. There, the spacecraft would have detached from the rocket to begin its mission.

Zhongxing-9A is expected to use its onboard propulsion system to raise its orbit to settle in its geostationary slot some 22,300 miles (35,800 kilometers) above the equator at 92.2 degrees East longitude. Once there, the satellite will provide direct-to-home television services to Chinese customers.

If the satellite ended up in a lower than planned orbit, however, more of its onboard propellant would be required to raise it up into a geostationary orbit. This could potentially shorten its expected 15-year lifespan.

SES Transfers Capacity from AMC-9 Satellite Following Significant Anomaly

From http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170618005124/en/SES-Transfers-Capacity-AMC-9-Satellite-Significant-Anomaly

Prompt transfer of capacity designed to minimise disruption to customers

LUXEMBOURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SES (Euronext Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) announced that, following a significant anomaly, the company is in the process of transferring capacity from its AMC-9 satellite.

The incident was noted on the morning of Saturday, 17 June 2017. SES has taken immediate action in contacting all customers and is working to transfer services to alternative satellite capacity in order to minimise disruption.

AMC-9 provided Ku-band and C-band coverage over the U.S. and Mexico. The satellite was manufactured by Alcatel/Thales and was launched in 2003.

SES is working closely with the manufacturer to establish the cause of the anomaly and is evaluating all satellite recovery options. The full impact of the anomaly is still being assessed.

In the event that the spacecraft cannot be recovered, the potential impact on SES’s full year 2017 group revenue could be up to EUR 20 million. In this event, it would also be expected to result in a one-off impairment charge of EUR 38 million.

DTH operators present list of concerns to TRAI

From http://www.televisionpost.com/dth/dth-operators-present-list-of-concerns-to-trai/

MUMBAI: Over-the-top (OTT) platforms, DD Freedish, satellite crunch and the licensing process are some of the concerns that direct-to-home (DTH) operators have.

Videocon d2h has called upon the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to regulate the over-the-top (OTT) video delivery platforms like Hotstar, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

Videocon d2h has noted that the OTT services are un-regulated as they don’t need a licence to operate, nor pay licence fee. They are also exempt from paying entertainment taxes unlike other TV distribution platforms.

In its submission on the pre-consultation paper ‘Ease of doing business in broadcasting sector’, Videocon d2h remarked that OTT players do not have to invest much compared to traditional distribution platforms.

The DTH operator also said that the availability of same content on OTT platforms throws open the possibility of piracy since most of the OTT platforms are available for free. This, it averred, would hurt the monetisation prospects of distribution platforms like DTH.

Videocon d2h said that while broadcasters charge for content from DTH platforms, the same content is available freely on OTT platforms. This will result in revenue cannibalisation.

The DTH operator also urged TRAI to create a level playing field with respect to DD’s free DTH service Freedish.

The DTH operator submitted that the allocation of broadcasting spectrum must be provided under a single window so as to cut down on unnecessary expenses and streamline the process for the same.

Tata Sky in its submission also highlighted the need for a single-window structure as the whole process of starting DTH operations beginning from the receipt of the frequency allotment letter until the receipt of the final uplinking permission takes approximately six months.

Videocon d2h further submitted that the DTH operators must be allowed to use disaster recovery/backup head-end simultaneously in an active mode. This demand was backed up by Dish TV, which stated that the DTH operators are allowed to use the DR sites simultaneously in usual course of operation, thus reducing burden on primary head-end.

According to Videocon d2h, the services from the DR site (secondary head-end) will result in saving in the CAPEX and OPEX along with several advantages without compromising either on the quality of the programme.

Videocon d2h has also submitted that DTH operators should be allowed to provide radio services without any payment obligation.

Dish TV and Tata Sky said that the NOCC and WPC charges paid by DTH operators should be rationalised. Both WPC and NOCC charge a substantial amount (NOCC – Rs 60,000 per MHz per annum and WPC Rs 90,000 per MHz per annum) for providing various clearances and ultimately the permission to broadcast.

Tata Sky noted that the activity done by WPC and NOCC is administrative in nature and is in regard to processing of various permissions. Such administrative charges should be a nominal amount which would cover the costs incurred by the respective departments for providing the clearances.

Dish TV noted that the objective of paying charges to NOCC is to monitor the transmissions of DTH operators. However, NOCC has no role where the transmissions are done through foreign satellites; therefore, NOCC charges should be done away with since most DTH operators are using foreign satellites.

Tata Sky submitted that a valid licence-holder should not need to repeatedly approach various licensing/regulatory bodies for additional permissions for providing services within the scope of the licence.

It further noted that the appointment of directors gets delayed due to the delay in getting security clearance. The DTH operator also requested TRAI to modify the current policy of obtaining clearance to allow for the immediate appointment of the personnel.

The DTH operator said that the quarterly PMR must be completely done away with or at least reviewed and simplified.

It also requested the sector regulator to proactively recommend to the relevant regulatory bodies and government departments to extend digital incentive and discount schemes to the DTH operators.

Dish TV submitted that the DTH operators must be allowed to directly enter into commercial negotiations with foreign satellite operators without having to go through Antrix Corporation.

Reliance Digital TV suggested that the technical interoperability clause in the licence agreement should be replaced with commercial interoperability. This will reduce cost of STBs by $2 to $5 and will also result in huge forex savings both for the nation and for the operator.

It further stated that Article 10 in DTH licence needs to be amended so that interactive services using satellite return path in DTH can be deployed.


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NBN considering deploying third satellite

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/nbn-considering-deploying-third-satellite/

NBN is looking into deploying a third satellite, leasing capacity from third-party satellites, improving its satellite technology, or building more towers in an effort to improve its satellite service.

NBN CEO Bill Morrow and Communications Minister Mitch Fifield during Senate Estimates

National Broadband Network (NBN) CEO Bill Morrow has said the company is looking into several options to improve its satellite connections following widespread complaints about congestion and slow speeds.

In response to requests from Communications Minister Mitch Fifield and Regional Communications Minister Fiona Nash to improve the Sky Muster satellite service, Morrow said NBN is considering deploying a third satellite, piggybacking off a third-party satellite, building more towers, or improving the tech on its existing two satellites.

"[A third satellite] is one of the options that we are looking at to satisfy Minister Fifield and Minister Nash's requests," Morrow told Senate Estimates.

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

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

Sky Muster has been subject to widespread criticism, with the federal opposition party last month saying the satellite service should be subject to an independent expert review, as the installation issues, data caps, outages, and lack of transparency between NBN and its retail service providers (RSPs) need to be examined.

This was despite Labor being responsible for ordering NBN's two Ka-band satellites, which were labelled as unnecessary "Rolls-Royce" satellites by then-opposition communications leader Malcolm Turnbull, who has since revised his opinion to "world class".

Under NBN's 2017 Corporate Plan, between 200,000 and 250,000 premises will receive a satellite connection, although 400,000 premises are eligible, with customers capped from using more than 150GB per month -- separated into 75GB off peak between 1am and 7am and 75GB on peak, with 50GB extra for distance education students, and has a maximum download speed of 25Mbps -- and on 25Mbps maximum speeds.

Australia's states and territories have similarly criticised the satellite service, with the South Australian government saying Sky Muster should be a "last resort" because it is a form of geographical-based discrimination; the Queensland government arguing that use of "lower-grade" NBN services for those living in regional and remote areas of Australia is unacceptable and inequitable; and the Northern Territory government slamming the "technically inferior" satellite service.

In January, NBN revealed that there had been 31,007 reschedules of Sky Muster service installations between April 2016 until October, caused mainly by technician issues, customer issues, weather, network issues, and non-standard installations.

The average closure time for complaints was 21.4 days during October last year, with 520 complaints between April and October.

According to satellite RSP Clear Networks, these complaints are exacerbated by the lack of information on connectivity issues given by NBN to RSPs, which leaves customers at the mercy of NBN's 10-day turnaround.

Morrow said on Thursday that in total, NBN missed 82,552 appointments in 2016.

Service class zero

Labor has also criticised Morrow's responses in Senate Estimates this week on premises that have been classified as being "service class zero" -- premises that cannot connect despite the rest of their region being able to order NBN services.

"We let the retailers know which homes are not ready for service," Morrow said, adding that as the wholesaler, NBN does not contact the consumer directly. Consumers could also check their forecast connectivity timeframe by using NBN's online address checker, he said.

While it could take up to two years for such service class zero premises to be connected, it is a 6.5-month wait on average, Morrow said.

"It could be a year, it could be two years, the point is that not every home is going to get done overnight, but all homes will be done by the year 2020," Morrow told Senate Estimates on Thursday.

"It's really unfortunate that if somebody has a complex area, that requires this to be toward the end of the build. It is what it is, but again everybody will get taken care of by the year 2020."

Shadow Communications Minister Stephen Jones, however, criticised NBN for not notifying customers when their premises have technical obstacles preventing them from being connected.

"In Senate Estimates last night, NBN CEO Mr Bill Morrow said that NBN doesn't tell customers about this but relies on customers using their website's address checker. As a result, nobody is taking responsibility for being honest with these customers and telling them that they are in a different situation that requires detailed work," Jones said on Friday.

"These customers, known to NBN as "Service Class 0", are growing in number, and this month there are around 200,000 premises left behind."

Chinese satellite beats distance record for quantum entanglement

From https://www.newscientist.com/article/2134843-chinese-satellite-beats-distance-record-for-quantum-entanglement/

Micius satellite

Quantum satellite Micius has sent entangled photons to ground stations on Earth

Lesszthan a year after they launched the world’s only quantum communications satellite, Chinese researchers have for the first time ever sent entangled photons from space to ground stations on Earth.

“This is the first step towards worldwide secure quantum communications, and maybe even a quantum internet,” says Anton Zeilinger, an expert on quantum physics at the University of Vienna in Austria.

One of the building blocks of a secure quantum network is the ability to exchange entangled photons between two parties. When a pair of photons are entangled particles, measuring one instantly influences the state of the other, regardless of the distance between them.

To create a cryptographic key, the two parties, say Alice and Bob, use the results of a series of measurements on pairs of entangled photons. The key can then be used to encrypt messages that are sent over a regular channel. The duo can also detect the presence of an intruder who tries to intercept and retransmit the entangled photons, because doing this destroys the entanglement.

Last year, researchers in China established a record separation between Alice and Bob: entangled photons were exchanged over a distance of 404 kilometres using non-commercial, high-quality optical fibre.

Entangled light

Now, entanglement has been preserved in pairs of photons sent by the Chinese satellite Micius to ground stations separated by 1203 kilometres — a new record.

“It took us almost 14 years to manage this achievement,” says Jian-Wei Pan of the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei.

They first had to ensure that their source of entangled photons would survive the rigours of a launch and that the entangled photons wouldn’t be destroyed while traveling through about 10 kilometres of lower atmosphere, which is thick and turbulent. After successful ground-based tests of these technologies, such as using small telescopes to focus the photons to distant receivers, in August 2016 China launched Micius into orbit at an altitude of about 500 kilometres so it would take the same path over China at the same time each night.

The next challenge was for ground stations to track the fast-moving satellite, and establish optical links to receive entangled photons. Three optical telescopes in Delingha in Tibet, and Lijiang and Nanshan in north-west China locked on to the satellite, which appeared briefly overhead once every night.

The ground stations used adaptive optics — which is technology that can measure the turbulence of Earth’s atmosphere in real time and cancel out its blurring effects. They also used technology to filter out moonlight and light pollution from cities, to reduce the noise in the optical link to the satellite.

For every pass of the satellite over China, which happened at night for about 275 seconds, it had to establish two such downlinks simultaneously, either between Delingha and Lijiang (1203 kilometres apart) or Delingha and Nanshan (1120 kilometres apart).

If we were to use optical fibres to distribute pairs of entangled photon pairs on Earth over 1200 kilometres, the loss of signal strength with distance means that we could only transmit one pair per second.

The Chinese satellite smashed that barrier. “We have already improved the distribution efficiency by 12 orders of magnitude over former technologies,” says Pan.

Next up, daytime

Zeilinger is impressed. “It’s a very important achievement,” he says. “It proves that China is really able to master the technology, particularly the technology to follow a satellite optically and have the downlinks.”

Pan says that the next step is to operate during the daytime, which means coping with far more light pollution from the sun, which can destroy the entanglement, and also to send satellites into higher orbits so that they are visible for longer durations. “Then it will be really a useful and radical system for secure quantum communications,” says Pan.

The team also tested the fundamentals of quantum mechanics. Einstein had argued that since quantum mechanics allows for entanglement, which he derided as “spooky action at a distance”, it must be an incomplete theory and that there must be an underlying reality to explain such weirdness. But the tests done on the entangled photons between the pairs of ground stations showed that quantum weirdness is real and cannot be explained by any Einsteinian notions of hidden reality.

China Launches Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Transponders

From http://www.arrl.org/news/china-launches-satellites-carrying-amateur-radio-transponders

China's CAMSAT has announced that two Amateur Radio payloads piggybacked on the optical remote-sensing microsatellites OVS-1A and OVS-1B were launched on June 15 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The primary launch mission is a hard X-ray modulation telescope satellite (HXMT). The Amateur Radio payloads are designated CAS-4A and CAS-4B.

CAS-4A (call sign BJ1SK) carries an inverting U/V inverting transponder, with a CW telemetry beacon at 145.888 MHz and 4.8 kb GMSK telemetry at 145.835 MHz. The transponder uplink is 435.220 MHz; the downlink is 145.870 MHz.

CAS-4B (call sign: BJ1SL) carries an essentially identical inverting U/V linear transponder, with a CW telemetry beacon at 145.910 MHz and GMSK telemetry at 145.890 MHz. The transponder uplink is 435.280 MHz; the downlink is 145.925 MHz MHz.

“The frequencies of transponders are center frequencies, and uplinks/downlinks are both 20 kHz wide,” CAMSAT’s Alan Kung, BA1DU, explained. “The transponders are linear and good for SSB/CW operation.”

Both CAS-4A and CAS-4B are equipped with quarter-wave monopole antennas for VHF and UHF

Researchers discover shortcut to satellite-based quantum encryption network

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Researchers_discover_shortcut_to_satellite_based_quantum_encryption_network_999.html

From the ground, researchers measured laser signals that originated from a satellite and traveled through Earth's gravitational potential and the turbulent atmosphere. The successful characterization of quantum features under such conditions is a precondition for the implementation of a global quantum communication network using satellites that would link metropolitan area quantum networks on the ground.

In a new study, researchers demonstrate ground-based measurements of quantum states sent by a laser aboard a satellite 38,000 kilometers above Earth. This is the first time that quantum states have been measured so carefully from so far away.

"We were quite surprised by how well the quantum states survived traveling through the atmospheric turbulence to a ground station," said Christoph Marquardt from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany.

"The paper demonstrates that technology on satellites, already space-proof against severe environmental tests, can be used to achieve quantum-limited measurements, thus making a satellite quantum communication network possible. This greatly cuts down on development time, meaning it could be possible to have such a system as soon as five years from now."

A satellite-based quantum-based encryption network would provide an extremely secure way to encrypt data sent over long distances. Developing such a system in just five years is an extremely fast timeline since most satellites require around 10 years of development. Normally, every component - from computers to screws - must be tested and approved to work in the harsh environmental conditions of space and must survive the gravitational changes experienced during the launch.

Marquardt and his colleagues from the division of Gerd Leuchs at the Max Planck Institute in Erlangen report their new research in Optica, The Optical Society's journal for high impact research.

Using light to keep data safe
Today, text messages, banking transactions and health information are all encrypted with techniques based on mathematical algorithms. This approach works because it is extremely difficult to figure out the exact algorithm used to encrypt a given piece of data. However, experts believe that computers powerful enough to crack these encryption codes are likely to be available in the next 10 to 20 years.

The looming security threat has placed more attention on implementing stronger encryption techniques such as quantum key distribution. Rather than relying on math, quantum key distribution uses properties of light particles known as quantum states to encode and send the key needed to decrypt encoded data.

If someone tries to measure the light particles to steal the key, it changes the particles' behavior in a way that alerts the intended communicating parties that the key has been compromised and should not be used. The fact that this system detects eavesdropping means that secure communication is guaranteed.

Although methods for quantum encryption have been in development for more than a decade, they don't work over long distances because residual light losses in optical fibers used for telecommunications networks on the ground degrade the sensitive quantum signals.

Quantum signals cannot be also regenerated without altering their properties by suing optical amplifiers as it is done for classical optical data. For this reason, there has been a recent push to develop a satellite-based quantum communication network to link ground-based quantum encryption networks located in different metropolitan areas, countries and continents.

Although the new findings showed that quantum communication satellite networks do not need to be designed from scratch, Marquardt notes that it will still take 5 to 10 years to convert ground based systems to quantum-based encryption to communicate quantum states with the satellites.

Measuring quantum states
For the experiments, Marquardt's team worked closely with satellite telecommunications company Tesat-Spacecom GmbH and the German Space Administration. The German Space Administration previously contracted with Tesat-Spacecom on behalf of the German Ministry of Economics and Energy to develop an optical communications technology for satellites.

This technology is now being used commercially in space by laser communication terminals onboard Copernicus - the European Union's Earth Observation Programme - and by SpaceDataHighway, the European data relay satellite system.

It turned out that this satellite optical communications technology works much like the quantum key distribution method developed at the Max Planck Institute. Thus, the researchers decided to see if it was possible to measure quantum states encoded in a laser beam sent from one of the satellites already in space.

In 2015 and the beginning of 2016, the team made these measurements from a ground-based station at the Teide Observatory in Tenerife, Spain. They created quantum states in a range where the satellite normally does not operate and were able to make quantum-limited measurements from the ground.

"From our measurements, we could deduce that the light traveling down to Earth is very well suited to be operated as a quantum key distribution network," Marquardt said. "We were surprised because the system was not built for this. The engineers had done an excellent job at optimizing the entire system."

The researchers are now working with Tesat-Spacecom and others in the space industry to design an upgraded system based on the hardware already used in space. This will require upgrading the laser communication design, incorporating a quantum-based random number generator to create the random keys and integrating post processing of the keys.

"There is serious interest from the space industry and other organizations to implement our scientific findings," said Marquardt. "We, as fundamental scientists, are now working with engineers to create the best system and ensure no detail is overlooked."

British Hacker Pleads Guilty to Hacking US Military Satellite Phone And Messaging System

From https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/british-hacker-pleads-guilty-to-hacking-us-military-satellite-phone-and-messaging-system

A 25-year-old broke into a DoD satellite communication system and doxed around 800 Department of Defense employees.

A British man has pleaded guilty to hacking into a US Department of Defense system stealing data from around 30,000 satellite phones, UK authorities announced on Thursday.

Sean Caffrey, a 25-year-old from the outskirts of Birmingham, admitted to breaking into a US military communications system on June 15, 2014, stealing "hundreds of user accounts." The hacker stole "ranks, usernames and email addresses of more than 800 users of a satellite communications system, as well as of about 30,000 satellite phones," according to a press release by the National Crime Agency, or NCA.

"No one should think that cyber crime is victimless or that they can get away with it," NCA's investigations manager Janey Young was quoted as saying.

In the indictment, the NCA said the hacker broke into the Enhanced Mobile Satellite System Short Burst Data System of the United States Department of Defense. In the press release, the agency did not provide any details into how Caffrey was caught. It only said that agents found the hack originated from his internet connection, and then found the stolen data on his computer after a "forensic examination."

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Caffrey was arrested in March of 2015, according to the NCA. At the time, the NCA said a hacker stole data from "an international satellite message dissemination system", the Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services, which is used by the the Pentagon to communicate with employees around the world via email or phone.

The hacker then allegedly claimed the attack with a message on the text-sharing site Pastebin, according to the NCA.

"We smite the Lizards, LizardSquad your time is near," the message read, according to the NCA. The hacker appeared to taunt the infamous hacking group Lizard Squad, notorious for targeting Xbox Live and other online gaming services. "We're in your bases, we control your satellites. The missiles shall rein [sic] upon thy who claim alliance, watch your heads, ** T-47:59:59 until lift off."

The message, or a copy of it, appears to be still up. The author of the message claimed to be affiliated with ISIS, and shared a few screenshots to prove his feat. The screenshots show full names, phone numbers, email addresses and usernames of servicemen.

Caffrey's intrusion caused $628,000 in damages, the DoD said. The hacker pleaded guilty to one offense under the UK's anti-hacking law, the Computer Misuse Act. The FBI and the Department of Defense collaborated in the investigation, according to the NCA's press release.

The NCA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The FBI and the DoD also did not immediately get back to Motherboard's request for more information on the case.


Thursday feed

Intelsat 19 12592 v Sr 7000 NRL football show

Screenshots taken from the Ten sports channels Intelsat 20 when they were FTA the other day (Yes they show a LOT of cricket). They are changing their branding soon..

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ABS 2 75.0E 3978 V "Fox Movies Philippines has replaced Star Movies Philippines" , Irdeto.
ABS 2 75.0E 3995 H "TV E" has left

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Seven to launch new catch-up platform

From http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2017/06/seven-to-launch-new-catch-up-platform.html

Seven will launch a new online platform offering long form catch-up TV content within six months.

It will replace Yahoo7’s Plus7 offering, which launched in 2010.

The new platform will be fully owned by Seven West Media.

The move comes at a time when Verizon completes its acquisition of Yahoo Inc., to be rebranded as Oath, and Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer announced her resignation in the US. Seven West Media and AOL/Verizon will continue to invest in the Yahoo7 joint venture in Australia.

Kurt Burnette, Chief Revenue Officer for Seven West Media, said “Our JV partners own and operate one of the world’s largest digital advertising businesses and we look forward to driving home this leadership in local and global best content, technology and innovation.

“Australia’s number one television network will now be even more seamlessly connected and sold with the number one commercial catch up TV service delivering the most effective ‘total video’ results for advertisers.

“The Seven team will continue its selling across all screens as has been the case for sport, sponsorship and integration and that will now extend and apply to all long form Seven content online.”

Trudeau under pressure to reject China bid for satellite firm

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Trudeau_under_pressure_to_reject_China_bid_for_satellite_firm_999.html

Pressure ratcheted up Tuesday on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government to effectively deny a Chinese firm's purchase of Canadian satellite communications company Norsat, over national security concerns.

Its purchase by Hytera Communications was approved earlier this month, after a routine security analysis.

But since then, opposition parties, two former Canadian spy masters and a US congressional commission have raised concerns over the sale, which was put on hold Monday after a US hedge fund came forward with an unsolicited rival bid.

The purchase of Norsat became the main topic of discussion in parliament over the past week, culminating Tuesday with Trudeau himself rejecting criticism about his government's handling of the case and refusing to back down.

"Our national security experts assessed the deal and the technology, and concluded there were no national security concerns," he said. "We always follow the advice of our security experts on these matters.

"On top of that," he added, "we do consult with our allies, and in this case, directly consulted with the United States on this situation."

Opposition parties accused the Trudeau government of fast-tracking approvals in order to curry favor with Beijing as Ottawa looks to expand trade with China.

They called for a more thorough national security review on the impacts of the transfer of Norsat's technologies outside Canada.

"How can the prime minister claim there were no national security concerns when there has been no national security review?" asked New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair, accusing Trudeau of "trying to invent a new category of careful assessment."

Beijing has said it regards national security reviews as a form of protectionism.

On Monday, the head of the congressional US-China Economic and Security Review Commission told The Globe and Mail newspaper that "Canada's approval of the sale of Norsat to a Chinese entity raises significant national-security concerns for the United States as the company is a supplier to our military.

"Canada may be willing to jeopardize its own security interests to gain favor with China," he said, adding it should not put the security of its ally at risk in the process.

Norsat's customers include the US, Irish, Scandinavian and Taiwanese militaries, NATO, aircraft manufacturer Boeing, and media firms Reuters, The Associated Press and Fox News.

At the same time, Norsat's board has asked Hytera to match an US$11.50 per share bid by Privet Fund Management of Atlanta or it will accept Privet's offer.

Eutelsat accuses Inmarsat of distorting competition

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/06/14/eutelsat-accuses-inmarsat-of-distorting-competition/

Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat, has denounced certain practices of its competitor Inmarsat, claiming it uses illegal practices providing broadband connection services on board of aircrafts.

According to Fabienne Schmidt in Les Echos Inmarsat is not playing the game by its rules. Inmarsat is deploying the ATG system bringing Wi-Fi into airplanes mostly by land-based terminals, using frequencies that have been allocated to a completely different purpose, which leads to a ‘distortion of competition,’ according to Belmer.

The band of frequencies in question is the S-band (which goes from 2 to 4 Gigahertz) that Inmarsat was awarded by the European Commission in 2009. It was originally intended to introduce satellite services in Europe, bringing broadband services to 50% of the population. For Belmer, Inmarsat makes it a ‘perverted use’ by using it, with its partner Deutsche Telekom, to bring Wi-Fi into airplanes.

Eutelsat says it has joined with its partner ViaSat into proceedings before the European Union Court of Justice. It is also in talks with with national regulators, such as Arcep in France and Ofcom in Great Britain.

Last week the two companies announced that they signed a new service contract with SAS, who will be equipping its short and medium-haul fleet to offer on-board Wi-Fi speeds of at least 12 Mbps and higher.

ViaSat will be the prime contractor to the airline, making available its vertically-integrated in-flight Internet system, inclusive of providing Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs); wireless IFE system support; passenger-facing access portals; and an end-to-end service that will leverage connectivity from Eutelsat. The connectivity service uses KA-SAT, Eutelsat’s high-capacity Ka-band broadband satellite whose service area spans Europe and the Mediterranean Basin.

Astro 'doesn't know anything' about Reliance Digital TV purchase talk

From http://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/astro-doesnt-know-anything-about-reliance-digital-tv-purchase-talk

KUALA LUMPUR (June 15): Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd says it "does not know anything" about talk that the company is considering buying into India's direct-to-home business operator Reliance Digital TV.

"I read about it in the newspaper," chief executive officer Datuk Rohana Rozhan told reporters after the pay TV service provider's annual general meeting. "But as a matter of principle, we don't comment on rumours."

Pressed on whether Astro is denying that it is in talks with Reliance Digital TV, Rohana said: "I don't know anything about it and I am the CEO of this company."

The Times of India newspaper, quoting sources, reported earlier this month that Astro was performing a due diligence to buy into Reliance Digital TV, an entity under Reliance Communications, which is controlled by Indian tycoon Anil Ambani.

Asked about Astro's outlook for this year, Rohana said it is anticipating "strong" prospects. The group is cautiously optimistic amid the "formidably challenging operating environment", she said.

Outdoor Sportsman Group Launches SVOD Service MyOutdoorTV

From http://www.multichannel.com/news/content/outdoor-sportsman-group-launches-svod-service-myoutdoortv/413448

MOTV available for $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year

Outdoor Sportsman Group announced the launch of MyOutdoorTV (MOTV), a subscription video-on-demand service aimed at outdoor lifestyle fans.

MOTV is available at $9.99 monthly or $99.99 annually.

The global service can be found online and in Apple and Android app stores, with plans in the works for further service on Roku, Apple TV and smart TVs.

“Outdoor Sportsman Group is the exclusive aggregator of the best global, outdoor lifestyle programming on the planet,” said Jim Liberatore, CEO and president of Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks. “With MOTV, we are now able to engage our incomparable assets and showcase the best-in-class producers, television talent, writers, print publications and original programming as a one-stop-shop solution for enthusiasts around the world.”

MOTV offers outdoor and lifestyle content—ranging from hunting and fishing to how-to and educational videos—as well as TV shows from Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network.

World View Is Taking A KFC Chicken Sandwich To The 'Edge Of Space'

From https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2017/06/13/world-view-is-taking-a-kfc-chicken-sandwich-to-the-edge-of-space/#2c0eb59e5f7d

Arizona-based World View, a startup aimed at stratospheric exploration, has announced that it's partnering with KFC to send a Zinger chicken sandwich nearly 75,000 feet up into the stratosphere - high enough to see the curvature of the Earth. This will be the first multi-day mission of the company's Stratollite system, in what CTO Taber MacCallum described as a "shakedown cruise" for the platform's system.

Although not quite taking a chicken sandwich to space, as KFC's website and advertising are saying, World View CEO Jane Poynter described the mission as going to "the edge of space." Up in the stratosphere, she says, you can get a good view of the Earth and the environment is in some ways "space-like."

On board the Stratollite system will be an HD video link system, allowing for video from the flight to be downloaded to Earth. The chicken sandwich will be enclosed in what KFC described as a "bucket satellite," modeled after the buckets the company's fried chicken comes in. Over the course of the mission, KFC will be doing a number of things to engage with its customers, including displaying tweets on the "bucket satellite" and dropping coupons on mini-parachutes from the Stratollite.

The Stratollite system is comprised of a large balloon, solar panels for power, and the vehicle itself, which houses payloads and contains the communications equipment. The system can be steered in the stratosphere using a parafoil. Once the system is fully tested and ready for launch, it's capable of carrying loads up to 300 pounds, and could carry multiple playloads at once.

This isn't World View's first Stratollite mission, but it's important for several reasons, according to MacCallum. It's the first mission to include all of the Stratollite systems, as well as the first mission to last multiple days. Additionally, the data gathered from this flight will help the company on future flights. That's meaningful to the company because according to Poynter, World View's "manifest is filling very quickly."

That increased demand highlights the benefit of KFC's sponsorship to World View. Although neither KFC nor World View would disclose the specific amount KFC was paying World View, the company did say that it was enough to cover the costs of the test flight. It also, adds Poynter, serves as a marketing opportunity for World View.

"When KFC first brought this to us we all had a good chuckle," she said. "But when we thought about it, we decided it was incredibly cool."

"If you can fly a chicken sandwich to the edge of space," she added."It demonstrates that you can really fly almost anything."

There are a number of different applications for these kind of stratospheric missions, from remote sensing to internet communications to scientific research. Right now, missions to the stratosphere can be limited because although balloon flights aren't new, they tend to not be very maneuverable and are limited in capability. Advances in technology, say MacCallum, have made their vehicle much more versatile.

The company wouldn't disclose specific pricing for Stratollite missions, in part, Poynter says, because it is very variable depending on the mission. However, she said, Stratollite missions start out at only "tens of thousands of dollars" and compared to the nearest competitive analogue, high-altitude drone flights, World View's missions are an "order of magnitude" less expensive.

(Craig's comment, come on...this can't be real..April fools day has been and gone!!!)



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Ten: free-to-air network’s boulevard of broken dreams

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/broadcast/ten-freetoair-networks-boulevard-of-broken-dreams/news-story/07d3f4be4616d234efd245c5efbe70df

Channel Ten has always been the worst house on the free-to-air broadcasting street in Australia.

The problem for Australia’s third television network, which was placed into administration yesterday after a half-year loss of $232 million, is that the neighbourhood has gone rapidly downhill.

For most of its life, Ten has struggled to carve out a viable market against strong competition from Seven, Nine and the ­government-funded ABC.

Free-to-air TV has been challenged by the rise of pay-television in Australia, led by Foxtel.

And now it is struggling against a new wave: internet and mobile phone television and streaming companies such as Netflix and Stan.

Apart from a few brief purple patches — from about 2003 to 2005 when it seemed Ten had found a niche pitching itself to younger Australians — backers of the network have had a constant struggle to make money out of it.

The network has been a boulevard of broken dreams, a financially disastrous tar baby, for a string of some of Australia’s most powerful business names — from Frank Lowy and his then adviser David Gonski, to Bruce Gordon, and Lachlan Murdoch, James Packer and Gina Rinehart.

As yesterday’s move shows, Ten continues to prove the theory of US billionaire investor Warren Buffett: “When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that ­remains intact.”

Just about the only ones who seem to have done well out of Ten have been News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch, who famously conducted an astute negotiation at News’s Holt Street headquarters in early 1987 with his partner, TNT founder Sir Peter Abeles, with a too eager, media-struck Frank Lowy.

The shopping centre magnate eagerly paid up $842m for two Channel Ten stations and a grab bag of other smaller media assets, celebrating the deal with a dinner at his house in Sydney’s elite Point Piper.

That deal was a high-water mark for Ten’s exiting owners and a low point for its buyers.

“We might have bought the worst house in the street but it is still a very good house,” Northern Star chairman Bruce Gordon ­declared at the time when he and Lowy bought Ten from Murdoch and Abeles.

“We have been looking for a cash flow business and there is a good cash flow in television,” ­adviser Gonski enthused.

“But we are somewhat humbled at the task that is before us.”

They were indeed humbled as they would learn all too painfully.

Westfield was hit by the stock market crash of 1987, which saw it sell the bulk of the Ten network to a consortium led by businessman Charles Curran and former ABC journalist Steve Cosser in 1989.

From its beginning in 1964, Ten was the new kid on the television block in Australia.

Bruce Gyngell famously became the first man to appear on Australian television with the launch of the Nine Network in time for the 1956 Olympics.

For the next few years there were only Nine and Seven in the free-to-air market in Australia as well as the ABC.

Many have argued there had never really been a sustainable market niche for a third network in Australia.

A third licence was granted to United Telecasters in 1963. It started with a station in Melbourne, which launched in 1964 and later in Sydney. The stations were owned by the Ansett group.

The network became known for shows such as Young Talent Time and the risqué Number 96, which pushed out the boundaries of Australian television.

In the 1970s, Rupert Murdoch moved in, buying a 46 per cent stake in Ten Sydney in 1977 and then picking up control of Channel Ten Melbourne in 1979.

The starting gun for change came in 1985 when Murdoch took out American citizenship to become an owner of a US television network. Then treasurer Paul Keating’s new cross media ownership laws, which declared that a media owner could be either “prince of print” of a “queen of the screen” were also set to shake up media ownership.

Foreign ownership laws forced Murdoch to sell, which he did with the famous Lowy deal to Northern Star, which was controlled by Lowy’s Westfield.

But the economic times were against them. The Australian economy fell into recession and the network struggled.

Westpac famously moved to put the network in receivership back in the dark days of 1990.

The network’s financial issues have prompted an ongoing series of changes in ownership as each optimistic buyer hits the harsh economic reality of owning ­Australia’s third television network.

In 1992, Ten’s flagship stations were sold to Canadian-based ­Canwest media group controlled by Izzy Asper.

Its ownership temporarily ­stable, Ten began to gain ground.

In 2001, Ten launched reality show Big Brother and then reality singing contest show Australian Idol. In 2004, the network’s youth-oriented focus seemed to be working as Ten, based in its Pyrmont bunker in inner-city Sydney, pulled ahead of the Seven Network and finished up second ­behind market leader Nine.

But Canwest was having problems in several countries.

In 2009, the Canadian media group sold its 50 per cent stake in Ten for $680m to help pay down its debt load, filing for protection of its creditors soon after.

Despite its questionable economics, Ten continued to attract the attention of media investors who felt they had the wherewithal to make it financially viable.

James Packer appeared to have walked away from television when he sold his stake in the Nine Network to private equity group CVC Asia in 2008 and 2009 in deals worth more than $5 billion.

But, it seems, he was unable to resist the lure of owning a television network, buying 18 per cent of Ten in late 2010.

As he did in the failed One.Tel, he brought his friend Lachlan Murdoch into the deal, selling half of his stake to Murdoch, who bought in through his private company Illyria. Together they were determined to do what it took to make the struggling network viable.

While Bruce Gordon has ­remained a longtime shareholder in the business, with about 15 per cent, Packer and Murdoch also brought in Gina Rinehart and Kerry Stokes to help provide more finance. Unrelenting pressure to make the network work saw Ten go through a string of chief ­executives in quick succession (at one point the count was up to five in six years) as the tycoons looked for a superman with the magic elixir.

The network has done well in parts. The purchase of the rights to the Big Bash T20 cricket and other sports rights deals saw it carve out a small niche in the sports rights market while enduring reality cooking franchise MasterChef has also done well.

But as the economics of free-to-air TV in Australia across the board have deteriorated in the face of new competition, the third network’s losses ­mounted.

In June 2015, Foxtel, jointly owned by News and Telstra, bought a 14 per cent share in the network. Lachlan Murdoch is co-chairman of News Corp, publisher of The Australian. Foxtel is half-owned by News Corp.

This year has seen ongoing ­negotiations over Ten’s future.

Yesterday Ten stopped trading after Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon said they would no longer back the network’s plans to ­refinance a $250m loan.

The move comes as the federal government is now considering moves to unwind the cross-media ownership rules laid down by Keating in 1986.

Ten’s financial demise will put further pressure on the government to pass the laws to free up a market where once great media names are struggling for their ­financial future.

The starting gun for a new round of assets sales in the Australian media landscape has been fired and the dancing is only just beginning.

Network Ten pays for past errors, tough times

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/network-ten-pays-for-past-errors-tough-times/news-story/d1caff717ff0d4dab05ebb783c0eb9cf

TV continues to be a profitable, cash-generative industry, but viewing habits are changing fast in the broadband era.

Streaming services such as Netflix, Foxtel Now, Stan and Amazon Prime Video are luring some of the best content and viewers from traditional broadcast networks.

Now the most anticipated drama shows and movies are as likely to be shown first on a recently rebooted Foxtel Now as they are on commercial TV.

Costs are another problem. Embattled free-to-air network Ten’s expenses jumped 7.4 per cent to $349.4 million in the six months to February 28. But ­advertising revenue grew only 2.1 per cent to $341.4m in the five capital cities.

Tepid conditions in the ad market are weighing on Ten. Online media has fractured audiences, and Facebook and Google now aggressively compete for market share with domestic players outside the regulatory framework, but with the benefit of far larger budgets.

New figures in the ­Interactive Advertising Bureau’s year-end report for 2016 showed Google and Facebook took 90 per cent of the ad revenue growth.

But these trends are not new. So what prompted directors to ask for trading to be halted yesterday morning after shareholders Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon decided against supporting a new $250m loan to the broadcaster?

Ten’s ratings and revenue began spiralling down in the noughties. Current Fairfax Media chairman Nick Falloon was at the helm when a series of ­strategic decisions saw Ten pay over the odds for sporting rights and high-priced content from Hollywood studios.

In 2010, Ten ran so far off course that gaming mogul James Packer and Mr Murdoch saw an opportunity to take control and prevent it from crashing.

Much has changed since Falloon saddled Ten with unsustainable costs. In the intervening years, the media environment has been up-ended and reshaped by digital insurgents.

It is now clear that lower ratings are the new normal in the TV industry, a realisation that is reflected in the valuations of broadcasters around the world.

For successive management teams at Ten, this has made the uphill task even harder.
Still, Ten has made progress of sorts during a turbulent period for the network. The broadcaster of I’m A ­Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!, MasterChef and the Big Bash pushed its share of the metro­politan ad market 1.8 per cent higher in the recent half on the back of ratings gains in younger ­demographics favoured by advertisers.

Where to next? While no one close to refinancing talks believes Ten will be shut down, the company faces potential administration if it can’t secure a new source of funding.

That’s not as bad it sounds. Such a move would put the broadcaster in a stronger position to extract itself from onerous contracts with CBS and 21st Century Fox.

Restructuring specialist KordaMentha is working closing with Ten’s board of directors. It’s notable that Ten has also drafted in investment bank Moelis, which worked on a $3.4 billion restructuring of the Nine Network’s debt in 2013.

This has prompted some observers to question whether a debt for equity swap could be on the cards for Ten.

This could enable some of the shareholders to privatise Ten, introduce a new corporate strategy and rebuild the company away from the scrutiny of being publicly traded.

Foxtel debuts in-app messaging chat to improve customer service

From https://www.cmo.com.au/article/620577/foxtel-debuts-in-app-messaging-chat-improve-customer-service/

Pay TV giant now allows customers to use its MyFoxtel app to chat to customer service agents in real time

Foxtel customers are now able to talk to customer service agents via their mobile app in real time following the pay TV’s rollout of in-app messaging technology.

Foxtel has integrated LivePerson’s in-app mobile messaging tool, LiveEngage, into the MyFoxtel app, in what it claims is an Australian first providing enterprise in-app messaging at scale for customer communications.

Consumers are connected to the customer service team by clicking on a feedback button inside the app, and can access a range of features including push notifications and alerts. In a statement, Foxtel head of digital sales and service, Alisha Bailey, said embracing the new technology was part of wider efforts to streamline the way customer interact with the brand across multiple platforms.

“Simplifying customer communications is an essential part of how Foxtel is able to quickly and accurately provide the best support possible,” she said. “ With so much of today’s communication happening via messaging on mobile devices, it’s a logical progression to enable customers to interact with Foxtel in the same way they would friends and family.”

LivePerson regional VP for APAC, Steven Fitzjohn, said the technology allowed customer service agents to handle multiple enquiries simultaneously, and also gave Foxtel the opportunity to monitor customer sentiment in real time and respond. At the same time, consumers can use the app to refer back to conversations with the service team.

“Customers benefit from the ability to message over time with a specific and consistent customer service team member with all conversations recorded in a single point, eliminating the need for customers to describe their issue over and over again,” he said.

Foxtel revamped its MyFoxtel app in January, introducing the ability to view billing and payment history, make bill payments, upgrade packages, order main Events programs, track usage, view up to 14 days of programming information and record recording functionality for IQ and MyStar boxes. The company claims it’s had 490,000 app downloads and 90,000 in-app customer messages sent through the app since its launch.

LivePerson’s customer base in Australia also includes Westpac, Commonwealth Bank, Medibank, Qantas, Bupa and Adobe.

Sydney-based retailer, CostumeBox, is another brand that’s employed LivePerson's chat technology to help process customer queries faster, and claims to have seen conversions rise by more than 25 per cent as a result.

Sky closes The Zone TV channel

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/93628182/sky-closes-the-zone-tv-channel

Grimm is one of the shows on The Zone that will be over for fans when the channel closes.

Grimm is one of the shows on The Zone that will be over for fans when the channel closes.

Sky has called time for its sci-fi channel, The Zone.

Broadcast on Sky channel nine, The Zone was launched in November 2014. Back then, Sky entertainment head Karen Bieleski​ said "this is the channel that many of our viewers have literally been clamouring for." The Zone was to screen anything that could feature at Comic-Con, but that brief would come to an end on June 30 as Sky axed the channel.

The channel's manager, Chris Philpott tweeted the news saying Sky had decided to "close down my beloved channel". He also posted this gif:

A Sky spokesperson said via a statement that the broadcaster would launch a new channel called Sky Box Sets.

Sky's new entertainment manager, Travis Dunbar, said the channel would feature "cutting edge drama and comedy".

"Programming will include exclusive first-run drama series such as Bellevue starring Anna Paquin, American Gothic starring Antony Starr and Mary Kills People starring Jay Ryan – iconic Kiwi actors making it big in Hollywood."

The spokesperson said programming carried by The Zone would continue to be broadcast on other Sky channels

(Craig's comment, i've never watched this channel, but they are actually replacing it with 2 channels. Jones!too which is also new will also screen some of the content.)

Permira secures $280m ABS refinancing

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/13/permira-secures-280m-abs-refinancing/

Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS), majority owned by private equity investment company Permira since 2010, has been refinanced by Permira.

ABS had been up for sale since May last year. Permira acquired ABS in 2010, paying about $242 million for the Hong Kong-based (but Bermuda headquartered) satellite operator. Its satellite operational base is at Subic Bay in the Philippines.

The refinancing sees an overall $280 million borrowed from 14 lenders. $250 million is in the form of a 5-year term loan, while the remaining $30 million is in revolving credit.

ABS has very much been on an expansionist trail, with a recent DTH service deal with Ghana’s Ziptv.

Astro wants to exit NDTV Good Times, makes offer to NDTV to buy out its 49% stake

From http://www.televisionpost.com/special-reports/astro-wants-to-exit-ndtv-good-times-makes-offer-to-ndtv-to-buy-out-its-49-stake/

MUMBAI: Malaysia-based Astro wants to exit NDTV Lifestyle Holdings, the company which runs lifestyle channel NDTV Good Times.

Astro has asked NDTV to buy out its 49% stake in NDTV Lifestyle Holdings, an investment it had made in 2010 for $40 million.

NDTV, however, has declined to exercise the option to buy back Astro’s stake. The offer was made by Astro on 2 June.

Astro owns 49% stake in NDTV Lifestyle through South Asia Creative Assets. The remaining stake is held by NDTV.

NDTV said its board has approved the decision by NDTV Networks, a subsidiary of the company, not to exercise the option to purchase 49% stake held by South Asia Creative Assets in NDTV Lifestyle Holdings.

“The offer was made by Astro vide transfer notice dated 2 June 2017, pursuant to the terms of the subscription and shareholders agreement earlier entered among the company, Networks, LS Holdco, NDTV Lifestyle Ltd, Astro, Astro Overseas Ltd and Astro All Asia Entertainment Networks Ltd,” NDTV said.

Astro also owns 20 per cent in Sun Group-owned direct-to-home (DTH) platform Sun Direct. It is in talks with Anil Ambani’s debt-ridden telecom company Reliance Communications to acquire the latter’s DTH company Reliance Digital TV.

Astro’s investment in NDTV Lifestyle was recently in the news when the BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy had accused NDTV of ‘money laundering’. Swamy had alleged that NDTV’s subsidiary NDTV Networks had $50 million in 2007, which is also the period in which the Aircel–Maxis scam had happened.

As per Swamy’s allegation, the Aircel–Maxis scam relates to the quid pro quo in which Sun TV Network promoter Kalanithi Maran’s brother Dayanidhi Maran had as telecom minister forced Chinnakannan Sivasankaran to part with 74% stake in Aircel to Maxis Communications. Astro, which owns Maxis Communications, in turn invested in Sun Group’s DTH company Sun Direct allegedly as a quid pro quo.

Describing Swamy’s allegation as a ‘blatant lie’, NDTV had said that Astro had invested $40 million for the stake in NDTV’s lifestyle business in 2010.

“This was bona fide FDI made after getting Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) and Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) permissions of the sort that is actively encouraged by the current government. Astro still holds the shares. It was disclosed to all authorities and to the stock exchanges. There is no question of any ‘money laundering’. Nor has the Enforcement Directorate ever made such an allegation to NDTV,” the news broadcaster had said.

Astro’s investment in NDTV Lifestyle was examined by the tax department, which passed a ‘clean order’, thereby accepting the investment as genuine. NDTV further clarified that the enforcement directorate “has not slapped any fine of Rs 2,030 crore on NDTV”.

NDTV also dismissed Swamy’s allegation that most of the people named as ‘directors’ of NDTV Networks Plc were not directors.

“NDTV Networks Plc was a genuine company. All investments in it were genuine investments after taking requisite approvals including from the FIPB,” NDTV said. The news broadcaster further explained that Fuse Media “is not an NDTV company and belongs to a very well-respected private equity investor who is still an investor in NDTV Networks as well as in other Indian media companies”.

Earlier, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Swamy had sought a probe by the CBI against NDTV. He had also asked for a separate probe by the ED into the allegations of money laundering.

“The TV channel’s top people should be therefore questioned initially by the CBI to find on whose behest the money came to them in the Aircel–Maxis deal, which deal prima facie was illegally approved by former Finance Minister P Chidambaram,” Swamy had said in his letter.

Saudi bans beIN Sports viewing

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/13/saudi-bans-bein-sport-viewing/

Qatar-based beIN Sports is suffering much the same fate as its sister Al Jazeera news channel as part of the fall-out of the diplomatic row between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Reuters is quoting Saudi Arabia’s state press agency saying that the Kingdom has banned the import and sale of beIN Sports digital set-top boxes, and prohibited the renewal – or sale of new subscriptions to the sports services.

Saudi Arabia’s General Commission for Audiovisual Media, in a statement, said it was acting out of “concern for the rights of its citizens and residents” without elaborating any further. However, the Reuters report says that viewers with current subscriptions would not be affected.

beIN operates a portfolio of sports channels and is owned by beIN Media Group. The company was spun off from Al Jazeera in December 2013.

Entertainment giants form anti-piracy alliance

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/13/entertainment-giants-form-anti-piracy-alliance/

Thirty leading content creators and on-demand entertainment companies from around the world have launched the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), a global coalition dedicated to protecting the dynamic legal market for creative content and reducing online piracy.

The worldwide members of ACE are Amazon, AMC Networks, BBC Worldwide, Bell Canada and Bell Media, Canal+ Group, CBS Corporation, Constantin Film, Foxtel, Grupo Globo, HBO, Hulu, Lionsgate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Millennium Media, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Paramount Pictures, SF Studios, Sky, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Star India, Studio Babelsberg, STX Entertainment, Telemundo, Televisa, Twentieth Century Fox, Univision Communications Inc., Village Roadshow, The Walt Disney Company, and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

According to the Alliance, in recent years, the legal marketplace for creative content has grown exponentially, as film and television companies have invested heavily in digital distribution models. There are now more than 480 online services worldwide available for consumers to watch films and television programmes legally on demand.

The Alliance notes that this “tremendous” growth of creativity also drives the economy. In the United States alone, the creative sector adds over $1.2 trillion to the economy and supports more than 5.5 million direct jobs each year.

However, as more creative content moves online, piracy poses a continuing threat to creators, consumers, and the economy. Films and television shows can often be found on pirate sites within days – and in many cases hours – of release. Last year, there were an estimated 5.4 billion downloads of pirated wide release films and primetime television and VoD shows using peer-to-peer protocols worldwide. There were also an estimated 21.4 billion total visits to streaming piracy sites worldwide across both desktops and mobile devices in 2016.

The Alliance says that piracy also puts consumers at risk. One in three pirate sites target consumers with malware that can lead to a range of problems including identify theft and financial loss, according to a December 2015 report by Digital Citizens Alliance.

By bringing together global creative companies producing all forms of content, ACE will expand ongoing, cooperative efforts to reduce the prevalence of online piracy. ACE will draw upon the global antipiracy resources of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in concert with the internal antipiracy expertise of the ACE coalition members. Specifically, ACE will conduct research, work closely with law enforcement to curtail illegal pirate enterprises, file civil litigation, forge cooperative relationships with existing national content protection organisations, and pursue voluntary agreements with responsible parties across the internet ecosystem.

“BBC Worldwide invests in, commercialises, and showcases content from the BBC around the world and champions British creativity globally,” commented Martyn Freeman, General Counsel, BBC Worldwide. “It is the lifeblood of our business and we must ensure that we do all we can to secure and protect it from theft and illegal distribution. The ACE initiative is hugely important at a time when content consumption habits are rapidly shifting and methods of piracy are becoming more and more sophisticated.”

“Global piracy is not just a concern for one studio or creator, it undermines the foundation of the entire global entertainment sector,” asserted Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO, MPAA. “Meeting the challenges ahead will require more voices, greater collaboration, new ideas, and increased resources. ACE, with its broad coalition of creators from around the world, is designed, specifically, to leverage the best possible resources to reduce piracy. For decades, the MPAA has been the gold standard for antipiracy enforcement. We are proud to provide the MPAA’s worldwide antipiracy resources and the deep expertise of our antipiracy unit to support ACE and all its initiatives.”

“Collaboration, through bodies such as ACE, is critical in tackling this issue because piracy is illegal, unreliable, and risky,” added Andrew Griffith, Group COO, Sky.

ISPs may have to block Pirate Bay

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/14/ecj-isps-may-have-to-block-pirate-bay/

Sweden based Pirate Bay may have to amend its file-sharing after Europe’s supreme court said it may be breaking copyright rules by helping users download films, TV shows and music for free.

The Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) said Pirate Bay’s role as a host meant it may be liable for web piracy. It had been asked for an opinion by a Dutch Court considering a case brought by the Dutch copyright group Stichting Brein.

“Making available and managing an online platform for sharing copyright-protected works, such as ‘The Pirate Bay,’ may constitute an infringement of copyright,” judges said.”Even if the works in question are placed online by the users of the online sharing platform, the operators of that platform play an essential role in making those works available,” they said.

Stichting Brein had asked ISPs XS4LL and Ziggo, which is owned by Liberty Global , to block Pirate Bay. If the Dutch Court now rules with the copyright body, all Dutch ISPs will be affected.


Sorry no update on Tuesday


Note the feeds published on apsattv are Free to air! no codes, no biss # help, no hacks were used to view.

Monday morning feeds

Asiasat 5 4147 H Sr 7200 "GCA HD ENC-1" WCQ Soccer Macedonia vs Spain

Asiasat 5 4156 H Sr 7200 "GCA HD MP4 ENC-2" WCQ Soccer Serbia vs Wales

Asiasat 5 3914 V Sr 7120 "arqiva HD6" PSA Dubai World Series Squash

Asiasat 5 3876 H Sr 7500 "LPGA MANULIFE" Womans Golf

Sunday feeds

Intelsat 19 12450 H Sr 7200 "Waicomm 1" What Next show for TVNZ

Asiasat 5 4156 H Sr 7200 "GCA HD MP4 ENC-2" Soccer Ger vs SMR

Saturday feeds

Intelsat 19 12437 H Sr 15000 NRL Penrith v Raiders
Intelsat 19 12430 H Sr 3600 SES Feed

Optus D1 12634 V Sr 7200 16APSK, AFL Feed FTA

From my Email

From Robert

Hi Craig , hows it going , are you able to put this on your website please, selling one of my spectrums


Cheers Robert

From the Dish

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3689 H "India News Punjab" has started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Whistle TV and Gulistan News" have left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3777 H "ABP Asmita" is back on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "ETV Gujarati News and ETV Odia News" have left.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4054 H "Arihant TV" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3780 V "D Sport" is Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3805 H "Gazi TV" is now encrypted.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3812 H "Maasranga TV" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3712 H "Ten 1, Ten Cricket, Ten 2, Ten Sports Pakistan and Ten 3" are Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4163 H "Zee Salaam" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11003 HLas Estrellas Europa has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTC 12(越南)频道解密,设置11008 H 28800参数免费接收。 [6月11日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Janata(标清)频道改格式,设置4030 H 1609参数免费接收。 [6月11日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,D Channel(泰国)频道新增,设置12272 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月11日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Bayon TV、TVK(泰国)频道消失,设置12272 H 30000参数无效接收。 [6月11日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Fox Movies替换Star Movies(梦幻卫视)频道,设置12470 V 25600参数有条件接收。 [6月11日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Discovery替换Discovery HD World(Cignal)频道,设置11510 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [6月11日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Fox Movies替换Star Movies(Cignal)频道,设置11481 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [6月11日]

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Super Action替换Screen(Skylife)频道,设置12530 H 27489参数有条件接收。 [6月10日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Fox News(传送)频道新增,设置12399 H 4443参数免费接收。 [6月10日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,YTN(传送)频道新增,设置12358 V 4443参数免费接收。 [6月10日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Star Plus、Ten 1 HD(HEVC)等全组频道消失,设置3649 H 43800参数无效接收。 [6月10日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Eleven(台亚卫星)频道加密,设置3700 V 33000参数有条件接收。 [6月10日]
东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,TV Mu、DTV 2(印尼)频道改频率,设置3783 H 2500参数免费接收。 [6月10日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Neo Sports(印度)频道解密,设置3900 V 10370参数免费接收。 [6月10日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Disha News Channel(印度)频道开播,设置3742 V 7000参数免费接收。 [6月10日]

东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Rodja TV替换TVRI(Skynindo)频道,设置3560 V 30000参数免费接收。 [6月9日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Cartoon Network(数码天空)频道消失,设置12294 V 45000参数无效接收。 [6月9日]
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Government urged to watch this space

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/government-urged-to-watch-this-space/news-story/93f99871bc4db95d5e251d205f77cff3

Two of Australia’s leading satellite firms are leading calls for the ­creation of an Australian space agency, with Speedcast and Fleet declaring the time is right for the government to back the fast-growing industry.

The ASX-listed Speedcast is the world’s biggest satellite ser­vices provider and chief executive Pierre-Jean Beylier said currently Australia is one of only two OECD countries that do not have a space agency.

Our current activity amounts to less than 1 per cent of the global space economy, he says, and it’s time we took the next step.

“Space is the next frontier. It will be important economically, politically, and militarily to have space capabilities, and I think it’s time for Australia to consider it,” Mr Beylier told The Australian.

“Australia with its talent, its universities, and its engineers that come out of the country has a real role to play in the space sector.

“Speedcast is one of the largest buyers of commercial capacity in the world and we’d be very happy to help.”

Mr Beylier said it would be a weakness to rely on other countries’ capabilities, given space is becoming more relevant on a number of fronts.

“It’s an area that deserves the government’s attention,” he said.

“The government has already started investing in this space through the NBN with two satellites, and this would be taking that to the next level.”

He said until now the only Australian initiatives in the space arena originated from private ­investment, which limited their impact.

Reversing those trends can’t be done without the government’s commitment, hence the necessity for Australia to consider such a project.

“The demand for manufacturing and launching capacities, as well as satellite services, is obvious, and the return on investment in that sector is high,” he said.

“For every dollar invested by the US government into the NASA, studies estimate the return on investment to be between $US7 and $US14. “

Key innovations such as re­usable rockets and constant optimisation of the equipment used are reducing the costs of launch dramatically.

The CEO, who has led the company since 2004, said a space agency would also attract experts to Australia, and enable the development of future talent in this country, which would allow it to become a leader in the satellite ­industry.

“Our current tertiary education in this sector is limited, and most of the talent we do create usually moves to the US, France or Germany to work in more powerful companies and on more challenging projects,” he said.

“The value of scientific assets, data and expertise we can generate can’t be ignored.”

Speedcast, which has about 1200 employees, provides satellite communications to Border Force’s patrol boats and provides wire­less and 4G services to Christmas Island.

Mr Beylier’s comments were echoed by Fleet chief executive Flavia Tata Nardini.

Fleet is a nano-satellite start-up that recently raised $5 million in a Series A round from Blackbird Ventures and Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes, and is planning to launch its first nano-satellite next year.

“I really believe a national space agency would provide the kind of support, regulation and ecosystem that now is missing in Australia,” Ms Tata Nardini, a space engineer, told The ­Australian.

“I come from a background working in Europe for quite a while so I do have an idea of what a space agency can do for a ­country.”

Ms Tata Nardini said New Zealand’s government heavily supports its space start-ups, such as Rocket Lab, which provides ­rocket launch services for companies such as Fleet.

“We could be way more competitive,” she said.

“Our company will soon have many employees and I want us to stay here.”

A spokesman for the Minister for Industry Innovation and Science Arthur Sinodinos said, “the Commonwealth Government is in the process of assessing our national space policy and the opportunities that the continuing development of the space industry provides for Australia. “

Crisis for Network Ten as financial backers say ‘no’

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/broadcast/crisis-for-network-ten-as-financial-backers-say-no/news-story/aa980fafc11ecf606bb2b3c278adc756

Ten Network is facing the prospect of being placed into ­voluntary administration if a $200 million loan cannot be refinanced after three high-profile backers decided against supporting a new funding deal.

The free-to-air television broadcaster is expected to issue a statement to the ASX this morning to update investors over its ­finances.

It is understood that Ten shareholders Lachlan Murdoch, Bruce Gordon and James Packer have decided against guaranteeing a new $250m loan to replace the existing $200m overdraft, which needs to be repaid to Commonwealth Bank in ­December.

Ten is Australia’s third-placed commercial network with hit shows such as MasterChef, The Bachelor and sports ­franchises such as Big Bash cricket, but hopes that it can ­secure new funding faded at the weekend.

Ten did not respond to a ­request for comment last night. The statement to the ASX is ­expected to provide an update following a recent review of the business.

It is believed the shareholders feel the broadcaster is facing dim prospects in a changing media landscape and there is little chance ­of a powerful economic bounce.

Mr Murdoch is co-chairman of News Corp, publisher of The Australian; Mr Gordon is the owner of regional TV network WIN Corp, and Mr Packer is Crown Resorts’ majority shareholder.

Mr Gordon is Ten’s largest shareholder with 15 per cent. Mr Murdoch and Mr Packer both own 7.7 per cent each.

While it was known that Mr Packer was not prepared to again throw his support behind the company, as he reorganises his own gaming business interests, Mr Murdoch and Mr Gordon’s intentions were less clear until now.

Among Ten’s other shareholders is pay-TV operator Foxtel, which is half-owned by News Corp. Foxtel owns a 13.9 per cent stake in Ten.

While no one believes administrators will begin the process of shutting down the company, the decision taken by the three shareholders does leave Ten’s advisers looking for refinancing from other parties.

Administration would put Ten in a stronger position to renegotiate onerous programming contracts with two US studios: CBS and 21st Century Fox.

At Ten’s recent half-year ­results, the company admitted it may not be able to carry on as a going concern after posting a $232.2m loss.

TV continues to be a profitable, cash-generative industry, but habits are changing among viewers in an era of fast broadband.

Streaming services such as Netflix, Foxtel Now, Stan and Amazon Prime are luring some of the best content and viewers from traditional broadcast TV networks.

Now, the most anticipated drama shows and movies are as likely to be shown first on Foxtel Now as they are on commercial TV.

Ten’s costs jumped 7.4 per cent to $349.4m in the six months to February 28, but TV revenue grew only 2.1 per cent to $341.4m in the metropolitan ad market.

Tepid conditions in the ad market are also weighing down on Ten. Online media has fractured audiences, and international media players now aggressively compete for market share with domestic players outside of the regulatory framework, but with the benefit of far larger ­budgets.

New figures in the ­Interactive Advertising Bureau’s year-end report for 2016 showed that ­Google and Facebook took 90 per cent of the ad revenue growth.

Still, Ten has made headway during a turbulent period for the network.

The broadcaster of I’m A ­Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! pushed its share of the metro­politan ad market 1.8 per cent higher in the half on the back of ratings gains in younger ­demographics favoured by advertisers. Restructuring firm KordaMentha has been working with Ten’s board.

Investment bank Moelis, which worked with hedge funds on the recapitalisation of Nine Entertainment Co in 2013, was also recently drafted in. The involvement of Moelis has prompted some bankers to question whether a debt for equity swap could be on the cards for Ten.

Abu Dhabi issues 120 warnings over satellite dish violations

From http://www.thenational.ae/abu-dhabi-issues-120-warnings-over-satellite-dish-violations

ABU DHABI // Abu Dhabi Municipality has issued 120 warnings to building owners for violating rules about installing satellite dishes.

The municipality said on Monday that it had carried out an inspection campaign to curtail the installation of satellite dishes on rooftops and balconies.

A building can have only four central satellite dishes installed on its rooftop, according to municipal regulations. Satellite dishes also cannot be installed on balconies or facades.

The municipality described the high number of dishes haphazardly placed on rooftops as an "eyesore" that hampers periodic maintenance work.

They also make it difficult to deliver relief equipment to rooftops in emergencies, the municipality said

Tribe expands into Singapore

From https://www.digitalnewsasia.com/business/tribe-expands-singapore

TRIBE, the Astro Malaysia owned online video service provider, available in Indonesia and the Philippines, announces its third market, Singapore in partnership with Singtel, Singapore’s largest telecommunications company.

Singtel’s OTT video portal app – Cast – will carry Tribe’s on-demand content via the Aneka Plus pack, which features Malay programmes from various content providers, including Astro Malaysia.

Tribe’s content strategy is to curate content offerings tailored to each individual market.

Tribe, through its standalone app in Indonesia and Philippines offers a range of live and on demand content across live sports, Korean drama, Anime, eSports, and Asian movies.

In Singapore, Tribe aims to fulfil the current unmet demand for Malay content in the digital space.

“Our approach to every market is unique and this partnership with Singtel is a landmark first for Tribe as we explore different GTM models,” said Tribe Limited chief executive officer Iskandar Samad.

“Singtel is the market leader in mobile with a strong Malay base across prepaid and postpaid segments. Astro, on the other hand, is unrivalled in its production of premium original Malay content. Singtel’s Cast will be an effective channel to connect a strong customer base with relevant quality content.

“Singapore is a well-developed and exciting Asian market with robust monetisation opportunities and we look forward to leveraging this as a learning opportunity to gain better understanding of market dynamics before we consider launching a standalone OTT product as we have done in other markets."

In conjunction with the fasting month, Tribe will release several Ramadan specials including ‘Imam Mudaku Romantik’, ‘Tolong Aku Nak Puasa’ and ‘Resepi Memikat Suami’. ‘Hero Seorang Cinderella’ featuring Fattah Amin and Fazura will also be available on Cast.

Other highlights include Malay dramas and telemovies such as ‘Suri Hati Mr. Pilot’, ‘Bukan Kerana Aku Tak Cinta’ and ‘Cinta Paling Agung’ featuring celebrities Aaron Aziz, Neelofa, Sharnaaz Ahmad, Nelydia Senrose and more.

Other genres offered include variety, lifestyle programmes and catch up of live programmes.

Tribe is available on the Aneka Plus pack via the Cast app for a monthly subscription of S$7.90 with a 12-month contract. At launch, Singtel is offering three months’ free subscription with the 12-month contract.

B&R satellite alliance launched

From http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1051328.shtml

Move set to offer boost for homegrown BeiDou system

A model of China's BeiDou Satellite Navigation System on display during the 20th China Beijing International High-tech Expo in Beijing on June 8 Photo: CFP

As part of the goal to provide basic services to regions along the route of the Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, China unveiled the B&R Satellite Application Alliance to foster successful applications and proliferation of its homegrown BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) at an industry seminar in Beijing on Monday.

China will launch six to eight satellites to form a global network in the second half of this year and accomplish the launch of 18 satellites by around 2018 to serve countries along the B&R initiative, according to a White Paper for the development of the BDS published in June 16, 2016.

The alliance was set up under the guidance of the International Cooperation Centre of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), with about 40 founding members.

The NDRC is the nation's top economic planning agency.

"The setting up of the alliance will allow the industry to tap the resources of China's international capacity cooperation mechanism and gain access to the project database, so we can study these potential projects and think of ways to apply the BDS," Fan Jingsheng, deputy secretary general of the Global Navigation Satellite System and Location-based Services Association of China (GLAC), told the Global Times Monday.

"The alliance will consolidate resources from related sectors, provide spatial-temporal information, and facilitate the construction and improve the operating efficiency of the projects in B&R international corridors and sea routes," Fan said.

In concrete terms, the BDS will facilitate the building of transportation infrastructure, international transportation, informatization of seaborne logistics, security of oil and gas pipelines, and the construction of cross-border power transmission and fiber optic networks.

High hopes

China's satellite navigation industry has high hopes for the BDS, and many experts believe that it can be the third "national business card," following China's successful development of high-speed trains and homegrown nuclear technology.

Initiated in 1994, the BDS project equals the US-developed Global Positioning System (GPS) in terms of precision performance, and is even slightly better in the Asia-Pacific region.

However, China's late start - some 20 years after the US version - means that the user base and brand recognition is well behind that of GPS, according to experts.

User base and customer demand is vital for the development of the BDS because it will push the scientists and engineers to improve the system, Fan said.

Xie Yangjun, an NDRC official involved with fostering international cooperation in the B&R regions, told the Global Times Monday that many companies that have already expanded overseas and are in the NDRC database for international capacity cooperation will be the customers that use it, and this will help the system.

"Yes, some countries have geopolitical concerns. But some trust China's offering. They are becoming the first customers for the BDS," Xie said.

Currently, the BDS has already expanded its services to Pakistan, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Malaysia, Brunei, Myanmar, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, according to a document provided by Fan.

Policy support

In October 2016, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence and the NDRC jointly issued a guideline policy on speeding up the building of a B&R spatial-temporal information corridor.

The policy encouraged private capital to participate in the B&R spatial-temporal information corridor and called for central and local fiscal support for eligible projects.

The financial sources for it include the Silk Road Fund and a number of international funds, as well as credit from policy banks such as the China Development Bank. The policy also called for a study into setting up an application fund for such a corridor in a market-orientated fashion. "The stage has been set up, and now what matters is that we propose to do something. Once we start doing something, financial support will follow," Fan said.


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东经52.5度轨道位置的Y1A号卫星Ku频段,8XM、Vibe替换LFP promo(MPEG-4)等频道,设置11862 H 27500参数免费接收。 [6月9日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Neo Sports(印度)频道加密,设置3900 V 10370参数有条件接收。 [6月9日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Ten Sports、Ten 2(印度)等全组频道加密,设置3712 H 14454参数有条件接收。 [6月9日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,City Channel(蒙古)频道加密,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [6月9日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Test(测试)频道消失,设置12690 H 43200参数无效接收。 [6月9日]

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Al Jazera替换PNG TV(半岛电视)频道,设置3880 V 30000参数免费接收。 [6月8日]
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东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Neo Sports(印度)频道解密,设置3900 V 10370参数免费接收。 [6月8日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,MTV、纬来日本(数码天空)等频道消失,设置12294 V 45000参数无效接收。 [6月8日]
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"Foxtel Now" may be smoke and mirrors, but it's a smart move

From http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/foxtel-now-may-be-smoke-and-mirrors-but-its-a-smart-move-20170607-gwmui8

Kudos to Foxtel, which generated significant coverage with the announcement that it has given its streaming service, Foxtel Play, something that television viewers are all too familiar with: a makeover. Media attention and presumably curious consumer eyes were drawn to the launch of Foxtel Now, which promised no end of "re" words, including re-vamped and re-energised. If you apply a little perspective, however, there's another one that's applicable: repeated.

Foxtel Now's selling point is that it delivers via online streaming, as opposed to Foxtel's traditional satellite dishes and cable boxes, a flexible selection of content at budget prices without set-up costs. There are five monthly starter packs to choose from, including Lifestyle, Docos and Kids at $10 each, plus Pop (which mixes comedy and drama) and Drama at $15 each. You need at least one of those to access the premium packages, which are Movies at $20 and Sport at $29.

Compare that to the announcement just last October, also delivered by Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh, that come December 2016 and the looming end of the Presto streaming service (which was co-owned by Foxtel and Seven West Media), Foxtel Play would be reworked. Lifestyle, Documentary, and Kids packages at $10 each, with two drama options at $15 each. Lifestyle was $20 and Sports $25. Even Foxtel Now's bonus of charging $25 for Pop and Drama instead of the combined $30, was on offer last year at exactly the same price.

This is some first-rate smoke and mirrors work by Foxtel, and all credit to them. They had to get in front of the idea that compared to streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Stan (which is 50 per cent owned by Fairfax Media), they've become a legacy company vulnerable to disruption. Foxtel Now is at the forefront of a marketing push which promises that Foxtel is for everyone, especially Millennials whose viewing pleasure is delivered through Wi-Fi and a laptop.

But moving the Foxtel logo from uppercase to lowercase lettering will only take you so far. When Foxtel launched 22 years ago, alongside a competitor it ultimately bested after great ructions in Optus Vision, it was a revolutionary prospect; the idea of dozens of channels, many of them specialised, was a sea change for audiences that had long lived with five free to air television networks. I remember getting Foxtel hooked up at my new Melbourne home in 2001 – the choice was dizzying.

Now Foxtel is the establishment, and it has the status and costs to match that role. It has maintained a penetration level of roughly 30 per cent in the Australian market for several years now, giving it 2.8 million subscribers. The pillars of its programming – live Australian sport, high-end drama from the likes of HBO, moves, lifestyle programming, and original local productions – basically deliver close to everything you could want in one package.

Putting aside the numerous package deals involving internet access, subscribing to the full breadth Foxtel as a premium (i.e. traditional) cable or satellite customer will cost $135 a month for the programming. Taking up all seven packages on Foxtel Now to get the equivalent online will see you billed $104 a month. Foxtel wants to separate those two groups because they need to avoid cannibalising their customer base through users renouncing their set-top boxes in favour of a cheaper browser window.

What would be radical, but untenable, is Foxtel embracing the growth of cord-cutting, and offering their channels, or at least their exclusive content, on an individual basis, so that if you want just two channels – say Fox Footy for AFL, Showcase for Game of Thrones – you could get that, presumably for a few dollars each. Foxtel can never get too far away from the subscription model. They have to offer a lot, and charge a commensurate amount, as opposed to letting customers pick the eyes out.

Foxtel is getting on the front foot with an Apple TV-style streaming device to be launched in the second half of the year. It will reportedly support Netflix and Stan accounts, which is the right move given that Foxtel has to acknowledge that they're running a different business model and have demands and outlays, such as local commissioned content, that Netflix, for example, doesn't pay any heed to.

Foxtel might have found a way to satisfy, or at least quiet down, Australia's numerous Game of Thrones devotees, who previously railed against having to subscribe to see their favourite show. When season seven of the fantasy blockbuster arrives in five weeks they'll be able to pay $15 a month to see it. But the broader question of who will prosper and who will fall away in the struggle between free to air networks, Foxtel's pay TV, and the streaming services hasn't been clarified, let alone resolved. Winter, however, is definitely coming.

Eutelsat 172B begins ascent to geo

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/09/eutelsat-172b-begins-ascent-to-geo/

Launched June 2nd by an Ariane 5 rocket, the Eutelsat 172B satellite has entered a new phase of its journey in space with the initiation of the ascent to geostationary orbit. The first European high power electric satellite, built by Airbus, will take approximately four months to complete the climb to 172° East, monitored by Eutelsat and Airbus from Toulouse using a dedicated network of stations located around the planet. Eutelsat’s new satellite is scheduled to enter into service in the fourth quarter of this year.

Since launch, Eutelsat 172B has undergone a series of critical manoeuvres that include positioning of electric propulsion motors attached to robotic arms in preparation for orbit-raising, and the full deployment of solar panels to generate power during this phase.

Eutelsat 172B will deliver increased capacity for fast-growing applications that include in-flight and maritime connectivity, cellular backhaul, corporate networks, video and government services. It will be located at 172° East, a key neighbourhood providing exceptional Asia-Pacific reach over land and sea, from Alaska to Australia. Designed to replace Eutelsat 172A, it will provide increased capacity, more power and improved coverage via C and Ku-band payloads connected to a range of service areas. Following the transfer of traffic to the new satellite Eutelsat 172A will continue commercial service at another orbital position.

Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat, said: “A week since launch, Eutelsat 172B has passed the critical stages of its deployment before embarking on the ascent to geo. This complex process reflects meticulous preparation by Eutelsat and Airbus teams who have worked hand in hand on a ground-breaking satellite programme customised for Asia-Pacific markets.”

Astro looks to buy Reliance Digital TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/09/astro-looks-to-buy-reliance-digital-tv/

Malaysia’s DTH pay-TV broadcaster Astro is reportedly looking to acquire India’s Reliance Digital TV.

The Times of India is quoting sources saying that the plan is part of Anil Ambani’s wish to reduce debt in his Reliance Communications telco.

The newspaper is reporting that Astro Malaysia Holdings is currently undertaking due diligence examinations of Reliance Digital TV. Astro already holds a 20 per cent stake in Sun Direct, a smaller Indian DTH operator.

Thaicom, Huawei, Starcor Media embark on OTT project

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017060847535/thaicom-huawei-starcor-media-embark-on-ott-project.html#axzz4jKzrAtKd

Asian satellite operator Thaicom has joined forces with Huawei and Starcor Media to develop an over-the-top (OTT) video platform in Thailand.

thaicom logo 8 June 2017The platform will provide TV streaming and video-on-demand (VOD) services, and will be available for the country’s enterprise, education, government and telecommunications sectors.

“We are confident that the partnership with Huawei and Starcor will enable us to continue to provide the satellite capacity needed to fuel the new digital TV ecosystem. The OTT platform represents a new service for Thaicom; it will complement our existing satellite platform and carry it into the new digital era,” said Patompob Suwansiri, chief commercial officer, Thaicom.

Robin Lu, director of enterprise business, Huawei Technologies (Thailand), added: “This partnership with Thaicom and Starcor is an example of Huawei’s determination to champion OTT –as-a-services on a worldwide scale. Satellite technology serves as an enabler to unlock the digital ecosystem for new market opportunities such as OTT.

Our goal is to equip our customers with the advanced industrial cloud and big data technologies, to provide a powerful, best-in-class OTTaaS platform, which combines fast speed and rich media resources with the renowned reliability of Thaicom’s satellite technology.”

Starcor’s president and CEO Ivan Zhang also expressed his pride at being involved in the project, saying it would enable Starcor “to deliver an unparalleled new entertainment experience” in Thailand.

According to a memorandum of understanding (MOU), Thaicom will provide the satellite network connectivity and data centre services for the other two. Huawei will provide the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) while Starcor will contribute the OTT as a service (aaS) platforms and integrate third-party media and content management systems.

Kazakhstan to launch KazSat-2R satellite in 2023

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/kazakhstan-to-launch-kazsat-2r-satellite-in-2023--1198953

Kazakhstan plans to launch its new telecommunications satellite KazSat-2R by 2023, reports Profit.kz citing Baybut Atamkulov, the minister for the military and space industry. Kazakhstan currently owns two telecom satellites, KazSat2 and KazSat3. The new KazSat-2R satellite will replace KazSat-2.

Russian rocket returns to service with launch of US satellite

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Russian_rocket_returns_to_service_with_launch_of_US_satellite_999.html

Russia on Thursday sent into space a Proton rocket carrying a US telecom satellite, Echostar-21, the first launch in a year after an engine glitch sparked a probe into manufacturing flaws.

"The Proton-M was successfully launched at 6:45 am (0345 GMT)," from the Baikonur cosmodrome in southern Kazakhstan, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said.

"All the phases went off as scheduled," a statement said.

The Proton-M is the largest Russian carrier rocket and has been used since 1965. But it grounded Proton launches in June last year after a series of embarrassing setbacks.

Echostar-21 will provide telecommunications services in Europe and is set to be put into orbit at 1258 GMT, Roscosmos said.

Thales wins $130m deal from Inmarsat to build new communication satellite

From http://www.aerospace-technology.com/news/newsthales-wins-130m-deal-from-inmarsat-to-build-new-communication-satellite-5837037

The Thales Alenia Space joint venture (JV) between Thales and Leonardo has entered a $130m deal with Inmarsat to build a new Global Xpress (GX) communication satellite.

Once built, the very high-throughput satellite (VHTS) is scheduled to be launched by 2019 to offer services across the Middle East, Europe and the Indian subcontinent.

Forming a part of Inmarsat’s existing GX high-speed global broadband network, the new satellite will be equipped with 72 Ka-band beams.

Thales will use its Spacebus B2 enhanced platform to build the satellite, which will have a lifespan of16 years.

The GX satellite will weigh less than 4t at launch and offer a payload power of 6.8kW.

"With this new satellite, Inmarsat will broaden its footprint, deliver significant resources for broadband services and set a new benchmark for flexibility in high throughput satellites.”

Following the launch of the new satellite, Inmarsat will be able to extend its GX aviation service for Qatar Airways in-flight connectivity (IFC) requirements.

Delivered over the Ka-band spectrum, Inmarsat’s GX service is developed and optimised for mobility services.

Thales Alenia Space telecommunication business line vice-president Bertrand Maureau said: “Thales Alenia Space is proud to partner with Inmarsat to create an advanced satellite, which will provide additional capacity to support growing demand for aviation passenger Wi-Fi services across the EMEA and Indian subcontinent.

“The global, mobile broadband satellite network operated by Inmarsat incorporates satellites with the latest very high-throughput satellite technology. With this new satellite, Inmarsat will broaden its footprint, deliver significant resources for broadband services and set a new benchmark for flexibility in high throughput satellites.”

Last month, the JV announced that it would supply its Argos Neo instrument for the nano-satellite demonstrator Argos Neo on a Generic Economical and Light Satellite (Angels).

Developed by Thales Alenia Space in collaboration with Syrlinks, Argos Neo is a miniaturised data collection instrument that is capable of demonstrating the operational capability of a complex miniaturised instrument

India's first solar satellite television service brings "magic" to villages

From http://in.reuters.com/article/india-entertainment-solar-idINKBN18Z24E

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An Indian social business has launched the country's first solar satellite television service, bringing clean energy powered entertainment to households and businesses through a pay-as-you-go payment scheme.

Simpa Networks, which began operations in 2011, is one of thousands of social enterprises in India tapping into the renewable energy market in a country where one-fifth of the 1.3 billion population has no access to electricity.

With the majority of those without power from poor communities in countryside, the company focuses on selling solar powered products such as LED lights, phone charging points and fans on financing to rural homes and shops in northern India.

"We see a tremendous opportunity in rural areas where demand for energy is growing even faster than supply," said Simpa Network CEO Piyush Mathur in a statement.

"Rooftop solar has a role to play in both off-grid and on-grid areas. In many cases it's the fastest and least expensive way to get power into the homes and businesses in rural areas."

"Simpa Magic TV" provides over 100 satellite channels with content ranging from comedy and entertainment to news, movies and music, and costs 25,000 rupees ($390) - the same as a non-solar equivalent.

The system, which includes an 80 W solar panel, 20" energy efficient LED television, battery, solar charge controller, is available on a repayment plan of up to 36 months. Interest applies but the company declined to provide approximate rates.

Customers make an initial payment to have the system installed then use a pay-as-you-go model for the electricity. The payments contribute to total cost and, once fully paid, the customer owns the system and the electricity is free.

The service, which was launched on Wednesday, has around 350 customers so far in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Simpa uses its "SmartPanel" technology which enables remote monitoring and control of the rooftop solar panel. Customers prepay for the energy and the SmartPanel delivers power until the prepaid credits expire and the customer must then recharge.

The company said the payment plan is effective as such technology would be unaffordable for most rural families. With no credit history, most are considered "unbankable" and would not be able to access loans easily, it said.

Given solar television service is new and few know how to use and maintain it, the company said, Simpa has trained rural solar technicians who are responsible for installation, after sale services and monthly collection of payments.


The Ten mux on Intelsat 20 3712 H 14454 tp:1L fec:3/4 is currently FTA (usually Conax) screencaps on Friday

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D1, 12652 V, 7200, FTA.. Service name: WEATHER 1

An update at 159E

ABS 6 159E 3980 V Sr 30000 DVB S2 8psk

Sid 4050 "FOX HD" H264 Vpid 4053 Apid 4054,4055 Irdeto 1552 (0x0610)
Sid 4060 "NGC HD" H264 Vpid 4063 Apid 4064,4065,4066 Irdeto
Sid 4070 "Fox Movies Premium HD" H264 Vpid 4073 Apid 4074,4075,4076 Irdeto
Sid 4080 "Star World HD" H264 Vpid 4083 Apid 4084,4085 Irdeto

Dsport on Apstar 7 76.5E 3780 V Sr 30000 was / is FTA

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G-Sat 15 93.5E 11470 H "Republic TV" has started on , Conax.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11590 H "Devi Channel" has left.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3740 V "Scoop Network" is now encrypted.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3793 H "Channel 9" is Fta

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3742 V "Food Food" is now encrypted.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4116 V "Prarthana Bhawan TV" has started on , Fta
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4184 V "Tunes 6" has left .

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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,TV5 Monde、Al Jazeera(Ddish TV)频道消失,设置12272 H 33333参数无效接收。 [6月8日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Test(高清)频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [6月8日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Test(测试)频道新增,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [6月8日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Ten Sports、Ten 2(印度)等全组频道解密,设置3712 H 14454参数免费接收。 [6月8日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,民视、三立台湾、三立国际(Skynindo)频道加密,设置3520 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月8日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,City Channel(蒙古)频道加密,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [6月7日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,TV-E(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3980 H 2583参数免费接收。 [6月7日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,AXN(Skynindo)频道改频率,设置3520 V 30000参数免费接收。 [6月7日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Skynindo Info(Skynindo)频道改频率,设置3560 V 30000参数免费接收。 [6月7日]

东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,三立都会、三立国际(高清)等全组频道改频率,设置3590 H 36000参数有条件接收。 [6月6日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,亚洲旅游、东森幼幼(台湾)等全组频道消失,设置3662 H 5000参数无效接收。 [6月6日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Ot i Do(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12600 V 30000参数无效接收。 [6月6日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Ot i Do(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11960 H 28800参数无效接收。 [6月6日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Top(菲律宾)频道加密,设置3710 H 2860参数有条件接收。 [6月6日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,D Sport(高清)频道解密,设置3780 V 30000参数免费接收。 [6月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,CAT Channei HD(高清)频道新增,设置4040 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,CH 6替换MVTV(泰国)频道,设置4064 V 5000参数免费接收。 [6月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Maya(泰国)频道解密,设置12728 V 30000参数免费接收。 [6月6日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,ZEE Salaam(印度)频道新增,设置4165 H 7500参数免费接收。 [6月6日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Neo Sports(印度)频道加密,设置3900 V 10370参数有条件接收。 [6月6日]


Foxtel Now Is The Shake-Up That Foxtel Has Needed For Years

From https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2017/06/foxtel-now-is-the-shake-up-that-foxtel-has-needed-for-years/

Overnight, Foxtel gave its streaming video service a new name. The prices are the same, and for now there are no new gadgets or hardware to tempt you with. But this is just the first step in a huge transformation in the way Foxtel works and how it sits in Australia's media landscape.

Foxtel Now is, at its core, a re-branding of the company's existing products, but it's also so much more — it's the first sign we've seen of a serious commitment to the way Australia watches its TV shows and movies in 2017 and beyond.

Foxtel Now is the new name for Foxtel Play, the IPTV live and streaming video on demand platform you've been able to use on your iPhone, Android, PC, games console and smart TV for a while now. It's the same service that itself got a shake-up late last year. And its prices stay the same — a $10 entry price for a basic kids or lifestyle package, $15 for drama or Pop (with HBO programming like Game of Thrones), and up to $29 if you want live streaming sport.

And Foxtel's traditional subscribers will still access their cable or satellite TV service through an iQ3 box, with the same features and channel choices — although a hardware upgrade and software updates fixes the troubled roll-out that set-top box has had. Fundamentally, the same Foxtel services that already exist will continue to exist without any significant changes.

But Foxtel, to its credit, realises that Australians are watching TV differently now. The last few years of Netflix and Stan show that users that might not have paid for content at all are willing to pay a small amount — $10 or $15 a month — for a slate of quality programming. And Foxtel is quality, it says — it had 98 of last year's 100 top-rated movies in its catalogue, where its competitors had no more than 30.

Foxtel Now is Foxtel's attempt to appeal to the masses in the same way that Netflix and Stan have. It wants to be friendly and approachable, where before it freely admits it's seemed masculine and arrogant. It wants to be the premium provider of entertainment content to Australians, but not just the cashed-up ones that have been subscribing to cable for a decade — a group that represents over half of the 40 per cent of Australians that do subscribe, a massively loyal customer base.

To that end, Foxtel is launching a new IPTV-only streaming box later this year, at around a $99 price point. Competing with the Chromecast Ultra, the Foxtel Now box will have access to whatever Now package a customer signs up to, as well as any compatible Google Play Store app — since it's built on the Android TV program. It'll also have Chromecast functionality and a TV tuner built in, and Foxtel obviously wants it to be a one-stop shop for Foxtel Now customers — and customers of its competitors — to watch streaming TV.

And Foxtel is finally transitioning that streaming TV to HD, catching up with Netflix and Stan. It's only 720p, but it's a big jump from the existing non-HD service. Chromecast support is coming to the Foxtel Now app, and more devices can be registered and streamed to at once (5 devices, 2 simultaneous — from the previous 3 and 1). Crucially, it also has the hook of also offering linear, live TV programming for sports and news, which its competitors can't.

Foxtel's biggest change in its 22 years is only just starting, and it won't be visible for a few days at least — not even to the customers that already subscribe. But it's a change that's been overdue for a long time, and it makes us actively care about Foxtel in a way we haven't for a while.

Now is the time for re-branded Foxtel Play

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017060747512/now-is-the-time-for-re-branded-foxtel-play.html#axzz4jKzrAtKd

Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel has revamped its IP-delivered subscription TV service Foxtel Play, renaming the improved service Foxtel Now.

FoxtelNowLaunch PeterTonagh 7 June 2017Available from 7 June, the service offers flexible bundles with no set-up costs or long contracts, and provides HD streaming on PCs and Macs via the Google Chrome browser, Telstra TV and Chromecast. It also offers a new user interface plus the ability to stream Foxtel Now to TV screens via Google Chromecast.

“Over the past few months we’ve introduced some fantastic new changes to our subscription streaming service including lowering the entry point to $10 per month and launching on Telstra TV. As part of the evolution of our streaming service, we felt the time was perfect to relaunch the service as Foxtel Now,” said Peter Tonagh (pictured), CEO, Foxtel.

“Foxtel Now represents our most flexible and affordable entertainment service and brings with it HD streaming, a great new look and feel and the freedom to jump in and out based on your viewing preferences.”

Foxtel Now offers five entry-level packs including Drama and Pop packs, with content such as HBO’s Game of Thrones, priced at A$15 per month each or $25 for both. Lifestyle, Docos and Kids packs are available at $10 per month each.

Foxtel said HD functionality will be available on additional devices in the coming months, but until then other devices, including PlayStation 3 & 4, Xbox One and select smart TVs are able to stream Foxtel content in SD via the Foxtel Play app.

At launch there will be over 16,000 titles in the video-on-demand (VOD) library, with half of them currently in HD.

Study proves viability of quantum satellite communications

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Study_proves_viability_of_quantum_satellite_communications_999.html

Researchers in Canada have taken a significant step towards enabling secure quantum communication via moving satellites, as announced by the Canadian Government in April 2017.

Their study, published in the new journal Quantum Science and Technology, demonstrates the first quantum key distribution transmissions from a ground transmitter to a quantum payload on a moving aircraft.

To ensure the tests were a valuable proof of concept for the anticipated satellite mission, the team at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and Department of Physics and Astronomy of University of Waterloo, Ontario, designed their prototype receiver to consist of components compatible with the size and operating environment restrictions of a micro satellite.

Lead author Christopher Pugh, said: "Quantum key distribution (QKD) establishes cryptographic keys between two distant parties in a way that is cryptanalytically unbreakable. Ground based QKD systems use optical fibre links, and are limited to distances of a few hundred kilometres due to absorption losses, which get exponentially worse as the distance increases."

"Free space links have been shown to work over ground with varying distances, both in stationary and moving tests. But despite losses due to geometric effects scaling quadratically with distance, the addition of atmospheric absorption and turbulence and the need to have clear line of sight mean terrestrial free-space transmissions are also limited to a few hundred kilometres. Satellite based system expand quantum communication to a global scale."

To test their system, the team used the Twin Otter aircraft of the National Research Council to carry out 14 passes over their ground transmitting station at varying distances, achieving a quantum signal link for seven passes, and a secret key extraction for six of the seven successful passes.

Principle Investigator Professor Thomas Jennewein, said: "This is an extremely important step which took almost eight years of preparation. It finally demonstrates our technology is viable.

"We achieved optical links at similar angular rates to those of low-Earth-orbit satellites, and for some passes of the aircraft over the ground station, links were established within 10 seconds of position data transmission. We saw link times of a few minutes and received quantum bit error rates typically between three and five per cent, generating secure keys up to 868 kb in length.

"We have proved the concept, and our results provide a blueprint for future satellite missions to build upon, just in time for the announcement of a quantum satellite mission by the Canadian Government ," said Jennewein.


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"The Zone" Scifi channel is leaving SKY NZ at the end of the month, "Jones too" will replace it

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Foxtel ups ante in broadcast streaming wars

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/broadcast/foxtel-ups-ante-in-broadcast-streaming-wars/news-story/c4554421988e2d454c67f3a99e8061b4

Foxtel is getting a radical corporate makeover, and offering all its channels over broadband at lower prices in a bid to win more customers as the pay-TV provider locks horns with Netflix.

The broadcaster, once an ­expensive and aspirational brand, is being repositioned to reflect the introduction of cheaper subscription packages that don’t require a cable or satellite connection.

Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh said the move heralded the “biggest strategic shift in the 22-year history of Foxtel”.

The move, which includes a ­redesigned logo, is another sign that Foxtel is realigning itself to compete with younger rivals from the world of technology, including Netflix, Amazon, and Stan.

Shareholders in Foxtel, a joint venture between News Corp, publisher of The Australian, and Telstra, have given the strategy their full backing, Mr Tonagh said.

“We will spend over $1 billion more in the next five years than we had in our original plans a year or so ago,’’ he said. “That’s a sign not only of the recognition of the need for transformation within the business, but also recognition of the support of our shareholders and belief in what we’re doing as a business.”

Mr Tonagh said he was aiming a new internet-TV based service called Foxtel Now at the two million Australian households using streaming services like Netflix. He said it was the first time the company had been able to offer low-priced, flexible bundles with no set up costs and the ability to cancel at any time.

Foxtel already offers an on-­demand streaming service called Foxtel Play, enabling customers to watch TV on different devices around the home, but this offers only a limited number of channels at higher price points. Foxtel Play will be replaced by Foxtel Now, ­effective today.

Enhancements include high-definition streaming and the ability to stream to the big screen in the living room as Foxtel continues a long-term drive towards making its content available anytime, anywhere, on all platforms.

In a frank assessment of the task facing Foxtel, Mr Tonagh estimated half of Foxtel’s 2.9 million customers “have been with us 10 years or more”, and household penetration has been “stuck” at 30 per cent for several years.

“We think it’s probably time we changed that. We want to transform our business from being known as the pay-TV provider for the premium segment to become known as the premium entertainment provider for all Australians,” Mr Tonagh said.

Subscribers to Foxtel Now will be able to watch premium drama programming such as the anticipated seventh season of Game of Thrones for $15 a month.

Foxtel Now offers five entry level packs to match viewers’ interests including drama and pop packs priced at $15 a month each or $25 for both. Lifestyle, documentaries and kids packs are available at $10 a month each.

Foxtel Now’s movies pack will be priced at $20 a month in addition to an entry-level pack. The sports pack is available for an extra $29 a month.

On the brand refresh, Mr Tonagh said Foxtel is seen as “quite aggressive, arrogant, and elitist”.

To change perceptions, Mark Buckman, Foxtel’s managing ­director, customer and retail, has devised a nationwide marketing campaign that kicks off on ­Sunday.

“We believe that the great content we have from Australia and around the world shouldn’t be reserved for the right of the privileged few, but should be available for everyone,” Mr Buckman said.

“We don’t think there’s any better way to receive high-quality, high-definition content.

“It’s reliable, always on, never fails and you don’t pay for the bandwidth.”

Foxtel will launch an Android TV-powered device later this year for their Foxtel Now service

From http://ausdroid.net/2017/06/06/foxtel-will-launch-android-tv-powered-device-now-service-later-year/

Update: The Foxtel puck appears very similar in looks and from the sound of it specs, to the Technicolor Skipper.

As part of their launch of the Foxtel Now service, the big news for Android fans is that an Android TV powered ‘Puck’ will be launching in the second half of the year.

While the device is still a while away from completion it’s said to be the power house to showcase Foxtel Now, with the price expected to be around the $100 mark. In addition to Foxtel Now, the device will also offer access to Android TV apps through Google Play, and access to the usual Android TV functions such as YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV and more. It will also include a remote control with Play, Pause, D-pad selector and Home buttons.

Foxtel is also apparently courting other SVOD players in the Australian market, though apparently won’t name names as to who they’re talking to. As an Android TV device though, there are options to install Netflix, Stan and the Prime 7 Android TV app from the Play Store, and it will also act as a Chromecast receiver for any Chromecast enabled apps such as Nine Jump In and the ABC i-view app.

Whether the Foxtel Now Android TV app on the Puck is made available to other Android TV devices such as the Sony Bravia and TCL TV’s now on the Australian market or the now EOL Nexus Player is unclear, but we’ll be sure to look into any modifications needed to expand availability once it arrives in the market.

The device will apparently support 4K resolution streaming, allowing for the possibility of Netflix and Stan 4K streaming, however the Foxtel Now stream is only in 720p HD resolution for now.

Free-to-Air content will also be available through an aerial connection on the back of the device, and Foxtel has spoken about bringing live channels for sport and news.

As pointed out above, the Foxtel Puck appears to be based on the Technicolor Skipper, a third-party device already powering PayTV solutions in both Latvia and Italy. The Technicolor Skipper offers many of the functions listed by Foxtel – 4K capability, Live TV services etc. The full list of features for the Skipper includes:
•Out of the box industrial design
•Android TV certified
•OTT and Live TV services with optional Broadcast TV services
•4K Ultra HD: HEVC/VP9 Ultra HD 2160p/60 video
•Wireless Connectivity: Dual band IEEE 802.11n 2.4 GHz (2×2) and IEEE 802.11ac 5 GHz (2×2) interfaces
•Media sharing functions using a USB 3.0 port for plugging of HDD
•Enhanced user experience with 3D graphics
•Future-proof quad core CPU ready for gaming services
•Bluetooth Low Energy remote with voice control

We’ve been speaking with Foxtel about more details on the Foxtel Puck, which will launch later this year and we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we have more information

Australia proposes broadcast and content reform package

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/05/australia-proposes-broadcast-and-content-reform-package/

Australia’s Government has announced a comprehensive package of reforms that it says will improve the sustainability of Australia’s free-to-air broadcasting sector, protect children from exposure to gambling advertising and support the creation of high quality Australian content. Other elements of the package include adjustments to the ‘anti-siphoning’ regime, aimed at giving free-to-air broadcasters a chance to show major events, abolition of outdated media ownership rules and providing funding to support under-represented sports on pay-TV.

According to the Government, legislative reform is needed to ensure the ongoing viability of Australian broadcasters. The past decade has seen the growth of online service providers challenging the traditional business model of Australian broadcasters for audiences and advertising revenue. Australian audiences now have more viewing opportunities than ever, being able to select from multiple services including free-to-air television, pay-TV, catch up TV, streaming services, subscription video on demand and user generated video. This has led to a fragmentation of audiences the erosion of advertising revenue for commercial broadcasters as they compete with online content providers.

The Government has developed a reform package that it says acknowledges the growing commercial pressure on Australia’s free-to-air broadcasters and also their important role in providing Australian content that both informs and reflects Australian cultural life.

To assist broadcasters to compete in the modern media environment, the Government will abolish broadcasting licence fees and introduce a price for the use of broadcast spectrum that more accurately reflects its use. Spectrum is essential to a digitally networked economy and a major contributor to Australia’s economic and social wellbeing. It is critical infrastructure enabling production for industrial, commercial, educational and other social services. The move to a spectrum price for broadcasters recognises the value of this important resource.

The package also includes further restrictions on gambling advertising and promotions during live sports programmes to reduce the exposure of children to gambling. The new restrictions will prohibit all gambling promotions from five minutes before the scheduled start of play in all live sports broadcasts to five minutes after the conclusion of play or to 8:30 pm. Importantly, the restrictions will apply to commercial television, commercial radio, subscription television, the Special Broadcasting Service, online services, including ‘catch up’ services, and live online streaming that are aimed at Australian audiences.

The new restrictions will establish a clear and practical ‘safe zone’ on any platform for children watching or listening to sport, which will be straightforward for parents and carers to observe. The Government’s intention is that the reforms will be given effect via changes to the various broadcast industry Codes of Practice.

According to the Government, reducing gambling advertising in this way has widespread community support, based on concern that exposing children to gambling advertising (such as sports betting) could position gambling as a normal part of the sports viewing experience. The reforms will reduce the exposure of children to gambling advertising while ensuring that Australian broadcasters have continued access to an important revenue stream.

In a globally connected, on-demand world the Government says that it is vital that Australian stories are told and are heard by Australians, in particular its children, and across the world. Many of the current production and distribution incentives introduced to support this content were developed more than a decade ago and do not fully reflect changing consumption patterns, methods of delivery or business models.

As part of the package the Department of Communications and the Arts, the Australian Communications and Media Authority, and Screen Australia will undertake a joint review of the support measures in place for producing and delivering Australian and children’s screen content, to determine if these remain fit for purpose in the new multi-platform environment that has emerged since these measures were established. A key objective of the review will be to ensure that Australia’s screen industry is positioned to continue to provide quality Australian and children’s content across the range of platforms and services now enjoyed by domestic audiences.

The reform package will also amend Australia’s anti-siphoning scheme to remove outdated and redundant provisions and streamline the anti-siphoning list. These changes will enable the scheme to operate more effectively in a digital media environment while ensuring that events of national and cultural significance continue to be available on free-to-air television.

The changes include removing the rule that prevents free-to-air broadcasters from televising events on their digital multichannels only. This rule was put in place prior to the widespread adoption of digital TV, when digital multichannels were not widely available to the community.

The reform package will also reduce the scope of the list to encourage increased competition between subscription broadcasters and free-to-air television for the rights to air programmes.

The package will also provide more opportunities for subscription broadcasters to acquire event rights by increasing the time out from broadcast that events will be removed from the list from 12 to 26 weeks.

The reform package will provide additional funding of A$30 million (€20m) over four years to subscription television to increase coverage of sports that receive low or no broadcast exposure. These include women’s sports, niche sports, and sports that command high levels of community involvement and participation.

The funding will enable the development of new relationships between sporting bodies and an established sports broadcaster, increasing the exposure of these sports to Australian audiences. This initiative will build on and harness subscription television’s strengths in sports broadcasting through its linear and on-demand subscription television services.

The Government says it is pursuing the most significant reforms to Australia’s media laws in a generation, supporting the viability of its local organisations as they face increasing global competition in a rapidly changing digital landscape.

The Government says that overall, the package will strengthen Australian broadcasters, enabling them to invest in their businesses and better compete with online content providers. The underlying objective of this integrated package is the need to ensure ongoing investment in, and access to, high quality Australian content and the support of Australia’s broadcasting sector that delivers it.

The Government intends to progress the Broadcast and Content Reform Package via an integrated legislative package. The Government thanks the broadcasting sectors for its constructive cooperation and assistance during the development of these reforms.

Media giants ready to fight for Tabcorp’s Sky Racing

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/dataroom/media-giants-ready-to-fight-for-tabcorps-sky-racing/news-story/7b9bc8b8bf28ae87ec9d4be78be4365e

Billionaire media baron Kerry Stokes, listed telecommunications giant Telstra and pay-TV provider Foxtel are lining up to buy Sky Racing should Tabcorp embark on a sale.

Apparently, the three media and telco heavyweights have all registered their interest in acquiring the Australian telecaster of thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing in what is an indication that it will be hotly sought after should it be placed on the block by Tabcorp and its adviser UBS.

Sky Racing is back in the spotlight with suggestions that owner Tabcorp may have to sell the broadcaster to see its $11 billion merger with Tatts Group proceed.

The competition tribunal will rule on the merger on June 13 and some are betting the deal will be blocked after the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission last week recommended that the deal should not proceed due to competition concerns following a series of courtroom hearings into the merger.

Stokes is eager to wade into the gaming industry, with Seven West Media, which he chairs, having appointed Crown deputy chairman John Alexander to the board.

Many believe he will be the buyer of the West Australian TAB once the state opts to forge ahead with its privatisation, and on those grounds, would be keen to buy Sky Racing as well should it be on offer, backing both into his existing media business.

Telstra, meanwhile, is a 50 per cent owner of Foxtel and has Telstra TV, and market analysts believe that it would be an interested buyer of Sky Racing as it remains in search of opportunities to grow its customer base by packaging up streaming content.

Compelling synergies would also exist between Sky Racing and Foxtel, which is half-owned by News Corporation, publisher of The Australian.

Some sources say that should Tabcorp be forced to sell Sky Racing to get its Tatts merger across the line, it would likely be more willing to walk away from the carefully planned $11bn transaction than part with the multichannel broadcaster, which telecasts more than 80,000 races annually.

Tabcorp secured the asset in 2004 as part of its takeover of Tab Limited — formerly the NSW government-owned totaliser.

With Sky Racing, Stokes would emerge as a major competitor and the merits of the deal would be counter productive.

There is mounting speculation that Tatts Group’s Maxgaming monitoring business in NSW may need to also be sold should the competition tribunal allow the Tatts-Tabcorp merger to go ahead when it hands down its decision next week.

Some estimate that operation could be worth at least $600 million and would be attractive to infrastructure buyers, given that it clips the ticket on almost every gaming group in NSW.

Already, Tatts, advised by Goldman Sachs, has sold its Queensland monitoring business Odyssey Gaming Services to Australian National Hotels for $130m on the back of ACCC concerns.}

Consumers of illegal TV services in Asia start to lose their connections after crackdown

From http://english.astroawani.com/malaysia-news/consumers-illegal-tv-services-asia-start-lose-their-connections-after-crackdown-145227

An estimated 50,000 consumers in Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia and other places, all have lost their service, despite having pre-paid substantial amounts for -Expat.tv- services. - Photo for illustration purpose

KUALA LUMPUR: Asian regional pay-TV association CASBAA applauded recent police actions in Thailand and Malaysia, which resulted in take downs and arrests of operators of illicit streaming devices (ISD) networks.

In a statement issued by CASBAA, police estimated that 30,000 consumers in Malaysia were receiving service from a syndicate illegally re-transmitting programming from Astro channels.

Six men were arrested in raids in Kuala Lumpur and Johor.

“The criminal syndicates selling ISDs have defrauded many consumers into believing their services were legitimate.

“They are not. And anyone buying an illicit IPTV box takes the risk of losing their money without a warning when the network is taken down,” said CASBAA Chief Policy Officer John Medeiros.

Meanwhile, its CEO Christopher Slaughter said, the television industry, including leading distribution companies like Astro, PCCW, and True Visions – are determined to keep up enforcement actions against ISD networks.

“It’s important for consumers to understand that if a bouquet of TV programming offered on a box seems 'too good to be true', then it probably is not legitimate.

“Money invested in an ISD is at risk of loss at any time,” he said.

Consumers also risked infection with malware when they attach ISDs, with their dodgy apps, to home networks, warned Medeiros.

Apart from the crackdown in Thailand and Malaysia, an estimated 50,000 consumers in Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia and other places, all have lost their service, despite having pre-paid substantial amounts for “Expat.tv” services.

Due to this, tens of thousands of consumers of illegal TV services in Asia have lost their connections in recent weeks, as enforcement action against networks operating through ISDs picks up speed.

Dish Network Sues ‘ZemTV’ and ‘TV Addons’ For Copyright Infringement

From https://torrentfreak.com/dish-network-sues-zemtv-and-tv-addons-for-copyright-infringement-170605/

American satellite and broadcast provider Dish Network has filed a lawsuit against Kodi add-on ZemTV and TVAddons.ag, the largest add-on library. The complaint accuses ZemTV of direct copyright infringement of various TV channels. TVAddons is liable for distributing the addon in question, according to the complaint.

More and more people are starting to use Kodi-powered set-top boxes to stream video content to their TVs.

While Kodi itself is a neutral platform, third-party add-ons can turn it into the ultimate pirate machine, providing access to movies, TV-shows and IPTV channels.

These add-ons are direct competition for traditional broadcast providers, such as Dish Network in the United States, which filed a lawsuit in a Texas federal court late last week.

The complaint lists the add-on ZemTV as the prime target. The service in question allows users to watch a variety of Dish channels, without permission.

“The ZemTV service is retransmitting these channels over the Internet to end-users that download the ZemTV add-on for the Kodi media player, which is available for download at the websites www.tvaddons.ag and www.tvaddons.org,” Dish’s lawyers write.

The TVAddons platform, which hosts hundreds of unofficial Kodi add-ons including ZemTV, is also listed as a defendant. According to Dish, TVAddons plays an important role in the distribution of the infringing add-on.

The ZemTV operator, who is only known as “Shani” and “Shani_08,” used the TVAddons platform to share and promote its service while asking for donations, the complaint alleges.

“Website Operators have actual or constructive knowledge of this infringing activity and materially contribute to that activity by providing the forum where the ZemTV add-on can be downloaded and soliciting and accepting donations from ZemTV users,” Dish writes.

“But for the availability of the ZemTV add-on at www.tvaddons.ag or www.tvaddons.org, most if not all of Developer’s distribution and/or public performance would not occur,” the complaint adds.

Dish claims that it sent numerous takedown requests to Internet service providers associated with the ZemTV service, but the developer has continued to offer the add-on, circumventing any countermeasures.

With the lawsuit, the broadcast provider holds ZemTV accountable for direct copyright infringement, demanding $150,000 per infringement in damages. TVAddons is accused of contributory and vicarious copyright infringement and also faces statutory damages.

TorrentFreak spoke to a representative from TVAddons, who wasn’t aware of the lawsuit. Dish has not contacted them directly with any takedown requests, he says.

“This is the first we’ve heard of this lawsuit. No one ever sent us any type of takedown or DMCA notice or even tried to contact us prior, they could have easily done so through our contact page or site emails,” TVAddons informs us.

TVAddons says that the ZemTV add-on was already removed prior to the lawsuit due to a technical issue, and it won’t return.

“The Zem addon was actually removed from our addon library and community tools weeks ago due to a completely unrelated technical issue. I have already spoken to the developer, and he has since deleted the Zem addon entirely,” the TVAddons representative says.

Also, shortly after we started to inquire about the lawsuit, the ZemTV add-on appears to have shut down completely. Developer “Shani” says it became too popular to maintain, but the legal threat likely played a role as well.

The lawsuit against ZemTV and TVAddons is the first of its kind in the United States. As such, it will be closely watched by other rightsholders, add-on developers, and platforms similar to TVAddons that distribute software.

Ergen’s Dish Network facing $280m telemarketing fine

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/06/ergens-dish-network-facing-280m-telemarketing-fine/

Pay-TV operator Dish Network has been ordered to pay fines and damages totalling $280 million (€249m) as penalties over its extensive use of illegal ‘telemarketing’ methods to promote its DTH services.

Illinois, US District Judge Sue Myerscough ruled that “millions and millions” of such calls had been made, and the fines are reported to be the highest-ever in such cases.

Judge Myerscough awarded $168 million to be paid to the US government, and $112 million to be shared between California, North Caroline, Ohio and Illinois. The judge said she was aware, and rejected, Dish’s arguments that it was short of cash.

Dish Network had previously settled lawsuits with 46 US states over misuse of telemarketing.

Dish, in statement, said it rejected the findings and would appeal.

India successfully fires heaviest launch vehicle

From http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/india-successfully-fires-heaviest-launch-vehicle/article18726733.ece

GSLV MkIII-D1 places heaviest satellite GSAT-19 into orbit

India on Monday leapfrogged into a select group of nations having their own indigenous cryogenic engine technology, when the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its heaviest launch vehicle, GSLV MkIII-D1, and placed the country’s heaviest satellite till date, GSAT-19, into a precise orbit.

The rocket lifted off from the second launch pad into clear blue skies at 5.28 p.m., and soared above the moon which was rising in the evening, leaving a plume of smoke, a bright orange light shining below the rocket as the cryogenic engine fired up and took the rocket on its intended path.

The GSAT-19, a communication satellite, expected to enhance India’s communication infrastructure, was placed into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO), 16 minutes after launch, with a perigee (closest point to Earth) 170 km and apogee (farthest point from Earth) 35,975 km. It will take about two to three weeks to be placed in its intended orbit.

The satellite weighs 3,136 kg. This successful launch will enable India to launch 4-tonne class satellites from India. These were earlier launched from launch pads abroad.

The cryogenic engine, which ignited roughly about 5 minutes after lift-off, and was firing for 640 seconds, “was a culmination of large amounts of work done over decades,” A.S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO, told a press conference after the launch.

Russian design

ISRO has been trying to master development of an indigenous cryogenic for decades and has used indigenous cryogenic engines on earlier GSLV flights but modelled mainly on Russian design.

On this GSLV, no technological element was borrowed or adapted from any other space organisation, Somanath S., Director, Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC), ISRO, said.

“The cryo stage is a complex technology. We were making it for the first time; we faced no serious test failures or problems. That is a world record,” he said, adding that despite limited resources, “it is a marvel that we were able to achieve this.”

When the indigenous cryogenic engine started firing, the mood at Mission Control was “upbeat,” Mr. Kiran Kumar said. He said the engine was being tested and perfected since December 2014.

“More than 199 tests were done since December 2014. The entire team was confident,” the Chairman said, however adding that “there were some butterflies in the stomach.”

Business opportunities

The GSAT-19 carries a Ka/Ku-band high throughput communication transponders. It also carries a Geostationary Radiation Spectrometer (GRASP) payload to monitor and study the nature of charged particles and the influence of space radiation on satellites and their electronic components, according to ISRO. “The spacecraft will open up a lot of new vistas in the field of Internet connectivity, broadband connectivity,” P.K. Gupta, project director, said.

The successful launch of the GSLV MkIII- D1 also opens up business opportunities for ISRO. “Definitely the credibility of the system goes up and customers will have greater confidence,” Mr. Kiran Kumar said, adding that it would reduce insurance premiums. “As far as Mk III is concerned, we are planning two launches every year,” he said.

More in the pipeline

Two launches are coming up, which will however, happen from Ariane in French Guiana. The first one scheduled for June 28, will be the GSAT 18, a 3.3 tonne satellite, and the second one will be a 5.8 tonne satellite.

Work is on to launch two approved missions — Aditya-L1 and Chandrayaan-II — in the next two years, Mr. Kiran Kumar said. “Chandrayaan will be [launched] in the first quarter of next year, and Aditya… around 2018-19.” The ‘Aditya-L1’ will be placed in the halo orbit around the ‘Lagrangian point of the Sun-Earth system, according to ISRO.

ISRO's GSLV MK-III: What this launch means for India? Know all about Rs 300 crore heaviest rocket and GSAT-19 satellite

From http://www.newsnation.in/science-news/isro-gslv-mk-iii-launch-why-is-it-crucial-for-india-know-all-about-gsat-19-satellite-and-rs-300-crore-rocket-in-10-points-article-173247.html

In a historic moment for India, ISRO’s heaviest and most powerful rocket lift off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Monday at 5.28 PM. It then placed the heaviest GSAT-19 satellite into the orbit after a flight of 16 minutes and 20 seconds.

The Indian Research Space Organisation (ISRO) has spread its wings and is flying high yet again with the successful launch of GSLV MK-III rocket that carried and injected the GSAT-19 communication satellite into the orbit on Monday. In a historic moment for India, ISRO’s heaviest and most powerful rocket lift off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Monday at 5.28 PM. It then placed the heaviest GSAT-19 satellite into the orbit after a flight of 16 minutes and 20 seconds.

Here is everything you need to know about the GSLV-Mk III rocket and why this launch is crucial for India:

1. The GSLV MK-III carried the GSAT-19 communications satellite wighing 3,136 kilograms, the heaviest to be lifted by an Indian rocket. The GSLV MK-III took the satellite to an altitude around 179 km above the Earth after a flight of 16 minutes and 20 seconds.

2. The Rs 300 crore GSLV MK-III rocket was developed after an intensive research of 15 long years. The rocket weighs 4,000 kg and stands 43.43 meters tall.

3. Till now, India had to rely on foreign launchers for the launch of communication satellites that weigh beyond 2.3 tonnes. Now, with this launch, India has proved that it can launch satellites weighing four-tonne on its own rocket. It doesn’t have to pay huge amounts of money to foreign space agencies for the launch of heavy satellites.

4. ISRO has sought Rs 12,500 crore from the Centre for its mission to send humans in space. Once approved, it will take ISRO roughly 7 years to achieve this mission. ISRO has already developed critical technologies for a manned space mission.

5. The GSAT-19 satellite could be the first to provide internet services using a space-based platform hence the launch can prove to be revolutionary for ISRO.

ALSO READ: Video | ISRO's GSLV Mk-III rocket successfully injects GSAT-19 satellite into orbit; proud moment for India

6. For the first time ever, indigenously-built Lithium-ion batteries will power the GSAT-19, which can later be used to power electric vehicles like cars and buses.

7. GSAT-19 has a life span of 10 years. It is a multi-beam satellite that carries Ka and Ku band forward and return link transponders and geostationary radiation spectrometer.

8. The purpose is to study and monitor the nature of the charged particles and influence of space radiation on spacecraft and electronic components.

9. The GSLV Mark-III rocket will also feature advanced spacecraft technologies including bus subsystem experiments in electrical propulsion system, indigenous Li-ion battery and indigenous bus bars for power distribution, among others.

10. A ‘game-changer’ mission, the GSLV Mark-III rocket will allow ISRO to launch heavier communications spacecraft to geostationary orbits of 36,000 km.


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Eutelsat 172B ! has launched

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From George Georgy

Fashion TV back on Asiasat 5 3794 H 4640

From the Dish

Vinasat 1 132.0E VTV 9 on 3590 V is Fta (and others see update yesterday)

LaoSat 1 128.5E 3670 H "CCTV 4 Asia" has started on , Fta.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E All channels in the Top TV package are now Fta.
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3640 V "CNR Mall" has started on , Fta.
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3640 V "Chengdu Tianfu Food TV" is back on , Fta
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3680 V "World Economy Channel" has started on , Fta.
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3680 V "Dox TV" is back on, Fta.
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3680 V "Trading Day" has left .

Palapa D 113.0E 3984 H "Al-Iman TV" has started on , Fta
Palapa D 113.0E 4080 H "Holla" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V A Matrix Garuda mux has started on .

Telkom 1 108.0E 3812 H "Papua Channel" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3699 V "Vision PK and Eternal Life TV Network" have left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "Mehak" has left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4070 H "Pak Plus has started on , Fta. G TV" has left.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3777 H "ABP Asmita" has left .

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Ten secures A-League simulcast TV rights deal

From http://www.adnews.com.au/news/ten-secures-a-league-simulcast-tv-rights-deal

Network Ten has secured simulcast rights for the A-League and Socceroos matches next season. The deal, which is an on-sell from Fox Sports, will involve one A-League match each round on Saturday evening on Ten One using Fox Sports coverage.

In December, Fox Sports and News Corp secured a $346 million broadcast rights deal to broadcast all A-League, Socceroos, Matildas, W-League and FFA Cup games over the next six years - the largest single sports rights deal involving football in this country.

It ends months of speculation about which broadcaster would pick up the free-to-air portion of A-League rights and also ends SBS's tenure covering the competition. Harvey Norman has come on board as a sponsor of Ten's Saturday Night coverage.

For Ten, it's another live sports asset that it can broadcast without footing the bill for production costs as Fox Sports will be producing the coverage with their commentary team of Simon Hill, Robbie Slater, Andy Harper, Mark Bosnich, Adam Peacock and Tara Rushton.

It is also another sign of the close working relationship that Ten and Foxtel have forged in recent times. Foxtel has a 15% stake in Ten and there is speculation one of its part owner, News Corp, could secure a larger interest in the business if the government's media reforms package passes.

For football, the deal ensures that at least one game each round is on free-to-air television, which is important to help the code grow its supporter base and commercial viability.

“This is a win for football fans and an opportunity for us to showcase our game on a commercial network with a recent history of successfully covering major sport,” FFA chief executive David Gallop said.

“We will take the biggest matches of the Hyundai A League - such as the Saturday night derbies - into every household in Australia live for the first time.

“It is part of the overall broadcast deal with Fox Sports and means that we will be working with them to drive interest and subscriptions to their ‘all games live’ coverage of the Hyundai A-League.”

SBS used to be known as the home of football and its gradual departure from the sport in recent years will leave many fans disappointed, but the network was only showing Saturday night games on its secondary channel SBS2 and more recently on SBS Viceland.

Aside from the grand final, its ratings on SBS have been below what football chiefs would have expected given that the sport has more registered club players than any other code in this country.

This year's A-League grand final between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory attracted an average metro audience of 254,000 on SBS and 275,000 on Fox Sports, with 460,000 tuning in to watch the Sky Blues hold aloft the trophy.

Regular season matches, depending on which teams are playing, have had ratings well under 100,000 this season on SBS.

“From October this year, 27 home and away Harvey Norman Saturday Night football matches and five Finals – plus Socceroos matches from next year – will have a new home on free-to-air television,” Ten chief executive Paul Anderson said.

“We will provide a consistent timeslot on One for 30 weeks of the year, promoting the Hyundai A-League and its best game each week to all of Australia.

“We are looking forward to working with Fox Sports and Football Federation Australia to broadcast the A-League to our viewers live on One and live streamed on tenplay,” he said.

Foxtel targets 17 piracy sites in Federal Court

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/foxtel-targets-17-piracy-sites-in-federal-court/

Foxtel is seeking a court-ordered block on an additional 17 piracy websites with 127 URLs following the decisions to block The Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents, among others.

Pay TV provider Foxtel is seeking an order for internet service providers (ISPs) to block another series of alleged foreign copyright-infringing websites through the Federal Court of Australia following its success last year in blocking The Pirate Bay.

During a case management hearing in the Federal Court on Friday morning, Foxtel said it is targeting 17 websites with 127 URLs, or five different types of piracy-infringing sites, although it "will be doing a tidy up of the application" closer to trial date to cover any proxy sites that have cropped up or changed names and URLs, for instance.

Justice Burley said Foxtel will need to provide an exhaustive list of the target online locations, and will still have to prove the essential elements of copyright infringement; that the ISPs provide access to those sites; and that Foxtel has ownership over the copyright content being infringed.

"It can't be assumed that it will simply be accepted that copyright ownership is there," Burley J said, adding that Foxtel needs to establish all of this in a pleading.

"We don't want any ambiguity as to whether the applicant is the copyright owner, or the exclusive licensee, or some hybrid.

"Until you expose all of those elements, it's not entirely clear."

Burley J also explained that he did not want to use a court computer during evidence due to "all of the difficulties associated with that", with counsel for Foxtel suggesting pre-recording a video of a witness going through the sites while providing commentary rather than doing a live demonstration of the sites in court.

According to Burley J, such a demonstration should not take more than 15 minutes anyway.

Foxtel had last month launched its new case to block piracy-linked sites including Yes Movies, Los Movies, Watch Series, and Project Free TV.

According to Justice Burley, the hearing should take only half a day. It is set to take place on August 8.

Australia's ISPs did not show up to the case management hearing on Friday, and would also be absent during a hearing due to a precedent set during the original case of Foxtel and Roadshow, wherein the court ordered more than 50 ISPs to block the Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound, IsoHunt, and SolarMovie and their related proxy sites.

Under that ruling, rights holders were to pay a AU$50 fee per domain they wanted to block.

Following this judgment, Village Roadshow went on to initiate legal action to block a further 41 torrenting and streaming sites including Demonoid, ExtraTorrent, LimeTorrents, MegaShare, Piratebay.to, and EZTV earlier this year.

Roadshow, which leads a group of film studios including Disney, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros, last month said it is targeting four types of piracy websites, including search engines, peer-to-peer torrent sites, sites that link to other sites hosting copyright content, and sites that provide direct access to copyright content through streaming or direct downloads.

Setting the trend for what will likely be the future of any similar proceeding, the ISPs said they do not intend to appear in court for the second Roadshow matter, although the latter will similarly still have to prove that the 41 sites in question are hosted overseas; have been contacted by the rights holder; and exist for the primary purpose of infringing or facilitating infringement of copyright.

Foxtel was, however, on the other side of a similar court case in its capacity as an ISP earlier this year when four music studios -- Universal Music Australia, Sony Music Entertainment Australia, Warner Music Australia, and J Albert & Son -- successfully blocked Kickass Torrents and its related proxy websites in April.

ISPs Foxtel, TPG, Telstra, Optus, Virgin Mobile Australia, Vividwireless, Pacnet, Alphawest, and Uecomm were ordered to take "reasonable steps" to block Kickass Torrents, Justice Burley said at the time, via DNS blocking or any alternative means for disabling access to the online location.

Burley J added that Universal must provide a landing page for any users attempting to reach Kickass Torrents, and within five business days must notify the ISPs of the URL for this landing page.

The block will remain in force for three years, at a cost to the rights holders of AU$50 per domain block.

Website blocking was legislated under the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act 2015, which passed both houses of parliament in mid-2015 and allows rights holders to obtain a court order to block websites hosted overseas that are deemed to exist for the primary purpose of infringing or facilitating infringement of copyright under Section 115A.

Ad-free content for kids to go online

From Mediawatch, 5:11 pm on 1 June 2017

A publicly-funded online platform for commercial-free children’s programmes and content will launch in 2018. Mediawatch says it's a response to modern kids' new media habits, but also our broadcasters’ lack of interest in their youngest viewers - and it won’t reach all Kiwi kids.

A new publicly-funded online platform for children’s programmes and multimedia content has been announced by the government and its broadcasting funding agency NZ on Air.

The service for children aged five to nine will be ad-free but may have commercial sponsors.

Its charter of principles released by NZ On Air says the yet-to-be named site can also have “appropriate sponsorship, where TVNZ and NZ On Air agree”.

State-owned TVNZ will create the platform with $1.5 million from NZ on Air to go live in March 2018. Local content for the site funded by NZ On Air will be supplemented with content from overseas.

The website will be overseen by an advisory panel including Janette Howe of the New Zealand Children's Screen Trust. The group formed after TVNZ’s non-commercial channel closed in 2011 to push for a permanent home for children’s television.

“A digital home for local content will give our children a trusted space they can call their own," says Ms Howe.

Why now?

The new online service is designed to complement programmes on free-to-air TV funded by NZ On Air.

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry said in a statement NZ On Air would commission content through its September funding round and was about to start working with children’s content producers for new material.

NZ On Air chief executive Jane Wrightson said this was “a timely and crucial intervention for children’s media in New Zealand”.

New Zealand On Air has a statutory responsibility to provide for children and has spent about $15m a year on children's programmes in recent years. But it cannot force broadcasters to air them and some free-to-air TV channels have turned away from shows for kids.

Viewers lost Kidzone when commercial-free TVNZ 6 closed in 2011. NZ On Air reviewed its strategy in 2015 after warning that broadcasters’ support for local kids' TV “could not be taken for granted”.

A major outlet was lost in 2016 when MediaWorks turned FOUR into reality channel Bravo and some publicly-funded programmes were launched online-only on TVNZ’s on-demand service.

This led to complaints that families without broadband were missing out.

"The digital divide may be closing but it still exists. Kids have a right to media that informs them and educates them about their world," Janette Howe told Mediawatch in 2016.

"When you have an anchor channel you can develop that, and parents and kids know where to find it. We don't have that public space any more. That's why NZ On Air has put the call out to commercial companies to build something online," she told Mediawatch last year.

Is online the answer?

The charter for the new online service says:

“Children have a right to accessible and diverse local media which is made specifically for them.”

But NZ On Air’s own research shows a substantial proportion of families can't easily access an online video service.

A survey of 700 children in 2015 found children’s online time was growing but the survey also found only 77 percent of homes had broadband while 98 percent had TV in 2014.

"TV is still the dominant screen in New Zealand children's lives,” said Colmar Brunton's report, while "on-demand sites are rarely used by 6-14 year olds on a daily basis".

A TV channel for children didn't feature as an option in the discussion paper NZOA put out last year.

In Australia, the public broadcaster ABC operates two children's channels, both of which have interactive websites and on-demand platforms for the content.

Successful launch for Eutelsat 172B

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/06/02/successful-launch-for-eutelsat-172b/

On its sixth successful launch during the first half of 2017, Arianespace set a new heavy-lift record tonight with Ariane 5 in delivering the ViaSat-2 and Eutelsat 172B telecommunications satellites to geostationary transfer orbit with flight VA237.

“With this new mission, Arianespace once again demonstrates the availability and versatility of its launch vehicle family for customers,” explained Arianespace CEO Stéphane Israël. “For the third time this year and the 79th time in a row, Ariane 5 performed flawlessly. Well done! Congratulations to all!”

As the 118th Airbus-produced satellite orbited by Arianespace from Kourou, Franch Guyana, Eutelsat 172B uses the Eurostar E3000 EOR (Electric Orbit Raising) platform – becoming the first all-electric telecommunications satellite orbited by an Ariane 5.

Yohann Leroy, Eutelsat’s Chief Technical Officer and Deputy CEO, said that Flight VA237 demonstrated Arianespace’s ability to “efficiently and competitively place very powerful electric propulsion satellites into orbit” with Ariane 5.

Eutelsat 172B will deliver increased capacity for fast-growing applications that include in-flight and maritime connectivity, cellular backhaul, corporate networks, video and government services. It will be located at 172° East, a key neighbourhood providing exceptional Asia-Pacific reach over land and sea, from Alaska to Australia.

Designed to replace Eutelsat 172A, it will provide increased capacity, more power and improved coverage via C and Ku-band payloads connected to a range of service areas. Following the transfer of traffic to the new satellite Eutelsat 172A will continue commercial service at another orbital position.

Eutelsat 172B also features a new Ku-band multi-beam payload delivering 1.8 Gbps of throughput to serve the world’s fastest-growing region for air traffic. The Asia Pacific represents the largest opportunity for in-flight entertainment and connectivity services, with over 8,000 aircraft to be delivered to the region by 2034.

The customised High Throughput payload on Eutelsat 172B will be a major growth platform for in-flight connectivity, notably Panasonic Avionics Corporation, one of the suppliers of in-flight entertainment and connectivity services for commercial airlines. Eleven elliptical beams will enable Panasonic to bridge the West coast of North America to Asia, and down to Australia, supporting rapid air traffic growth in the region and surges in bandwidth use across densely used flight paths. Panasonic will also use the satellite’s widebeam Ku-band coverage as an overlay to deliver live TV to aircraft.

Eutelsat signs new launch contract with Arianespace

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/06/02/eutelsat-signs-new-launch-contract-with-arianespace/

Following the launch of the Eutelsat 172B satellite, Eutelsat Communications has announced a new launch services contract with Arianespace.

The Arianespace order book now includes three future launches for Eutelsat in addition to the 32 Eutelsat satellites already launched by the European launch services provider over more than 30 years for one of the world’s leading satellite operators.

Of the three satellites to be launched, Eutelsat 7C (built by SSL) will be orbited in 2018, followed in 2019 by Eutelsat Quantum built by Airbus and the high throughput satellite built by Thales.

“Following today’s historic Ariane launch of Europe’s first high-power all-electric satellite, we are proud to once again team up with Arianespace, a long-standing partner and a leader in Europe’s vibrant space industry,” commented Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat.

“The technological diversity of the three new satellites entrusted to Arianespace is a compelling reflection of our commitment to innovation for the greater benefit of our customers, and to maintaining our competitiveness.”

Stéphane Israël, CEO of Arianespace, added: “This latest contract bolsters Eutelsat’s position as a benchmark customer of Europe’s heavy launcher, since Ariane 5 will launch three satellites for the European operator in 2018 and 2019. Our hope is that Ariane 6 will subsequently take over so that we can help Eutelsat meet its objectives even more efficiently.”

Mongolia to send first satellite off to space on June 4

From http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-06/02/c_136335433.htm

ULAN BATOR, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Named after Mongolia's endangered gobi bear Mazaalai, Mongolia's first satellite will be sent to space on June 4.

The satellite will accompany the "SpaceX Falcon 9" rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida through a project supported by UNESCO and Japan.

The Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds Satellite is a cross-border interdisciplinary satellite project for non-space-faring nations, aimed at supporting developing countries to build and launch their first satellite.

During this two-year project, 15 students from participating countries including Mongolia, Ghana, Japan, Bangladesh and Nigeria shall design, develop and operate five units of identical 1U CubeStats, a type of miniaturized satellite for space research.

Mongolia can contact the satellite being sent off 400 km away from the earth 5-6 times a day.

Having a satellite brings many advantages, such as the ability to conduct independent space studies, capture the geographic picture of a country, develop more accurate maps, and better prevent natural disasters, the Deputy Prime Minister and head of emergency affairs of Mongolia Khurelsukh Ukhnaa said.

The team members shared their plan to launch the second satellite in 2019. Although the Mazaalai satellite was supposed to be sent to space on June 2, the flight was postponed due to rain.


Eutelsat 172B for 172E launching in a few hours!

Go here for the coverage


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Sid 1005 "Duck TV" Started Vpid 1501 Apid 1502 (H264) (conax encrypted)
Sid 1006 "Scoop Asia" is now FTA Vpid 1601 Apid 1602 (H264)

Asiasat 4 122.2E 4060 V Sr 15000 "asiasat hd1" promo loop is new fta

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From the Dish

AsiaSat 7 105.5E MovieTime has started on 3734 H, clear.

Express AM3 103.0E 11606 V "Poehali!, Tri Angela, Bridge TV and RTG TV" have started on , Fta. TTS, Rossiya 24 and Russian Musicbox have left.

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东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,AsiaSat HD(宣传)高清频道重现,设置4060 V 15000参数免费接收。 [6月1日]
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东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Neo Sports(印度)频道加密,设置3900 V 10370参数有条件接收。 [6月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,TV 3 SD(泰国)频道加密,设置4008 H 15000参数有条件接收。 [6月1日]


Defence extends Optus satellite deal for $40m, ten more years

From https://www.itnews.com.au/news/defence-extends-optus-satellite-deal-for-40m-ten-more-years-463776

Telco to give C1 longer lifespan.

The Defence department will pay Optus a further $40 million over the next ten years to keep using the telco's C1 satellite.

Its existing contract with Optus was due to end in 2020 when the satellite went end-of-life, but Optus has agreed to reconfigure the C1 to operate in an "inclined orbit to reduce on board fuel usage", thereby extending its end-of-life to 2027.

Optus has provided satellite services to Defence since 2003 when the telco and the agency jointly launched the C1 from French Guiana.

“The extended use of Optus C1 will preserve Australia’s orbital filing precedence and options to place future satellite communications capabilities within the region,” Defence Minister Marise Payne said in a statement.

“The agreement assists Defence and the government to preserve Australia’s right to continue to operate in the radiofrequency spectrum from space until such a time as government elects an alternative course of action."

The $40 million contract cost will cover the preparation of ground infrastructure within Optus facilities in NSW and WA, as well as operating and sustainment costs.

All-electric satellites are ushering in zippier in-flight internet access

From https://www.cio.co.nz/article/620120/all-electric-satellites-ushering-zippier-in-flight-internet-access/

Pushing satellites around using electrical, rather than chemical, thrusters saves weight, leaving room aboard for more powerful communications systems

All-electric satellites are changing the way airline passengers access the internet.

Like a Tesla in space, an all-electric satellite uses electric propulsion to climb from transfer orbit to geostationary orbit and to maintain its position on station, instead of the chemical rockets used by traditional satellites.

Such satellites still need a traditional launcher burning solid or liquid fuel for the brute-force task of getting them into space, but the delicate work of positioning the satellite is done electrically.

Without the need to carry vast quantities of chemical fuel, all-electric satellites can be up to 40 percent lighter at launch.

That gives their operators the option of using a smaller, cheaper launch vehicle -- or of tacking on extra communications equipment to deliver more power or operate in more frequency bands.

Whatever option the operator chooses, airline passengers jonesing for in-flight internet access benefit, as the service can be cheaper, faster, or available in more places.

Boeing has been building all-electric satellites for a couple of years, but now a European company, Airbus Defense and Space, is getting in on the game.

The first Airbus-built all-electric satellite, Eutelsat 172B, is scheduled for launch late on June 1. It will take off from Kourou in French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle. The same launcher will also carry ViaSat 2, a conventionally powered broadband communications satellite built by Boeing.

Once lofted into its transfer orbit by the Ariane 5, Eutelsat 172B will turn on its electric motors and start the slow climb to geostationary orbit over Asia. ViaSat 2, meanwhile, will light up its rockets for a somewhat faster journey to an orbital slot over the Americas.

While Eutelsat 172B carries no combustible fuel, it does still carry some expendable reaction mass -- something to sling out the back in order to push itself forward through the vacuum of space. It will use xenon gas, splitting it into positive and negative ions and accelerating these to high speeds using an electric field.

The use of xenon ion propulsion systems (XIPS, pronounced "zips") to move a satellite up into geostationary orbit is relatively new. Most still use chemical thrusters ejecting burning gases for that task, although there are plenty of satellites using XIPS to remain on station. The electric propulsion system draws its power from the satellite's solar panels but, even if the satellite still has power, once its xenon reaction mass is used up it will slowly drift off station and it will be time to launch a replacement.

So what does all this mean for airline passengers?

Lots more internet capacity, for one thing. One of the three communications packages Eutelsat 172B will carry is the high-throughput service that will be operated by Panasonic Avionics. That company will its 11 spot beams with a capacity of 1.8Gbps to deliver in-flight entertainment and connectivity to commercial airlines across the Pacific Ocean.

The satellite's manufacturer, Airbus, is also building other all-electric satellites that will be able to carry even bigger communications packages, promising still more bandwidth to come.

Japan puts 2nd satellite into orbit to enhance GPS

From https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170601/p2g/00m/0dm/029000c

An H-2A rocket carrying the Michibiki 2 satellite, part of Japan's Quasi-Zenith satellite navigation system, lifts off from the Tanegashima Space Center in Minamitane, Kagoshima Prefecture, on June 1, 2017. (Mainichi)

TANEGASHIMA, Japan (Kyodo) -- Japan put a second satellite into orbit Thursday to enhance the precision of its global positioning system used in smartphones and car navigation equipment.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. launched an H-2A rocket carrying the government's quasi-zenith satellite Michibiki No. 2 at 9:17 a.m. from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan.

Michibiki satellites are used to determine locations of objects on Earth. The Japanese government said it is planning to launch two more of the satellites later this year to further upgrade the GPS system.

The newly launched satellite will work in tandem with the first Michibiki satellite in quasi-zenith orbits at an altitude of 33,000 to 39,000 kilometers and complement a U.S. satellite network that Japan had previously fully depended on.

Michibiki No. 1, launched in 2010, is currently working with the U.S. satellite network, but radio waves from those satellites are sometimes blocked by skyscrapers and mountains and GPS may display locations that are several meters away from actual positions.

The Japanese government plans to provide more precise GPS services from fiscal 2018 once all four satellites are in orbit, a government official said.

By that time, the margin of error would be reduced to 1 meter from the current several meters with a device that can receive data from the Michibiki satellites. With a special receiver, the margin could be further narrowed to as little as 6 centimeters.

Japan aims to increase the number of satellites in orbit to seven in fiscal 2023.

Once the "Japanese GPS" is completed, smartphone users will be able to receive more accurate information on locations shown in their map apps. The total cost of developing and producing the three new Michibiki satellites stands at about 90 billion yen ($811 million).

Upgraded GPS data could also be used for assisting self-driving cars, unmanned operations of tractors and other heavy machines that require precise coordinates for agriculture and civil engineering. The data are also expected to help locate children and the elderly.

Intelsat terminates merger plan with OneWeb

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/01/intelsat-terminates-merger-plan-with-oneweb/

As anticipated, the proposed merger between Intelsat and Jersey-based satellite constellation OneWeb has been pulled.

Intelsat, in a statement issued early on June 1st, said that not enough of its bond-holders had agreed the terms of the SoftBank-enabled financial restructuring to make the scheme work. Intelsat needed an 85 per cent acceptance level of the new terms on offer, and by the midnight May 31st deadline acceptance levels were short of this amount.

Intelsat’s president/CEO Stephen Spengler, said he was disappointed by the result. “There were many stakeholders’ interests that needed to be satisfied in this complex transaction. We are disappointed that our bondholders were unwilling to accept the terms of the exchange offers presented over the course of this process.”

However, as expected, he outlined that a relationship would continue with OneWeb. “Even without a merger of our companies, the pre-existing commercial agreement among Intelsat, OneWeb and SoftBank will continue. Under this agreement, we plan to jointly develop integrated solutions utilizing both of our fleets and to act as a sub-distributor to SoftBank for the attractive application segments of mobility, energy, government, and connected car. As we create integrated services for these applications, we expect to accelerate and enhance our goal of unlocking new and larger opportunities in the communications landscape. We remain focused on achieving our operating priorities for 2017, including the continued commercialization of our Intelsat Epic high throughput satellite services.”

What will now interest the market is whether Japan’s SoftBank introduces another satellite operator – perhaps without the massive debt burden being carried by Intelsat, to replace Intelsat and merge with OneWeb.


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Fashion TV mux update
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AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3734 H "Theater" has left.
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Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Bizz News" has left .
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东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Food Food TV(印度)频道加密,设置3742 V 7000参数有条件接收。 [5月31日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Duck TV(鸭电视)频道新增,设置3740 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月31日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Scoop(高清)频道解密,设置3740 V 30000参数免费接收。 [5月31日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Neo Sports(印度)频道解密,设置3900 V 10370参数免费接收。 [5月31日]
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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,澳亚卫视替换澳门卫视(艺华卫视)频道,设置12354 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [5月30日]


Airbus selects new Skynet 5 channel partner

From https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/digital-battlespace/airbus-selects-planetcomm-channel-partner/

Airbus Defence and Space has selected Planet Communications Asia Public (PlanetComm) as its newest channel partner for Skynet 5 military satellite communication services, the company announced on 24 May.

The company has also expanded its partnership with Hong Kong-based Speedcast, so that both Planet Communications and Speedcast will provide Skynet X-band and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) services as part of their satellite communications portfolios.

The partnership with Speedcast, which has been providing tactical secure communications services to the Australian and New Zealand governments since September 2016, has now been extended to cover customers in the Philippines. Speedcast also manages the Asia anchor station facility for the Skynet 5A military satellite based in Adelaide, Australia, on behalf of Airbus.

The newly signed partnership with PlanetComm covers Thailand.

In order to deliver highly resilient Skynet military satellite communication services, Airbus has been developing new partnerships with different service providers. Since the move of its Skynet 5A satellite from 6° East to 95° East in September 2015 to provide global X-band and UHF coverage, Airbus has signed ten channel partner agreements with companies in the Asia Pacific region and the US.

18% of global TV homes receive FTA satellite

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/31/18-of-global-tv-homes-receive-fta-satellite/

According to Dataxis research, 314 million of TV households now receive TV signals via Free-to-Air satellite, which represents 18 per cent of the worldwide TV households. FTA satellite distribution is becoming more and more important and Dataxis forecasts that this ratio will reach 20 per cent in 2021.

The penetration rate for FTA DTH varies from regions, for instance, it is almost inexistent in North America. Moreover, FTA DTH distribution in Latin America is limited to Brazil with 21 per cent of the TV households.

On the other hand, in Europe, FTA DTH distribution depends on the countries: Germany leads with 34 per cent of the TV households, followed by Ukraine with 26 per cent, Ireland with 16 per cent and Italy with 15 per cent.

In the Middle-East (including Turkey), DTH satellite distribution is the most common way to receive TV and 65 per cent of TV households receive TV via FTA DTH. In this region, there is a wide offer of free channels (more than 1000) which are distributed via FTA DTH. Consequently, there is no room for the development of DTT distribution.

According to Dataxis, FTA satellite distribution is important in Asia, with 64 per cent of the TV households in Thailand, followed by Japan with 37 per cent, China with 25 per cent and India amounts to 12 per cent. In China, there is a governmental programme for isolated zones that explains the importance of FTA DTH in the region.

Japan to Launch Second GPS Satellite for Improved Accuracy

From http://www.en.netralnews.com/news/currentnews/read/6547/japan.to.launch.second.gps.satellite.for.improved.accuracy

Japan aims to have seven Michibiki GPS satellites in orbit by fiscal 2023. (Image courtesy of JAXA)

TOKYO, NETRALNEWS.COM - Japan will launch Thursday its second satellite for a GPS system designed to bring hyper-accurate location data, moving closer to a technology that offers applications in national security, autonomous driving and other services.

The quazi-zenith Michibiki No. 2 satellite, a joint effort of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, is scheduled to blast off at 9:17 a.m. local time.

Launchpad preparations for the Michibiki's launch vehicle, the H-IIA, were underway Tuesday at JAXA's Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture. A further two Michibiki satellites are planned for launch this fiscal year, and one is already in orbit.

The Michibiki satellites send signals to Earth to determine the receiver's location. Their quasi-zenith orbits will keep one of them over Japan at all times, providing a top-down view unobstructed by tall buildings or mountains.

Metropolitan or mountainous areas can reduce GPS accuracy by as much as 10 meters, but together with Michibiki satellites and ground-based facilities, the error can be reduced to 6cm. The high accuracy system could be in place as early as next spring.

This precision raises numerous possibilities for new technologies and services. With an eye to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, research is underway on guide robots that can help orient lost foreigners. Other promising fields include unmanned seed-planting agricultural machinery, nimbler autonomous driving and package delivery by drone.

Japan's government is working on a plan to have seven Michibiki satellites in orbit by fiscal 2023, hoping to wean off its reliance on American satellites with its own national location information system.

American GPS satellites originally served military purposes, such as tracking troop deployment. With location information becoming ever more important in national security, and indispensable in everyday life, China, Europe and other regions are moving to create their own satellite-based location-tracking programs.

ITV Choice goes on-demand with Astro

From https://www.c21media.net/itv-choice-goes-on-demand-with-astro/

ITV Choice, the UK broadcaster’s entertainment network for Asia, the Middle East and Africa, is making dramas including Poldark and Victoria available on-demand in Malaysia for the first time.

ITV Choice will offer S1-2 of BBC period drama Poldark

Building on its existing carriage deal with local media group Astro, complete box sets of ITV Choice’s ‘best of British’ series will be offered to customers as an extension to their subscriptions.

Seasons one and two of BBC drama Poldark, made by ITV-owned Mammoth Screen, plus the first run and upcoming second season of Victoria will be among the shows available. These join seven seasons of crime drama Vera; four of Inspector Morse spin-off Endeavour; Egyptian drama Tutankhamun, starring Sam Neill and Max Irons; and others.

All will be offered as part of the Astro GO TV Everywhere service, which the Malaysian media firm is growing.

“This is just the start of our British series line-up and we are delighted to be working with ITV Choice on this initial selection,” said Astro VP of content Agnes Rozario.

Irdeto, Verimatrix join SAT>IP Alliance

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/31/irdeto-verimatrix-join-satip-alliance/

The SAT>IP Alliance, a non-profit organisation responsible for defining marketing and technology strategies related to the SAT>IP standard, has announced that Irdeto and Verimatrix have joined the Alliance. Both companies will strengthen the group’s work in the area of content security.

“With the integration of CAS-to-DRM solutions into the SAT>IP standard we are making it much easier for pay-TV operators to take live broadcast television content onto in-home IP networks”, said Thomas Wrede, President of the SAT>IP Alliance, “and we invite manufacturers of SAT>IP equipment to support our efforts and to join the Alliance.”

British company comes up with satellite network to take HD images, videos of Earth

From http://zeenews.india.com/space/british-company-comes-up-with-satellite-network-to-take-hd-images-videos-of-earth-2010724.html

A prototype spacecraft is set to be launched later this year for testing. Five more such platforms will follow in 2019.

British company comes up with satellite network to take HD images, videos of Earth

New Delhi: A British company has planned to come up a network of satellites that can take high definition images and videos of Earth from space.

A prototype spacecraft is set to be launched later this year for testing. Five more such platforms will follow in 2019.

The train of satellites will deliver rapid, high- resolution imagery of the planet in still and video formats.

At best resolution, the images will capture features just under a metre across.

The images would enable 3D models of the ground to be constructed, and videos could be used to track moving objects such as cars and other vehicles, according to UK-based company Earth-i.

UK-based manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) has developed a new class of Earth observation spacecraft codenamed Carbonite.

The first in this series was built in just six months and was launched in 2015. The lessons learned from that experience were then applied to the new satellite of the Earth-i constellation.

"We worked on Carbonite-1 with SSTL and studied the performance to help develop the technology for Carbonite-2 which we will be calling EiX2," said Richard Blain, CEO of Earth-i.

"As for the constellation, we will launch that in batches of five," Blain told 'BBC News'.


No Tuesday update


TVB Mux to leave KU band Intelsat 19 (Translated from Chinese via their website)

From July 1, 2017, the Australian TVB TV signal will be transmitted from the satellite to the network transmission, the existing satellite equipment will not be able to receive our TV service.

If you have internet access in your home, please change your existing satellite TV to TVB Anywhere HD TV as soon as possible. After completing and submitting the online registration form, our customer service team will contact you later. For inquiries, please call (02) 8281 6898.

Weekend feeds


Asiasat 5 3716 H Sr 7200 "ETP WORLD" Golf FTA

Asiasat 5 3894 H Sr 7120 "Telecity Encoder 5" Football FTA

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3907 H Sr 7120 "FA_CUP_FINAL_2017"

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Optus D2 12539 H Sr 6978 ABC's link 2 footage from Kuta
Optus D2 12545 H Sr 6980 Ladies Netball, Swifts Vs Firebirds

Intelsat 19 12438 H Sr 15000 "STS12 Enc/Mod 1" HD, GC SUNS Vs Melb

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3827 H "Chengdu Tianfu Food TV" is Fta.

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Telstar 18 138.0E 3830 H "INC Radio DZEM 954" is now encrypted.

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3827 H "Chengdu Tianfu Food TV" is Fta.

ChinaSat 10 110.5E Indosiar and ANTV on 3560 V are now encrypted.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3700 V "TVE Internacional Asia" has started on , Fta.

SES 8 95.0E 11990 H "Ekhbariya TV has replaced Saudi 2" on , Conax.

Measat 3a 91.4E Fashion One 4K and Insight UHD have left 3920 V again.

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11640 H "Beauty Club HD 47 and WorkShop TV" have started on , Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3720 H Diva 2 has left.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3766 V "Arihant TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Rivers of Living Waters T"V has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "God's Intervention TV" has started on, Fta
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "TTVM TV" has started on , Fta.One Touch TV and Push TV have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 V "Breakthru TV" has started on ,Fta
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Christ Power TV, Last Hour Miracle TV, Charis TV, The Word TV and ROV TV" have started on, Fta.Victory TV and Good News TV have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 V "Apostle Mohlala TV" has left .

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "Gyana Yogi" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 4015 V "Channel UFX" has left .

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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,中国电影替换广东体育(DISH-HD)频道,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月28日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Tihgr Shopping(泰国)频道新增,设置11560 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月28日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Thaicom 2 HD、MRTV Entrtai(IPM)频道新增,设置11170 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月28日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Party、Travel、Loso(泰国)频道消失,设置11640 H 30000参数无效接收。 [5月28日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Thairath HD(高清)频道改频率,设置11640 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月28日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Beauty Club(IPM)频道新增,设置11640 H 30000参数免费接收。 [5月28日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Mcot HD、Mysci(泰国)等频道消失,设置11838 V 45000参数无效接收。 [5月28日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,TV 5 HD、Thairath HD(泰国)等频道消失,设置11758 V 45000参数无效接收。 [5月28日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,澳门卫视替换澳亚卫视(艺华卫视)频道,设置12354 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [5月27日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,THT4(国际)(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11473 V 22500参数有条件接收。 [5月27日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Pet Club TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [5月27日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,凤凰资讯、金鹰卡通(长城亚洲)等频道加密,设置10730 V 40000参数有条件接收。 [5月27日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Test Channel(测试)频道消失,设置11539 H 20000参数无效接收。 [5月26日]


Free kick for Ten coverage as ABC likely to be booted

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/free-kick-for-ten-coverage-as-abc-likely-to-be-booted/news-story/c2d43cf3e958b3e422cfb9e04d76a6c1

Ten Network is poised to snatch A-League and Socceroos matches from SBS if no more bidders come forward before a formal deadline this week, dealing a blow to the ABC’s hopes of gaining the television rights.

While Football Federation Australia and its adviser Adara Partner held talks with the ABC, it’s understood soccer administrators will knock back the public broadcaster’s bid.

It’s believed Seven West Media, Nine Entertainment Company, and SBS have not yet lodged an official bid with the FFA. The deadline falls on Wednesday.

The FFA is also set to reject other bids for rights. At least one telco is said to have expressed interest in buying streaming rights. The FFA declined to comment.

Pay-TV sports programming network Fox Sports has already signed a record six-year $346 million deal to broadcast matches on Foxtel from next season.

Under this deal, the free-to-air rights and Socceroos rights revert to Fox Sports for an extra $2m to $4m per year if the FFA does not sell the package to any other broadcaster. This allows Fox Sports to onsell the free-to-air rights to another broadcaster as it currently does with Nine and ­Socceroos matches.

It’s believed a deal is in place for Ten to pick up the rights in time for the 2017-18 season, which kicks off in October.

Foxtel, jointly owned by News Corp and Telstra, owns 13.91 per cent of Ten. Fox Sports is wholly owned by News Corp, publisher of The Australian.

News of the development comes after the ABC came under heavy criticism last week thanks to its calamitous coverage of a friendly match between A-League champions Sydney FC and ­English Premier League club ­Liverpool. The ABC’s broadcast, described by viewers as excruciating and embarrassing, prompted the FFA to express its disappointment in a statement.

“Like many fans, FFA is disappointed with some aspects of the ABC’s broadcast of the Sydney FC v Liverpool FC match last night,” the governing body said via its Twitter account. “Pre-game, half-time & post-game coverage wasn’t to standard expected by @FFA & football fans. We’ve made that point to ABC management.”

Although the FFA’s administrators are angry about the broadcast, which included a tacky whiteboard with cut-outs of players instead of graphic overlays, peculiar interviews and sound problems, sources insisted administrators had already made up their minds about the future of the free-to-air rights. For Ten, winning the rights is a major boost for the network after a recent uptick in ratings was overshadowed by a high-profile refinancing of the company’s $200m loan and disappointing half-year results.

A-league matches on Saturday evening are likely to be aired on Ten’s multichannels, taking the game to a potential new audience.

The three main commercial networks will now focus on broadcast rights for cricket.

A formal tender process is ­expected to start in the coming months, with the Big Bash League set to attract strong interest from all the broadcasters.

It comes after the AFL signed a $2.508 billion agreement with Seven, Foxtel and Telstra for six years, and the NRL clinched a $1.8bn five-year TV agreement with Nine, Fox Sports and Telstra.

The boom in sports rights ­reflects shifts in the TV industry as viewers watch more programs on demand, skipping ads.

Chromecast and HD coming to Foxtel Play

From http://eftm.com.au/2017/05/exclusive-chromecast-and-hd-coming-to-foxtel-play-39779

Foxtel ramping up their streaming product in June relaunch

After quietly announcing the removal a bunch of channels from the Foxtel Play streaming TV platform effective June, it seems more changes are coming and these may be met with a smile by many long suffering Foxtel Play customers.

As we foreshadowed in our reporting of the “farewell” of some 19 channels from the service effective early June, there is about to be some good news. Foxtel has scheduled an announcement event on June the 6th, but EFTM can report that both HD and Chromecast support appear certain in the new and updated Foxtel Play service.

EFTM has read the new customer Terms and Conditions for the Foxtel Play service which are “effective 7 June 2017” which reference these two significant changes.

On Chromecast – the T&C’s state “Except for a Chromecast stream, you can only use a Registered Device to access the Foxtel Play Service via its own downloaded and installed Foxtel Play Services Application.”

This is a huge leap forward, with Foxtel seemingly protecting it’s Cable and Satellite business by not allowing the use of the streaming service on a big screen or in great quality, which is where HD comes in.

Those same updated Terms and Conditions reference HD also: “In addition, there may be some technical limitations for customers who chose to access the Foxtel Play Service via older Devices. These limitations include the inability to use trick play functionality (such as pause, rewind, fast forward etc) on streamed programs and the unavailability of HD on all Devices”

While minor, the addition of HD and Chromecast to the terms and conditions is a clear sign of a change to the service, and we expect full details will be revealed in a little over a week from now.

Of course, Foxtel Play is available on a range of devices including mobile and tablet, but also on many other devices like Smart TVs, Games Consoles and Telstra TV (Which has already begun using HD streams for some channels)

The updated T&C’s do not give any indication that the service will radically change, with references to the existing packs and requirement to buy an entry pack before additional packs still in place.

We’ll know more in a little over a week – but for now, it seems a good move.

No satellite launches for M’sia this year, says Arianespace

From http://www.theborneopost.com/2017/05/29/no-satellite-launches-for-msia-this-year-says-arianespace/

Senior Malaysian government and private sector officials, key Measat business partners and Measat staff taking a group photo prior to the launch of MEASAT-3b (in the background).

SINGAPORE: There will be no satellite launches for Malaysia this year, said French-based leading commercial satellite launch firm, Arianespace S.A.

Arianespace Managing Director for ASEAN countries Richard Bowles said although the company had planned 12 launches for this year, Malaysia had launched the Measat-3b, the largest Malaysian satellite ever launched three years ago, and thus would not be part of the company’s launch plans this year.

The RM1.1 billion satellite was the third Measat satellite launched by Arianespace after Measat-1 and Measat-2 in 1996.

Speaking at a media conference on May 23, Bowles said the digitisation of media had opened up the possibility of Internet broadcasting, going beyond established methods to reach viewers.

“Broadcasting companies are having to face the challenge of coping with this rapidly changing method,” he said, but declined to elaborate whether Arianespace had made any suggestion to Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd, the only Malaysian direct broadcast satellite provider.

Bowles said Arianespace was well prepared for the rapidly changing nature of the satellite market, with an increasing number of customers looking at launching broadband and earth observation satellite into low earth orbits and medium earth orbits.

Arianespace’s order book, at present, stood at 4.9 billion euros (1 euro=RM4.767) for 51 launches for 28 customers, worldwide. – Bernama

China launches satellite navigation, positioning system

From http://www.dnaindia.com/technology/report-china-launches-satellite-navigation-positioning-system-2453635

The newly-launched navigation and positioning system will provide speedy, accurate positioning services to transportation, emergency medical rescue and city planning.

China on Sunday launched a national satellite navigation and positioning system which will provide positioning service to transportation, emergency medical rescue and city planning and management. It is the largest in the country and boasts the widest coverage, officials said.

Li Weisen, deputy director of the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geo-information, said that the system consists of 2,700 base stations, a national database centre and 30 provincial level database centres.

The system, featuring faster speed, higher accuracy and wider coverage, will be compatible with other satellite navigation systems, such as the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System and Global Position System (GPS), Li said.

According to the administration, the system is able to provide positioning service to transportation, emergency medical rescue and city planning and management.

Wang Li, chairman of China Satellite Navigation System Committee China's GPS is expected to be ready by 2020 with constellation of satellites. He said China will launch some 18 Beidou navigation satellites by 2018. Six to eight Beidou satellites will be sent into orbit in the second half this year. Till last year China had a constellation of 32 satellites for the navigation system.

Beidou satellite navigation system can provide services for countries along the Belt and Road Initiative by 2018, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted Wang as saying.

By 2020, the Beidou satellites will form a complete global satellite navigation system, Wang added.

Bngabandhu satellite to go commercial in June next year, says Tarana

From http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/05/29/bngabandhu-satellite-to-go-commercial-in-june-next-year-says-tarana

The commercial operation of Bangabandhu satellite will start in June next year after the launch in December this year, State Minister for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim has said.

She spoke at a press conference on the progress of the launch at the secretariat on Monday.

“We are certain that the launch will take place in the first or last week of December. It will be able to start the commercial operation in June, 2018,” she said.

She said in case of any problem the launch might be deferred to January. “There will be no problem if the weather remains calm in Florida in the US in December.”

The satellite will have 40 transponders. Bangladesh will use 20 of those for its own and the rest will be rented. The government hopes to save $14 million annually on rent the country is now paying to foreign satellites.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wants to share the joy of sending Bangladesh’s first satellite into space with people through video conferencing from her residence, the Ganabhaban, Tarana said.

The final countdown will begin in Bangladesh a week before the launch which will be broadcast live, she said.

The December schedule for the launch using SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was announced earlier.

State Minister Tarana recently visited the facility of Franco-Italian aerospace manufacturer Thales Alenia Space in France where the satellite is being built.

Tarana said some tests on initial performance, vacuum, final performance, and final preparation would be conducted before the launch.

“They (Thales Alenia Space) said it would be possible to finish the end-to-end test in the first week of December,” she added.

Satellite spat over alleged O3b “service outages”

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/26/satellite-spat-over-alleged-o3b-service-outages/

On May 19th Hong Kong-based satellite operator ABS announced that it had signed a “strategic partnership” with “one of the largest telecommunications operators in SE Asia” to supply 500 MHz of capacity on its ABS-2 craft at 75 degrees East.

So far, so routine. Except within the announcement was the phrase that the new partner had previously been using a non-GEO solution in Ka-band…[and] ”who could no longer tolerate the frequent outages and downtimes” associated with the Ka-band supplier.

That supplier is now known to be SES-owned O3b, but the argument between O3b and ABS was initiated at the CASBAA session at the CommunicAsia show in Singapore on May 22nd, when ABS CEO Tom Choi specifically addressed the reliability issue with Low Earth orbiting satellites, and O3b in particular. Choi recognised that ‘rain fade’ was a problem with Ka-band.

O3b’s CEO Steve Collar (and now running SES Networks operation) flatly denied losing the East Timor-based customer. Quoted by trade mag Space Intel Report, Collar said that 12 out of the 13 original clients signed had upgraded their capacity and demand over the past year, and that significant growth (“of near 70 percent”) in demand could be expected this year.

FTV starts seven free 4K UHD channels over India

From https://ultra.news/t-t/31481/ftv-starts-seven-free-4k-uhd-channels-india

Fashion TV has kicked off the 4K revolution in India by starting to transmit seven Ultra-HD television channels into the country and surrounding regions.

These are the first free 4K channels that can be accessed from India easily.

Each frame in a UHD video contains 8 mln dots, compared to 2 mln in Full HD and 0.4 mln in standard definition transmission.

Before this, the only other free UHD channel that could be watched in India was the NASA channel, which contains largely scientific content.

All these free 4K channels in India can be watched only using a set-top-box that supports ‘C Band’ frequencies and a dish antenna that is at least 4-6 feet in diameter.

NASA’s channel is available from the Asiasat 4 satellite, which is placed above the Pacific Ocean on India’s East.

In contrast, the seven new FTV channels are being beamed from Apstar 7 satellite, which is placed right over India, making it likely that these channels could be watched with even a 4.0-4.5 feet dish, especially in Southern areas like Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

The seven channels cater to different areas of fashion, such as photoshoots, films, make-up, men’s fashion, ‘midnite secrets’ and events.

The channels utilize the latest video compression technology called HEVC or H.265 to reduce the amount of bandwidth needed for transmitting UHD content.

At present, no Indian DTH or satellite operator uses HEVC, which reduces bandwidth requirements by about 40-45% compared to MPEG-4. Nearly all transmission in India occurs in either the MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 standard.

On the downside, this also means that the new channels cannot be watched using most of the satellite receivers and set-top-boxes available in the market today.

4K satellite receivers with HEVC support currently costs around Rs 4,500 in India, compared with just Rs 1,000-1,300 for HD receivers with MPEG-4 support.

However, cheaper HEVC models with 4K support can be purchased from international e-commerce websites.

The new FTV channels can be received in India, Pakistan, China, the entire Middle East, East Africa and South East Asia.

Adjacent regions like Russia, rest of Africa, Europe and Australia can also receive them by using a larger dish antenna (see picture).

While C Band channels used to be very popular in India up till about ten years ago, the explosion of Ku-band services has diminished their appeal.

C Band transmissions have the advantage of covering very large areas — such as the whole of Asia and Africa — with one beam, while Ku-band services typically cover only a specific region such as South Asia or China.

However, Ku Band signals can be received using a 2-feet antenna, while C-band requires a 4-feet antenna when the signals are very powerful, and 5-8 feet in most other cases.

Footprint of Apstar-7 | source:Apt Satellite

Most of the Ku-band channels in India are encrypted and users require smartcards from companies such as Tata Sky and Dish TV to watch these services.

Some Ku band services, like ‘Free Dish’ offered by DD and by ABS, are transmitted without encryption and can be watched free of cost.

In contrast, a larger proportion of C Band channels are available free of cost and un-encrypted, but the number of C-band channels available from one single location tends to be around 40-100, while a single satellite often transmits 500-1000 channels in Ku band.

(Craig's comment , on Apstar 7 3740 Sr 30000 8psk DVB S2 and the report is completely WRONG, yes there are 7 channels however only the one is UHD the rest are plain old SD!)


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Not much to end the week

Kodi v 17.3 Stable is out

VLC 2.26 Media player is out (update if you are on 2.24 or lower)
If you do screen capping from .ts recordings there is a fix in it to correct the aspect ratio issues of captured images

Chinasat 10 115.5E 3600 V 27500、3640 V 27500、3680 V 27500 were / are all fta

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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Ddish Live(蒙古)频道解密,设置12629 H 43200参数免费接收。 [5月26日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星C频段,National Guwahati(印度)频道新增,设置4123 H 4250参数免费接收。 [5月26日]
东经51.5度轨道位置的白俄1号卫星C频段,Dusk TV、PassionXXX(Telefonica)等全组频道改频率,设置3854 L 6725参数有条件接收。 [5月26日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,东森亚洲、东森幼幼(台湾)等4个频道新增,设置3648 H 5000参数免费接收。 [5月26日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,TVE(国际)频道新增,设置3700 V 30000参数免费接收。 [5月26日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,NTV Test(测试)频道新增,设置3568 H 1852参数免费接收。 [5月26日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,No Name(测试)频道消失,设置12272 H 33333参数无效接收。 [5月26日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,AXN、Star World(环宇卫视)等频道加密,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月26日]
东经51.5度轨道位置的白俄1号卫星C频段,Live Channel(Telefonica)频道解密,设置3854 R 5627参数免费接收。 [5月26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。 [5月26日]


NBN Co may lift Sky Muster's fair use limit

From https://www.itnews.com.au/news/nbn-co-may-lift-sky-musters-fair-use-limit-463147

Review underway.

NBN Co is “quietly confident” that it will be able to lift the average peak hour usage limit on its Sky Muster satellite service.

Chief customer officer John Simon told senate estimates last night that bringing the second Sky Muster satellite online in early May – and stabilisation of performance issues that have plagued the service in recent months – meant it could now consider a change to its fair use policy.

Retail service providers (RSPs) currently have to limit their customers’ peak hour usage to 30GB of downloads and 5GB of uploads in a rolling four-week period.

Simon said a review was currently underway into “spectral efficiency and all other aspects in terms of data distribution” over the Sky Muster service.

“As a result of that we’ll see whether we can actually expand those data allowances,” he said.

“Sky Muster II doubles the capacity of what was currently available but it’s needed to connect the expected take-up of around 60 percent of the 410,000 odd premises [in line to be serviced by the satellite service].

“What we’re reviewing is whether with that capacity and the current performance we can release more and upgrade the fair use policy.

“Without the second satellite, the fair use policy would have been a 20GB average cap; [having] it pushed that up to 30GB. We’re now reviewing the 30GB to see if we can make it broader.”

The 30GB download is an average across all of an RSP’s Sky Muster customers. Within that, it was possible for some customers to use more or less, as long as the RSP as a whole stayed under quota.

Across the entire installed base of Sky Muster customers, the average monthly usage is now approximately 23GB a month.

Simon said NBN Co planned to introduce business-grade services on Sky Muster sometime in calendar year 2018.

He also provided a brief update on the experimental in-flight wi-fi service underpinned by Sky Muster, which is being trialled by Qantas after some early hiccups.

“We expect the Qantas trial to finish around the third quarter of this calendar year,” Simon said.

“It uses very little data; on the average beam, under two percent [of available capacity, and] it peaks at very different times [to residential users].”


Rocket Lab have finally launched their test rocket!!

Video of the launch here (paste link into VLC or any other player)

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ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3600 V "Early Childhood Education TV, Food Channel and Fashion Channel" have left
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3640 V "Home Channel, Travel Channel and Chengdu Tianfu Food TV" have left
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3680 V "Dox TV" has left .

Palapa D 113.0E 12590 H "SBS Shop has replaced Lejel Home Shopping Live" on , Irdeto.

ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3520 V "Kix is back" on , Fta. CTV and Outdoor Channel International are now encrypted. LTV Drama and Arirang World have left again.
ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3560 V "Net" is back on , Fta. Insan TV and Wesal TV have left again.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "CBN News" is back on , Fta. Aryan and MBC TV have left.

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11170 H "Thairath TV 32 and LNTV 3" have left .
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11640 H "Thairath TV 32 has started on , BISS. IPM Party, Travel Channel HD and Loso" have left.
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11680 H "Loso, IPM Party and Travel Channel HD have started on, BISS. Trang Channel, Nakhon Channel and Songkhla Channel" have left.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Dolphin TV" has left .
Apstar 7 76.5E 3848 V "Munnaaru" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E Zee Bihar Jharkhand has left 3768 H and 4163 H.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3791 H "Vip News" has started on , Fta.

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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Hair Makeup、F-Mem(时装)等7个频道新增,设置3740 V 30000参数免费接收。 [5月25日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,View World、I Movies(泰国)等4个频道消失,设置3505 V 30000参数无效接收。 [5月25日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Sony Six(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3900 H 22222参数有条件接收。 [5月25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3920 V 30000参数无效接收。 [5月25日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,R TV(印度)频道新增,设置11856 H 44000参数免费接收。 [5月24日]


Rocket Lab: We have lift-off! History made as Electron launches successfully from Mahia

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11862250

Rocket Lab engineers have started poring over data from a historic space launch from the Mahia Peninsula that took the company a leap towards competing in the multi-billion satellite industry.

Lift-off at 4.20pm today was the first orbital-class rocket launched from a private launch site in the world

New Zealand has become the 11th country with potential to launch cargo into space, joining superpowers and tech heavyweights. The Government has hailed the lift-off as major milestone for the country's space industry.

The rocket took three minutes to reach space - outer space starts at 100km above the earth's surface - with a "great" first stage burn, stage separation, second stage ignition and fairing separation, but it didn't complete its planned mission.

"We didn't quite reach orbit and we'll be investigating why, however reaching space in our first test puts us in an incredibly strong position to accelerate the commercial phase of our programme," said founder and chief executive Peter Beck.

"We're one of a few companies to ever develop a rocket from scratch and we did it in under four years. To get as far as we did on the first test flight doesn't often happen," he said.

"It was a beautiful mission to watch."

Successful launch for first test rocket on the Mahia Peninsula

Rocket Lab's Electron rocket at the launch site on the Mahia Peninsula.

He gave the flight a "10 our of 10" and a big party was planned tonight at the company's operations base near Auckland Airport. It is registered in the United States where it also has operations.

During the next few weeks, Rocket Lab's engineers in Los Angeles and Auckland will work through the 25,000 data channels that were collected during the flight and results will be used to improve the vehicle's performance for two further tests.

Beck said the company had done more ground testing than was usually done and it had paid off with yesterday's flight.

"New Zealand has genuinely joined the space industry for here on."

The 17m tall rocket - with a silver fern on its nose and a US flag near its tail - lifted slowly from the launch pad before accelerating and was packing an estimated one million horsepower.

Forty-year-old Beck is a hands-on engineer, he was raised in Invercargill and founded Rocket Lab in 2006.

The Electron is made entirely of carbon-composite material and is designed to carry payloads of 225kg to an elliptical orbit and up to 150kg to a nominal 500km Sun-synchronous, low Earth orbit.

Three planned launches earlier this week were scrubbed.

Last year, the United States-based Space Foundation estimated the space economy was worth close to $400b a year but Rocket Lab - which has been hit by delays - approaches the small satellite market just as it is becoming increasingly crowded by other private players.

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges has hailed the launch as the first visible sign of a space industry in New Zealand.

Rocket Lab and all New Zealanders could be proud of it, he said.

"New Zealand is now one of 11 countries able to launch satellites into space from their own territory and the first to launch from a fully private orbital launch range."

While it can draw on up to $25m of government funding over five years, Rocket Lab's main backers include US companies Kholsa Ventures, Beesemer Venture Partners, Data Collective, Promus Ventures, Lockheed Martin and Stephen Tindall's K1W1.

The Budget has set aside $15m over the next four years to fund the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's part in New Zealand's burgeoning space programme.

Dr George Sowers, an independent consultant, former chief scientist and vice-president of United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, said before the launch that it was a sign of the vibrancy of the commercial space sector at the present time.

"It is another entrant into the small payload launch market which has been tough for commercial companies to succeed in. It certainly represents a first for New Zealand."

He said while Rocket Lab had some interesting technology, such as the electric pump-driven engine and embraced the state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies, the small payload launch market made it extremely difficult for commercial companies to make a profit.

Rocket Lab Launches Its First Rocket Into Space

From https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2017/05/25/rocket-lab-launches-its-first-rocket-into-space/#3934eefd7d65

Rocket Lab Electron Rocket lifting off from its launch complex in New Zealand

The commercial space race is heating up again as startup Rocket Lab successfully launched its first Electron rocket (named "It's A Test"), successfully made it into space. This is the first of three test launches the company has planned this year, with an eye to delivering customer payloads into space before 2018.

"It has been an incredible day and I’m immensely proud of our talented team," Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck said in a statement. "We’re one of a few companies to ever develop a rocket from scratch and we did it in under four years. We’ve worked tirelessly to get to this point."

Most of the flight looked pretty smooth - the two-stage rocket did successfully achieve separation, and the second stage engines fired. However, although the rocket made it into space, it didn't reach the company's intended target.

"We didn’t quite reach orbit and we’ll be investigating why, however reaching space in our first test puts us in an incredibly strong position to accelerate the commercial phase of our program, deliver our customers to orbit and make space open for business," Beck said in a statement.

The data gathered during the test flight should help the company figure out how to get there next time, and the company's set up to iterate quickly. Rocket Lab uses 3D-printing as part of their engine manufacturing process, and their rocket designs are geared towards simplicity, with an aim to scale so that mass production of their rockets is possible.

Rocket Lab was founded in 2006. Its based in Los Angeles, but it's launch complex is a custom-built spot in New Zealand. The company has decided to launch from New Zealand because they ultimately intend to launch a rocket a week, and there are a variety of reasons that make New Zealand attractive for handling that kind of launch cadence.

The company's raised $148 million so far and is valued at over $1 billion. The money has gone into developing both the rocket and launch complex. In terms of customer base, Rocket Lab is focused on small to mid-sized satellites - Electron can deliver payloads of up to 225kg to orbit. It's not competing for large telecommunications satellites or government payloads that are the bread and butter of companies such as SpaceX, United Launch Alliance or Arianespace. The company has already signed agreements with NASA, Planet, and Moon Express to deliver payloads into orbit. It's also sold an entire launch to Spaceflight Industries, which brokers satellite launches for smaller companies.

This is the second successful test launch for a small-satellite focused startup so far this month. On May 3, space startup Vector had its first successful test flight, although unlike Rocket Lab's, Vector's rocket didn't make it into space. Vector sent out a statement to the press congratulating Rocket Lab on the launch.

"On behalf of myself and Vector, I would like to personally congratulate Rocket Lab’s CEO Peter Beck and the entire team at Rocket Lab for a job superbly done," Vector CEO Jim Cantrell said in the statement. "We personally know how tough it is to build and fly these rockets, and are proud to welcome Rocket Lab into the micro launcher industry where together we will radically alter the way space is accessed and change the fundamental assumptions of space flight economics."

The focus of both companies on the small satellite market could mark a big change for that industry. (Although the two companies aren't quite competitors - Vector is targeting companies with smaller payloads than Rocket Lab.) Right now, companies building smaller satellites have to hitch rides with other, larger payloads in order to be able to afford getting it into space. (A SpaceX Falcon 9 launch costs over $60 million, for example.) And while hitching a ride might be cheaper than paying for a Rocket Lab launch, the downside is that companies have to wait months or even years for their satellites to make it to orbit. Companies like Vector and Rocket Lab enable companies to get small satellites to space on their own timetable, allowing them to start generating revenue at a quicker pace.

It's hard to say now how big the potential market is, but several small satellite companies have already hit the scene, including Planet, which has over 100 satellites in orbit taking images of the Earth's surface, and Spire, which has satellites in orbit tracking maritime shipments and monitoring weather. And Beck is committed to meeting the needs of this market.

"We’re committed to making space accessible and this is a phenomenal milestone in that journey," he said in a statement. "The applications doing this will open up are endless."

Launch of Aussie satellites could mark a re-entry for space industry

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/launch-of-aussie-satellites-could-mark-a-reentry-for-space-industry/news-story/1a9c860c7faff8d33c4bbe07fd09ace9

Two Australian-built research satellites — the first in 15 years — have this afternoon been launched into the atmosphere about 380km above Earth’s surface.

The lunch box-sized satellites, about 1.3kg each, are among a swarm being released from the International Space Station. Their mission is to collect the most extensive measurements ever taken of the lower thermosphere, a little known region of Earth’s outer atmosphere which plays a vital role in communications and helps shield the planet from solar radiation.

Australia has contributed three satellites to the European-funded project. They were built by universities in Sydney, Canberra and South Australia, with dozens of students lending a hand.

Space engineers at the University of NSW will attempt to establish contact with their satellite, dubbed UNSW-ECO, as it passes over Sydney at 4:21pm.

UNSW-ECO, built by UNSW’s Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research, will study the atomic composition of the thermosphere. The other two satellites were built by the universities of Sydney, Adelaide and South Australia, with UNSW and the Australian National University also assisting.

The trio were delivered to the space station in April, in a rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Academics say Australia’s involvement in the project could help reboot a once flourishing space industry that declined in the middle of last century. They say a switch to miniature satellites has transformed space science, making it far cheaper to do cutting edge research.

Satellites to provide digital TV services

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=401894

FIJI'S switch from analogue TV services to digital will begin this December.

And on Tuesday, Parliament was told by Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum that satellites would be used to provide digital TV services to the most remote parts of Fiji.

"We have parts of Viti Levu even which don't get terrestrial coverage. We intend to cover all those areas through satellites," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said in a ministerial statement. He also assured Fijians that access would remain free and Fijians would also be allowed to use the internet via the satellite services.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said 4000 people in Suva, Nadi and parts of Lautoka were using the digital TV platform on a trial basis with the full rollout around Fiji at the end of the year. He said 10,800 people in Fiji qualified under Government's subsidy of Walesi set top box. Walesi would also set up 17 new transmitter sites across Fiji to ensure full coverage.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said when the digital platform was fully operational, it would also attract other television providers.

The switch from analogue to digital would be over by July, next year.

Russia's military satellite delivered into orbit

From http://tass.com/science/947576

The Soyuz-2.1b rocket was launched from the Plesetsk spaceport on May 25

Soyuz carrier rocket with military satellite launched from Russian spaceport

A military satellite launched from the Plesetsk spaceport in northern Russia’s Archangelsk Region earlier on Thursday has been successfully delivered into the designated orbit, the Defense Ministry said.

"The launch of the carrier rocket and delivery of the spacecraft into the orbit took place as scheduled," a ministry official told reporters.

The Soyuz-2.1b rocket was launched from the Plesetsk spaceport at 9:34 Moscow time (06:34 GMT) on Thursday. The Fregat upper stage delivered the space vehicle into the estimated orbit.

China, Arab countries sign satellite navigation declaration

From http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/24/c_136311779.htm

SHANGHAI, May 24 (Xinhua) -- A declaration on BeiDou cooperation between China and Arab countries was signed Wednesday, helping Arab countries benefit from China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS).

China's self-developed BDS is compatible with other satellite navigation systems and aims to provide services to Belt and Road countries and regions from the end of 2018, completing deployment of 35-satellite constellation around 2020 to provide global services.

"The declaration will provide policy support for satellite navigation cooperation on both sides," said Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Zhang Ming at the first forum on BDS cooperation between China and Arab countries.

Zhang expressed his hope that with the aid of delegates a "space silk road" could soon be built to help China-Arab cooperation.

Wang Li, chairman of the China Satellite Navigation System Committee, said that based on present cooperation and the needs of Arab countries, both sides agreed to boost major project cooperation and conduct joint research on satellite navigation application in fields, including intelligent transportation, land mapping, precision agriculture and public security.

The forum also featured training sessions on the BDS.

A second forum on BDS cooperation between China and Arab countries will be held in an Arab country in 2019.

Proposed in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative, comprising the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along and beyond ancient trade routes.

Arianespace builds for dual launch

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/24/arianespace-builds-for-dual-launch/

The spaceport at French Guiana is extremely busy catching up on the ‘lost’ 40 days of the May strike throughout the region with preparation for an important dual payload of satellites due for launch next month.

An Ariane 5, dubbed Flight VA238, is taking shape for a scheduled June 28th lift-off with a dual-satellite payload: the Hellas-Sat 3/Inmarsat S multi-mission relay satellite for Inmarsat and Arabsat-owned Hellas-Sat; and the Indian Space Research Organisation’s GSAT-17 communications spacecraft.

Arianespace is targeting a total of 12 missions in 2017 utilizing its family of the heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium-lift Soyuz and light-lift Vega. So far in 2017, the launch services company, despite the strikes, has performed five flights from the Spaceport: two each with Ariane 5 and Soyuz, along with one Vega mission.

FACT welcomes Facebook streaming device ban

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/25/fact-welcomes-facebook-streaming-device-ban/

UK intellectual property protection organisation FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) has welcomed the recent move by Facebook to update its Commerce Policy to ban the sale of illicit streaming devices from its site.

According to the site,items, products or services sold on Facebook must comply with its Community Standards, as well as the Commerce Policies, with ‘Products or items that facilitate or encourage unauthorised access to digital media’ listed among 13 categories.

“It is great to see Facebook follow the likes of Amazon and eBay in making changes to their policies to prohibit the sale of illicit streaming devices on their platforms,” declared Kieron Sharp, Chief Executive of FACT.

“These days social media sites are more than just a place to share photos and comments with friends and family. Unfortunately, the fast-paced development of these sites is being exploited by opportunists for criminal activity which needs to be disrupted. One of FACT’s priorities is combatting the sale of these illegal devices, which affects not only all of our members and clients but the creative industries as a whole.”

“Recent rulings have clarified that selling a device pre-configured to access copyrighted material is illegal and that consumers watching content via these devices without a legitimate subscription are also breaking the law,” he advised.


Rocket labs launch has been delayed AGAIN

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Australia’s military including commercial capacity in its satellite communications plans

From http://spacenews.com/australias-military-including-commercial-capacity-in-its-satellite-communications-plans/

Australia relies heavily on the U.S.-led WGS constellation for military satellite communications, such as the WGS-6 satellite above (which Australia financed), but wants to include commercial satcom in its future plans. Credit: Boeing. SINGAPORE —

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is planning to include commercial satellites as a necessary part of its communications architecture in the future, a defense official said May 15. Group Captain Patrick Del Guidice, the ADF’s Chief Information Office Group director for J6 Capability Coordination, said that long-term planning for commercial satcom has not traditionally been the case, but will be for the agency’s future satcom plans, which start in 2019. Del Guidice said Australia has about 507 million Australian dollars ($337 million) budgeted under JP 2008 for defense satellite communications between 2016 and 2019. Despite its name, JP 2008 is an almost three-decade-old umbrella program for Australia’s military satellite communications. From 2019 on, a new program called JP 9102 takes over until 2029, with 2 to 3 billion Australian dollars. Del Guidice described ADF’s spending on commercial satellite communications, or comsatcom, as largely an afterthought in the past, but said that won’t be the case going forward.

“We consider that commercial satcom capabilities will always be something we need moving forward,” he said. “So whatever we do, we are still going to have a requirement for commercial satcom capabilities moving into the future no matter what. It will be an important part of where we go.” Australia leans heavily on on the U.S. Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) military satellite network for the bulk of its defense communications. In 2006, Australia funded the production of WGS-6, which launched in August 2013. Del Guidice said that gave Australia about 2.4 gigahertz of “assured access” to WGS X- and Ka-band capacity. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the U.S. and Australia, signed in November 2007, forms the basis of a WGS sharing agreement that stretches to September 2029.

Australia also relies on the Optus C1 satellite, an ultra-high frequency (UHF) hosted payload on Intelsat 22, and capacity from Inmarsat, ViaSat and SpeedCast, according to Del Guidice’s presentation. But even with WGS as a long-term resource, Del Guidice said the ADF wants greater resiliency and redundancy, which means using a “hybrid solution” of satellite assets that ranges “anywhere from pure ownership, to leasing arrangements, to hosted payloads, to MOUs.” “What we are trying to do is include consideration of commercial satcom moving forward as part of what JP 9102 would do,” he said, adding that this would help address rising bandwidth needs of the Royal Australian Air Force in particular. A final roadmap hasn’t been laid out yet, he said. Unfinished business Del Guidice said that a pair of WGS ground stations under the JP 2008 program that are four years behind schedule are finally coming around to completion.

The ADF contracted with BAE Systems in 2009 to build two anchor gateways, one at Harman, Southern New South Wales, known as Satellite Ground Station-East, and another in Geraldton, Western Australia, designated Satellite Ground Station-West (SGS-West). However, the contractor ran into issues that resulted in cost increases and schedule delays. In 2015, Australia’s Defence Materiel Organisation put the gateways on a national “Projects of Concern” list, placing greater scrutiny on the project. Del Guidice said the ADF is now expecting initial operating capability “around the end of this year” for SGS-West, followed by SGS-East “somewhere around the early 2020s.” Additionally, he said ADF is moving SGS-East from Harman to Kapooka, located in New South Wales between Melbourne and Sydney. Del Guidice added that Australia has another MOU with the U.S. to support a second gateway at Geraldton, which would also go live around the turn of the decade

Amazon Prime To Deliver Live TV Channels

From https://www.channelnews.com.au/amazon-prime-to-deliver-live-tv-channels/

Amazon who recently rolled out their Amazon Prime content delivery service in Australia is set to also deliver live television channels for an extra fee.

Users will be able to subscribe to popular channels such as Discovery and Eurosport individually, without paying for a bundle of channels.

The only problem is that Amazon Prime in Australia is expensive and lacks the content that Netflix offers.

Until now, Prime Video has offered only on-demand films and TV shows in Australia and even those are limited.

But one analyst said the launch line-up of channels was “not immediately desirable” and would struggle to attract TV customers.

“Amazon launched a similar thing in the US, and the big selling point was that you could get HBO and Showtime programmes, all under one umbrella,” said Tom Harrington, an analyst at Enders.

“That’s not going to happen in Australia as HBO and Showtime are locked down by Foxtel , at least for now, and will hold on to them aggressively” said one expert.

Viewers will be able to stream free-to-air channels

In the UK ITV will offer an ad-free version of its streaming service and access to its free channels – such ITV 2 and ITV Be – for a monthly fee of £3.99.

It’s not known whether Australians will be able to access UK news services such as ITV.

“This is a starting point,” said Alex Green, managing director of Amazon Video.

“We’re offering linear TV channels where it makes sense. We have a good spread of big partners and I’m sure that will only grow.”

As well as the traditional television channels, viewers will be able to pay for curated “channels” of programmes to stream on-demand, such as the Yoga Anytime Channel, and Horse & Country Play, which is billed as the “home of equestrianism”.

“The core of the experience on Prime Video is on-demand streaming, and that will still be the core of the experience,” said Mr Green.

Difficult market

Mr Harrington said it would be difficult for streaming services to offer traditional television services at a competitive price.

“In the US, YouTube, Amazon, Apple and Facebook have been vocal about getting TV bundles together, but YouTube is the only one to have done it so far,” he told the BBC.

“It’s very hard to build from all these different suppliers and put these channels together at a price that is compatible to a cable offering.”

Mr Green said Amazon wanted to offer customers more flexibility, by letting them subscribe to individual channels.

“Often people say they are subscribed to a big TV package but don’t watch a lot of the channels,” he told the BBC.

“Now people can try it out, pick and choose, and cancel at any time.”

SES Networks and Patrakom Enhance Connectivity in Indonesian Waters

From Press Release

LUXEMBOURG–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SES (Euronext Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) and Patrakom, a leading provider of telecommunications and network solutions in Indonesia, announced today a partnership to provide seamless, high-speed connectivity to passenger vessels and oil barges traversing domestic routes in Indonesia.

As part of a multi-year agreement, SES Networks and Patrakom will be providing connectivity for over 80 vessels via SES-9 located at 108.2 degrees East. SES-9 is SES’s largest satellite for Asia-Pacific, and has a powerful mobility beam to provide coverage for vessels sailing across the East Indian Ocean.

The newly-created highly customer focused data division SES Networks is leveraging the extensive infrastructure, networks and operations to better meet the distinct needs of SES’s customers. The SES Networks business unit allows SES to deliver increasingly differentiated satellite-enabled solutions for data-centric segments, one of them being Mobility.

“At Patrakom, we provide daily connectivity to hundreds of vessels sailing across the Indonesian waters. Today, many of these vessels are limited by the level of connectivity due to the high entry barriers to get access to satellite communications. SES-9’s high-power mobility beam delivers seamless and reliable coverage over high-traffic domestic routes, enabling a cost-effective usage of bandwidth for our maritime customers,” says Endi Fitri, Director of Business Development at Patrakom.

Steve Collar, Chief Executive Officer at SES Networks, said, “We recognise a growing need for easily customisable and scalable connectivity solutions for the evolving maritime market. We are continuously enhancing our mobility capabilities with this in mind, and are pleased to support Patrakom with tailored bandwidth and coverage, offering them the flexibility to cater for the diverse connectivity needs of their maritime customers. The capacity provided by SES-9, with its dedicated mobility beam for maritime communications, is also well-suited for comprehensive coverage over Indonesian waters.”

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Singtel launches Malay language OTT video service

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/singtel-launches-malay-language-ott-video-service--1197052

Singapore operator Singtel has launched a streaming service for Malaysian customers. Media Prima’s tonton service is based on Singtel’s video streaming app dubbed ‘Cast’. The OTT video service is available on Cast’s Aneka Plus pack. Together with its current offering of Astro Ria and Astro Prima Malay channels on Singtel TV’s Inspirasi packs, Singtel an array of Malay entertainment content to viewers in Singapore.

Exclusively available outside Malaysia for the first time, Tonton on Cast will offer over 23,000 hours of Malay entertainment content, including programmes from TV3, TV9 and tonton originals. Singtel customers can watch Malaysian dramas up to 6 months ahead of the television broadcast in Malaysia, and also catch live events such as Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian (ABPBH), and top-rated dramas such as Ku Kirim Cinta (starring Ayda Jebat and Redza Rosli).

In addition to Aneka Plus, Cast offers Partner Apps, Viu Premium and Fox+, as well as Variety Plus, Asian Plus and Sports Plus packs. Together, Cast streams premium OTT Korean, Asian, English and Malay-language, and sports content. For a limited time, customers who purchase any Cast pack on a 12-month subscription will receive the first three months free of charge.

Aneka Plus is available on Cast at a special introductory offer of SGD 7.90 per month with the first three months free (applicable with the 12-month contract). To subscribe to Aneka Plus on Cast, customers can visit a Singtel shop, Singtel Exclusive Retailers, or sign up online.


Rocket labs Test launch is delayed until Wednesday (Hopefully)

A new FTA Cband platform is to start on ABS 6 @ 159E (see news section)

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Foxtel to expand NBN footprint

From https://mumbrella.com.au/foxtel-expand-nbn-footprint-446614

Foxtel has expanded availability of its NBN services.

The announcement:

Foxtel today announced that it has expanded availability of its nbnTM services for premises in Fibre to the Node (FTTN) and Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) serviceable areas across Australia. The move follows Foxtel’s recent arrival on the nbnTM for Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) areas. Today’s news means more customers than ever can enjoy Foxtel’s high performance broadband, purpose built for entertainment.

Australia’s continued hunger for broadband data usage is being driven by widespread video streaming, a growing number of connected devices and more data-demanding applications. At the same time, customers expect an improved broadband experience so they can access their data and stream their content when and how they want.

Foxtel Broadband puts entertainment at its core and has been recognised by YouTube+ as offering a superior HD experience for video streaming. Foxtel’s nbnTM expansion reinforces Foxtel’s leadership in addressing the increased needs of today’s connected households.

Mark Buckman, Foxtel’s Managing Director, Customer and Retail, said, “The way people interact online and watch streamed entertainment is changing rapidly. Fast and reliable broadband is an essential ingredient for Australia’s connected homes. Foxtel Broadband’s arrival in FTTN and FTTB serviceable areas increases our reach to more Australians than ever before. Foxtel’s nbnTM offering, combined with our premium movies, TV and sport bundles provides an unrivalled experience featuring the ultimate combination of world-class programming and high performance internet.”

Foxtel offers a range of nbnTM and ADSL broadband and home phone bundles, which are designed to deliver fast and easy streaming to multiple devices throughout customers’ homes. New customers can sign up to a 200GB per month broadband plan bundled with home phone and TV, starting from as little as $101 per month on a 24-month plan. Foxtel is also offering its unlimited broadband bundle starting from $111* per month with no set-up costs* for a limited time.

Existing Foxtel TV customers can add a 200GB per month Foxtel Broadband and Home Phone bundle to their TV package for only $75= extra per month on a 24-month plan. For a limited time, existing TV customers can add an unlimited Foxtel Broadband and Home Phone bundle to their TV package for only $85^ extra per month on a 24-month plan with no broadband set-up costs.

Foxtel’s ADSL broadband bundles are ‘nbnTM ready1’, meaning current and new customers on Foxtel

ADSL broadband plans today will be able to easily switch their service to the nbnTM network without needing to recontract, once the nbnTM from Foxtel service becomes available at their home.

Foxtel’s broadband bundles feature:

•Unrivalled content – Foxtel Broadband is bundled with Foxtel TV packages and our internet-ready set-top boxes to provide access to the best live sport, new movies, shows and complete seasons, live and on demand;

•Fast internet speeds# with the 25 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload speed tier included in all unlimited data plans;

•No data download limits for Foxtel content, including Foxtel On Demand3 or the Foxtel Go app3 when connected to Foxtel Broadband at home;

•The Foxtel WiFi modem designed for fast WiFi speeds#, great in-home coverage and easy streaming to multiple devices in your home, free on a 24-month contract;

•YouTube HD verified+ video streaming for less buffering and superior HD quality;

•Unlimited standard local calls2 included in all broadband bundles and unlimited standard national calls2 also included in the unlimited broadband bundles;

•Easy management of all Foxtel services with the convenience of a single bill, one contract and 24/7 technical support

Source: Foxtel

Rocket Lab hoping for third time lucky with test launch

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11861622

Rocket Lab hopes potential risky weather will clear later Wednesday and its test launch can lift off.

The planned launch was scrubbed today because of the risk of "triboelectrification" which can damage a rockets systems.

Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck said it was a common reason for launches being scrubbed overseas.

"If the cloud is below -10degC there's a possibility of ice particles and if we travel through that cloud at greater than 3000 feet per second then we can generate a static charge and that's enough to cause damage to the electronics of the vehicle," he said.

Forecasters said there was a possible window later in the day for high cloud clearing.

However, wind could also be at the upper limit during the launch window between 1pm and 5pm.

A MetService scientist was working with Rocket Lab's own weather team and feeding real time data and forecasting to mission control in Auckland - where Beck is.

"He's giving us a reasonable probability of launch tomorrow. If we get to point later on in the morning or afternoon and the violations look like they're going to be 90 per cent or more then we'll have to wait for a better day," he said.

"It's a very structured programme - there's no point in pushing the envelope at such an early stage. We always said we'll go when we're ready. We're ready but the weather's not.

The first possible launch was scrubbed on Monday because of high winds.

It's the final countdown for historic Kiwi space rocket

Prime Minister Bill English is excited for the first test launch for Rocket Lab this week

If Rocket Lab succeeds, this will be the first rocket launched into space from New Zealand, making joining 10 other countries that have.

The Science Media Centre has asked international experts about what makes the Electron rocket different and where the company sits in the independent space market.

One, Professor Martin Barstow of the University of Leicester and director of the Leicester Institute of Space and Earth Observation, said Rocket Lab was part of the new spirit of commercial enterprise around low-cost access to space.

Elon Musk's Space-X was a prime example.

"In the current context Rocket Lab are not so well advanced, as they have yet to carry out their first launch. Also, their 225kg payload mass is rather smaller than other capabilities," he said.

"However, I think there will be a growing need for launch capability for lower mass satellites like this to build satellite constellations. So, if successful, they will be well-placed to support and exploit that market."

He said it was not clear how the business model functions because he did not know the pricing structure but Rocket Lab was hitting an emerging market.

On technology used, he said the use of 3-D printing techniques to produce key components was very novel and likely to lower production costs, giving the company a pricing edge and could help with reliability.

There were no particular advantages for launching from New Zealand.

"In fact the best launch sites are closer to the equator to get the maximum advantage from the Earth's rotation. So, this is more about developing independent capability, so that the country does not have to rely on launch services from elsewhere," said Barstow.

"There is a similar issue in the UK where our government is keen to develop launch site opportunities. It's actually more difficult here due to the proximity of Europe. From New Zealand, you can launch safely over the Pacific."

He said it was "a very exciting project, but getting into space is hard and success is not guaranteed".

AsiaSat launches mobile app

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 23 May 2017 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), Asia’s
leading satellite operator, launches its first mobile application that offers unique features and functions
for iOS or Android smartphone users.

Practical and interactive functions in the app include:
 AsiaSat Satellite Finder – camera and GPS assisted tool to locate AsiaSat satellites
 Uplink Calculator – tool to calculate uplink power of the TV network designed on AsiaSat satellites
 Downlink Calculator – tool to calculate TVRO size of the TV network designed on AsiaSat
 Sun Outage Calculator – get information on sun outage occurrence time and duration
 AsiaSat Satellite Footprints – all about AsiaSat fleet’s performance across Asia Pacific
The platform also offers users convenient access to the latest news, events, services and TV channel
reception information of AsiaSat.

“Mobile applications are undoubtedly the new wave of business applications. We are very excited to
release AsiaSat’s first mobile application, and see it our latest initiative to get closer to our customers
and users, by providing them the best access to our latest information, some useful tools that will benefit
their use of AsiaSat services. Our ultimate goal is to ever improve our services bringing them the best
possible customer and user experience,” commented Barrie Woolston, Chief Commercial Officer at


# # #
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 late 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 Contact:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications
Tel: (852) 2500 0880
Email: wpang@asiasat.com

Intelsat and Telkom Join Forces at 157° East to Expand Broadband Connectivity across Indonesia

From http://www.cellular-news.com/story/Operators/69546.php

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE I), operator of the world's first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, and PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk (PT Telkom), Indonesia's largest satellite telecommunications services company, announced today they have entered into a collaboration agreement designed to provide options as the companies explore new opportunities to serve a region with expansive needs for broadband connectivity.

Under the new, multi-year agreement, Telkom has relocated the Telkom-2 satellite to Intelsat's 157° East orbital location, where it will be co-located with Intelsat 5. This move allows Telkom to efficiently manage its satellite fleet while expanding its use of Intelsat services to complement PT Telkom's network. The two satellite operators will also analyze the potential to expand services at 157° East.

"In a country such as Indonesia, satellite services are critical to meeting our customers' increasing demands for data and video content, regardless of location," said Abdus Somad Arief, Director of Wholesale and International Service Telkom. "By collaborating with Intelsat, we can leverage our collective broadband expertise to support and spur economic growth across Indonesia as well as enhance the lives of millions of citizens within the country."

"Our collaboration with Telkom demonstrates the value we place on working with other satellite operators to optimize the potential of our services in the region," said Jay Yass, Vice President, Business Development, Intelsat. "As our Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellites are introduced to the Asia region, with Intelsat 33e currently in service and Horizons 3e late next year, collaborations such as this are essential to bringing the best solutions to the region. We look forward to working with PT Telkom as we explore opportunities to optimize our respective fleets in the region."

About Intelsat

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

About Telkom Indonesia

Telkom Group is a state-owned telecommunications enterprise as well as telecommunications and network service providers in Indonesia. Telkom Group serves millions of customers throughout Indonesia with a complete range of telecommunications services that includes fixed wireline and fixed wireless connections, mobile communications, networking, and interconnection services as well as Internet and data communication services. Telkom Group also provides various services in the field of information, media and edutainment, including cloud-based and server-based managed services, e-Payment services and IT enabler, e-Commerce and other portal services. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.telkom.co.id/en/.

Intelsat, Globecast take TRT World into Americas and Asia

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/23/intelsat-globecast-take-trt-world-into-americas-and-asia/

Intelsat has announced that Globecast signed a multi-year agreement with the company to distribute the English version of TRT World in HD format to cable outlets in Asia and the Americas via the Intelsat 20 and Intelsat 21 satellites using IntelsatOne terrestrial fiber and teleport services.

Globecast is expanding its longstanding relationship with Intelsat to distribute TRT World content to Asia and Latin America on Intelsat’s highly penetrated video neighborhoods. Intelsat 20, located at 68.5 East degrees, is the leading distribution and Direct-to-Home distribution platform serving Africa and the Indian Ocean region. Intelsat 21, located at 302 degrees East, is one of four satellites comprising Intelsat’s powerful video neighborhoods serving the Latin America region.

“It is our goal to provide our customers with efficient distribution into new growth markets around the world. Intelsat’s globalised network, and its highly penetrated video neighborhoods, provide maximum viewers for our content owners,” said Philippe Bernard, CEO at Globecast.

Deputy Director General of TRT Ibrahim Eren stated that it is important for TRT World to be available on Intelsat 20 and 21. “Intelsat is renowned for its advanced fleet of satellites and overall expertise in the business. Through their help, coupled with sophisticated technology from Globecast, we’re delighted to expand TRT World to millions of viewers across the Americas and Asia.”

“A valued partner, Globecast’s relationship with Intelsat spans many years and many continents,” said Rhys Morgan, Intelsat’s Managing Director, Europe. “We continue to invest in our media neighborhoods to ensure that we can support the growth of customers, such as Globecast and TRT World, who distribute new high definition programming around the world. We welcome TRT World to the Intelsat network and the nearly 5,000 channels we deliver globally.”

Thaicom unveils new RAN optimiser series

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/business/corporate/30316073

Satellite operator Thaicom on Tuesday announced the introduction of a series of radio access network (RAN) optimisers that it says allows satellite service providers to cost-effectively optimise high-throughout 4G/LTE (long-term evolution technology) data and voice traffic to unserved and underserved areas using a single-box solution.

Thaicom is one of the leading providers of cellular backhaul over satellite service to mobile network operators (MNOs) in Asia Pacific.

With the introduction of the RAN optimisers NITRO30 and NITRO100, Thaicom is rounding out its end-to-end cellular backhaul service portfolio.

Patompob Suwansiri, chief commercial officer of Thaicom, said that cellular backhaul has been a market of high growth for Thaicom customers across Asia Pacific.

The CCO said the company’s IPSTAR broadband satellite system in combination with its customised solutions on an end-to-end basis has allowed cellular operators expand their service coverage area and increase subscribers cost-effectively in the past.

The NITRO30 is available now, while the NITRO100 will be available in the third quarter.

CASBAA: “Satellite competition is fierce”

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/23/casbaa-satellite-competition-is-fierce/

“There have been more dramatic changes in the global satellite industry in the past two years than we have been seen in the last twenty-five,” said Steve Collar, CEO of SES Networks, speaking at the close of the CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2017 in Singapore.

That comment summarised nine hours of insights, statements and data downloads testing the temperature of the Asian satellite market at CASBAA’s 17th annual meeting of satellite executives, engineers and investors.

“This has been an energising, challenging day which laid out the immediate and long-term opportunities and challenges for the satellite sector in Asia in terms of both commercial and technical issues,” said CASBAA CEO, Christopher Slaughter. “We have been given a lot to think about. Innovation at every level must be at the heart of all our businesses.”

According to keynote speaker Andrew Jordan, CEO of regional operator AsiaSat, video distribution via satellite represents some 70 per cent of revenues for most GEO satellite operators in the region with Ultra High Definition and 4K services “all the rage” despite representing a less than 20 per cent transition from Standard Definition services in Asia. “Mobility and broadband are the latest must-have applications, driving HTS (High Throughput Satellites) which is a maturing technology with enormous promise,”

The potential benefits and disadvantages of HTS and “cut-throat” competition were an overarching theme of the conference, which also covered such items as in-flight connectivity, maritime services, reusable launch vehicles, flat panel antennas, new satellite manufacturing processes and the on-going promise of the satellite market in India.

Key quotes from the event:

From the Operators
•There are 600 million households out there without TV. The opportunity for satellite remains enormous – Tom Choi, ABS
•When the millennials start families they are like the rest of US. They slump back on their settees – Andrew Jordan, AsiaSat
•If we don’t play in the 5G space other technologies will take over for sure – Deepak Mather, SES

From the Manufacturers
•Our customers are increasingly asking for Flexible, Refreshable, Blended Constellations that will last forever. It’s all over the map – Dawn Harms, Boeing Satellite
•Manufacturers also need to help with the ground segment – Tony Colucci, VP Sales, SSL
•From GEO to LEO . . . It’s a cultural difference – Tony Colucci, SSL
•To provide for the “extended life” of a satellites (maybe to match the life of a co-located satellite) GEO manufacturers need agree on a standardized USB for in-orbit connectivity – Olivier Guilbert, Thales Alenia
•Now we must be “Datacentric”, Tony Colucci, SSL

From the Customers
•We are now entering uncharted territory – Chris Baugh, Northern Sky Research
•Competition is fierce – PJ Beylier, Speedcast
•Consolidation is coming, but it must be at the operator level – Deepakajit Singh, Encompass Media
•Transponder costs may yet fall by 30%-40% — Deepak Singh, Encompass

•HTS is the thing — Tony Colucci, SSL
•It’s not just about providing highest throughput, it’s about jointly driving the ecosystem to make it more efficient – Elias Zaccack, SES

On Flat Panels
•We need multi frequency, multi-beam spectrum. The ability to switch between Ka to KU via LEO or GEO is crucial — John Finney, Isotropic
•It’s more complicated than almost anybody thought a few years ago – Susan Bull, Comsys
•People aren’t going to buy a flat-panel antenna just because it’s pretty! — Alvaro Sanchez, Intergrasys

The Launch Panel
•Our objective is to relaunch the rocket after one hour — Jonathan Hofeller, SpaceX
•Launch, Re-fuel and re-launch — Jonathan Hofeller, SpaceX
•They say there will be 24,000 LEO launches in the next while. What about space junk? – Peter Jackson, PJ Square
•Less price, more performance! That is what we will deliver ,– Tom Carroll, ILS International

On India
•Digitise, digitise, digitise! But when can we monetise? – Ashok Mansukhani, Hinduja Media
•India is a country where stats barely make sense — Ashok Mansukhani
•The DTH industry will remain a volume-led market for the next five years – Vivek Couto, MPA

MLS adds three new international broadcast partners in India, Honduras and New Zealand

From https://www.lagalaxy.com/post/2017/05/19/mls-adds-three-new-international-broadcast-partners-india-honduras-and-new-zealand

Major League Soccer (MLS) announced today new television agreements across three continents. These new deals will add MLS programming in India, Honduras and New Zealand.
•Global map and a list of all MLS players by birthplace, please click here.

In South Asia, MLS has partnered with India’s DSport to broadcast five MLS regular season matches per week, select MLS Cup Playoff games and MLS Cup. DSport is a premium sports channel in India launched by Discovery Communications, which also owns MLS’ pan-European broadcast partner Eurosport.

In Central America, MLS announced a new partnership with Honduras’ R-Media to televise one live regular season match per week, the MLS All-Star Game; the MLS Cup Playoff games and MLS Cup. The matches will be broadcast on Canal 11. Demand for MLS in the Central American country is higher than ever due to the number of Honduran national team stars on different MLS clubs, including Romell Quioto and Alberth Elis (Houston Dynamo) and Roger Espinoza (Sporting KC), and the growing familiarity with MLS clubs as they participate in CONCACAF competitions.

In Oceania, MLS’ broadcast partner is Television New Zealand, more commonly referred to as TVNZ Duke. The network will broadcast at least one live MLS regular season matches per week; the MLS All-Star Game, select MLS Cup Playoff games and MLS Cup.

In all, MLS is distributed in more than 170 countries and territories around the world. As part of MLS’ continued focus to bring the League to more fans around the world and grow as a global media property, MLS’ international broadcast portfolio now includes: Sky Sports in the United Kingdom, pan-European broadcaster Eurosport, Globosat in Brazil, Abu Dhabi Media in the Middle East and North Africa, beIN SPORTS across Southeast Asia and Australia, FOX Sports Latin America and FOX Sports Africa, Sportcast in Taiwan, StarHub in Singapore, Fuji TV in Japan, R-Media in Honduras, DSport in India, TVNZ Duke in New Zealand, together with ESPN for select games across their international platforms. Domestic partnerships with ESPN, FOX, Univision, TSN and TVA Sports provide broadcasts of MLS games throughout the United States and Canada.

Amazon’s ‘live TV’ plans for Europe

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/23/amazons-live-tv-plans-for-europe/

Amazon has quietly been assembling live TV channels to offer as à la carte options to its Amazon Prime Video service. The service, launching in UK, Germany and Austria echoes that launched in the US in 2015.

Amazon’s new platform, which is being delivered through the existing Prime Video app, allows customers to select from more than 40 on-demand TV channels. These include ITV, Discovery, Eurosport, MGM and Amazon’s own curated Bollywood channel Heera. Discovery is providing the best-known pay-TV channels to the service, offering Eurosport for £6.99 (€8.1) a month and Discovery Channel for £4.99 a month. The UK service will include about 40 channels those in Germany and Austria 25 each.

“Amazon launched a similar thing in the US, and the big selling point was that you could get HBO and Showtime programmes, all under one umbrella,” said Tom Harrington, an analyst at Enders, talking to the BBC. “That’s not going to happen here. Sky have HBO and Showtime locked down, at least for now, and will hold on to them aggressively.

Analysts at investment bank Exane/BNP-Paribas stated: “The Channels service has already launched in the US, and provides access to HBO, Showtime and Cinemax – a more appealing list of headliners than the UK version. This is a small positive for ITV and negative for Sky. The larger worry for European broadcasters will be if Amazon now follows up their more ambitious North American move into live sport. Last week Amazon announced a deal last month to stream 10 of the NFL’s Thursday Night Football games while Twitter now broadcasts some golf and women’s basketball and Facebook streams MLB. Amazon has already got Bundesliga audio internet rights and will start live-streaming the French Open via Eurosport but further expansion into European premium sports content by any of the Google/Facebook/Amazon/Netflix will be taken negatively for broadcasters.”

As far as the impact on Sky’s satellite service, the bank said: “This is also likely to add to the negative sentiment on Eutelsat and SES as it raises the risk of technological substitution. Given its focus on Western Europe and the US, SES seems most exposed. Note however, that it is consistent with our long term view that terrestrial broadband and satellite are likely to end up as the two main broadcasting infrastructures for live channels. Not only are satellites likely to be required to cover white spaces, but we also believe it is in broadcasters’ economic interest to maintain two competing distribution platforms.”

Paolo Pescatore, Director, Multiplay and Media at CCS Insight, commented: “A highly disruptive move and one that threatens Sky’s dominance in the pay TV market both in the UK and Germany. Beyond free to air services, the addition of Discovery’s channels is hugely significant. This is the first time that its channels have been made available outside of the Sky universe and out of a bundle. In our opinion, this will force many households to think twice about their pay TV subscription and cut the cord as we’ve seen in the US. Especially if Amazon will add more live TV such as sports in the future.”

“This latest announcement aligns with one of our CCS Insight predictions: that the move to Internet delivery of TV programming will see a return to large bundles of content. There’s been a rush toward online video services and so-called “skinny” bundles, accompanied by a proliferation of separate apps for each provider. But in reality, customers will not want to sign up to numerous services, receive more bills and be forced to open several apps to find the content they want. In our view, the disparate and disjointed nature of these apps will lead frustrated customers to reengage with big content bundles delivered over Internet connections. Video is proving to be a battle ground for all Web providers as underlined by recent announcements.”

Ipstar taps Hughes for broadband project in India

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/ipstar-taps-hughes-for-broadband-project-in-india--1196931

Ipstar International, an Asia-Pacific telecommunications company and subsidiary of satellite operator Thaicom, has selected the Jupiter System from Hughes Network Systems to extend the reach of broadband throughout India. Ipstar will operate the Jupiter System over the Thaicom 4 high-throughput satellite (HTS) in India, enabling government-owned service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) to offer fixed and mobile services as part of the government’s ‘Digital India’ initiative, extending broadband to rural and urban areas across the country.

According to Hughes, new Jupiter-powered services will be five times faster than any satellite internet access currently available in India, offering speeds up to 100 Mbps. It will also be the first deployment of the DVB-S2X standard in India.

Pakistan's Supernet launches services on Intelsat satellite

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/pakistans-supernet-launches-services-on-intelsat-satellite--1196924

Supernet, a Pakistani satellite network service provider and systems integrator, is introducing new services provided via the Intelsat 33e satellite. Supernet will commit to the Intelsat EpicNG platform, migrated networks onto Intelsat 33e. Intelsat 33e, operating from 60° East, delivers enterprise-grade broadband services to fixed and mobile network operators, aeronautical and maritime mobility service providers, and government customers to the Asia-Pacific region as well as Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean regions.

Russia to operate 15 Earth observation satellites by 2020

From http://tass.com/science/946948

This measure will allow making a survey of Russia and the entire globe, the head of the Russian state said

SOCHI, May 22. /TASS/. The number of Earth observation satellites is set to be no less than 15 by 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting on the space sector’s development on Monday.

"As is known, in this sphere Russia has indisputable advantages and we need to maximally use them. First of all, the orbital remote sensing satellite grouping needs to be built up," the Russian president said.

"By 2020, it should comprise no less than 15 satellites," Putin said.

This measure will allow making a survey of Russia and the entire globe, the head of the Russian state said.

Putin said that the technology of the Earth’s remote sensing was widely used throughout the world. The Russian leader urged to use it more broadly in Russia as well as it would also help strengthen national security, develop the economy and the social sphere and raise the quality of state governance.

As the Russian leader said, the data obtained through the Earth’s remote sensing were extremely important for such sectors as construction, infrastructure, forestry, agriculture, the environment, meteorology, mineral resources extraction, the prevention and the elimination of the consequences of emergency situations.

OneWeb on track for its first satellites to be operational in under a year

From http://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/oneweb-track-for-its-first-satellites-to-be-operational-less-than-one-year

OneWeb aims to bridge the digital divide, providing internet service to remote and rural areas.

OneWeb representatives recently called on staff in the International Bureau’s Satellite Division at the FCC to reinforce previous comments filed with the commission and provide an update on OneWeb’s ambitious plans to launch a satellite constellation.

OneWeb emphasized the immediacy of its plans: In less than one year, it anticipates its first satellites will be in orbit and operational, according to an ex parte filing (PDF). The company expects these efforts to result in a constellation that will serve as a critical component of the FCC-led efforts to bridge the digital divide in the U.S.

By way of example, OneWeb said that starting in 2019, it will enable high-speed access for all of Alaska where homes, tribal health centers and tens of thousands of residents are without adequate broadband access. Within its first two years of service, OneWeb plans to make significant progress toward closing the digital divide in the U.S.

OneWeb explained that its first satellites are currently set to be launched in March 2018. These satellites will be manufactured at the OneWeb facility in Toulouse, France, where the final assembly line is being inaugurated next month. OneWeb’s second and third final assembly lines will be located at OneWeb’s new state-of-the-art satellite facility in Exploration Park, Florida, which is currently under construction.

While the company wants to connect the under-served or unconnected around the world, it’s also going to be in a position to supply backhaul for millions of small cells that are part of the cellular industry’s densification plans leading up to and in 5G. OneWeb Founder and Executive Chairman Greg Wyler told FierceWirelessTech back in March that telecom operators are one of OneWeb’s primary customer bases and it has designed its systems to be fully compatible and integrated with cellular networks, including as they move to 5G.

While Qualcomm is an investor in OneWeb, it’s also been working closely with OneWeb, supplying what the company considers a chipset that’s truly revolutionary for the satellite industry and very much a part of how it’s going to be able to make the whole system work affordably. Wyler has said previously that the hardest part of OneWeb’s system is done by Qualcomm on the chipset side.

During Mobile World Congress 2017, Intelsat and OneWeb announced their merger and a new cash infusion from SoftBank. The combined entity promises to deliver a robust technology roadmap for customers in wireless, mobility and government sectors, as well as media and enterprise segments.

Last week, Reuters reported that OneWeb increased its merger proposal for Intelsat by offering Intelsat's creditors a smaller discount for their bonds than it had before. Bondholders have until May 31 to decide whether to accept the new deal.


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ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3560 V "AXN East Asia, Animax Asia, Haari Drama, Haari Variety, Haari Movie,Haari Kids, Sports Illustrated 2, Discovery Channel Southeast Asia, Animal Planet Southeast Asia, TLC Southeast Asia, Asian Food Channel, Fashion One Asia, More TV, Insan TV, Wesal TV, Sunna TV, Quran TV, Aljazeera English, TVRI Nasional, Kompas TV, TVOne, Metro TV, SCTV,Indosiar, Trans TV, Trans 7, ANTV and Net "have started on , Fta.

ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3520 V "Asia Travel, CTI TV Asia, LTV Drama, EBC Yoyo, CTV, CTS, FTV, SET Taiwan, SET International, Da Ai TV, Zhejiang Satellite TV, Hunan TV, CTS News, FTV News, Global News, ETTV Asia, ETTV Asia News, Phoenix InfoNews Channel, Phoenix Chinese Channel, CCTV 4 Asia, Outdoor Channel International, Arirang World, Bloomberg TV Asia, Celestial Movies Indonesia, Thrill, Kix and MTV Taiwan" have started on Ftas.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4165 H "Movies One" has started on Fta

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3726 V "Macau Satellite TV, Macau Asia Satellite TV and Kungfu Satellite TV" have started on , Fta
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4020 V "Star Gold HD India, Star Plus HD India, Life OK India, Star World HD India, Star Movies HD India, Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 2" have started on , Videoguard.

Measat 3 91.5E Unire Sat has moved from 3706 V to 3787 V, Fta.

ST 2 88.0E 3546 V "Asia Travel, FTV, LTV Drama, CTV, CTS, SET Taiwan, SET International, TVBS Entertainment Channel, FTV News, Global News, Phoenix InfoNews Channel, ETTV Asia News, ETTV Asia, EBC Yoyo, Celestial Movies Indonesia, Outdoor Channel International, Fashion One Asia, Asian Food Channel, Sports Illustrated, AXN East Asia, Haari Kids, Animax Asia, Discovery Channel Southeast Asia, Haari Drama, Haari Variety, Haari Movie, Kix and Thrill" have left .
ST 2 88.0E 3662 H "ETTV Asia, EBC Yoyo, Asia Travel and ETTV Asia News" have left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H Nhung Dunk has started on , BISS. People TV and Dharma TV have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "Maya Channel SD" has started on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "MCU TV" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "GCJ O Shopping" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "TV 24" is back on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "Somaliland National TV" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3640 H "Kalsan TV" has left .

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3800 H "Ploen TV" has started on , BISS. Maya Channel SD and Cartoon Club have left.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12687 V "Ploen TV" has started on , BISS. Jewelry Channel has left.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,MRTV 4(缅甸)频道加密,设置12520 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月22日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,ME TV(泰国)频道新增,设置3545 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月22日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,STC Race(赛马)频道解密,设置3716 V 1916参数免费接收。 [5月22日]

东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,NET TV(Skynindo)频道消失,设置3560 V 30000参数无效接收。 [5月21日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,MTV、Kix(Skynindo)频道消失,设置3520 V 30000参数无效接收。 [5月21日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,Star Gold Select HD(Dish TV)高清频道新增,设置12642 V 40700参数有条件接收。 [5月21日]

东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生、国家地理野生HD(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置12520 V 22915参数有条件接收。 [5月20日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Scoop Asia(高清)频道新增,设置3740 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月20日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,IIK替换God Bless TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。 [5月20日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,GTV(测试)频道新增,设置3700 V 4166参数免费接收。 [5月20日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Tag替换Asean(菲律宾)频道,设置12531 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月20日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Travelxp、Fashion One(4K)等3个频道新增,设置3920 V 30000参数部分免费接收。 [5月20日]

东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生、国家地理野生HD(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置12520 V 22915参数免费接收。 [5月19日]


Rocket Lab countdown: High winds delay launch

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11801629

Rocket Lab has delayed for a day the start of a launch-attempt window to send its Electron rocket into space from its base in Mahia on the East Coast.

It says high winds on the peninsula have forced it to have another go tomorrow.

The company has said weather and other technical factors will dictate whether the test launch can be attempted and what one local described as a nasty southerly blew through at the weekend and will hang around early today.

The wind is forecast to be blowing from the southwest and more an 20km/h from the southwest this morning.

Rocket Lab has scheduled a road closure on the route running to the test site from 9am this morning to 8pm tonight but this is now scheduled for tomorrow.

There are more than 700 permanent residents on the peninsula between Gisborne and Wairoa and one of them, Joe Hedley, said last night the weather had been rough over the weekend with strong, cold southerlies and a big swell running.

"It's pretty quiet at the moment. We're all waiting for the first launch. There's been a couple of people who have said they want to be here to see a bit of history," he said.

There were about 40 Rocket Lab staff on the launch pad site at the southern tip of the peninsula. The site was chosen by the New Zealand-founded company for its southeasterly aspect and because it is so remote and private.

Rocket Lab says it will release footage of the launch - if it is successful.

With more than 10 tonnes of a liquid oxygen-kerosene fuel mix a catastrophic failure would be dramatic.

Rocket Lab says it has three test launches planned before carrying commercial cargo of small satellites into low Earth orbit more frequently than its competitors and more easily from a test site with little aviation activity around it.

The only regular international flight in the vicinity is a LATAM airlines Dreamliner heading for Chile and back, means clearing air space is not a major issue compared with launch sites in other countries.

The launch timeline is lengthy, with a lift off about six hours after the road is closed, pushing it into the mid-afternoon.

Rocket Lab says launch postponements or scrubs were common and should be expected.

Hedley said he had been advised it would be difficult to get a glimpse of the rocket, even from the peninsula. After a slow lift off to clear the portable tower, the rocket would accelerate to a maximum speed of 27,000km/h, meaning it may only be visible from a good spot for about nine seconds, he said.

The project has attracted criticism, including from some who have questioned the Government's funding of up to $25 million and from Greenpeace, which has raised concerns about the environmental impact of parts of the rocket falling into the sea.

Hedley said while there were a "couple of antis" among locals the vast majority supported the project.

Some locals had got jobs building roads and providing houses to rent.

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.

The company has its registered headquarters in Los Angeles.

Besides the Government, Rocket Lab also has backing from Sir Stephen Tindall's K1W1 Ltd, massive Silicon Valley funding and support from American global aerospace company Lockheed Martin.

Vodafone announced as new sponsor for New Zealand Rugby

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11860934

Vodafone joining forces with the All Blacks should make Sky Television nervous.

The telco has inked a four-year agreement with New Zealand Rugby where it will be an official sponsor of the national team and also power a new All Blacks app.

The app, due to launch during next months's Lions tour, will give fans who go to live games the ability to watch tries, highlights and alternative live footage from different camera angles.

It's becoming increasingly popular for sporting organisations to launch their own smartphone apps - Rio Olympics developed one to stream highlights during last year's games, as did the Americas Cup organisers in San Francisco.

It's a smart move from New Zealand Rugby and shows it is making an effort to take care of fans who stump up for test-match tickets.

The deal should also be good for Vodafone, aligning the mobile and broadband provider with one of New Zealand's most powerful brands.

The new app will no doubt also consume a fair whack of mobile data, which will benefit both Vodafone and its competitors.

However, the four-year Vodafone agreement isn't such good news for the Sky.

While the pay-TV provider has the broadcast rights for test rugby tied up until 2020, closer ties between New Zealand Rugby and a telco should ring some alarm bells.

That's because by the time those rights expire, close to 75 per cent of the country will be able to access fibre internet that's easily quick enough to stream live sports. A rights-holder like New Zealand Rugby doesn't need to partner with a traditional broadcaster to reach fans and could instead work with a telco to distribute it directly to homes and pubs across big parts of the country.

New Zealand Rugby would need to weigh up whether the cost of doing so - including the loss of guaranteed revenue in what Sky pays for broadcast rights - is worth it.

Sky also has production expertise and equipment that New Zealand Rugby would need to bring in-house or pay someone else to handle.

But if the new app and Vodafone relationship gets off to a racing start, it should make the rights negotiation process very interesting.

NZ Rugby boss Steve Tew on new deal - Sky have nothing to worry about

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11860978

New Zealand Rugby boss Steve Tew says his organisation's new four-year deal with Vodafone will help them prepare for the future, but insists broadcast partner Sky Television have nothing to worry about.

The current five-year Sky deal, said to be worth $70m a year to NZ Rugby, runs out in 2020, and should the broadcaster be part of the bidding process for the next one, Tew's organisation will now likely to be in a position to drive a far harder bargain, or simply go it alone and transmit direct to rugby fans.

One of the positives of the deal espoused by Tew today is the fact that the All Blacks app has been upgraded significantly - in partnership with Vodafone - and that spectators at matches, starting with the British and Irish Lions tour which starts next month, will be able to watch highlights and "alternative live footage from multiple different camera angles" on their phones and devices.

That will mean heavily upgraded wifi capacity for New Zealand stadiums - something that Vodafone should be able to help with. The fact that the telecommunications is an international organisation also provides the potential for New Zealand Rugby to reach overseas subscribers should they wish.

Asked how the deal could affect NZ Rugby's broadcasting future, Tew said: "This is not a rights deal, this is a commercial arrangement that we have with a technology provider, but there's no doubt that the way content is broadcast and consumed is changing virtually day and so for us to be in a partnership with someone at the leading edge of that stuff is helpful, it will help us be better prepared, but we're not committing to anything at this stage because that next negotiation is a long way away."

However, Tew was eager to reassure Sky, too, when asked how the deal would affect NZ Rugby's relationship with the broadcaster. Significantly, the proposed merger between Sky and Vodafone was declined by the Commerce Commission recently.

"There's nothing in here that would worry Sky," Tew said. "They already have, as you can probably work out, a very close working relationship with Vodafone. I talked to John Fellet as recently as this afternoon and he's very happy that our partnership with Vodafone is taking an extra step forward because he already has a strong one [with them]."

All Blacks fans could have new ways to follow their team. Photo / Photosport

By the time Sky's rights deal expires, close to 75 per cent of the country will be able to access fibre internet that's easily quick enough to stream live sports.

When contacted for comment, a Sky spokeswoman said the new app was no cause for concern. Rather, it was "another great use of the content we produce".

She said Sky played a massive role in terms of the production of live sports broadcasts and the company expected more announcements such as this in the near future.

When pressed on NZ Rugby "entering into Sky's territory", Tew said: "There's nothing that we've agreed with Vodafone that we haven't got the rights to do. We just haven't had the partner to do it [with]. And that will include a pretty significant upgrade of wifi around stadiums because there's not much point having the hardware if you haven't got the bandwidth or whatever the technical term is."

Vodafone will launch a "Rugby Road Trip" next week ahead of the British and Irish Lions tour which kicks off in Whangarei on June 3. The first of three tests is at Eden Park on June 24. The company will also provide wifi and other "interactive experiences" at fanzones in Wellington and Auckland.

Tew added: "We want to offer rugby fans the ultimate experience. This partnership with Vodafone means local rugby fans will have access to in-stadium technology that is at the forefront of what is available around the world to watch the game. It is an incredibly exciting development.

"This is a great partnership for New Zealand Rugby in terms of where we want to take the game. It is important to us that we move with the times and offer a world leading fan experience, and in this day and age that means integrating innovative technology into our fan offering."

Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) and the SOLAR Group will launch a new DTH service in the Philippines

From press release

Bermuda and Hong Kong, 22nd May 2017 – ABS, a leading satellite operator and the SOLAR Group, one of the largest content providers in the Philippines have formed a joint venture partnership to launch the first nationwide Free-to-View Direct-to-Home (DTH) television service in the Philippines.

The new service will be available on C-band via the ABS-6 satellite covering the Philippines. Unlike most Ku-band DTH services, the C-band service will not be susceptible to rain degradation. The free-to-view platform is scheduled to launch in Q3 2017 and will host a bouquet of 40-50 high quality domestic and international channels. Content will include different genres of programming from general entertainment, music, movies, sports, lifestyle, infotainment, children’s and local content. Unlike other pay TV services, consumers in the Philippines will only need to make a one-time purchase of an affordable DTH kit which includes a small parabolic antenna and decoder set-top-box (STB), and will be able to enjoy an array of digital quality and compelling programming with no monthly fees.

“We are very excited to announce this joint collaboration with the SOLAR Group to launch a Free-to-View DTH service in the Philippines. The SOLAR Group is one of the most highly respected broadcast and media companies in the Philippines. This is a perfect strategic partnership with each party bringing unique strengths and experience to drive the success of this platform,” said CEO of ABS Tom Choi. “For the first time in the Philippines, everyone will be able to afford high quality television programming for free, including consumers living in the rural areas and outlying islands.”

SOLAR Group President and CEO Wilson Y. Tieng said, “ABS’ comprehensive understanding of this business was a key factor in our decision to work together and launch this platform in the Philippines. With their extensive experience on launching and operating similar DTH services in other markets like in Indonesia, they were able to bring their expertise in designing and operating the platform. This allowed us to focus on programming, marketing and distribution, rather than technical operations.”

About ABS

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

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

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

For more information, visit: www.absatellite.com


Solar Entertainment Corporation is the largest content provider and channel operator in Southeast Asia. It is committed to elevating the network to a global standard and maintaining Solar as a leader and innovator in the industry. Until today, Solar continues to widen its programming to meet the demands of emerging audiences.

For more details, log on to http://solarentertainmentcorp.com/.

AsiaSat 9 ready for shipment Hong Kong

From media release , 22 May 2017

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) achieved critical milestone of the AsiaSat 9 program with the successful conclusion of the Satellite Pre-Ship Review (SPSR) meeting with Space Systems Loral (SSL) on 7 April 2017. Both AsiaSat and SSL agreed that AsiaSat 9 is ready for shipment to the launch site as soon as required.

During the meeting, performance data of the spacecraft was critically reviewed, deep dived into each subsystem. Launch mission and in-orbit-test were also on the agenda.
“We are pleased to achieve this key milestone with our largest-ever satellite ready to be shipped to the Baikonur launch site,” said Andrew Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat. “AsiaSat 9’s additional capacity and high performance coverage will provide the path for our continued growth and ever better service to our customers.”
AsiaSat 9 is a replacement satellite for AsiaSat 4 at 122 degrees East longitude. AsiaSat 9 is a SSL 1300E satellite equipped with 28 C-band and 32 Ku-band transponders, and a Ka-band payload.

The satellite will provide enhanced C-band coverage over Asia, Australasia and the Pacific region, as well as customised Ku-band beams for Australasia, East Asia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Mongolia. AsiaSat 9 will be launched by an ILS Proton Breeze M launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 is planned to be launched in late 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 Contact:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications
Tel: (852) 2500 0880
Email: wpang@asiasat.com

IPTV Providers Counter Premier League Piracy Blocks

From https://torrentfreak.com/iptv-providers-counter-premier-league-piracy-blocks-170520/

The Premier League and its anti-piracy partners have begun blocking some illicit IPTV streams in the UK after obtaining a High Court injunction earlier this year. However, providers are already countering the efforts in various ways, including tweaks to their Kodi addons.

In the UK, top tier football is handled by The Premier League and its broadcasting partners Sky and BT Sport. All are facing problems with Internet piracy.

In a nutshell, official subscriptions are far from cheap, so people are always on the lookout for more affordable alternatives. As a result, large numbers of fans are turning to piracy-enabled set-top boxes for their fix.

These devices, often running Kodi with third-party addons, not only provide free or cheap football streams but also enable fans to watch matches at 3pm on Saturdays, a time traditionally covered by the blackout.

To mitigate this threat, earlier this year the Premier League obtained a rather special High Court injunction.

While similar in its aims to earlier orders targeting torrent sites including The Pirate Bay, this injunction enables the Premier League to act quickly, forcing local ISPs such as Sky, BT, and Virgin to block football streams in real-time.

“This will enable us to target the suppliers of illegal streams to IPTV boxes, and the internet, in a proportionate and precise manner,” the Premier League said at the time.

Ever since the injunction was issued, TF has monitored for signs that it has been achieving its stated aim of stopping or at least reducing stream availability. Based on information obtained from several popular IPTV suppliers, after several weeks we have concluded that Premier League streams are still easy to find, with some conditions.

HD sources for games across all Sky channels are commonplace on paid services, with SD sources available for free. High-quality streams have been consistently available on Saturday afternoons for the sensitive 3pm kick-off, with little to no interference or signs of disruption.

Of course, the Internet is a very big place, so it is certainly possible that disruption has been experienced by users elsewhere. However, what we do know is that some IPTV providers have been working behind the scenes to keep their services going.

According to a low-level contact at one IPTV provider who demanded total anonymity, servers used by his ‘company’ (he uses the term loosely) have seen their loads drop unexpectedly during match times, an indication that ISPs might be targeting their customers with blocks.

A re-seller for another well-known provider told TF that some intermittent disruption had been felt but that it was “being handled” as and when it “becomes a problem.” Complaint levels from customers are not yet considered a concern, he added.

That the Premier League’s efforts are having at least some effect doesn’t appear to be in doubt, but it’s pretty difficult to find evidence in public. That being said, an IPTV provider whose identity we were asked to conceal has taken more easily spotted measures.

After Premier League matches got underway this past Tuesday night, the provider in question launched a new beta service in its Kodi addon. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it allows users to cycle through proxy servers in order to bypass blocks put in place by ISPs on behalf of the Premier League.

Embedded proxy service in Kodi

As seen from the image above, the beta unblocking service is accessible via the service’s Kodi addon and requires no special skills to operate. Simply clicking on the “Find a Proxy to Use” menu item opens up the page below.

The servers used to bypass the blocks

Once a working proxy is found, access to the streams is facilitated indirectly, thereby evading the Premier League’s attempts at blocking IP addresses at the UK’s ISPs. Once that’s achieved, the list of streams is accessible again.

Sky Sports streams ready, in HD

The use of proxies for this kind of traffic is of interest, at least as far as the injunction goes.

What we know already is that the Premier League only has permission to block servers if it “reasonably believes” they have the “sole or predominant purpose of enabling or facilitating access to infringing streams of Premier League match footage.”

If any server “is being used for any other substantial purpose”, the football organization cannot block it, meaning that non-dedicated or multi-function proxies cannot be blocked by ISPs, legally at least.

On Thursday evening, however, a TF source monitoring a popular IPTV provider using proxies reported that the match between Southampton and Manchester United suddenly became blocked. Whether that was due to Premier League action is unclear but by using a VPN, usual service was restored.

The use of VPNs with IPTV services raises other issues, however. All Premier League blockades can be circumvented with the use of a VPN but many IPTV providers are known for being intolerant of them, since they can also be used by restreamers to ‘pirate’ their service.

The Premier League injunction came into force on March 18, 2017, and will run out this weekend when the football season ends.

It’s reasonable to presume that the period will have been used for testing and that the Premier League will be back in court again this year seeking a further injunction for the new season starting in August. Expect it to be more effective than it has been thus far.

DISH Now on Amazon Fire TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/22/dish-now-on-amazon-fire-tv/

DISH extended its DISH Anywhere app experience to customers’ big screen televisions through Amazon Fire TV products. This marks the first time customers can use a media player to seamlessly access DISH Anywhere on any TV with an HDMI input, either at home or on the go.

“While DISH Anywhere has historically been embraced on mobile devices, users are now getting even more of what they want – their DISH subscription on any TV at no extra cost”

DISH Anywhere gives Hopper customers in the US the ability to watch 100 per cent of their live and recorded content, plus thousands of on-demand titles, from any location on Internet-connected mobile devices, including smart phones, tablets and computers, and now televisions.

“While DISH Anywhere has historically been embraced on mobile devices, users are now getting even more of what they want – their DISH subscription on any TV at no extra cost,” said Niraj Desai, DISH vice president of product management. “DISH Anywhere on Fire TV is an excellent value that further brings choice and flexibility to our customers’ television experience.”

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are the first media players to offer DISH Anywhere. DISH customers with an Internet-connected Hopper 3, Hopper 2 or a first-generation Hopper connected to a Sling Adapter have access to live, recorded and on-demand content on DISH Anywhere. Customers with VIP receivers may use DISH Anywhere to watch on-demand titles.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


A very small update to finish the week

New whitepaper from Asiasat
Adjacent Satellite Interference (ASI) - Effects and Causes on Ku-band DTH Network
http://www.asiasat.com/whitepaper/form.php?filename=adjacent-satellite-interference-asiasat.pdf&topic=the file

From my Email


From the Dish

no Lyngsat

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Cartoon Club、Maya Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置3480 H 30000参数无效接收。 [5月19日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Shop & Show替换Dharma TV(泰国)频道,设置3520 H 28125参数有条件接收。 [5月19日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,动物星球(Skynindo)等全组频道改频率,设置3560 V 30000参数免费接收。 [5月19日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,民视、华视(Skynindo)等全组频道改频率,设置3520 V 30000参数免费接收。 [5月19日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,动物星球(Skynindo)等全组频道改频率,设置3560 V 27000参数免费接收。 [5月19日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,华视、中视(Skynindo)等全组频道改频率,设置3520 V 27000参数免费接收。 [5月19日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Trace Sport Stars HD(ABS)等全组频道改频率,设置3505 V 11440参数有条件接收。 [5月19日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Cinema替换SBS(印尼)频道,设置3808 V 10000参数免费接收。 [5月19日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Nusantara TV替换Elshinta TV(印尼)频道,设置4080 H 28125参数免费接收。 [5月19日]

东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,LNTV 1、TV Lao(老挝)等全组频道解密,设置10730 V 40000参数免费接收。 [5月18日]


IP Backbone Connectivity for Large Asian Telecom Operator Won by ABS

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=624440964

ABS now has a strategic partnership with one of the largest telecommunications operators in southeast Asia for the delivery of 500 Mbps of IP backbone services on ABS-2 at 75 degrees East.

Tom Choi, the company's CEO, stated that ABS is proud to be awarded this contract with one of the largest telecom operators in Southeast Asia for expansion IP backbone capacity. At half a gigabit per second, this contract represents a significant milestone for ABS for the delivery of GEO-based connectivity services. This partner had previously been using a non-GEO Ka-band solution.

He continued that ABS had heard numerous complaints from end-users in the market who could no longer tolerate the frequent outages and downtimes associated with non-GEO Ka-band backbone networks. ABS has the experience and a proven track record of delivering reliable, multi-gigabits of capacity to customers in the Asia Pacific to Africa regions. Despite all the recent LEO/MEO & Ka/V-band buzz in the market, ABS continues to demonstrate that traditional GEO-based C- and Ku-band services provide the necessary high capacity delivered at affordable pricing with simple and low-cost user terminals. ABS expects to win many more contracts for replacement and expansion capacity from dissatisfied customers of the NGSO hype.|

(Craig's comment, good old Cband!)

Mysterious Russian 'killer satellites' spring back to life after two years of inactivity, and we have no idea why

From http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4522768/Russian-satellites-spring-life-two-years.html

A trio of satellites launched between 2013 and 2015 previously raised concerns
The craft had lain dormant but have been spotted making unusual manoeuvres
One of the objects passed within 1,200 metres of a Chinese satellite in April
Experts fear they could be prototypes for next generation of space weapons

Russia could be preparing for a space war after reactivating a group of satellites that military observers believed were inoperative.

The objects first attracted attention for their unusual manoeuvrability which led some to suspect they were weapons, but they appeared to lay dormant for almost two years.

Now the spacecraft have sprung back into action, raising concerns that the Kremlin is stepping up its space race.

Mysterious Russian 'killer satellites', including Komsos-2504 (pictured at launch), have shown the first signs of life since 2015. The craft passed within 1,183 metres of a defunct Chinese weather satellite, extremely close in astronomical terms (Stock image)


Three Russian satellites first caught the attention of armed forces in the west after they were spotted making a series of similar nimble manoeuvres.

The trio of craft, which were launched between 2013 and 2015, were smuggled into space under the cover of routine launches of communications satellites.

Experts speculated that they were built for combat or spying, and could be prototypes for a next generation of space weapons.

The nimble vehicles, dubbed Kosmos-2491, -2499 and -2504, seemed to become inactive and remained so for almost two years.

Back in March, Komsos-2504 suddenly resumed its manoeuvres, showing the first signs of life since October 2015.

Last month the craft passed within 1,183 metres of a defunct Chinese weather satellite, extremely close in astronomical terms.

The agile craft, dubbed Kosmos-2491, -2499 and -2504, were smuggled into space under the cover of the routine launch of communications satellites.

In March, Komsos-2504 suddenly resumed its manoeuvres, showing the first signs of life since October 2015.

Last month the craft passed within 1,183 metres of a defunct Chinese weather satellite, extremely close in astronomical terms.

And Kosmos-2499 was also seen undertaking some strange movements of its own in recent months.

Dr Laura Grego, a space expert with the Massachusetts-based Union of Concerned Scientists, said in an interview with The Daily Beast: 'I do find it very interesting that the satellite would go dormant for two years and then come back to life to manoeuvre.

'One strategy to keep satellites stealthy is to pretend they are debris, i.e. not to have them manoeuvre at all at first, and then come to life later.

'To be confident this works, you might want to be able to test if your equipment works after being idle for months or years.'

The trio of craft, which were launched between 2013 and 2015, caught the attention of armed forces in the west after they were spotted making a series of similar nimble manoeuvres.

MTS to start rental fee for satellite TV CPE

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/mts-to-start-rental-fee-for-satellite-tv-cpe--1196617

Russian mobile operator MTS plans to rent satellite TV end-user devices to its customers, reports Comnews.ru. Monthly rental will cost RUB 250.

The operator currently sells the devices to subscribers, and the cost of the end-user package varies from RUB 1,500 to RUB 1,700. Monthly subscriptions of satellite-TV services from MTS cost RUB 140, or RUB 100 when paying on an annual basis.

Users of Smart packages from the operator will pay the rental fee only, with no subscription rate.

The satellite-TV subscriber base of the operator currently totals around 100,000, according to data from TMT Consulting



From my Email

From Alek (W.A)

Chinasat 10 @ 110.5E 112 FTA channel loading
"skynindo" service
Strong signals 2.7m dish

From the Dish

From asiatvro site

东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Nick、Z Bioskop(印尼)等3个测试频道消失,设置3520 V 30000参数无效接收。 [5月18日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Tuv TV Tuv Aimag替换CH-24(Ddish TV)频道,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [5月18日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,民视、民视台湾(传送)等全组频道消失,设置12291 H 6047参数无效接收。 [5月18日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,民视、民视新闻(传送)等4个频道新增,设置12291 H 6047参数免费接收。 [5月18日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Fox、国家地理HD(俄罗斯)等8个频道新增,设置12520 V 22915参数有条件接收。 [5月18日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,CH-24(Ddish TV)频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [5月18日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,广东影视、中国电影(艺华卫视)等全组频道加密,设置12354 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [5月18日]

东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,动物星球、AXN(印尼)等全组频道改频率,设置3560 V 30000参数免费接收。 [5月17日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,天映电影、凤凰中文(印尼)等全组频道改频率,设置3520 V 30000参数免费接收。 [5月17日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,天映频道、CCTV-3(艺华卫视)等全组频道解密,设置12354 V 43000参数免费接收。 [5月17日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,中天亚洲、湖南卫视(Skynindo)等全组频道改频率,设置3923 H 30000参数免费接收。 [5月17日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Bangla TV HD(高清)频道新增,设置4040 H 4610参数免费接收。 [5月17日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Bashkirskoe Sputnikovoe TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11913 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TV Mu、NET TV(ABS)等4个频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,India TV(印度)频道解密,设置3922 V 7000参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Perviy kanal(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11853 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,AXN、动物星球(Skynindo)等28个频道新增,设置3580 H 30000参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,天映频道、中天亚洲(Skynindo)等31个频道新增,设置3620 H 30000参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Prosveshchenie、LDPR TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11913 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,World Business Channel(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11473 V 22500参数无效接收。 [5月16日]


Rocket Lab Plans First Test Flight Of Satellite Launch Rocket

From http://www.socaltech.com/rocket_lab_plans_first_test_flight_of_satellite_launch_rocket/s-0070442.html

Rocket Lab, a Huntington Beach-based startup developing launch rockets, is hoping to join SpaceX as the second, venture-backed rocket developer in Southern California to reach space with a launch on May 22nd. Rocket Lab--which is venture backed by Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Data Collective, Promus Ventures, Lockheed Martin and K1W1--said it is targeting a 10-day, launch attempt window from May 22, for its first launch attempt of its Electron rocket. Rocket Lab, which is led by Peter Beck, started developing its rockets in 2006. Rocket Lab said its first launch, with the mission name of "It's a Test", will take place from a launch site on the Mahia Peninsula of New Zealand. Unlike SpaceX, Rocket Lab's rockets are specifically geared towards small satellite payloads, with a carbon composite rocket designed to carry up to 225kg payloads for elliptical orbit, and 150kg with a 500km sun synchronous low earth orbit (LEO).

Indosat, PSN buy Palapa-N1 satellite from Chinese company

From http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/110966/indosat-psn-buy-palapa-n1-satellite-from-chinese-company

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Telecommunications provider PT Indosat, also known as Indosat Ooredoo, and satellite communication service provider PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) signed a satellite purchase agreement with Chinese satellite producer China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) in Jakarta, Wednesday.

Both the Indonesian companies, who purchased the satellite under the joint venture company PT Palapa Satelit Nusa Sejahtera (PSNS), signed a US$220 million-contract on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Satellite Communications System International Conference (APSAT) 2017, in the presence of Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara.

Alexander Rusli, President Director and CEO of Indonesia Ooredoo, said the Palapa-N1 satellite would replace the Palapa-D and would be positioned in the orbital slot of 113 degrees east longitude.

"This is the fourth satellite to be launched in the slot. We expect a replacement in 2020, so the services provided to our customers will run smoothly," he explained.

Palapa-N1 satellite will optimize the existing spectrum resources to provide broadcast and broadband services throughout Indonesia, using the new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) technology.

The purchase of the new satellite also confirmed the companys commitment to accelerate its broadband penetration in the country.

"Our target is to ensure that all existing customers receive streamline services, as we use the HTS technology to be part of the broadband solution in Indonesia," Rusli stressed.

The purchasing contract that has been signed will cover the cost of the construction, insurance and satellite launch, which is scheduled before July 2020.

Minister Rudiantara remarked the Palapa-N1 satellite would help improve telecommunication infrastructure in the archipelago.

Adi Rahman Adiwoso, CEO of Pasifik Satellite Nusantara, stated it would solve the digital gap among the various regions in Indonesia.

China to build and launch Palapa-N1 telecommunications satellite for Indonesia

From http://gbtimes.com/china/china-build-and-launch-palapa-n1-telecommunications-satellite-indonesia

The China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) today signed a contract to construct the Palapa-N1 telecommunications satellite for Indonesia, with launch to follow in 2020.

Palapa-N1 will be a high-throughput satellite (HTS) based on the Dongfanghong-4E satellite bus and launched by a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in China's Sichuan province.

The deal between CGWIC, a CASC subsidiary, and Palapa Satelit Nusa Sejahtera (PSNS), a joint venture of PT Indosat Tbk (Indosat Ooredoo) and PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) was signed in Jakarta on May 17, 2017.

According to the contract, CGWIC will provide the clients with the satellite, launch services, ground systems, insurance and finance support. The Ku band HTS satellite will be used to provide broadband services to Indonesia.

The satellite will be manufactured by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), a subsidiary of the China Aerospace Science and Technology corporation (CASC), the main contractor for the Chinese space programme.

Palapa-N1 will be placed at 113 degrees East in geostationary orbit, around 36,000 kilometres above the Earth, and will replace the Palapa-D satellite.

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launched the Palapa D satellite in August 2009, but a failure with the third stage of the rocket meant the satellite, manufactured by Thales Alenia Space, needed to use its own propellant to reach the intended orbit, at a cost of a third of the Palapa D's 15 operational lifetime.

CGWIC also states a framework agreement for the PSN-VII satellite was also signed by PSN during the signing ceremony.

China last month launched its first HTS satellite, Shijian-13/Zhongxing-16, capable of around 20Gbps, and will next month launch Shijian-18, capable of around 70Gbps.

International launches

According to a CGWIC statement, the company has provided international commercial launch services 55 times for more than 20 countries or regions, including 12 international piggyback launches.

The company has also completed eight international projects involving DFH-4 communications satellites, including NigcomSat-1, VeneSat-1, PakSat-1R and NigcomSat-1R and TKSAT-1.

More recently, late 2015 saw the launch of Laosat-1 for Laos, followed by Belintersat-1 for Belarus in January 2016.

Belintersat-1, based on the DFH-4 satellite bus, inside the payload fairing ahead of launch.
Above: Belintersat-1 loaded into the rocket payload fairing ahead of launch.

International contracted satellite launches by China that could go ahead in 2017 are Alcomsat-1 for Algeria, EgyptSat II, VRSS-2 for Venezuela, and SaudiSAT-5B.

China is aiming to supply at least 10 percent of the world's satellites by 2020, according to Yuan Minhui, director of the Beijing Institute of Space Science and Technology Information.

Bangkok: Brits arrested for illegal Premier League streaming

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/17/bangkok-brits-arrested-for-illegal-premier-league-streaming/

Two British men have been arrested in Bangkok having been accused of selling online access to illegally streamed football matches.

A complaint from the Premier League to local authorities is said to have led to the arrests. The two men, named as William Lloyd and William Robinson, are accused of causing damages worth over £2.2 million to the broadcast rights holders. A third man, who is Thai, was also arrested and named as Supatra Raksasat.

Agents for the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) also seized nine computer servers, nine computers, 49 set-top boxes and three mobile phones. The three men allegedly sold illegal broadcasts of Premier League games on the 365sport.tv website, which is currently offline.

Russia’s Soyuz carrier rocket with communications satellite blasts off from French Guiana

From http://tass.com/science/946505

The launch was planned several times this year but was delayed due to protests that swept French Guiana

PARIS, May 18. /TASS/. A Russian Soyuz carrier rocket with a SES-15 geostationary communications satellite has been successfully launched from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana.

The Russian carrier rocket blasted off at 13:56 Paris time. The satellite owned by the company SES is equipped with a fully electric propulsion system.

Strike postpones launch of Russia's Soyuz rocket from space site in French Guiana

The launch of the Soyuz carrier rocket from the Kourou spaceport was planned several times this year but was delayed due to protests that swept French Guiana.

The SES-15 satellite is designed to provide telecoms services to residents of North America, and also for VSAT networks, marine and air transport in the Pacific region. It was built on the basis of the newest space platform Boeing 702SP.

Electricity is supplied by two wings of solar panels and accumulator batteries. The platform uses the XIPS fully electrical propulsion unit with xenon as the propellant.

All of the satellite’s orbital maneuvers and position adjustments are made with the help of this propulsion unit, without using chemical rocket propellant. The satellite has a service life of 15 years.

Free VoD from Pluto TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/17/free-vod-from-pluto-tv/

American free Internet television service Pluto TV has launched its free VoD offering. This new feature adds to the 100+ curated channels enjoyed by more than 6 million Pluto TV viewers each month.

As with Pluto TV’s lean-back television channels, the VoD offering is powered by premium content partnerships with major networks, studios, and digital media brands. Premium content providers such as Lionsgate, MGM, and Warner Bros., among others, will power the new VoD offering with content that includes 1000s of hit movies and TV shows. Pluto TV viewers will have free access to movies such as MGM’s Silence of the Lambs, The Usual Suspects, Species 1, 2, and 3 and Paramount Pictures’ Vanilla Sky, as well as complete TV shows such as Lionsgate’s ALF, and Warner Bros’ The Ben Stiller Show and Super Fun Night whenever they want.

“We are always striving to deliver the best curated entertainment offerings to our viewers,” said Tom Ryan, CEO of Pluto TV. “Over six million viewers enjoy our lean-back offering of more than 100 live, interest-based channels. We’re excited to give them even more ways to enjoy the content they love, and now they can pick specific movies and TV shows to watch on demand. Both options are curated and completely free.”

In addition to 100+ channels of programming, viewers can now enjoy the Video on Demand offering by accessing Pluto TV in the living room (Amazon’s Fire TV, Roku, Android TV, Chromecast, Smart TVs including Vizio, Hisense, and Sony, and gaming consoles such as PS4), on the go (apps for iOS, Android, and Amazon), at their fingertips on PC and Mac, or on the web at www.Pluto.TV.

Pluto TV has also announced new partnerships including content from Lionsgate, Warner Bros., MGM, CNBC, Great Big Story, Hearst Entertainment, Al Jazeera Entertainment, The Orchard, Defy Media, Machinima, Studio71, Tastemade, and others. These are in addition to content deals already in place with providers such as Paramount Pictures, Fremantle, Endemol Shine International, Yahoo!, CNBC, Cheddar, and Mashable.

Google’s Android TV Gets New User Interface With Better Content Recommendations

From http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/google-android-tv-ui-1202431034/

Google publicly unveiled the next version of Android TV, its smart TV operating system, during its Google I/O Developer Conference in Mountain View, Calif., Wednesday. With this update, which is scheduled to be rolled out in conjunction with the next version of Android later this year, Android TV devices will get a completely revamped user interface that puts a much bigger emphasis on content recommendations.

Google had first introduced Android TV in 2014, and the optics of the platform had remained more or less the same since. Existing Android TV devices have a home screen that features one row of content recommendations from a variety of apps and services, and otherwise a bunch of shortcuts to different apps.

Now, Google is splitting up these recommendations by service, meaning that Netflix, YouTube and other apps on the platform automatically get their own row, or channel, as Google officially calls it.

Within that channel, publishers can surface TV shows, movies and other content based on their own priorities, and for example either highlight new content or redirect users to things they have been watching. “Oftentimes, these services know the user much better than Android TV does,” said Android TV Director Sascha Prueter in an interview with Variety.

Publishers can also opt to give users the choice to install multiple channels, and for example build separate recommendation rows for live and on-demand content. And users can always decide to remove a channel, or further customize the Android TV launch screen.

Prueter said that Google’s eventual goal with this channel model was to replace the traditional TV guide, and give users quicker access to the content they want. To that effect, Google also introduced a quick launch row of apps for users who prefer the Netflix interface over their smart TV menus. Another row offers direct access to recently-watched shows, targeting binge watchers who are looking to quickly jump to the next episode after turning on the TV set.

Android TV was a bit slow to take off after its original introduction in 2014, and some efforts to launch Android TV-based streaming boxes failed. Razer for example quickly discontinued its Android TV box, and Google stopped selling its Nexus Player some time ago.

However, Prueter said that the platform has been seeing growing momentum in recent months, thanks in part to a number of partnerships with pay TV operators. In fact, he said that the majority of Android TV devices now have some kind of live TV input, meaning they’re smart TVs or pay TV boxes. “We are not just a OTT platform,” Prueter said.

Google hasn’t released any absolute numbers for Android TV, but Android Engineering VP Dave Burke said Wednesday that the platform now sees one million new device activations every two months.

Europe agrees content portability rules

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/18/europe-agrees-content-portability-rules/

EU citizens with subscriptions for online films and TV will soon be able to access their content while temporarily in another EU country, following a vote in the European Parliament.

The new rules approved by the Parliament – and previously agreed with Council negotiators in February 2017 – will remove restrictions so that EU citizens can use online services such as Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Prime, Spotify, Deezer while in another EU country for holidays, studies or business.

The rules cover:
•access to online subscription content while in another EU-country
•checks on permanent residence of the user to avoid copyright breaches
•safeguards for users’ data protection and privacy

Citizens visiting another EU country are often prevented from accessing online content such as films, TV series, music, games, or sporting events, which they have paid for in their home country. The new rules were adopted by 586 votes to 34, with 8 abstentions.

Residence check and data protection

Online content service providers may take ‘effective and reasonable’ measures to verify that the subscriber has not permanently moved to another EU country as required copyright licenses may differ between countries. A list of permissible methods for verification purposes includes identity cards, payment details, public tax information, postal address details or IP address checks. Service providers must ensure that any processing of personal data is proportionate and must introduce safeguards, especially for IP address checks.

The new rules will only apply to online fee-based services but providers of free services can also make their content portable EU-wide provided they comply with the requirements relating to residency checks.

“European citizens have been waiting for these new rules, which represent a step towards a common digital market,” declared Jean-Marie Cavada (ALDE, FR), the ‘rapporteur’ responsible for guding the legislation through Parliament. “The new rules increase mobility and successfully offer portability to users of European online content, without affecting copyright,” he added.

Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, welcomed the vote and thanked Cavada for his work in achieving the outcome and looked forward to final approval by Member States in the coming weeks.

“The rules voted today mean that, as of the beginning of next year, people who have subscribed to their favourite series, music and sports events at home will be able to enjoy them when they travel in the European Union,” he declared.

“Combined with the end of roaming charges, it means that watching films or listening to music while on holiday abroad will not bring any additional costs to people who use mobile networks. This is an important step in breaking down barriers in the Digital Single Market. We now need agreements on our other proposals to modernise EU copyright rules and ensure wider access to creative content across borders and fairer rules for creators. I rely on the European Parliament and Member States to make swift progress to make this happen,” he concluded.

Next steps

The draft law still needs to be formally approved by the EU Council of Ministers. Member states will have nine months from the date of entry into force of the regulation to bring the new rules into force.

The Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) has welcomed the European Parliament’s adoption of the proposal, but expressed concern at the SatCab (Broadcasters regulation) which it claimed would limit the possibility of these same services to invest in and acquire content.


Sorry no Wednesday update, I need to catch up on some things


Sorry about the delayed updates lately.

Skynindo started at 110.5E 3620 H 30000 (reports welcome)

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3799 V "Australia Plus TV Asia" has started on , BISS.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "I Shopping has replaced Sat TV" on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "Cartoon Club and Maya Channel SD" have started on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3569 H "NTV Kohalpur" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "Sexy Channel" has started on , BISS. Nhang Channel and Muancheon TV 69 have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4064 V "MV TV Channel and Five HD have started on , Fta. Next Movies and Next Music" have left.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4113 H "Kalsan TV, Somaliland National TV and STN" have started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 3642 V Fix & Foxi, Rotana Music, Rotana Cinema and Al-Resalah have started on , Irdeto.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TV Mu、NET TV(ABS)等4个频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,亚洲旅游、东森幼幼(Skynindo)等全组频道消失,设置3662 H 5000参数无效接收。 [5月16日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,India TV(印度)频道解密,设置3922 V 7000参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Perviy kanal(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11853 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,AXN、动物星球(Skynindo)等28个频道新增,设置3580 H 30000参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,天映频道、中天亚洲(Skynindo)等31个频道新增,设置3620 H 30000参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Prosveshchenie、LDPR TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11913 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,World Business Channel(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11473 V 22500参数无效接收。 [5月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Telekanal 2x2(+5)(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11853 V 45000参数无效接收。 [5月16日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Eternal Life TV、Vision PK(印度)频道消失,设置3700 V 4166参数无效接收。 [5月16日]

Stream Links

Updated links for NHK World.

#EXTINF:-1,NHK World (720HD)
#EXTINF:-1,NHK World (SD)


Foxtel slashes channel lineup for Foxtel Play subscribers

From http://eftm.com.au/2017/05/foxtel-slashes-channel-lineup-for-foxtel-play-subscribers-39467

same price - less channels?

Foxtel have announced via their consumer forums an upcoming change to their channel lineup for the internet streaming service Foxtel Play.

As of June 5th the following channels will be “farewelled”: BoxSets, 13th Street, Binge, Syfy, Discovery Science, Animal Planet, Lifestyle You, Style, World Movies, CNN, Smooth, BBC World News, CNBC, Max, CMC, Eurosport News, Foxtel Arts, MTV Music and MTV Dance.

According to Foxtel, depending on which subscription pack you have, you may still be able to watch the programs on BoxSets and Binge via the on demand service.

The changes affect almost all channel packs.

Kids and Sport packs are unchanged as best we can tell.

Still no word on a HD streaming upgrade for the service across all platforms either.

Hard to imagine Foxtel would be making these changes without some positive news to come, it could be that HD is the offsetting feature here.

Russia plans to end dependence on U.S. satellites for communication with ISS

From http://spacenews.com/russia-plans-to-end-dependence-on-u-s-satellites-for-communication-with-iss/

Russia plans to end its dependence on U.S. satellites for communications with the International Space Station.

Currently, the Russian segment of the station is in direct contact with Russian controllers only when the station is passing over Russian ground stations, relying the rest of the time on NASA satellite links.

The head of the Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems company said that Ku-band links between the Russian segment and the Luch family of relay satellites should be in place by the end of this year. [TASS]

SpaceX launched an Inmarsat communications satellite Monday evening. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off on schedule at 7:21 p.m. Eastern from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center and deployed the Inmarsat 5 F4 satellite into geostationary transfer orbit 32 minutes later. The satellite, weighing more than 6,000 kilograms, is the heaviest geostationary satellite launched by the Falcon 9 to date, and that payload prevented SpaceX from attempting a landing of the first stage. Inmarsat will likely use the satellite initially to provide additional service over Europe, but its long-term plans remain to be determined. [SpaceNews]

A Maryland senator said Monday he’ll work to preserve NASA programs in his state threatened with cuts. At a Maryland Space Business Roundtable luncheon, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said he and other members of the state’s congressional delegation would work to preserve Earth science and satellite-servicing programs at the Goddard Space Flight Center facing cuts in the administration’s proposed 2018 budget. Cardin said they are stepping up for such efforts that in the past had been handled by the now-retired Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), who was a leading appropriator. [SpaceNews]

Japan is considering adding satellites to a domestic navigation system to serve as a backup to GPS. Current plans for the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System call for four satellites that would augment the GPS system to improve the accuracy of navigation data in Japan. Col. Shinichiro Tsui, a counsellor in Japan’s Cabinet Office, said the government is considering three additional satellites for the system to ensure that Japan would have a satellite navigation capability even in the absence of GPS. [SpaceNews]

“Resiliency” is not a line item in military space budgets but rather an overarching approach, Pentagon officials say. At a recent Washington Space Business Roundtable, they said that efforts to improve the resiliency of space systems go beyond new programs to include changes in operations, tactics and policy. They did note that there will be funding for efforts to improve resiliency, including work on both satellites and ground systems. [SpaceNews]

A startup company plans to fly cremated remains on an upcoming Falcon 9 launch. Elysium Space said Tuesday it will fly its Elysium Star 2 cubesat on dedicated SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket rideshare mission slated for 2018. Elysium Space flies small amounts of cremated remains on spacecraft that remain in orbit for a few years before reentering. The company’s first satellite was lost in the failure of a Super Strypi rocket in 2015.

The former chief technology officer of EADS Space is joining a European startup with plans to develop an air-launch system. Robert Lainé previously served as the program director for the Ariane program and CTO of EADS Space, now Airbus Defence and Space. He is joining Celestia Aerospace, a Spanish company that does space consulting and is working on a air-launched rocket for small satellites. [Celestia Aerospace]

A company seeking to launch Ukrainian rockets from Canada says it has customers lined up for that program. Maritime Launch Services is seeking to develop a launch site near Canso, Nova Scotia, that would host Cyclone-4M launches of small satellites. The company said it has letters of intent with “several” customers, but declined to name them. Canadian government agencies are beginning the process to evaluate the proposed launch site, including potential environmental issues created by launches there. [CBC]

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex was the backdrop for a supermodel’s latest photo shoot. The cover of the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar features Gigi Hadid at the center, posing in front of a Saturn 5, sitting on a model of a lunar rover, and walking barefoot across a lunar lander diorama. During the photo shoot, she did “casually divulge during a conversation about space that her boyfriend believes in aliens—and that she does too.” [Harper’s Bazaar]

Scientists hope an exoplanet with the density of Styrofoam will aid in the search of more habitable worlds. Astronomers said the exoplanet KELT-11b, closely orbiting a bright star, has been heated and expanded to the point where the planet, one-fifth the mass of Jupiter, is 40 percent larger in diameter, allowing for easier study of the planet’s atmosphere. That planet could serve as a testbed for techniques for studying the atmospheres of other exoplanets. [Lehigh Univ.]|

China assembling Long March 5 rocket to launch heaviest satellite, Shijian-18

From http://gbtimes.com/china/china-assembling-long-march-5-rocket-launch-heaviest-satellite-shijian-18

Rollout of the Long March 5 (Y1) in October 2016 at Wenchang.

China is preparing for the launch of one of the heaviest ever satellites to geostationary orbit next month, with the country's second Long March 5 heavy-lift launch vehicle being assembled at the Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre.

Shijian-18 is an experimental telecommunications satellite which, at around seven metric tonnes or more launch mass, will possibly be the most massive satellite launched to geostationary orbit, nearly 36,000 km above the Earth.

It will be the first deployment of the new Dongfanghong-5 (DFH-5) satellite platform, the country's most advanced and heaviest, which requires the new Long March 5 to send it into geosynchronous transfer orbit.

Shijian-13, launched last month, was China's first high-throughput satellite with a capacity of more than 20 Gbps, and marked the country's first full use of electric propulsion with LIPS-200 engines, developed by the Lanzhou Institute of Physics.

Shijian-18 will immediately overshadow those capabilities, boasting a capacity of around 70 Gbps, while also feature more powerful LIPS-300 ion thrusters.

Like SJ-13, the Ka band SJ-18 telecommunications satellite will also test space-based laser communications.

The DFH-5 was developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the main contractor for the Chinese space programme.

While official figures have not been released, DFH-5 could have a mass of between 6,500 - 9,000 kg, with a payload greater than 1500 kg.

The components of the Long March 5 (Y2) were delivered to the island province of Hainan in late April by specially designed cargo ships Yuanwang-21 and 22.

Boosting China's launch capabilities

The first Long March 5 was launched in dramatic circumstances in November last year, carrying the Shijian-17 (Shijian means 'practice') satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit.

The third flight of Long March 5 is expected in late November to launch Chang'e-5, a complex and ambitious mission to collect samples from the lunar surface and return to Earth.

At over 50m high and with a diameter of 5m, the Long March 5 will have a mass at liftoff of close to 800 metric tonnes and its development greatly boosted China's space capabilities.

Background: Five things to know about China's Long March 5

The Long March 5B variant is capable of putting a 25 metric tonne payload into low Earth orbit and will be used to launch the 20mt core module of the Chinese Space Station, Tianhe, sometime around early 2019.

China's space programme in 2017

Shijian-18 is likely to be China's sixth orbital launch of 2017, following Shijian-13, TJS-2, a Kuaizhou-1A rocket launch, Tiankun-1, and China's first orbital cargo vessel, Tianzhou-1.

However, a potentially busy June launch schedule and the opaque nature of China's space activities means that other missions expected in June could proceed it.

The Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT) space science mission is set to launch from Jiuquan in the Gobi Desert on a Long March 4B, while a Long March 3B is expected to loft Zhongxing-9A telecomms satellite to geostationary orbit from Xichang.

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the main contractor for the Chinese space programme and of which CAST is a subsidiary, is aiming for close to 30 launches in 2017, with further solid-fuelled rocket launches of small satellites also expected for another state-run space actor, CASIC.

CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2017 - The 'Need to Know' for Asia

From http://news.sys-con.com/node/4082605

HONG KONG, May 16, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - At a time of unprecedented technological and business change for the Asia Pacific satellite sector, the CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2017 (May 22nd at the Four Seasons, Singapore) is set to tackle the most critical issues experienced by the industry after more than two decades of continuous growth.

During the packed agenda for the Forum 2017, the Keynotes, Panels, Short Presentations, Interviews and Networking Breaks will focus on the promise of tomorrow as well as the challenges of today.

Re-usable Launchers are impacting business plans at every level, Massive LEO Constellations are now set for take-off, Space Junk Galore is making headlines, and emerging technologies such as IOT and Flat Panel Antennas are promising to change the game yet again. All this is taking place at a time while revenue growth remains marginal, and when operators in space markets around the world urgently need to capitalize on premium plans.

How can Asian satellite operators retain their Video Spectrum and serve smaller customers with economic efficiency?

Other topics to be debated include:

- Keynote: "Re-entering Asia" with Andrew Jordan, CEO, AsiaSat
After more than 15 years anchored in Europe and Australia, AsiaSat CEO Andrew Jordan has returned to the region with fresh perspectives and a clear-sighted view of "The Asian Opportunity".

- Managing Change in Times of Tech Turmoil. The CEO Panel

- "What can they be Thinking? Let's hear it from the Customers"
Competition is all fine and good, but when it leaves the customer feeling bruised, what should the industry be doing?

- The C-suite fortune hunters
In the air and on the ground, the global satellite industry is entering the future at warp speed. But do the Next Gen Operators have all the answers?

- With India in View: Forever complex; forever dynamic

Even as India makes great stridsdes in the launch sector (104 smallsats orbited in a single cluster this March), the dynamic domestic communications market remains subject to complex rules and interventions.

- In-flight connectivity is evolving as a key revenue stream -- just as the future of the Mobility Market remains unpredictable.

"More than 100 companies have registered for the CASBAA Forum 2017 with half the audience coming from Asia and much of the balance from the US and Europe," said Christopher Slaughter, CEO, CASBAA. "With so much change in the air the issues are more critical than ever. The 'Need to Know' is paramount."

The CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2017 also recognizes the generous support of the sponsors for this year's event:

ABS, APSTAR, Arianespace, AsiaSat, Boeing Satellite Systems, COMSYS, Effective Space, Eutelsat, Gogo, International Launch Services (ILS), Marsh, MEASAT, Newtec, NorthTelecom, SES, SKY Perfect JSAT, SpaceX and SSL.

Click here (http://bit.ly/2qrwzcZ) for the detailed programme and list of speakers.


CASBAA is the Asia Pacific region's largest non-profit media association, serving the multi-channel audio-visual content creation and distribution industry. Established in 1991, CASBAA has grown with the industry to include digital multichannel television, content, platforms, advertising, and video delivery. Encompassing some 500 million connections within a footprint across the region, CASBAA works to be the authoritative voice for multichannel TV; promoting even-handed and market-friendly regulation, IP protection and revenue growth for subscription and advertising, while promoting global best practices. For more information, visit www.casbaa.com

Source: CASBAA

Contact: Cynthia Wong
Director of Member Relations & Marketing
Email: cynthia@casbaa.com

Japan mulls seven-satellite QZSS system as a GPS backup

From http://spacenews.com/japan-mulls-seven-satellite-qzss-system-as-a-gps-backup/

With seven satellites instead of four, Japan says it could conduct navigation services independent of GPS. Credit: Cabinet Office, Government Of Japan. SINGAPORE — The Japanese government is considering adding an additional three satellites to the country’s domestic navigation system in order to ensure that it would work with or without the U.S.’s GPS system. Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System, or QZSS, currently calls for four satellites, of which only one is in orbit. Colonel Shinichiro Tsui, a counsellor in Japan’s Cabinet Office, said here that the next three QZSS satellites are all scheduled to launch this year, followed by service activation in 2018.

Those satellites, provided by manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric, would augment GPS signals, Tsui said, honing their positioning accuracy from sub-meter to centimeters. But to have a navigation system capable of functioning independently from the U.S., the constellation would need at least seven satellites. Advertisementgoogletag.cmd.push(function() { goog“[To] have accurate positioning data, we need to have four satellites, which means still we need a GPS satellite from space,” he explained. “But if we have seven QZSS … [even] if we don’t have any GPS signals, we still have Japan’s own navigation capability.” QZSS satellites orbit in a figure-eight pattern above Japan, providing coverage of the country and the surrounding region. Tsui said with four satellites, at least one will always be over Japan. Tsui said Japan’s goal would be to have a seven-satellite system in orbit by 2023.

He did not say when Japan would commit to a further three satellites, but stressed that QZSS is “a vital program” for the country. Along with location information, QZSS also supports messaging communications, a feature Tsui said will likely be employed in emergency response for events such as earthquakes or tsunamis. A satellite-based augmentation system for aircraft services is also planned for 2020. Both the government and the public will have access to QZSS, he said. With highly precise positioning data, Tsui said the satellites can support 3D mapping and automated driving of construction and agricultural machinery. Tsui said an unmanned tractor-driving experiment using QZSS in Australia showed how the satellites could be used for farming even at night.

Getting X-band back on track Tsui said Kirameki-1, the first in a trio of X-band communications satellites for Japan’s Self Defense Force that was damaged during transfer to French Guiana for launch, is now fixed up and rescheduled for an Ariane 5 mission by the end of this year. The satellite was originally supposed to launch last July. As a result, Japan launched the second of the three satellites, Kirameki-2, first, back in December. Kirameki-3 is scheduled to launch in 2020. Tsui said Japan’s space policy strongly encourages the use of Japan’s own launcher for its satellites, meaning the third satellite will likely use a rocket from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, but a final decision has not been made.

SpaceX launches Inmarsat communications satellite

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SpaceX_launches_Inmarsat_communications_satellite_999.html

SpaceX on Monday launched a communications satellite for Inmarsat, marking its first launch for the London-based mobile broadband company.

The Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite, built by Boeing, blasted off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 7:21 pm (2321 GMT).

"We've had confirmation of spacecraft separation," said a SpaceX commentator about 30 minutes after launch, signaling that the satellite was successfully deployed to a distant, geostationary orbit.

"We've had good orbits, good separation, all you can ask for today."

The satellite is the fourth in the company's Global Xpress (GX) constellation, aimed at providing high-speed mobile broadband service.

"Inmarsat, the only operator of a global Ka-band network, created the GX platform to enable communities across the world to benefit from the emerging digital society," said a company statement.

SpaceX, which is headed by Elon Musk, did not attempt to bring the first stage of the rocket back to Earth for an upright landing following the launch.

The payload weighed some 13,500 pounds (6,100 kilograms), and the force needed to propel it to orbit would not leave enough fuel for the rocket to maneuver back to Earth.

FilmOn X settles copyright dispute

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/16/filmon-x-settles-copyright-dispute/

OTT streaming service FilmOn X has reached settlements in its copyright dispute with the major US networks regrading whether Internet streaming services can use the same automatic copyright licence granted to ‘traditional’ cable companies, following a Ninth Circuit ruling in favour of the broadcasters. According to Ryan Baker of Baker Marquart, the attorney for FilmOn X, the operator has confidentially settled appeals of the issue in cases at the D.C., Seventh and Ninth Circuits

In a decision which reversed the district court’s partial grant of summary judgment in favour of an Internet streaming service, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit relied on the US Copyright Office’s interpretation of § 111 of the Copyright Act in finding that an Internet streaming service does not qualify as a ‘cable system’ under the statute and therefore is not eligible for a compulsory license to stream copyrighted content from broadcast television signals.

FilmOn used antennas to provide over-the-air broadcast programming to subscription customers via Internet streaming. After the Supreme Court of the United States’ 2014 decision in American Broad. Cos. v. Aereo held that use of antenna technology to rebroadcast TV to the Internet was a ‘public performance’ in violation of US copyright law, FilmOn made an attempt to place its business within the Copyright Act and applied to the US Copyright Office for a compulsory licence to stream its broadcast television content under § 111 of the Act.

Section 111 provides that cable systems are eligible for a compulsory license to retransmit content originally broadcast by someone else. The statute defines a ‘cable system’ as a ‘facility . . . that receives signals transmitted or programs broadcast by one or more television broadcast stations . . . and makes secondary transmission of such signals or programs by wires, cables, microwave, or other communications channels to subscribing members …’

The US Copyright Office denied FilmOn’s § 111 application, deeming that Internet-based retransmission services are not cable systems and thus are not covered under the statute. In the meantime, FilmOn was sued by a grouping of broadcasters for copyright infringement.

Having found that FilmOn did qualify as a ‘cable system’ and may be entitled to a compulsory licence for retransmitted broadcast content, the district court granted partial summary judgment to FilmOn. However, the district court also authorised the immediate appeal on this ‘controlling question of law,’ noting a difference of opinion among the courts on the issue of whether Internet-based retransmission services count as ‘cable systems’ under § 111. The district court was the only court to conclude that Internet retransmissions services qualified as ‘cable systems’.

On appeal, the Ninth Circuit rejected the arguments put forth by both parties with regard to their respective interpretations of the ‘plain meaning’ of § 111 and whether Internet streaming services qualify as ‘cable systems.’

Focusing on the word ‘facility’ in the § 111 language, Fox, on behalf of the broadcasters, argued that FilmOn is not a cable system because it does not control the full retransmission process, contending that the Internet transmission path is outside of FilmOn’s control, or otherwise beyond its ‘facility.’ The Ninth Circuit disagreed, finding that nothing in the statute compels the conclusion that ‘cable systems’ must have control over the full process or retransmission medium.

Relying on the Supreme Court’s decision in Aereo, FilmOn argued that § 111 ‘should be interpreted in a technology agnostic manner,’ making compulsory licences available to any facility that retransmits broadcast signals or programming, regardless of the medium. However, the Ninth Circuit clarified that Aereo did not deal with § 111, rather it examined the Copyright Act’s Transmit Clause under § 101 to determine the types of retransmissions qualifying as public performances of copyrighted content.

The Court also said that Internet-based retransmissions actually lend themselves to piracy and pose a ‘more serious threat to the value and integrity of copyrighted works.’

Addressing the Copyright Office’s long-held interpretation of § 111, the Ninth Circuit said that Internet streaming services may not use the same statutory compulsory copyright licence granted to cable companies, thereby reversing the district court suggesting that the Copyright Office’s consistent position on § 111 strikes a balance between the public’s interest in ‘improved access to broadcast television and the property rights of copyright holders,’ and is based on the statute’s text, structure and legislative history. The court further noted that Congress has ‘effectively acquiesced’ to the Copyright Office’s position, since Congress has repeatedly amended the statute in other respects, but has left this interpretation of § 111 intact.

LG and SES demo 4K High Frame Rate UHD broadcasts live on prototype OLED screen

From http://www.insideci.co.uk/news/lg-and-ses-demo-4k-high-frame-rate-uhd-on-oled.aspx

SES and LG are demonstrating 4K High Frame Rate (HFR) broadcast and reception at the tenth SES Industry Days conference in Luxembourg, today and tomorrow.

The 4K HFR content is being tramitted live via an ASTRA satellite at 19.2 degrees East and displayed on an LG OLED TV using prototype HFR software. The idea is to show industry insiders the potential image quality of next gen 4K HFR broadcast content.

The demo features 4K Ultra HD images up to 120 frames per second (FPS). The enhanced FPS rate is said to be beneficial for fast action such as sports, reducing motion blur and judder.

4K HFR is part of the second phase of Ultra HD (the DVB UHD-1 Phase 2 specification). The UHD-1 Phase 2 standard also includes support for Next-generation Audio (NGA).

“We are very excited to demonstrate just how effective LG’s OLED TV is as a platform for 4K HFR and other high grade content,” says Sam Kim, senior vice president and head of TV product planning at the LG Home Entertainment Company. “LG is committed to offering consumers around the world the latest in TV technologies and High Frame Rate on OLED TVs must be seen to be believed. Watching 4K HFR content on an OLED TV as it’s being transmitted in real time by ASTRA’s satellite is a great example of pushing the limits of current TV technologies.”

“SES has been steadily pushing forward development of Ultra HD and the Industry Days event has always been an excellent platform to showcase new TV technology,” adds Thomas Wrede, vice president New Technology & Standards at SES. “High framerate will be an important step towards further enhancing the quality of Ultra HD satellite transmissions, in particular for sports and reality TV events. Our continued partnership with LG Electronics, is important in setting the broadcast standards of tomorrow and for pioneering future TV technologies and we are very pleased to work with LG Electronics on such an important milestone.”

ISRO To Launch India's Heaviest, Most Powerful Rocket Next Month

From http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/isro-to-launch-indias-heaviest-most-powerful-rocket-next-month-1693792

The 640-tonne rocket, developed over 10 years, has bigger cryogenic engine, said scientists at the ISRO.

GSLV Mk-III will make its maiden voyage during the first week of June.

Sriharikota: India will attempt to launch its heaviest and most powerful rocket yet next month. The 640-tonne Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) has been worked on for more than 10 years.

"Our 12 years of labour is expected to bear fruit this June. Preparation for the June launch of GSLV Mk III rocket carrying communication satellite GSAT-19 is on at Sriharikota," K. Sivan, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), told news agency IANS.

The notable aspect of this rocket is that the main and bigger cryogenic engine has been developed within India, said scientists at the Indian Space Research Organization or ISRO.

The rocket was originally meant to fly at the end of the month. "As this is a new rocket, we want to carry out extensive tests and hence there has been a slight change in the launch schedule," Mr Sivan said.

According to him, the GSLV Mk-III will make its maiden voyage during the first week of June.

"The rocket's design carrying capacity is four tonnes. The payload will be gradually increased in the future flights of the GSLV Mk-III," Sivan said.

The satellite that it will put into orbit weighs 3.2 tonnes and will the heaviest to be lifted by an Indian rocket.

India presently has two rockets - the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and GSLV-Mk II - with a lift-off mass of 415 tonnes and a carrying capacity of 2.5 tonnes.

Earlier this month, the GSLV-Mk 11 was used to launch a communications satellite that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gifted for sharing to neighbours in South Asia. The South Asia Satellite will offer participating countries television services and communications technology for bank ATMs and e-governance, and may even serve as a backup for cellular networks, especially in places where the terrestrial connectivity is weak.



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Netflix Australia “tests” price hikes

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/15/netflix-australia-tests-price-hikes/

Netflix subscribers in Australia could soon see fees rise by as much as 20 per cent. According to reports, Netflix has been applying temporary increases to its plans on weekends that bump the cost of its basic service from A$8.99 a month to A$9.99, its standard service from A$11.99 a month to A$13.99 and its premium service from A$14.99 to A$17.99 a month.

The temporary price hike is being targeted at subscribers on weekends only and rolls back to its normal pricing structure on Monday mornings. A spokesman for Netflix confirmed the company has been testing pricing increases aimed at Australian subscribers. “We continuously test new things at Netflix and these tests typically vary in length of time,” he said. “In this case, we are testing slightly different price points to better understand how con­sumers value Netflix. Not everyone will see this test and we may not ever offer it generally.”

The possible price increases come as the Australian federal government prepares to expand the Goods and Services Tax to cover streaming services from July 1st.

Rocket Lab's first launch date announced

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/space/news/article.cfm?c_id=325&objectid=11855924

Rocket Lab's first launch attempt kicks off next Monday from the company's site on the Mahia Peninsula.

Rocket Lab's world-first attempt to send a vehicle into orbit from a private launch facility is only one week away.

The American-New Zealand aerospace company will open a 10-day launch attempt window for their Electron rocket from next Monday from Launch Complex One on the Mahia Peninsula.

The first Electron rocket was delivered to the site in February and there were three planned test launches before commercial satellite launches would be offered later this year.

This first test launch, titled "It's a Test", is the culmination of four years of planning, innovation and discovery.

Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck said the test launch attempt would collect valuable data to inform future test and commercial launches.

"We are all incredibly excited to get to this point. Our talented team has been preparing for years for this opportunity and we want to do our best to get it right.

"Our number one priority is to gather enough data and experience to prepare for a commercial phase. Only then can we start delivering on our mission to make space more accessible."

Rocket Lab's mission is to remove the barriers to commercial space travel by providing frequent launch opportunities to low Earth orbit.

The timing of the launch was chosen to minimise the effects on local fishing operations, which share the waters around the Mahia Peninsula site.

Mr Beck said that during this first launch attempt it was possible they could "scrub" multiple attempts until they were ready and conditions were favourable.

History has shown it is common for launches to be scrubbed as small, technical modifications are often required during test phase.

Wild weather such as wind, rain, lightening or extensive cloud cover could also cause scrubs and postponements.

Wairoa mayor Craig Little said he was pleased it was all coming together and congratulated Rocket Lab for its safety in having a trial.

"It will be good as we will be able to know what a rocket looks like and whether tourists will want to see it or not."

Mr Little said it would only lead to more exciting things for the Wairoa District if all went to plan.

"They say in a district you need a point of interest and instead of having what everyone else has with beaches and lakes Rocket Lab will be something unique like Hobbiton."

Rocket Lab is a private company, with major investors including Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Data Collective, Promus Ventures, Lockheed Martin and K1W1.

The Government has also got right behind the rocket site, funding about $50,000 for infrastructure.

As part of the launch attempt, Mahia East Coast Rd will be closed to the general public on May 22 from 9am to 8pm.

Subsequent road closures will be notified after a decision to scrub a launch attempt.

Safety is of utmost concern to Rocket Lab and the public are asked to follow the instructions of emergency services and remain in safe areas during the test launch.

Sky TV seeks to split copyright case against TVNZ, Fairfax, Mediaworks and NZME

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11856427

Sky says it would be irresponsible if it did not address alleged copyright infringement

Sky Television wants to split into two its legal action against New Zealand's major news organisations for an alleged breach of copyright law.

The allegations stem from the use of up to 4000 rugby, Olympic Games, and other sports highlight videos by TVNZ, Fairfax, Mediaworks and NZME.

The case could set a precedent for how New Zealanders access their online sports news.

Sky hopes to split a trial as it seeks damages from claims of a loss of subscribers and advertising, as it identifies which clips it alleges have breached its copyright.

Sky's counsel Julian Miles, QC, said at the High Court in Auckland this afternoon that it would take about six months, at great cost, to analyse each clip individually.

He argued the court should use a collection of clips which represent the alleged offending.

However, lawyers representing the four major media companies suggested each clip needed to be analysed individually to identify which specific videos may have been in breach.

Miles submitted that the "real issue here is the determination of liability", and later added any damages as a result of the alleged offending will continue into the future.

"I accept that it is an ongoing issue, it's an industry issue ... but the alternative is too horrific."

He said it would be "irresponsible" of Sky if it did not address the issue of alleged copyright infringement.

"TVNZ clearly has a policy of running two or three clips per [rugby] game," he told the court.

Sky and the media companies disagreed over whether the videos should be classed as news or entertainment.

"I hold that these were not information [in a news sense] but entertainment," Miles said.

Justice Paul Health said a Rugby World Cup final could be viewed differently by different parties.

He said it may be argued it was news who won the game, but the game itself could be classed as entertainment.

Miles said today's younger audience wanted a "quick clip", rather than to watch the whole match.

"They do want to see how Grant Elliott hooked that ball like he did," he said, and argued the media companies needed to agree to pay for videos it used online rather than rely on legislation covering fair dealing.

The case follows the unsuccessful injunction against Fairfax for the use of Olympic footage, and a failed Press Council complaint on the reporting of video from the Rio Games last year.

Kodi: ‘We won’t police pirate content’

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/15/kodi-we-wont-police-pirate-content/

Following the April ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union that the sale of a multimedia player which enables films that are available illegally on the Internet to be viewed easily and for free on a television screen could constitute an infringement of copyright, Nathan Betzen, Kodi community and project manager at free and open source media player Kodi has set out the consortium’s position on the judgment.

“We wanted to address the recent judgment by the EU Court of Justice regarding so-called piracy boxes,” he wrote in a blog post. “We should start by saying that none of us are lawyers in the EU, so consider anything we say to be opinions and not facts. If you want facts, ask actual lawyers.”

According to Betzen, the decision of the Court appears to address two related issues.

Selling Pirate Boxes

“The first is whether selling a multimedia box with links for copyrighted content knowingly pre-installed counts as a ‘communication to the public’ of copyrighted content, which is a copyright violation. Basically, is selling a box with links to movies that users could potentially see the same thing as selling tickets to a movie that you don’t have the right to show,” he asks.

“The court said that yes, this was a communication to the public, so selling a box with links to copyrighted content is illegal. The team is, frankly, quite pleased with this decision. As we’ve said in the past, pirate box sellers are a real problem for users, because they provide users with constantly breaking messes, vanish, and then expect Team Kodi to provide support to users who are confused about what Kodi is, where their ‘free movies’ are coming from, and all of the issues related to this problem. We don’t have any problem with users setting up their boxes however they want. We just want them to actually know what they are getting themselves into when doing so,” he stated.

“We are also not particularly worried by this decision. There are definitely some slippery slope arguments to be made about what can constitute a ‘communication to the public’ in the future, but the Court seems to have made it quite clear in its ruling that they view Kodi itself as something akin to Firefox or the Internet, perfectly legal, while the links/add-ons specifically are the illegal IP,” he noted.

Piracy Streaming

According to Betzen, the second issue addressed by the court is a simple one. “Are pirate streams a copyright violation by the user? The answer appears to be yes. There is a situation where a temporary copy of a work is exempt from the copyright holder’s ‘right of reproduction’. Certain conditions must be satisfied, like the act be transient and temporary. Unfortunately, even though a stream is a VERY temporary and very transient copy to RAM, it doesn’t get an exemption from the copyright holder’s ‘right of reproduction’, because such streams are not authorised by copyright holder and because they likely will result in reduced sales by the copyright holder. To put it simply, pirate streaming appears to be illegal in the EU,” he suggested.

“With that said, even though pirate streaming appears to be illegal in Europe, we still stand by our neutral policy. We are developers and not the police, and we have no interest in acting as police for our own software. Kodi will remain as free and as open as it always has. Feel free to continue using Kodi however you want. To us Kodi is and always will be just a tool, like a hammer, and how you choose to use that tool is up to you. We do ask that if you decide to use Kodi in a way that’s illegal, please leave us out of it. People who steal cars don’t tweet a picture of their stolen car to Ford Motor Co. We ask that if you watch pirate streams, that you not tweet us about those streams,” he recommended.

For people living in the US and the Rest of the World, he pointed out that the CJEU ruling only affects Europe. “US laws on the subject of piracy streaming remain as murky as ever. If that changes and we find out about it, we’ll let you know,” he promised.

Limelight: “High quality sports streaming will deter piracy”

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/15/limelight-high-quality-sports-streaming-will-deter-piracy/

As the Premier League enters its final week of competition, millions of fans are expected to be tuning in worldwide. But how many people will be watching the match via the TV, and how many will be streaming it? And, more importantly, will those people be streaming it legally?

The viewing habits of millennials have changed dramatically from their parents’ generation, with younger viewers more likely to access video content online, reports Limelight Networks. This in itself is not surprising. However, recent research has shed light on a growing challenge being faced by sports broadcasters as a result of millennials’ viewing habits. The Sports Industry Group has revealed that a growing number of young viewers choose to watch illegal streams of live events. Broadcasters are feeling the pressure to deliver high quality and accessible live video experiences to its younger audiences to keep them watching through their service.

Steve Miller-Jones, Senior Director of Product Management at Limelight Networks said: “The trends are undeniable. Watching video online is no longer the future – it’s here today. Live sport continues to be one of the pieces of content viewers are willing to pay a premium for, and in return they expect high-quality live streams to be available on any online or mobile device whenever they request it. Large sports broadcasters must be capable of delivering a consistent and high-quality experience in order to stop fans finding an alternative source for the content they want; customers will grow increasingly frustrated if they are paying for a live stream that constantly buffers and lags behind the action. Viewers are more likely to stream illegally if their sports broadcaster can’t deliver the experience they are paying for.”

“Online video viewership continues to grow, as does the number of connected devices for consuming content. Our State of Online Video market research report highlights the shifts in viewing habits. More than three-quarters of consumers watch video online each week. More than half of these people watch at least two hours per week, with Millennials far exceeding that average. That’s staggering,” he declared.

iPlayer password login “within weeks”

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/12/iplayer-password-login-within-weeks/

As first revealed in September 2016, viewers of the BBC’s iPlayer service will soon have to register for an account and enter a password before viewing. Warnings announcing the change have now started to appear on the iPlayer – and a login will become compulsory ‘within weeks’.

The BBC has denied the move is part of a crackdown on TV licence fee evasion, but admitted that email addresses registered to an account may allow it to identify people using the service without paying.

“[It] isn’t about enforcing the licence fee, it’s about giving you a better BBC and helping you get the best out of it,” commented MyBBC launch director Andrew Scott, who added that the move would make iPlayer “more personal and relevant to you”.

India high court to hear DTH concerns

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/15/india-high-court-to-hear-dth-concerns/

Two of India’s largest DTH pay-TV operators, TataSky and Airtel Digital TV, have lodged actions against the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) arguing that new tariff and interconnection regulations laid out by TRAI on March 3rd are unfair.

The operators’ main complaint is that TRAI’s proposed rules treat “unequals as equals” and requires the same monthly fees and/or discounts to apply to all-comers regardless of size or importance. The pair also contend that such restrictions are “unconstitutional”. The additionally argue that the new rules will impede their rights to negotiate separately negotiated deals.

TRAI new suite of rules are due to come into force from September 1st.

The high court says that TRAI must file its response by mid-June, in order that TataSky and Airtel can come back with their counter-arguments on July 25th


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SBS on Demand adds Chromecast to iOS

From http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2017/05/sbs-on-demand-adds-chromecast-to-ios.html

SBS On Demand is now available with Chromecast functionality on iOS devices, which will make it much easier for many viewers to cast programs on their TV screens.

Just in time for Fargo, which has its first episode now available.

Already available on Android, the Chromecast upgrade comes at the same time as the streaming service announces the exclusive Australian premiere of the highly anticipated adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s award-winning novel The Handmaid’s Tale – available to stream in full from Thursday 6 July.

Last year, SBS On Demand rolled out a complete user interface upgrade to enhance user experience, including a brand new video player, smoother navigation, improved search functionality, ability to add shows to a favourites list, and playback resumption.

SBS On Demand is a world of inspired entertainment – a curated selection of over 6,000 hours of premium world class-drama, documentaries and movies from across the globe.

SKY denies charging flooded Edgecumbe customers for new decoders

From http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/05/sky-denies-charging-flooded-edgecumbe-customers-for-new-decoders.html

Angry SKY customers have taken to social media to complain the broadcaster is charging them for decoders damaged in the recent floods.

Dozens of people posted on SKY's Facebook page on Thursday night and Friday morning, blasting the company - but SKY says it's all based on a misunderstanding.

"It absolutely SUX that Sky Tv is charging us EDGECUMBE residents $350 per decoder that we could not return due to the recent floods!! [sic]" Tania Rutland wrote, sparking more complaints.

If it isn't bad enough that half our town lost there homes & everything we own along with it you guys want to take the piss FFS. Just another company all about the $$$$$ and don't give a sh*t about your customers."

"Sky is the only company we have dealt with since the flood to actually rip us off," wrote Grant Webb. "It's no wonder so many people are happy to 'live stream' or steal their programs ..it's hard to feel sympathy for a crooked outfit like Sky being ripped off.. I now think 'good job' [sic]."

SKY says if customers explain to call centre staff their decoders were damaged in the floods, they won't be charged, unless it's part of an insurance claim - in which case their insurance company will be expected to pay.

"We will put the account on hold until the customer is ready for SKY again," communications director Kirsty Way told Newshub.

"We strive to support all our customers, especially when they are going through hardship."

It's not clear whether this policy only applies to the recent Edgecumbe floods, all flooding affecting a large number of people, or individual customers whose decoder gets damaged. Newshub has asked SKY for more details around the policy.

"If you are in the flood-affected areas of the Bay of Plenty please make this known to us when calling, and we will do our very best to help in whatever way we can," said Ms Way.

Customers on Facebook said they'd tried calling the contact centre, and were told they were liable.

"I think you'll find that it's YOUR representives that are telling people of Edgecumbe we are liable for the decoders!" wrote Ms Rutland.

SKY didn't say how many customers had their decoders damaged in the recent flooding. Around 70 percent of homes in the town were affected.

Astro launches NJOI Now

From http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2017/05/11/astro-launches-njoi-now/

KUALA LUMPUR: Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd has launched a new video streaming service, NJOI Now, to provide Malaysians free access to on demand entertainment.

With the launch of NJOI Now, all Malaysians can now “NJOI” online and offline access to content on all screens, at home and on individual mobiles.

This free service includes access to over 2,200 titles of movie and drama box sets, even tutorials which may be downloaded and stored on devices.

“Since its 2011 launch, NJOI has had an unprecedented take-up rate with the privilege of serving 1.8 million households today, and a near future potential reach of 12 million viewers.

“This is as we execute on our commitment to enable the increasingly digital, connected and on demand lifestyle of our customers,” said Astro CEO Datuk Rohana Rozhan.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, who launched NJOI Now, said he hoped for more digital content to be created on platforms available like NJOI Now, that will encourage viewers to embrace and take advantage of the digital economy that is being promoted by the government.

His speech was read by Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

“It is no surprise that youth are the largest group that utilise digital platform.

“It is them whom we encourage to be entrepreneurs, to take advantage of the digital economy that is being promoted by the government such as the launch of the digital free trade zone recently,” said Najib.

NJOI Now is the only mobile app in Malaysia to provide free on demand content, box sets and signature titles from Astro Prima, Astro Maya HD, Astro Oasis, Astro AEC, Astro Vaanavil, live local sports on Astro Arena, latest news on Astro Awani, as well as exam tutorials on Astro Tutor TV.

SKY Perfect JSAT and LeoSat Sign Strategic Partnership & Investment Agreement

From Press Release From: LeoSat Enterprises

LeoSat Enterprises, which is launching a constellation of up to 108 low-earth-orbit communications satellites that will provide the fastest, most secure and widest coverage data network in the world, has announced that SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (SJC), Asia’s largest satellite operator and Japan’s only provider of both multi-channel pay TV broadcasting and satellite communications services has entered into an agreement to invest in LeoSat. With this agreement, SJC will be the first Asian satellite operator to pursue the development of low earth orbit capabilities.

Entering into this investment, underlines SJC’s strong belief in LeoSat and the unique attributes of its new low earth orbit network architecture which utilizes inter-satellite laser links to create an optical backbone in space, providing fiber-like low-latency and gigabit per second data delivery. The investment in LeoSat and the agreement to jointly market this new system allows SJC to pursue new business opportunities in the data and mobility markets in sectors such as telecommunications, multinational enterprise, maritime and government services by providing previously unavailable levels of network performance combined with worldwide reach and allows the company to further study the additional applications of low earth orbit communications in pursuit of its global ambitions.

With the ever-growing demand to move large quantities of data quickly and securely around the world there is an increasing interest in the major performance advantages of communications networks in low earth orbit (LEO). The unique features of LeoSat’s system can be used for a number of applications, for example to provide 4G and 5G satellite backhaul for the cellular industry, give banks secured networks with their foreign offices, provide enormous uploading bandwidth required for energy and maritime operations, deliver critical back up for emergency communications and enable Internet access and connectivity for remote communities.

Mark Rigolle, CEO of LeoSat said: “We are thrilled that an established company such as SJC, with a reputation for foresight and diligence in the development of its technical capabilities and business relationships has chosen to partner with LeoSat. LeoSat’s low earth orbit constellation comes with a key set of attributes which are already receiving significant attention from both the commercial and government sectors, including lower latencies, better data rates and increased security and resilience. With the added-value of support from SJC, we definitely see LeoSat’s faster than fiber, ultra-secure and highly reliable global data solution as a game-changer”.

Koki Koyama, Senior Managing Executive Officer of SJC commented: “SJC sees the strategic importance of aggressively participating in the LEO/HTS business and we see the LeoSat solution as a key opportunity to opening up new markets and delivering business growth. With the current and future growth of data traffic and the unique nature of the LeoSat system and its focus on the business market, we believe there will be very strong demand for the LeoSat solution. This investment and development partnership with LeoSat will allow SJC to expand and complement our existing GEO satellite services and beyond by enabling us to respond to customer needs which are not being met by today’s technology.”

LeoSat is currently working with Thales Alenia Space, a company with unmatched expertise in designing and manufacturing LEO satellites, to finalize the manufacturing plan, paving the way for the production and deployment of the entire constellation.

New York based GH Partners acted as lead financial advisor to LeoSat Enterprises. For further information:

Investor Contact:
Noel Rimalovski, GH Partners LLC

LeoSat will be at CommunicAsia in Singapore from 23rd – 25th May. To arrange an interview, please contact Melanie Dickie. Email: melanie@leosat.com

About LeoSat Enterprises

LeoSat Enterprises was established to leverage the latest developments in satellite communications technologies to develop and launch a new low-earth-orbit satellite constellation which will provide the first commercially available, business grade, extremely high-speed and secure data service worldwide.

With up to 108 low-earth-orbit communications satellites in the constellation LeoSat is the first company to have all the High Throughput Satellites (HTS) in the constellation interconnected through laser links, creating an optical backbone in space which is about 1.5 times faster than terrestrial fiber backbones and without the need for any terrestrial touchpoints. This unique set of features enables LeoSat to provide instant infrastructure from anywhere to everywhere which is fast, secure and reliable.

Based in Washington DC, LeoSat is currently working with Thales Alenia Space for the low-earth-orbit constellation of Ka-band communications satellites. Once operational, the constellation will provide high-speed, low-latency and highly secure communications and bandwidth for business operations in the telecom backhaul, Energy, Maritime, Government and international business markets. Launch of the constellation is expected in 2019. www.leosat.com

About SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation

SKY Perfect JSAT is a leader in satellite communications for broadcasting and communications. It is Asia’s largest satellite operator with a fleet of 18 satellites, and Japan’s only provider of both multi-channel pay TV broadcasting and satellite communications services. SKY Perfect JSAT delivers a broad range of entertainment through the SKY PerfectTV! Platform, the most extensive in Japan with a total of 3 million subscribers. In addition, SKY Perfect JSAT’s satellite communication services, which cover Japan and the rest of Asia, as well as Russia, the Middle East, Hawaii, and North America, play a vital role in supporting safety, security and convenience for society as a whole. For more information, please visit www.sptvjsat.com/en/ and www.jsat.net/en/

LeoSat Enterprises
Melanie Dickie, +31 6 14 22 97 62
VP Marketing & Communications

Nepal still to work out how to profit from South Asia Satellite

From http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/nepal-still-to-work-out-how-to-profit-from-south-asia-satellite-117051201542_1.html

Nepal is yet to work out how to reap benefits from the South Asia Satellite that India launched as a 'gift to its neighbours on May 5, a media report said.

Nepal and India had signed a MoU in March 2016, stating no objection to the launching of the satellite and that Nepal was eager to benefit from it.

The Nepali side, however, has yet to figure out what exactly it wants from the satellite and how to get it.

The Himalayan Times quoted Bhrigu Dhunga, who heads the South Asia Division of Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as saying, "We are yet to decide which services we'll use and what will be its modality."

According to India's Ministry of External Affairs, the communication satellite aims to provide participating countries television services and communications technology for bank ATMs and e-governance, and may even serve as a backup for cellular networks, especially in places where the terrestrial connectivity is weak.

Soon after the launch of SAS, leaders of the six benefiting nations in a video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the gesture as a new face of cooperation in space for common good of the neighbourhood.

On the occasion, Nepal's Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal stressed on taking the best possible benefits from the satellite services, as it would help provide communication services in the mountainous and hilly regions of Nepal.

The Indian side has offered to provide at least one transponder with a bandwidth of 24,000 to 36,000 MHz.

A senior diplomat at the Embassy of India in Kathmandu noted that Nepal would get two transponders on this satellite, and India would provide necessary training and orientation, the Himalayan Times said.

India has already proposed to impart training to Nepali engineers at ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru, but the Nepali side is yet to respond to the proposal, the daily said.

Bloomberg revamps Apple TV app

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/12/bloomberg-revamps-apple-tv-app/

Bloomberg Media is introducing the next evolution of the Bloomberg app on Apple TV, which it suggests represents a major step forward for the future of television where there will be a stronger relationship between users and content.

“We want to give the power back to you with what we feel is a vastly smarter viewing experience that features new ways to deliver the best of Bloomberg’s news, data and information, along with enhanced personalisation,” says Ambika Nigam, Global Head of Mobile Applications & OTT, Bloomberg Media. “Apple TV presents us with many advantages; one of them being that it’s digital and therefore connected to the Internet, allowing us to provide you with better context, dynamic choices and an enhanced design,” she adds.

Built entirely in-house by a cross-functional team including product, design, engineering, editorial, ad sales and innovation, the Bloomberg app is a completely reimagined experience that blends digital content with live television on top of an intuitive and upgraded UX. “We’re also capitalising early on some emerging OTT trends we’re seeing, such as a greater emphasis on large, beautiful imagery and cross-platform branding,” she advises.

New features include:
•Streamlined Design and UX: a simplified navigation and menu experience that elevates editorial and personalised content options.
•Featured Content Collections: a new way to curate and organise content. Categories include Top News, Top Interviews, Cars and Tech and Digital Originals such as successful global tech series Hello World.
•Personalised Content: content recommendations based on prior Apple TV watching history intended to provide viewers with a smarter, more relevant experience.
•Live TV Dashboard: data-driven experience that delivers static and contextual information based on what’s playing on live television. For example, if Elon Musk is being interviewed, we’ll present you with the best of Bloomberg news and data to provide more information and context about him and the companies he leads. We’ll also serve you related content when you hit pause.
•Universal App Download: Apple users that have enabled universal app download will automatically have our Apple TV and consumer app downloaded on their respective devices, delivering a cross-platform experience.

“For our advertising partners, we’ve refined our offering, pushing for stronger contextual alignment against the content that matters most to them. With this launch, we’re introducing new sponsored content capability, incorporating custom video, partner branding as part of the UX and pre-roll for VoD content. For the first time, we’re incorporating mid-roll to the livestream feed, which will feature a useful countdown clock to orient viewers so they know when the ad break will end,” she explains.

BBC Deputy D-G: “We’ll reinvent iPlayer”

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/11/bbc-deputy-d-g-well-reinvent-iplayer/

Anne Bulford, Deputy Director-General of the BBC, has reiterated Director-General Tony Hall’s assertion that the BBC needs to reinvent itself for the online, content everywhere era, with a reinvention of catch-up service iPlayer part of such changes.

Delivering a Keynote Speech at the DTG Summit in London, Bulford suggested that delegates understand the forces that are shaping the new age, and recognised their speed and impact. “But we’re also here because, ultimately, none of us knows what exactly the new age of television will look like. These are extraordinarily dynamic and fast-changing times for our industry,” she declared.

“In uncertain times, it is often said that the best way of predicting the future is to create it – and this is the business we are in. And one thing we can be sure of is that, where we face common challenges across the industry, collaboration and thinking collectively will continue to be key,” she said, paying tribute to the work of the DTG.

Touching on some of the common challenges the broadcast industry faces, Bulford addressed the key priorities that are driving the work of the BBC as its seek to respond and deliver on an ambitious new vision for the years ahead.

“We know that younger people and indeed older people are consuming media in increasingly different ways, and we face extraordinary competition for people’s time,” she admitted. “We need to do much more to reach audiences – whoever and wherever they are, and however they wish to consume us – and we need to do much more to make sure that our programmes and services cut through in an extraordinarily competitive, global space. Above all, our goal is to make sure that the BBC works for all audiences, young and old. To make sure that everyone gets value from the BBC,” she stated.

“We want the BBC during this Charter to be defined by boldness and originality, not just on screen, but also in the online space – where competition is highest, new audiences are most present, and we can serve them in brilliant new ways,” she said.

“That means reinventing iPlayer; making the very most of our world-class audio content; making the most of new technologies like AI, voice recognition, and VR; transforming the BBC’s public services to be more open, more creative, and to be available when and where the public wants them,” she added.

One area that Bulford believed was absolutely essential to the BBC’s success in the future, “something that responds to the fact that audience behaviours are delivering viewing and listening patterns that we have never seen before. And that’s personalisation” she noted.

“Tony Hall has called it ‘the myBBC revolution’ – reinventing public service broadcasting through data. We know that data is creating a flight to quality. It means audiences can find the best of public service broadcasting – when they sign in. But we want to do it in a very BBC way – not telling you ‘what customers like you bought’, but what citizens like you might love to watch and need to know. By finding out more about our audiences and what they like, we can make better content, make it more relevant, and bring it to them more effectively,” she said.

“We believe that the closer and more personal our relationship with our audiences, the more they will choose the BBC. Our goal is that, by the time we reach our centenary year in 2022, we will have reinvented a BBC that is irresistible to all our audiences. In a world of near-limitless choice, we want people to keep choosing us for our British content and viewpoint on the world. But above all by our centenary, I want us to have shown that public service broadcasting has even more to offer the whole of the UK – all of its communities in all of its nations and regions – and even more to offer Britain in the world in its second hundred years than it did in its first,” she concluded.


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东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,Fashion TV(高清)频道消失,设置4120 H 29720参数无效接收。 [5月11日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,City Channel(蒙古)频道加密,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [5月11日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Alif TV、Test(孟加拉)频道消失,设置12482 H 4680参数无效接收。 [5月11日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,NTV-Serial、NTV-Style(MPEG-4)等3个频道新增,设置11045 H 44923参数有条件接收。 [5月11日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Olala 24/7(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11045 H 44923参数无效接收。 [5月11日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,SMV Promo 2(ABS)频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [5月11日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Movies One替换Junior(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4165 H 5040参数免费接收。 [5月11日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,梨园频道替换湖北卫视(DISH-HD)频道,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月10日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,湖北卫视替换梨园(DISH-HD)频道,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月10日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Fox Sports News(Cignal)频道消失,设置11598 H 20000参数无效接收。 [5月10日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Vacant(Cignal)频道消失,设置11539 H 20000参数无效接收。 [5月10日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,City Channel(Ddish TV)频道解密,设置12690 H 43200参数免费接收。 [5月10日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,天映电影、Fox Movies(印尼)等38个频道新增,设置4148 V 15000参数部分免费接收。 [5月10日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Tirupati TV替换Free TV(印度)频道,设置3689 H 15000参数免费接收。 [5月9日]

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Foxtel's subscriber numbers fall

From http://www.thebull.com.au/articles/a/67121-foxtel%27s-subscriber-numbers-fall.html

Foxtel's subscriber numbers have fallen, along with the value of its investment in the embattled Ten Network, wiping out its profit for the March quarter.

The pay television company jointly owned by News Corp and Telstra said its net income in the three months to March 31 was nil, down from $32 million in the same period a year ago.

The fall was due to $US21 million ($A29 million) in losses related to its decision to cease the operation of streaming service Presto in January, plus a $US14 million ($A19 million) loss on its 15 per cent stake in Ten.

Ten shares fell 38 per cent in the March quarter, and the network has since reported a $232 million half year loss and flagged grave concerns for the company's viability.

Foxtel's revenue slipped three per cent in the March quarter, as its number of subscribers dropped one per cent on the same period a year ago, to 2.8 million.

Meanwhile, News Corp's revenue rose five per cent to $US1.98 billion ($A2.7 billion), helped by another strong performance by its real estate classifieds business.

The Rupert Murdoch-controlled media giant said revenue from digital property services, including realestate.com.au, rose 13 per cent compared to the prior corresponding period.

Revenue in its newspaper division rose three per cent to $US1.26 billion as increased advertising and newspaper price rises offset lower print volumes.

But newspaper revenue is down three per cent for the financial year to date.

Shares in News Corp rose 45 cents, or 2.5 per cent, to $18.38.

European project demonstrates 1 Gbps satellite broadband

From https://thestack.com/iot/2017/05/10/european-project-demonstrates-1-gbps-satellite-broadband/

A European consortium has successfully demonstrated one gigabit per second (1 Gbps) broadband over satellite.

The project, which involved the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS), Avanti Communications and Work Microwave, trialled the latest DVB-S2X modulator and demodulator equipment across Avanti’s HYLAS satellite capacity.

Using wideband carriers, the trials exploited full transponder bandwidth and outperformed the project’s target throughput of more than 1 Gbps using a single communication carrier.

The technology demonstration was carried out across a variety of carrier bandwidths and modulation schemes, including closing the forward link with a 480 MHz carrier and successfully receiving and demodulating the signal on the ground.

Sustained throughput to a single end-user terminal was measured at 1.27 Gbps. This was achieved by leveraging the DVB-S2X time slicing capability which allowed the receiver to selectively skip and ignore parts of incoming signal and therefore save on processing power.

‘DVB-S2X as the latest satellite communication standard allows for exceptionally efficient use of spectrum,’ said Fraunhofer in a statement on the trials.

Fraunhofer IIS and Work Microwace worked together on the development, specification and validation of DVB-S2X, from initial standardisation to full implementation. Fraunhofer IIS also developed a DVB-S2X receiver IP, used in the demonstration, while Work Microwave developed a high-performance wideband DVB-S2X modulator, used for communication on the uplink.

‘By using DVB-S2X waveforms and our wideband ground equipment the capabilities of high-throughput satellites can be fully exploited. This gives satellite operators the future perspective to meet the growing bandwidth demands of broadband applications,’ commented Work Microwave CEO, Thomas Fröhlich.

The experiment was funded as part of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) ‘ARTES Advanced Technology’ programme.

Speaking on behalf of ESA, Nikolaos Toptsidis, the technical officer managing the project, noted that the demonstration confirms the competitive and innovative nature of the European space industry and the capabilities of the European satellite fleet.

Accedo Unleashes DogTV On Amazon Fire And Roku

From http://www.accedo.tv/accedo-unleashes-dogtv-on-amazon-fire-and-roku/

Reduces Canine Stress And Separation Anxiety

Toronto, Canada and (DOGTV HQ), 10th May 2017 – Accedo (http://www.accedo.tv), the video experience pioneer, today announced that it has extended the world’s first TV channel for dogs, DOGTV (https://www.dogtv.com/), to Amazon Fire TV devices across the globe and modernized DOGTV’s user experience on ROKU.

DOGTV is already available in 13 countries and is a 24/7 digital TV channel scientifically designed to reduce stress and separation anxiety in dogs when left alone.

The DOGTV experience is managed by Accedo’s cloud-based video experience platform, Videa (http://www.accedo.tv/videa) and includes a mix of live and Video on Demand (VOD) content. In-app purchase will enable dog owners to purchase a monthly subscription for access to live and premium VOD content.

DOGTV helps stimulate, entertain, relax and habituate dogs with programming that introduces them to various movements, sounds, objects, experiences and behaviour patterns, all from a dog’s perspective.

“As more and more pet parents realize that TV programming for dogs can be both enriching and entertaining, the demand for DOGTV across platforms has increased,” commented Omri Urzad, VP of Digital, DOGTV. “Accedo’s technology platform has helped us meet this demand by extending access to our programming on Amazon Fire TV, which will ultimately help us reach new audiences and grow as a network.”

“Videa has the power to build, deliver and manage high performing video apps across all platforms – in real-time,” added Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo. “We’re truly excited to see the level of innovation in the TV industry at the moment, and targeted, highly specialised video services like DogTV are a huge opportunity for the industry to take advantage of new technology to cost-efficiently reach new audiences and revenue streams.”

DOGTV launched on Amazon Fire TV on 1st May.

Accedo will be demonstrating its range of solutions on its booth at BroadcastAsia (#4A2-01) from 23rd – 25th May.

– Ends-

About Accedo

Accedo (http://www.accedo.tv) is a trusted video experience transformation pioneer improving the lives of video consumers by the hundreds of millions. Founded in 2004, it offers a portfolio of experience-centric video solutions that enable its customers to monetise video and transform video services to meet rapidly changing consumer expectations. Accedo customers include over 350 of the world’s leading video service providers, such as Astro, Deutsche Telekom, Disney, Fox, HBO, NBC Universal, Netflix, and Telefonica, among many others.

Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/accedotv

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Media Contacts:

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Tel: +44 1570 434632


DOGTV is the first television network for dogs. A trusted source of scientifically developed content for dogs, DOGTV programming is organized into relaxing, stimulating and exposure segments that work together to provide just the right balance for the daily routines of our beloved “stay-at-home” pups. DOGTV’s revolutionary content is designed for a dog’s visual, auditory and emotional sensibility. DOGTV is supported by Discovery Communications, and more information is available at dogtv.com.

(Craig's comment, also available via Measat 3)

Approval for Videocon d2h/Dish TV merger

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/10/approval-for-videocon-d2hdish-tv-merger/

The proposed merger between two of India’s giant DTH operators, Dish TV and Videocon d2h, has moved closer with confirmation that Videocon’s shareholders had approved the deal. Separately, it was reported that the merger had received approval from the Competition Commission of India.

Dish TV Videocon, the name of the new business, will see Dish shareholders holding 55 per cent of the new business, and the balance held by Videocon’s shareholders.

Combined, the pair will control one of the largest DTH pay-TV systems on the planet, with around 27.6 million subscribers.

Discovery JEET for India

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/10/discovery-jeet-for-india/

Discovery Communications has revealed plan to roll out Discovery JEET, a new entertainment channel across India, starting in late 2017. The new channel will be the flagship for the network’s investment into original local productions in India, superserving superfans and nurturing communities around a range of programme genres including true crime investigations, small-town heroes and gritty survival.

Discovery is scaling up investment in over 200 hours of local content originals which will premiere on this new channel, targeting young male audiences.

“We are excited to launch Discovery JEET, which will bring a new style of entertainment, with a truly local and bespoke focus. It borrows the best of Discovery’s ethos, seeded in factual and purpose-driven content, and leveraging global resources to mount it at a scale that delivers larger-than-life stories,” said Karan Bajaj, SVP & GM, South Asia, Discovery Networks Asia Pacific. “JEET marks an important milestone in our continued commitment to entertain and inspire India’s young audiences.”

Arthur Bastings, President & MD, Discovery Networks Asia Pacific, further elaborated on the importance of this evolutionary step, leveraging new ways to extend the reach and relevance of Discovery across the subcontinent. “The expansion into general entertainment with JEET redefines how Discovery will connect and interact with new audiences across the heartlands of India. JEET is fun, relatable, and exciting and brings to life the captivating, real stories of India’s own in a manner never seen before.”


Sorry no Wednesday update


SkyNindo is moving from Palapa to Chinasat 10 110.5e 3620 and 3580 H FEC 3/4 Sr 30000 DVB-S2 8PSK

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3869 H Ten 1, Ten 2, Ten 3 and Ten Cricket have started on , Videoguard. Ten Golf HD and Ten 1 HD have left.

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Khuvsgul TV(Ddish TV)频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [5月9日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,News World India(印度)等频道新增,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。 [5月9日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,Sony BBC Earth HD(Dish TV)等5个频道新增,设置12522 V 40700参数有条件接收。 [5月9日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,Disney Junior、Sony HD(Dish TV)等频道消失,设置12522 V 40700参数无效接收。 [5月9日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,1 Kanal替换Perviy kanal(+2h)(俄罗斯)频道,设置11471 V 11160参数免费接收。 [5月9日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Sama Uvs(Ddish TV)频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [5月9日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Free TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3689 H 15000参数免费接收。 [5月9日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Opt Out HD、Fox Sports News(STAR TV)等7个频道消失,设置3920 H 29720参数无效接收。 [5月9日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,FS、Fox Sports 2 HD(STAR TV)等3个频道新增,设置3920 H 29720参数有条件接收。 [5月9日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,凤凰中文(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置12731 V 30000参数无效接收。 [5月9日]


Foxtel emits new sueballs, this time targeting TV streamers

From https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/05/08/foxtel_emits_new_sueballs_this_time_targeting_tv_streamers/

Australia's site blocking legislation gets another outing

Emboldened by success, Foxtel has fired off a new round of suballs with the aim of blocking more pirate sites from Australian users.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation says TPG, Optus, and Vocus are the respondents in a case filed late last week in the Federal Court.

Foxtel wants the ISPs to bring down the boom on the sites Yes Movies, Los Movies, Watch Series, and Project Free TV, all of which it describes as piracy sites for letting users watch TV shows in Web browsers.

A successful action would see those four services join The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, Torrent Hound and ISOHunt as sites ISPs are obliged to block.

Since the blocks are implemented at the DNS level, the filtering is trivially easy to circumvent for anyone who can read a guide to using Google's DNS, OpenDNS, or VPN software.

The government introduced its site-blocking legislation in 2015, after rights-holders lost a High Court case seeking to make ISPs hand over the details of users they believed were infringing.

In Foxtel's first case to shut down The Pirate Bay et al the company had to pay the princely sum of AU$50 per domain blocked to the country's suffering ISPs

Govt removes Bangabandhu-1 satellite’s project director

From http://www.thedailystar.net/business/bangabandhu-1-satellites-pd-removed-1402552

The government today dismissed the project director of Bangabandhu-1 satellite for his inefficiency, said Tarana Halim, state minister for Post and Telecommunications.

The decision of removing Golam Razzaque was taken following recommendations from Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission’s telecom division, she said.

The government, however, has appointed BTRC Director Md Mesbahuzzaman as the new project director.

Launched by NSSLGlobal — Their First Cell/VSAT Maritime Hybrid Service

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1139768564&menu=1

NSSLGlobal has launched their first hybrid cellular/VSAT solution for maritime vessels — the Cellular Marine System.

This service will complement NSSLGlobal’s airtime VSAT offering as well as the firm's additional services such as FleetBroadband and Iridium Open Port. This will allow seafarers accustomed to land services to transfer from satellite to mobile connectivity, while operating up to 25km offshore.

Through NSSLGlobal’s Cellular Marine System, maritime vessels can connect to robust, high-speed Internet, with download speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s, for commercial and crew welfare broadband use. It is supported by a cellular roaming service, established through a major global cellular operator, and allows the customer to automatically transfer from satellite communications to 3G and 4G mobile connectivity as appropriate. The service helps customers to gain the most out of their on-board communication system when operating in coastal areas or waiting to get into harbor.

SSLGlobal’s new 3G and 4G services will complement its popular maritime VSAT IP@SEA service — which combines an extensive Ku- and C-band coverage with some of the fastest speeds in the industry. The service comprises six global teleports supporting 24 satellite beams and two network operation centers to achieve ‘always-on' connectivity. NSSLGlobal’s experience, technical knowledge with a true 24x7 technical support service and an in country service engineering capability, means it can provide a “one stop shop” for any company looking for the best service in the industry.

Along with this new service and their wholly owned VSAT network, NSSLGlobal also brings together best-in-class satellite solutions from key market providers such as Inmarsat, Thuraya and Iridium, to offer options across C-, L-, Ka- and Ku-Band networks.

Henrik Christensen, Group Maritime Sales Director, NSSLGlobal commented that NSSLGlobal constantly strives to innovate and create differentiated products and services that enable customers to obtain the optimal connectivity they need at an affordable rate. This is the premise behind the firm's new NSSLGlobal Cellular Marine System. With ‘constant connectivity’ an ever-increasing need for ship operations and crew welfare, NSSLGlobal needed to ensure the provisioning of fast and flexible access to Internet services. By giving customers the option to switch between VSAT and 3G/4G mobile connectivity, they can now get high-speed Internet at the most cost-effective rate.

Nepal’s Dish Home TV set for growth after AMOS-4 deal

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017050947140/nepal-s-dish-home-tv-set-for-growth-after-amos-4-deal.html#axzz4gbMGn28n

Nepal’s sole national direct-to-home (DTH) operator Dish Media Network has boosted its agreement with Israel’s Spacecom for extra transponder capacity on its AMOS-4 satellite.

AMOS 4 9 May 2017Located in orbit at 65°East, the extra capacity on AMOS-4 is designed to enable Dish Media’s Dish Home satellite TV service to expand its range of standard and high definition (HD) channels.

“This agreement will keep our growth trajectory moving forward and upwards. Our deep association with Spacecom’s AMOS-4 enables us to build out and expand our brand, further our strategic goals and strengthen our operations throughout Nepal,” said Sudeep Acharya, CEO, Dish Media Network.

David Pollack, president and CEO of Spacecom, added: “This agreement with Dish Media Network adds strength to our position in Asia. AMOS-4’s power and focus on Asia makes it a prime choice for providing a range of satellite services in the region, as well as in East Africa.”

The new TV channels: More choice for viewers, but are they viable?

From http://frontiermyanmar.net/en/the-new-tv-channels-more-choice-for-viewers-but-are-they-viable

The five companies recently awarded free-to-air television licences will double the number of broadcasters fighting for advertising revenue in what is already a highly competitive market.

ON APRIL 11, the Ministry of Information announced the five successful applicants for television content provider licences that will operate digital free-to-air channels through state-run MRTV. The five successful companies, chosen from a shortlist of 10, are the “exile media” companies Mizzima Media and DVB Multimedia Group, as well as Kaung Myanmar Aung, Young Investment Group and Fortune International. This week I would like to discuss the changes that might be expected in TV broadcasting sector with the addition of these five companies to the market.

The selection process for awarding the content provider licences differed greatly from procedures under previous governments. The only private companies that received TV licences from the military government were run by cronies and business people close to the junta. The licences were issued on a joint venture basis with the Ministry of Information.

If the company violated the terms and conditions of its joint venture deal with the MoI, or if it broadcast content that displeased the government, its licence could be withdrawn at any time. The joint-venture companies played it safe by focusing mainly on entertainment programs rather than providing news and analysis of political, social and military issues.

There were two types of licences issued by former governments to the private sector.

The first was for pay TV broadcasts transmitted by satellite. These were issued to Forever Group and SkyNet Media, which earn revenue from monthly or yearly subscription fees paid by viewers who install their satellite receivers. To attract subscribers they have added more channels and have monopolised coverage of international soccer matches. SkyNet is the market leader in pay TV in Myanmar.

The other permits are for free-to-air broadcasters and include channels linked to military-owned Myawady Group, MRTV-4 of Forever Group, MNTV of Shwe Than Lwin Media (owner of SkyNet), Channel 7 and Channel 9. Their main source of income is from advertising. They make a profit when advertising revenue exceeds production and broadcasting costs. Market research shows that television accounts for between 80 percent and 90 percent of all advertising spending in Myanmar, with the print media getting most of what’s left.

As free-to-air broadcasters, the five newly licensed companies will be relying on advertising as their main source of income. They will be competing for market share against established broadcasters MRTV, Myawady, MRTV-4, Channel 7 and Channel 9.

Although spending on advertising is expected to rise as the economy grows, the addition of five broadcasters to the market will lead to intense competition and has raised questions about whether the newcomers will be commercially viable.

The “exile media” companies Mizzima Media and DVB Multimedia Group each have considerable experience in broadcasting.

Mizzima has produced online news in Myanmar and English since it was established in New Delhi by a group of political exiles in 1998 and more recently has been making documentaries for MRTV. In 2012, it became the first exile media group to return to Myanmar after the print sector was liberalised. It launched a weekly vernacular newspaper that went daily in 2013 but closed in early 2015 amid fierce market competition. Mizzima, which continues to produce a weekly magazine in English, has been financially supported by international aid organisations.

DVB Multimedia Group, which has also received funding from foreign aid groups, was initially established by political exiles in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in 1992 and returned to Myanmar in 2013. In July 1992, as the Democratic Voice of Burma, it launched shortwave radio broadcasts from studios in Oslo, Norway, and began providing satellite television programs in May 2005. It is broadcasting 24 hours a day via a foreign satellite.

Of the five companies to receive the licences, Mizzima and DVB would seem to have the best chances of commercial success because of their broadcasting experience and competence and ability to attract donor funding.

Kaung Myanmar Aung, Young Investment Group and Fortune International, which are reported to be planning to invest millions of dollars in their channels, will have to work hard just to break even in what will be a highly competitive market for advertising revenue.

Confusion over South Africa’s encryption policy

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/09/confusion-over-south-africas-encryption-policy/

South Africa’s recently appointed Minister of Communications, Ayanda Dlodlo, is reportedly dumping her predecessor’s strategy which backed non-encryption of digital set-top boxes. The former minister, Faith Muthambi, had favoured ‘open’ digital receivers despite the ruling African National Congress political party that boxes needed to be encrypted. Muthambi was replaced in March.

Muthambi’s approach was designed to ensure that poorer sections of the community could receive new digital TV signals free of any charge.

However, the approach now taken by the new Minister could further delay the introduction of digital terrestrial TV into South Africa. Last year the country’s Universal Service and Access Agency of SA (Usaasa), which is responsible for procuring the new set-top boxes, decided not to proceed with ordering the receiver pending the conclusion of the legal battle over the non-encryption of the converters.

Muthambi, together with South Africa’s major pay-TV broadcaster MultiChoice, had approached the nation’s Constitutional Court to challenge the Supreme Court of Appeal judgment which found that the government was wrong not to allow encryption.

A Court hearing in February has yet to make its judgement known.

Vodafone to air 4K Champions League final

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/09/vodafone-to-air-4k-champions-league-final/

Vodafone Spain will broadcast the final of the Champions League on June 3rd in 4K.

The operator has reached an agreement with beIN Sports to offer the match via UHD to Vodafone subscribers equipped with a 4K TV set, the new Vodafone 4K STB and with access to the Vodafone Futbol or Vodafone Sport packages.

The match will see either Real Madrid or Atlético Madrid take on Juventus or Monaco.

Vodafone launched its 4K service to the residential market last March with 20,000 titles across VoD and over 120 linear channels.


Sunday feed
IS19 12611V 6999 "STS6" ARL City vs Country

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 805 169.0E 4008 V "Sky News Australia has replaced Australia Channel News" on , BISS.

Apstar 6 134.0E 3840 H "Dim Sum TV" is Fta.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12365 V "FGTV" is encrypted again.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3689 H "Non Stop Samachar India" is back on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3745 V "Fashion TV Asia" is back on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3750 V "Cinemachi Kids" on is in Fta again.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3794 H "Fashion TV Asia" is back on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4040 H "Clubbing TV" is now encrypted.

Yamal 401 90.0E 12718 V "Atameken Business Channel" has started on , Fta.

ST 2 88.0E 3546 V "Animax Asia" is back on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Maharashtra 1" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "TV 24" has left.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3848 V "PSM News" has started on, Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "Breakthru TV and Body dey Hot TV" have left.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "Music Zone" has started on, Fta Power of God TV and Jaya Jaya Shankara TV have left.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3966 H "Goodnews Channel" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 4006 H "Kalkii Kannada" has started on, Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Music India替换M Tunes HD(Real VU)频道,设置12405 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月8日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Star Movies HD、Star Plus HD(高清)等7个频道新增,设置4020 V 28100参数有条件接收。 [5月8日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Test N3(测试)频道消失,设置12718 V 27500参数无效接收。 [5月8日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,Brazzers TV(俄罗斯)频道改频率,设置12073 L 27500参数有条件接收。 [5月8日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,O-la-la、Russkaya Noch(俄罗斯)频道改频率,设置12034 L 27500参数有条件接收。 [5月8日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,浙江卫视(高清)频道加密,设置4160 H 9578参数有条件接收。 [5月8日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,TV 9、CTN(MPEG-4)等全组频道重现,设置11480 H 30000参数部分免费接收。 [5月8日]

东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Perviy Crimea替换Pervyj Krymskij(俄罗斯)频道,设置12207 R 27500参数免费接收。 [5月7日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,TV12 Darkhan(Ddish TV)频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [5月6日]
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Australia: Major Freeview Plus upgrade planned

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/08/australia-major-freeview-plus-upgrade-planned/

Freeview Australia will launch a significant upgrade to its hybrid digital television service Freeview Plus platform in June 2017, offering a more simplified user experience and sophisticated look and feel for the catch-up service.

The new platform will join the Freeview FV mobile app in Freeview’s suite of products that are designed to make watching free-to-air TV more convenient and flexible than ever before.

“Australians are now watching more than one billion minutes of catch-up TV every month,” said Freeview CEO Liz Ross. “Freeview is at the forefront of broadcast technology globally, and this upgrade will ensure we continue to offer the very best catch-up viewing experience.”

“This time 10 years ago, Australian viewers only had access to five free-to-air channels, whereas today we have more than 25. TV is everywhere and any time, and with catch-up services supplementing traditional TV viewing, we have certainly entered the golden era of TV,” she added.

There are around 2.2 million TV receivers in Australia that are Freeview Plus-enabled with an 85 per cent connection rate.

The updated service will also incorporate new brand architecture for the Freeview brand. Developed by March One, the refreshed branding includes a new logo and tagline, “Even better than free”.

(Craig's comment, the only thing better than Free is if they paid you to watch it..Now there's an idea.!..)

Vimond, Fox Sports collaborate on AFL streaming

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/08/vimond-fox-sports-collaborate-on-afl-streaming/

Vimond Media Solutions has teamed up with Fox Sports Australia to create a global service that will stream Australian Football League (AFL) matches to fans around the world. Fox Sports launched the subscription-based Watch AFL application in time to broadcast the inaugural AFL Women’s League. The 121st season of the men’s league commenced on March 23rd.

Together with Vimond, the News Corp Australian-owned Fox Sports designed Watch AFL to stream every AFL game live and offer it afterwards as a VoD service. By using the Vimond Platform as its software foundation Fox Sports Australia was able to develop the Watch AFL App to stream live content.

“We create our modular, customisable and efficient products for the needs of broadcasters and content owners, and aim to be a complete partner with our customers, seeing the value of collaborating with all parties,” said Miguel Silva, CCO Vimond Media Solutions. “The Vimond Platform is an especially good fit for sports and global events. It makes it easy to ingest content from different assets and formats, and then to distribute that content to different channels. It also enables quick, drag-and-drop content management and facilitates the administration of rights and contracts.”

Australia abolishes broadcasting licence fees

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/08/australia-abolishes-broadcasting-licence-fees/

Australia’s Government has announced a comprehensive package of reforms that it suggests will improve the sustainability of Australia’s free-to-air broadcasting sector, support the creation of high quality Australian content and modernise broadcasting and content regulation. The package also includes a community dividend in the form of further restrictions on gambling advertising. The measures include:
•Abolishing broadcasting licence fees and datacasting charges.
•Applying a fee for the spectrum that broadcasters use at a level more reflective of the current media landscape.
•Further restrictions on gambling advertising in live sporting events across all platforms.
•Amending the anti-siphoning scheme and list.
•Repealing the two out of three and 75 per cent audience reach media ownership rules.
•A broad ranging and comprehensive review of Australian and children’s content.
•Funding to support the broadcasting of women’s and niche sports

According to Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications and Minister for the Arts, the package provides significant ongoing financial relief, acknowledging that Australia’s broadcasters are facing an increasingly competitive commercial environment, with intense competition for audiences and advertising revenue from other media companies, including

The package will abolish free-to-air broadcasting annual licence fees currently estimated to raise around A$130 million (€88m) on television and radio to improve the ability of broadcasters to operate on a level playing field with other platforms. “Licence fees, which are revenue-based, were introduced when broadcasters could generate significant profits due to their exclusive access to mass audiences. In today’s media environment, licence fees are a relic of a bygone age of regulation,” he declared.

Under the reforms, broadcasters will pay new annual spectrum fees estimated to raise around A$40 million, a level that Fifield suggests is more reflective of the current media landscape. “The financial relief provided by the package gives commercial broadcasters the flexibility to grow and adapt in the changing media landscape, invest in their businesses and in Australian content, and better compete with online providers,” he says..

The package also includes a community dividend in the form of further restrictions on gambling advertising during live sports programmes. The Government will work with industry to introduce new restrictions on gambling advertisements during live sports broadcasts shown on commercial television, commercial radio, subscription television, the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and online platforms. The new restriction will ban gambling advertisements from five minutes before the commencement of play until five minutes after the conclusion of play or 8:30pm, whichever comes sooner. This will provide a clear and practical zone for families and children to watch live sports. Existing exemptions for advertising that covers the racing industry and lotteries will remain.

The reform package will also amend Australia’s ‘anti-siphoning’ regime to reduce the size of the list and update other parts of the scheme, whilst ensuring that iconic sporting events of national significance are retained.

During 2017, the Department of Communications and the Arts, Screen Australia and the ACMA will undertake a review of Australian and children’s screen content. The review will identify sustainable policies to ensure the ongoing availability of Australian and children’s content to domestic and international audiences, regardless of platform.

The Government will provide funding of A$30 million over four years to subscription television to maintain and increase coverage of women’s sports, niche sports and high participation sports that are less sustainable to broadcast. Increased coverage of these sports will assist them to build their profile, boost participation and improve sponsorship opportunities.

The Government will progress its Broadcast and Content Reform Package via an integrated legislative package which will include the Government’s media ownership reforms. “Together, this package represents a comprehensive package of media reforms. It represents a major opportunity for government, industry and the Parliament to strengthen and benefit this important industry, ensure ongoing investment in Australian content and support for the highly skilled jobs this sector provides,” says Fifield.

“The reforms are vital to the long-term viability of the sector, which provides access to high quality Australian content that contributes to, and reflects, Australian cultural life,” he concludes.

Ten could face court for illegal streaming of Joseph Parker fight

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11851176

Ten people are likely to face court action for illegally streaming the Joseph Parker fight on Saturday night.

The world heavyweight boxing champion successfully defended his title against Romanian Razvan Cojanu in Auckland.

Sky TV had warned that piracy teams would be on the lookout for illegal online streams.

"We took down many YouTube and Facebook streams," Sky TV director of corporate communication Kirsty Way told the Herald.

"Around 10 people are likely to face court with the evidence we have."

Way said the monitoring team also found some illegal streams of the Fiji-Tonga rugby league match.

Sky said it had previously won 13 cases against those who illegally streamed Parker's fights.

They were fined up to $3000 each.

Parker had also urged people not to stream the fight before his first WBO world heavyweight boxing title defence.

"My message is don't do it because it is illegal for a reason, and if I catch you you're going to be in trouble," Parker said.

"I feel there's a lot of people working hard behind the scenes to get the fights going and showing things on TV...when you're doing that sort of stuff you're taking away from those that are working hard.

"Everyone has families that they have to feed and pay for and that's why I feel it shouldn't be done."

Sky chief executive John Fellet said illegal streaming was no different to "walking into a store and grabbing a physical item".

"It may be fun, it may be exciting, but at the end of the day you are taking money out of athletes, the actors and the production people and even people here in this building," Fellet said.

He said Sky would "fingerprint" the streaming signal to track back to who it goes to.

"Right now we are taking civil actions and using the courts to make our point," he said.

"In other countries around the world they take greater criminal action on these types of events."

(Craig's comment, interesting someone streamed it out as a free live youtube stream. Advertised over Reddit New Zealand. I just took a look and the youtube account is still active)


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Sky NZ gets slammed for putting up the price of their Fanpass service!

Hi <name>,

We wanted to let you know about some changes we’re making to the passes available on Fan Pass.

We wanted Fan Pass to give Kiwis the freedom to dip in and out of sport by offering short-term flexible passes. However, sports rights aren’t cheap and it’s just not stacking up for us as much as we’ve tried to make it work. So we’ve had to make the following changes which will affect you:

- From 24th May, you’ll no longer be able to get a Day or Week pass on Fan Pass.

- The cost of the Month pass will increase from $55.99 per month to $99.99 per month from 24th May.

- We’ll be introducing a 6 Month pass which will be a one-off payment of $329.99. It’s a big payment upfront but it still works out as less than $2 a day which is pretty good value. That could give you the entire All Blacks Season from kick off to the final whistle.

If none of these changes are your cup of tea, SKY have got an offer where you can join SKY with no joining fee and get a $150 account credit on a 6 month Basic contract. If you want further information, call SKY on 0800 800 759.

The team at Fan Pass will still be working hard on the side line to make sure you’ve got a great sport streaming service to watch SKY Sport 1-4 and Pay-Per-View Events.

The team at FAN PASS

(Craig's comment, this is Sky just trying to make money from pushing Fanpass users back to the satellite service. Its nearly time for Sky to do their Rugby season June price rise as well. Expect them to mention increasing costs of gaining sports rights. I'm picking yet another $2 or $3 increase)

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$130 million TV lifeline in shake-up of media

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/130-million-tv-lifeline-in-shakeup-of-media/news-story/5e7c227256db73dbe71a4ef2de9d66e3

The Turnbull government is set to announce a media reform package this weekend.

The major television networks will be thrown a $130 million lifeline in a mammoth reform plan to be unveiled today, scrapping old ownership limits while imposing new curbs on controv­ersial advertisements for gambling websites.

In the biggest media shake-up in more than a decade, the Turnbull government has won widespread industry support to ease the burden on the big three commercial TV networks while balancing this by giving pay-TV operators a better chance to bid for major sports.

The rare industry consensus clears the way for a new battle in parliament over the ownership laws, as Communications Minister Mitch Fifield seeks to repea­l a “two out of three” law and a TV network “reach rule” that restrict mergers.

Seven West Media chairman Kerry Stokes endorsed the full package last night as a way to make the media more competit­ive against digital rivals such as Facebook, Google and Netflix.

“It will give us a real opportunity to compete in the new media environment,’’ he said. “I am pleased that the Turnbull government is backing the Australian media industry through these reforms.’’

The government will abolish TV licence fees that cost $130m a year at a time when Nine Enter­tainment, Seven West Media, the Ten Network and regional TV networks are warning of huge pressure on companies, handing them a big victory after years of calling for change.

But the reform will come with a cost to all networks from new restrictions on the advertising revenue they get from gamb­ling websites, responding to community concerns about children being bombarded with promotions.

The rules will impose a total ban on gaming advertisements during live sport in family viewing periods, starting from five minutes before a live game and ending five minutes after the final siren.

After 8.30pm, the standard time when restrictions end on alcohol and other advertising, the new curbs will stop and existing­ limits on gambling promotions will apply.

The government will also launch a wider review of children’s programming.

The free-to-air TV networks will continue to pay for the broadcasting spectrum they use but this is expected to be a new charge of about $40m a year rather than the $130m licence fees that have been based on company revenue for decades.

Senator Fifield finalised the industr­y agreement late yesterday after federal cabinet approved the package in recent weeks so it could be included in Tuesday’s budget.

The government already has Labor support for scrapping the “reach rule” that prevents any ­single TV network reaching 75 per cent of the population, but Labor is yet to be convinced about relaxing other ownership limits.

The industry consensus could reshape political debate about the “two out of three” rule that stops anyone owning a newspaper, free-to-air TV network and radio statio­n in the same market.

After months of negotiation, Senator Fifield convinced pay-TV operators to accept the concessions for free-to-air networks while getting the free-to-airs to accept more flexible rules for Foxtel and Fox Sports to bid for sporting events.

He will trim the “anti-siph­oning list” of events that must be offered to free-to-air networks before pay-TV operators can bid.

He will also extend the “delisting period” for events that are not purchased by the free-to-air networks, giving Foxtel and its channel operators 26 weeks rather than 12 weeks to put alternative bids.

In a win for women’s sport, the government will set up a fund to support more broadcasts of sporting competitions.

Key players in the industry spoke up last night to offer unprecedented support for the changes, but stressed they must proceed in full. A spokesman for News Corp Australia, the publisher of The Weekend Australian, said: “From a News point of view we welcome that the government has taken this comprehensive approach to media policy and that broader media reform legislation is part of this complete package.

“It is very important to us that the package, which includes reform­ of the two-out-of-three and reach rules, remains intact.”

Ten Network chief Paul Anderson, whose network reported a $232m loss last month and warned of the need for regulatory relief, said the package gave “very welcome, immediate financial relief­” for all commercial free-to-air TV broadcasters.

The pay-TV sector praised the “minor modernisation” of the sports anti-siphoning scheme, although the rules will continue to protect the free-to-air sector by ­allowing it to bid unchallenged for rights to broadcast most major sports. “The changes are a modest but welcome first step in the reform process, and will be supported by subscription television if adopted as a comprehensive package,” said Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association chief Andrew Maiden.

Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh said the current rules “hamper the ability of Australian media companies to compete in a world increasingly dominated by major international players”.

Peak body Free TV’s chairman Harold Mitchell called the package “crucial for Australian jobs and our ability to continue creating great local programming”.

Regional networks also pledged their support, with all three operators endorsing the move, including media mogul Bruce Gordon’s WIN Corp.

WIN chief executive Andrew Lancaster said: “The government should be commended for bringing the industry together to support­ a raft of changes that includes repeal of the archaic 75 per cent reach rule and two-out-of-three cross-media rule.”

Southern Cross Austereo CEO Grant Blackley said: “We are delighted that the government recog­nises the need for meaningful media reform and importantly has acted to secure a consensus view from key stakeholders.”

Prime Media Group Ian Auds­ley CEO said: “The regional broadcasters have worked tirelessly for many years, detailing the significant structural challenges faced by the television industry and advocating for change.”

Seven CEO Tim Worner backed the package, particularly the reduction in TV licenc­e fees.

“Removing these outdated fees will allow us to invest in more and better local content and to transform our businesses for the ­future,” he said.

Sky TV slashes daily and weekly Fan Pass, and almost doubles subscription of monthly pass

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11850847

Sky TV is slashing Fan Pass daily and weekly, while almost doubling its monthly fee.

Sky TV is cutting its daily and weekly Fan Pass subscription and almost doubling the cost of its monthly pass after saying the offering wasn't making enough money.

A spokesperson for the company said Sky wanted to give its customers options by offering short-term flexible passes, however from May 24 there would be changes.

"Sky launched online streaming sport service Fan Pass a little over two years ago," she said.

"Since its launch, we have tried a couple of different pricing models including season passes for individual codes and more recently; day, week and month passes of selected Sky Sport channels."

"The rising cost of sports rights has been well documented and unfortunately, while Fan Pass has proven technically sound, it has failed to become financially viable to date."

The company planned to cut its daily and weekly Fan Pass and increase the price of its monthly pass from $59.99 per month to $99.99 per month.

The company's basic pricing model with no add-ons costs $79.99 per month.

It said an option for a six month Pass would also be available for a one-off cost of $329.99.

"It's a big payment upfront but it still works out as less than $2 a day which is pretty good value," the company said.

"That could give you the entire All Blacks Season from kick-off to the final whistle."

Fan Pass had become a useful option for sports fans who didn't want to sign up to Sky but wanted to watch occasional sports matches or seasons.

Customers were quick to express their anger on social media.

Arianespace orbits telecom satellites for Brazil and South Korea

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Arianespace_orbits_telecom_satellites_for_Brazil_and_South_Korea_999.html

Arianespace has successfully launched two telecommunications satellites: SGDC for Visiona Tecnologia Espacial S.A, on behalf of the Brazilian operator Telebras S.A. and the Brazilian government; and KOREASAT-7 for South Korean operator ktsat.

The launch took place on Tuesday, May 4 at 6:50 pm (local time) from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Today's launch was the fourth of the year for Arianespace and the second in 2017 with the Ariane 5 heavy launcher, which also recorded its 78th successful mission in a row. In addition, it was the seventh Arianespace mission that carried two satellites built by Thales Alenia Space.

SGDC, the Geostationary Defence and Strategic Communications Satellite, is the first satellite for the Brazilian operator Telebras S.A. to be orbited by Arianespace, within the scope of a turnkey contract with the company Visiona Tecnologia Espacial S.A.

SGDC is a Brazilian government program, designed to meet three main objectives:

Reduce the country's digital divide by supplying high-quality internet services across all of Brazil, within the scope of a national broadband plan.

Provide independent and secure strategic communications services for the Brazilian armed forces and government.

Provide the Brazilian space industry with key technologies so that it can play a growing role in the country's future space programs.

A major player in Brazil since 1985, Arianespace has successfully launched all 11 Brazilian telecom satellites for legacy operator Embratel, as well as Star One, a wholly-owned Embratel subsidiary.

With this latest mission, Arianespace has now launched three satellites providing coverage of Brazil during the past six months:

+ Star One D1 (December 2016)
+ SKY Brasil 1 (February 2017)
+ SGDC (March 2017)

Arianespace: a launch for ktsat and benchmark partner to the South Korean space program

KOREASAT-7 is the third satellite to be launched by Arianespace for South Korean operator ktsat, a subsidiary of KT Corp, the largest telecommunications/media service provider in the country. It follows the launches of KOREASAT-3 in 1999 and KOREASAT-6 in 2010.

KOREASAT-7 will provide a wide range of video and data transmission applications, including internet access, direct-to-home (DTH) TV broadcasting, government communications and connectivity to VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) networks, to extend services to isolated areas.

Starting with the launch of the first ever South Korean satellites - KITSAT-1A in 1992 and KITSAT-2 in 1993 - Arianespace has become a major partner to the country's space program. Including this latest Flight VA236 mission, more than half of South Korea's geostationary satellites have been launched by Arianespace. The company's order book includes two more satellites for the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI): GEO-KOMPSAT-2A, planned for 2018, and GEO-KOMPSAT-2B, planned for 2019.

Arianespace has launched 6 satellites for South Korea since 1992:

+ KITSAT 1A (1992)
+ KITSAT 2 (1993)
+ KOREASAT-3 (1999)
+ COMS-1 (2010)
+ KOREASAT-6 (2010)
+ KOREASAT-7 (May 4, 2017)

7th Arianespace flight carrying two Thales Alenia Space-built satellites on the same launcher

Today's mission was the seventh Arianespace dual-launch carrying two satellites built by Thales Alenia Space. SGDC and KOREASAT-7 were built in Thales Alenia Space's plants in Cannes and Toulouse (France), using the Spacebus 4000C4 and 4000B2 platforms, respectively. These platforms are perfectly adapted to Arianespace's launcher family.

Arianespace and Thales Alenia Space have developed a very solid and fruitful relationship since the launch of Meteosat-F2 on June 19, 1981. SGDC and KOREASAT-7 are the 147th and 148th Thales Alenia Space satellites to be launched by Arianespace.

Eight more Thales Alenia Space satellites are to be launched by Arianespace in the coming years.

Shortly after the announcement of the orbital injection of the two satellites, Stephane Israel, CEO of Arianespace, said: "With this second successful launch of the year by Ariane 5, and the 78th successful mission in a row by our heavy launcher, Arianespace proudly gives our Brazilian and South Korean customers the benefits of our excellent launch services. We are honored by the confidence expressed today by Visiona Tecnologia Espacial, which chose us for its first satellite on behalf of the operator Telebras and the Brazilian government; as well as that of the South Korean operator ktsat, for whom we have launched three satellites since 1999.

"Congratulations to all our partners for this 92nd launch of an Ariane 5: Thales Alenia Space, which built both satellites launched on the same Ariane for the seventh time since 1991; our primary shareholder, Airbus Safran Launchers, and the entire European launcher industry for the reliability and availability of this heavy launcher; ESA, which provides essential support for the Ariane program; CNES/CSG, our ground segment companies and all staff at the space center, who continue to work alongside us as we go from success to success. And, of course, I would like to congratulate everybody at Arianespace for this successful launch, the fourth of the year."

South Korea launches Mugunghwa-7 telecoms satellite

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/south-korea-launches-mugunghwa-7-telecoms-satellite--1194837

South Korea has launched its fourth telecommunications satellite, dubbed ‘Mugunghwa-7’. The new satellite is designed to provide enhanced broadcasting and communications services, Yonhap news agency reports, citing a statement from the Korean ICT ministry said. The satellite will be used to provide broadcasting and communication services based on LTE technology over the Asian region starting in July.

The Mugunghwa-7 commercial satellite was launched from Guiana Space Center at Kourou in French Guiana, aboard a rocket made by Arianespace, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, said.

"The ICT ministry already completed the registration with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) so that the Mugunghwa-7 is successfully launched and operated", said Choi Yeong-hae, an ICT official in charge of the project. With a lifetime of 15 years, the Mugunghwa-7 will be positioned at 116 degrees east and will encompass not only South Korea but a larger part of Asia, including the Philippines, Indonesia and India. The satellite is equipped with the locally built Ku-band (36 MHz) and Ka-band (200 MHz) transponder communications systems.

Thales Alenia Space was in charge of the design, production and testing of the satellite, while the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) of South Korea provided its navigation system.

India launches satellite to help South Asian nations

From http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/india-launches-south-asia-satellite/article18391277.ece

Leaders of neighbouring countries, barring Pakistan, join Modi via video conference in celebrating the successful launch by ISRO.

India on Friday successfully launched the South Asia Satellite (SAS), fully funded by it and touted as an “invaluable gift” to its South Asian neighbours, which will provide communication and disaster support to the nations.

Built by the Indian Space Research Organisation, communication satellite GSAT-9 was put in orbit by the 50-metre tall Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) with its upper stage powered by a cryogenic engine.

The GSLV-F09 blasted off at 4.57 p.m. in clear weather from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh and injected the GSAT-9 into the orbit after a flawless flight.

“Successful launch of South Asian Satellite is a historic moment. It opens up new horizons of engagement. This will also greatly benefit South Asia & our region’s progress,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"Through this we will achieve effective communication, better governance, better banking services & better education in remote areas," Mr. Modi said in an address to the nation post launch.

Leaders of South Asian countries joined Mr. Modi via video conference to celebrate the success of the launch.

"The imperative of regional cooperation has changed to reality with the launch of the GSLV," Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani said.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, "We want to live in peace in South Asia, GSLV is a new step in cooperation."



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Palapa D 113.0E 3932 V "Al-Quran Hedayah has replaced Qur'an Hedayah Indonesia" on , Fta.
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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Psm News(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3847 V 7855参数免费接收。 [5月4日]
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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,TV5 Monde、France 24(Cignal)高清频道新增,设置11627 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [5月4日]



From Facebook

“My message is don’t do it because it is illegal for a reason, and if I catch you you’re going to be in trouble.” That’s the message from Joseph Parker ahead of his first WBO world heavyweight boxing title defence on Saturday night.

The heavyweight champion says he takes piracy personally and is urging supporters and boxing fans to think twice.

“My views on piracy and illegal streaming; I think it’s illegal for a reason and I feel like there’s a lot of people working hard behind the scenes to get the fights going and showing things on TV… when you’re doing that sort of stuff you’re taking away from those that are working hard. Everyone has families that they have to feed and pay for and that’s why I feel it shouldn’t be done.”

SKY CEO John Fellet says SKY will have a team monitoring the web and social media for piracy on Saturday night.

“Piracy or illegal streaming is no different to walking into a store and grabbing a physical item; it still represents the value of a lot of hard work by a lot of people. It may be fun, it may be exciting, but at the end of the day you are taking money out of the athletes, the actors and the production people and even people here in this building.”

Mr Fellet says SKY would rather not have to take legal action but the company takes the matter seriously and will act against those who illegally stream the fight.

“We’ve been quite successful of late in monitoring Facebook pages and YouTube and finding these streams. We fingerprint the signal so we can track back to who it goes to, and take legal action after that. Right now, we are taking civil actions and using the courts to make our point. In other countries around the world they take greater criminal action on these types of events.”

For SKY to produce the world heavyweight title event it takes around 400 people including call centre staff, camera and studio operators, presenters and support staff.

(Craig's comment, Sky get it wrong yet again nobody wants to pay $50 NZ for a B grade fight. The big PPV fight last weekend was only $35!! anjd worse still its going to be free on Fox Sports for those in Australia.)

NBN fail leaves remote emergency service cut off

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/nbn-fail-leaves-remote-emergency-service-cut-off/news-story/b1a63012693e64ae1f72ada2c086caa1

HeliSpirit managing director Michael McConachy, at Kununurra, says the lack of service from the NBN Co is ‘bringing me to my knees’.

Bungling under the National Broadband Network has left some remote users in the Kimberly — including a vital emergency servic­es aviation operator — with no internet after a working satellite was turned off without new services having been installed.

Michael McConachy, the managing director of aviation group HeliSpirit, based in Kunu­nurra in northern Western Australia, said his experience with the NBN was “bringing me to my knees” as he faced the prospect of being forced to lay off some of his 90 staff as his business foundered.

“We’ve been sold an absolute pup as far as the whole NBN ­system is concerned, with remote and regional Australia being left behind the rest of the country,” Mr McConachy said yesterday. “We are either not connected at all, or when we do get connections it is intermittent and nowhere near the speeds we were promised.”

Two of HeliSpirit’s bases, at Purnululu National Park and the Mitchell Plateau in the Kimberly, have been left without internet connections, despite the company requesting NBN connections mid-last year, eight months before the former satellite was turned off and replaced with the NBN Sky Muster satellite.

The company called its service provider, Ipstar, weekly, “sometimes twice a day”, stating its connection needed to be installed before the end of October, when the wet season began and locations were not accessible by road.

Despite HeliSpirit being repeatedly ­assured the connection would be completed on time, NBN technician Skybridge failed to ­attend the properties before the wet season, later citing a lack of access because of the weather.

“I had to laugh — we’d been telling them for months and months there was no road access in the wet season,” said HeliSpirit employee Amy Petty.

The company was now negotiating with NBN and Ipstar, offering­ to share the costs of having a helicopter fly in a technician and satellite dish, but NBN had rejected its first approach.

Mr McConachy said the lack of internet coverage was potentially life-threatening as HeliSpirit conducted medical evacuations, search-and-rescue­ and bushfire operations. “In this day and age you can’t operate in aviation without the intern­et,” he said.

“We’ve begged and we’ve pleaded: we’re not like other people downloading movies or whatever, we really need it for general communications.”

Mr McConaghy sent a letter yesterday to NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow explaining his “desperation” and detailing his company’s dealings with NBN, Ipstar and Skybridge.

An NBN Co spokeswoman said the company “regrets the unaccepta­ble delays” which had left HeliSpirit without coverage. “We pride ourselves in helping to bridge the digital divide in rural, regional and remote Australia, but in this instance we have not met the community’s expectations,” she said.

NBN Co said it was “reviewing the chain of events” that led to the delay and had contacted Heli­Spirit to organise a technician to install its service.

Mr McConaghy said such problems were widespread in the region: “No one takes accountability — the service provider blames the NBN and the installer, and the installe­r blames the service provider and the NBN.”

Extending Mobile Coverage to the Australian Outback. A Gilat Satellite Networks Case in Point

From http://www.satmagazine.com/story.php?number=772212839

Mobile phone service most people take for granted; however, don’t tell that to small town residents of the Australian outback who, until recently, had never been able to use their mobile phones to make a call, check their Facebook account or consult an online map.

Thanks to Optus, Australia’s second largest mobile operator, and Gilat Satellite Networks, this situation has begun to change for the many previously unserviced outback communities.

Optus has rolled out mobile coverage for local residents and visitors across locations in South Australia and the Northern Territory. These groundbreaking deployments use innovative small cell and satellite technologies from Gilat Satellite Networks.

Making Mobile Black Spots a Thing of the Past
Optus has made a substantial investment and commitment to deliver mobile connectivity to their customers in remote and underserved regions of Australia. In conjunction with that nation’s Mobile Black Spot program, Optus has embarked upon a major infrastructure project designed to extend their mobile network to black spots in South Australia and elsewhere across the country.

In addition to bringing mobile and broadband services to local residents, this project is expected to drive significant economic benefits for these communities. Mobile coverage will attract more tourists, traveling workers and truckers who will to stop in these communities to check in at home or with their offices, send pictures and consult online maps. Longer stays means more dollars for local establishments.

To turn this vision into reality, Optus needed a cost-effective way to overcome the long distances and topographical challenges related to extending their mobile network to these outlying areas. Accordingly, the company sought innovative technologies that would allow for the connection of these remote sites to the core cellular network, all with a minimum of deployment time and costs.

Gilat’s Integrated Small Cell Over Satellite Solution
With these requirements in mind, Optus selected Gilat’s CellEdge SDR (Software Defined Radio) Small Cell Over Satellite solution to deliver 3G cellular coverage to remote regions throughout Australia.

Small cell technology provided a cost-effective, compact and easy-to-deploy alternative to large and expensive mobile towers, while backhaul over satellite enabled Optus to leverage their existing satellite network.

Based on the success of the initial deployments in 15 sites in South Australia, Optus plans dozens of similar deployments along some of the major highways of the Northern Territory and Western Australia. In addition to bringing mobile and broadband services to Optus subscribers in outback communities for the first time, these deployments also increase the safety of tourists and stranded motorists by enabling them to make emergency calls from any mobile phone.

“Gilat’s Small-Cell-Over-Satellite solution enables us to provide mobile connectivity to unserved and underserved areas,” said Paul Sheridan, Vice President, Optus Satellite. “This is an innovative and cost effective solution to address our requirements for delivering a high quality user experience, under challenging environmental conditions in regional Australia.”

Gilat’s CellEdge SDR (Software Defined Radio) solution integrates an outdoor Small Cell for 3G networks with a field-proven and highly efficient satellite-based cellular backhaul solution. With these SDR capabilities, CellEdge can transmit two carriers from the same box simultaneously and enables seamless migration from 3G to 4G, as required.

Optimized for satellite backhaul, Gilat’s CellEdge Small Cell Over Satellite solution delivers the same speed and quality as a terrestrial backhaul solution. CellEdge SDR uses the open standard Iuh interface, enabling satellite bandwidth optimization for high efficiency and data rates.

Gilat’s cellular backhaul solution consists of VSATs installed at each small cell site and an advanced hub platform at Optus’ satellite network hub. Gilat’s VSAT technology ensures an outstanding user experience for Optus customers through the use of patented embedded acceleration techniques over GTP/TCP to overcome inherent satellite delay.

Using Gilat’s CellEdge solution, Optus has found a highly efficient way to introduce mobile and broadband services in challenging and potentially expensive locations. The compact Small Cell enables quick and easy deployment on almost any existing structure, as opposed to building a large and costly mobile base station. Simultaneously, Optus can use Gilat’s VSAT technology and the existing satellite network for backhaul rather than having to establish microwave or fiber connections.

In terms of cost savings, Gilat’s solution has allowed Optus to reduce CAPEX through low-cost equipment and low installation costs, while also lessening OPEX by reducing satellite bandwidth costs.

Doreet Oren (doreeto@gilat.com) is Director of Product Marketing for Gilat Satellite Networks and has been performing in this role since 2012. She has also has been responsible for defining product positioning, messaging, go-to-market strategies, market research, and analyst relations.

Oren has more than 20 years of industry experience and has held management positions in R&D, product management and product marketing for international high-tech companies. In this capacity, she contributed to next-generation product definition and was responsible for delivering the company’s vision to the media and analyst community. Oren has published thought leadership articles in renowned international journals, and has spoken at numerous industry conferences worldwide. Oren received a BSc in Computer Science from George Washington University.

Axiata to lease 1Gbps HTS capacity on IPSTAR-1 satellite

From http://www.capacitymedia.com/Article/3714716/News/Axiata-to-lease-1Gbps-HTS-capacity-on-IPSTAR-1-satellite.html

Axiata has signed a four-year, multi-transponder contract with Thaicom to better connect underserved areas in Indonesia with high throughput satellite (HTS) coverage through leased capacity and teleport services on the IPSTAR-1 satellite.

The partners inked the deal for wholly-owned subsidiary Axiata Business Services to purchase the remaining capacity on IPSTAR over Indonesia to deliver Axiata’s operating company, XL over 1Gbps HTS capacity for the provision of broadband services in Indonesia.

According to the terms of the agreement, Axiata Business Services will use capacity of up to seven KU-band shaped and spot beams on the IPSTAR-1 broadband satellite located at 119.5° east for the provision of broadband services in Indonesia, including broadband access direct to residential and enterprise premises, and cellular network backhaul.

“We are leveraging on Thaicom’s capabilities in Asia to grow our enterprise business quickly and flexibly while providing reliable broadband services to all potential customers regardless of location,” said Asri Hassan Sabri, group chief business operations officer of Axiata.

“Where terrestrial-based connectivity is limited or unavailable, HTS connectivity serves as an enabler to unlock the digital ecosystem for new market opportunities. As the world’s first ever HTS, launched in 2005, Thaicom’s IPSTAR helps us to connect users in remote and underserved areas of Indonesia cost-effectively. We are confident that the partnership will enable us to continue to grow our business faster without infrastructure limitations.”

Dian Siswarini, chief executive officer of XL, said: "As the biggest archipelago in the world, there are many areas and islands in Indonesia that have not been served by internet services as yet. We believe the availability of HTS will help us to cover these unserved areas with considerable economic potential. On top of that, it will enable us to support the local community’s economic growth and Indonesian government’s vision to accelerate the national development of digital economy across Indonesia."

“This HTS partnership is highly strategic for Axiata and the beginning of what we believe can become a core future broadband delivery platform for our operating companies to deliver broadband connectivity, media & entertainment, IoT and other digital services to enterprise and consumer home segment,” added Dominic P Arena, group chief strategy officer of Axiata. “More importantly, this partnership allows us to provide the best connectivity option and reach to underserved communities, in line with Axiata’s broader goal of Advancing Asia by piecing together the best in innovation, connectivity and talent."

The IPSTAR-1 satellite was launched in 2005 and was the first HTS ever launched into orbit. IPSTAR cellular backhaul and direct to premise broadband connectivity provides telecom operators with the ability to expand their networks, launch new broadband services and reach underserved areas quickly and cost-effectively.

SpaceX wants to put a constellation of satellites around the Earth starting 2019

From http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/spacex-wants-to-put-a-constellation-of-satellites-around-the-earth-starting-2019-374841.html

Elon Musk backed SpaceX has revealed its plans to launch thousands of satellites using Falcon 9 rockets. It has already asked the Federal Communications Commission to approve this constellation of about 4,4,25 satellites that would provide widespread broadband and communications coverage.

SpaceX has planned to use Falcon 9 rockets in stages and wants to begin launching these satellites from 2019 and finishing placing them into low-earth orbit by the year 2024 into low-earth orbit. The company also wants to launch spare satellites which will act as backup in case of a failure.

Patricia Cooper, SpaceX’s vice president of satellite government affairs, told the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, “SpaceX intends to launch the system onboard our Falcon 9 rocket, leveraging significant launch cost savings afforded by the first stage reusability now demonstrated with the vehicle.”

SpaceX is also planning to launch one prototype satellite by the end of this year, followed by a second in the early months of 2018.

Cooper further added that these satellites would help in curbing the issues of traditional broadband internet deployment, “The common challenges associated with sitting, digging trenches, laying fiber and dealing with property rights are materially alleviated through a space-based broadband network.”

These satellites will be designed to last five to seven years. A year after its mission is over these satellites will re-enter Earth’s orbit, power down and burn up in the atmosphere. SpaceX had requested for permission from the US government to launch and maintain the constellation in November last year. “The system is designed to provide a wide range of broadband and communications services for residential, commercial, institutional, government and professional users worldwide,” SpaceX said in technical documents accompanying its filing.

70% Kodi installations configured to pirate content

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/04/study-70-kodi-installations-configured-to-pirate-content/

Intelligent broadband network solutions provider Sandvine’s Global Internet Phenomena Spotlight report focusing on the ‘fully-loaded’ Kodi ecosystem in North America, suggests that 68.6 per cent of households with Kodi devices also have unofficial Add-ons configured to access unlicensed content.

The report is based on data collected from multiple tier-1 fixed access networks in North America and examines the mechanics and economics of using Kodi to access what many content owners believe to be unlicensed live and on-demand video content.

Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) is an open source media player that allows users to view local and remote videos on PCs, set-top boxes, smartphones, and tablets. Recently, the Kodi name has become increasingly associated with streaming of unlicensed content thanks to the availability of ‘fully-loaded’ Kodi set-top boxes. These set-top boxes are sold online and in retail stores with versions of Kodi that contain unofficial ‘Add-ons’ and modifications designed to drastically lower the technical know-how required to access unlicensed live and on-demand video content.

The report also seeks to correct the misconception that Kodi and its developers, the XBMC Foundation, are the primary beneficiaries in an ecosystem of streaming unlicensed content. The major beneficiaries of this new form of piracy appear to be parties in the ecosystem that are selling the ‘fully-loaded’ hardware, unlicensed streaming services, and hosting services for monetary gain. Even absent the Kodi software, this ecosystem would still be in place and unlicensed video content still accessible via web browsers and other media players.

Key findings include:
•8 per cent of North American households have at least one device in their household with an active Kodi installation
•6 per cent of households with Kodi devices also have unofficial Add-ons configured to access unlicensed content
•Approximately 6 per cent of all households in North America, currently have a Kodi device configured to access unlicensed content
•‘Fully-loaded’ Kodi boxes can access unlicensed content for free, as well as premium services featuring larger amounts of unlicensed content for a monthly fee

“Kodi is often referred to by name as the root of the unlicensed content streaming problem, but the true roots of the problem appear to be the illegitimate video service providers and file hosts who are making a profit by enabling access to unlicensed content,” said Don Bowman, CTO, Sandvine. “Sandvine’s business intelligence tools can help communications service providers to measure and track not only the applications being used to access unlicensed video content but more importantly to understand the origin of unlicensed content so that they can work with law enforcement to ensure that their licence rights are upheld.”

India to charge former ISRO satellite officials

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/04/india-to-charge-former-isro-satellite-officials/

India’s Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) has said it will proceed with charges against key officials at India’s Space Research Organisation (ISRO) over an alleged fraud and loss of millions. An earlier decision by India’s fraud-busting Enforcement Directorate last June confirmed its view that a deal between ISRO and its commercial subsidiary Antrix, were illegal. Antrix is an anglicised version of Antariksha, which means ‘space’.

In essence the long-running case revolves around a deal between Antrix and Devas Multimedia over transponder leases on two ISRO satellites between 2006-2010. The capacity was to be used for connectivity and back-haul of cellular telephony.

Described locally as the “S-Band scam”, in January 2005 Antrix signed an agreement with Devas to lease 10 transponders of S-band capacity on two satellites (GSAT-6 and 6A) for $300 million, and claimed to be well below market rates, for a period of 12-years. ISRO then committed to building and launching the two satellites at a cost of $110 million. Devas sold a 17 per cent stake in itself to Deutsche Telekom (DT) for $75 million.

Devas and DT subsequently sued for $2 billion and $1 billion respectively, and were initially awarded $672 million by an arbitration tribunal, and against Antrix.

The CBI told Special Judge Virender Kumar Goyal that the three accused were ex-chairman G Madhavan Nair, former ISRO Director A. Bhaskar Narayana Rao and former Antrix Executive Director K.R. Sridhara Murthi. Former Managing Director of US-based Forge Advisors and CEO of Devas Ramachandra Vishwanathan, then Director of Devas M.G. Chandrasekhar, three former directors of Bangalore-based Devas Multi-media and Murthi were also on the charge sheet.

The CBI accused them of hatching a criminal conspiracy with an intent to cause undue gains to themselves or others by abusing their official position and causing loss to Antrix Corp and ISRO.

The court listed June 1st to consider the charge sheet filed in the case.



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Optus names Telstra's Bird as head of Wholesale, Satellite

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/optus-names-telstras-bird-as-head-of-wholesale-satellite--1194395

Australian operator Optus has appointed Stuart Bird as managing director of its Wholesale and Satellite business. In his new position, Bird will lead all parts of Optus’ Wholesale and Satellite division including sales, marketing, products, operations, and service delivery, and will articulate Optus’ vision to its wholesale partners and satellite customers.

Bird previously held senior positions at Telstra and Vodafone. Bird joins Optus from Telstra, where he most recently held the position of Executive Director of Home and Business Products for Telstra Retail.

Bird will be a member of Optus’ executive leadership team. Nitesh Naidoo will act as managing director for the Wholesale and Satellite division until Bird formally joins the team.

Satellite electrical damage linked to space dust

From https://cosmosmagazine.com/physics/satellite-electrical-damage-linked-to-space-dust

Tiny meteoroids can not only punch holes in a spaceship but also produce potentially catastrophic electromagnetic pulses. Andrew Masterson reports.
Meteor showers such as the Geminids also contain tiny space rocks sometimes no bigger than a grain of dust that can cause severe mechanical damage to satellites.

The cause of several mysterious satellite failures may have been discovered, if simulations carried out at Stanford University in California hold firm in physical space.

The simulations, published in the journal Physics of Plasmas, promise an answer to a question bothering lead author, aeronautics professor Sigrid Close, for more than seven years.

Everyone in the space business has long recognised that meteoroids – tiny space rocks sometimes no bigger than a grain of dust – can cause severe mechanical damage when they smash into a satellite.

Looking at the records of satellite collision reports, however, Close realised a small number seemed to result in electrical rather than mechanical damage. This meant – logically – the satellites must have encountered another source of electricity. What, she wondered, could that be?

In 2010 she and colleagues published a paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research proposing tiny meteoroids as the electrical source. At the moment of impact, they suggested, the colliding particle and immediate part of the satellite became ionised, resulting in plasma that produced a strong electromagnetic pulse “potentially causing catastrophic damage”.

The theory was intriguing but the realities of accurately measuring and recording what happens when a grain of sand smacks into an object 36,000 kilometres above the ground were nothing if not daunting.

Cole’s latest research uses computer simulations to try to gain insight into the process. The results suggest that smashed-up meteoroids do indeed emit powerful bursts of radio waves.

The modelling shows that when a tiny space grain hits a satellite the resulting plasma expands into the surrounding vacuum. The different ions and electrons thus liberated travel at different speeds, creating radio frequency emissions.

Using a tool previously developed that modelled the solid and fluid dynamics of a meteoroid impact, the scientists were able to simultaneously model plasma spread and the electromagnetic field created.

They discovered that when a tiny particle hits a hard surface at high speed it vapourises and ionises the target, releasing a cloud of plasma, dust and gas. As the plasma expands its density plummets until it is spread out so far that its subatomic components no longer collide with each other.

In this state, the electrons move faster than the ions, producing a charge separation that generates the radiation.

The results of the simulation represent a partial validation of Close’s 2010 hypothesis, through she and her colleagues acknowledge the values derived are lower than those detected by other experimental approaches.

"More than half of electrical failures are unexplained because it's very hard to do diagnostics on a satellite that fails in orbit," explains co-author Alex Fletcher. "We believe we can attribute some of these failures to this mechanism."

Cooperation with China should not be left behind as India boosts space program

From http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1045069.shtml

Much attention has been focused on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's space diplomacy ahead of the launch of the South Asia satellite, but the stalled space cooperation plan between China and India also deserves attention.

The satellite, described by Modi as "an invaluable gift" for India's neighbors, will enable a full range of services and applications in areas such as telecommunications for almost all of the South Asian countries, and thus will help India to strengthen its ties with those countries. The effort that the Modi administration has made in providing satellite services to South Asian countries is worth praising, but China should not be excluded from New Delhi's recent moves toward strengthening space cooperation with India's neighbors.

In 2012, former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam said during a visit to the State-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation that Sino-Indian space cooperation was in the interests of both sides, according to the company's official website. However, apart from setting up the joint commission on space cooperation in 2015, the two countries have yet to make any other significant achievements.

A lack of strategic mutual trust is one of the most intractable challenges China and India face as they promote cooperation in the space sector. The two countries' rapid development in space technology isn't conducive to strengthening cooperation, and instead has led to increased competition.

The Internet has made Sino-Indian space competition a controversial topic, with netizens in each country quick to talk up any moment when one side or the other makes a big step forward. This has resulted in a negative atmosphere in which the two countries have found it difficult to make progress on space cooperation.

Besides, space and missile technology to some extent are two sides of the same coin. For instance, spacecraft control technologies can be applied to guidance systems for ballistic missiles. Although India's overall strength in space technology still lags behind China's, the South Asian country has an advantage in some other areas. It is understandable that New Delhi may have no enthusiasm to promote space cooperation projects, given that it hopes to keep a competitive edge in the game.

As for business cooperation between the two countries' space industries, the rise of trade protectionism and segregative government procurement systems remain daunting challenges. Further opening up of the two countries' space industries is worth consideration because normal bilateral cooperation could help the two nations make breakthroughs in space technology. Additionally, Beijing and New Delhi could take advantage of multilateral platforms to boost cooperation.


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Aussies Working Together Public Broadcaster Contracts Av-Comm to Upgrade Existing Satellite Communications Infrastructure

From news

They already have a working relationship that has just improved by $2 million and a five-year contract. Av-Comm has signed a $2 million contract to supply, install, and maintain up to 28 high-power Ku-Band Solid State Amplifiers and complimentary Network Management System for a leading Australian public broadcaster.

Av-Comm will deploy Agilis Satcom’s 150W-250W GaN advanced high power Ku-band solid state amplifiers to augment and upgrade the broadcaster’s existing satellite communications infrastructure to support future operational and market demands.

Additionally, Av-Comm will integrate and maintain the Agilis Real Time Adviser Network Management System for a period of at least five years. The Agilis Real Time Adviser will provide a centralized web-based monitoring and control interface allowing seamless visibility of the broadcaster’s entire satellite uplink and downlink chains including integrated spectrum analysers to prevent co-illumination of satellite slot capacity.

“We are excited that our customer has chosen us to take a leading role in their future requirements and to provide ongoing operation and maintenance services. We have worked with this customer for many years and believe this contract demonstrates our capability of delivering value driven service,” said Michael Cratt, Managing Director of Av-Comm Pty Ltd.

NBN Co reshuffle sees CTO replaced

From https://www.itnews.com.au/news/nbn-co-deploys-147-fixes-for-sky-muster-460236

New tier of ‘executive general managers’ appointed.

NBN Co has undergone an executive reshuffle that has seen CTO Dennis Steiger replaced along with several other new appointments.

An internal memo, leaked to The Australian, said Steiger had “made the difficult decision to leave” after just under three years in the role.

An NBN Co spokesperson confirmed Steiger had left.

“We thank Dennis Steiger for his contributions and wish him well in his next role,” the spokesperson said.

"Now that the [multi-technology mix] deployment is well underway, we're looking forward to the next phase where Tom Roets, executive general manager of future tech and architecture, will lead the team and focus on the technology and the architecture of a network to serve our future needs.”

It is understood the CTO role has been axed entirely and that the CTO functions have been absorbed under Roets' remit.

NBN Co declined to provide the content of the internal memo, nor confirm other aspects of the reshuffle.

According to The Australian, head of service assurance Lincoln Jurd is also being replaced by an executive general manager of service assurance management, named as Ian Bentley.

In addition, Toby Ryston-Pratt was named head of customer activations, Ankur Jain head of business process excellence, and Susan Huggett executive general manager for migrations and disconnections.

Satellite services improve after hard work

NBN Co also today provided an update on ongoing work to fix its troubled Sky Muster satellite service.

The network builder said it has deployed 147 network fixes and optimisation changes in the past seven months in a bid to rectify the ongoing issues.

Chief customer officer John Simon told a satellite gathering in Sydney today that the changes had delivered “stability and operating performance consistent with a quality network".

The company hoped further improvements would be seen as its second Sky Muster satellite was officially made operational today.

The combined capacity of the two Sky Muster satellites is 135 Gbps.

Services on the first of the two Sky Muster satellites was launched in April 2016. Users of NBN Co’s interim satellite service had to migrate to Sky Muster by the end of February this year.

However, Sky Muster has suffered a series of technical problems since launch that have left many users with poor services.

Simon conceded back in February that Sky Muster had not met anyone’s expectations so far.

At the time he said NBN Co was “working day and night” to fix service performance, and putting more installers on the ground to get people connected faster.

Soon after, NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow admitted the network builder had experienced an "exorbitant" amount of network failures with the Sky Muster service.

Morrow said “software bugs” had materialised when the service was put “under load”, and had not been apparent when Sky Muster was servicing less than 15,000 users.

He said it could be six to 12 months before the technical issues were fully rectified.

In March, NBN Co went on a hiring spree, recruiting ten new engineers and solution architects to try to fix the performance issues.

Simon today was keen to sell the improvements to Sky Muster, which he claimed had “seen the weekly incident rate fall by 91 percent (as of April this year) from September last year”.

He also said making Sky Muster II operational “rounds out the deployment phase of our satellite program”.

Sky Muster II begins retail order roundup

From https://www.arnnet.com.au/article/618533/sky-muster-ii-begins-retail-order-roundup/?fp=2&fpid=1

NBN‘s second satellite operational and taking orders

The satellite alternative for Australians wanting to connect to the National Broadband Network (NBN) now has a second satellite in orbit.

The Sky Muster II, satellite is the second of its kind sent into orbit to service the country’s rural and regional areas not covered by a fixed broadband network, Sky Muster services were originally launched on 29 May, 2016.

The second satellite was in initially slated for use as a dormant backup service but late last year the company responsible for building Australia’s national broadband network, nbn, decided to repurpose the satellite to one which shares the load with the original Sky Muster.

In doing so the company said it was able to double the capacity available and "opened the door to greater data allowances than the original design allowed for."

nbn chief customer officer, John Simon, made the announcement saying it marked a significant milestone for nbn and rounds out the deployment phase of our satellite program.

“In 2015, we made the decision to re-purpose the now operational Sky Muster II, which had previously been intended to provide redundancy capacity only - that is, not to provide live services, not initially at least,” he said.

“By bringing on board active services from the start and actively sharing the load between both Sky Muster satellites, we’ve been able to double the capacity available to Australians connecting to a retail service via the nbn satellites. This allowed us to bump up the data allowances in the Fair Use Policy, above what the original design allowed for.”

The Sky Muster project has had its fair share of issues with launch delays and software problems hampering the project, but nbn warned that the satellite coverage rollout would not be a simple process.

"This is an enormous project and we are doing our best to deliver the nbn Sky Muster service as fast as we can, but reaching all corners of the country will take some time,” nbn satellite architect, Julia Dickinson, said in July 2016.

Axiata and Thaicom delivering High Throughput Satellite to Indonesia

From https://www.developingtelecoms.com/tech/satellite-networks/7051-axiata-and-thaicom-delivering-high-throughput-satellite-to-indonesia.html

XL Axiata will provide satellite broadband services throughout Indonesia following a new agreement between Axiata Business Services and Thaicom subsidiary IPSTAR.

According to the terms of the agreement, Axiata Business Services will use capacity of up to seven KU-band shaped and spot beams on the IPSTAR-1 broadband satellite located at 119.5° east for the provision of broadband services in Indonesia, including broadband access direct to residential and enterprise premises, and cellular network backhaul.

Asri Hassan Sabri, Group Chief Business Operations Officer of Axiata, said: “Where terrestrial-based connectivity is limited or unavailable, HTS connectivity serves as an enabler to unlock the digital ecosystem for new market opportunities. Thaicom’s IPSTAR helps us to connect users in remote and underserved areas of Indonesia cost-effectively. We are confident that the partnership will enable us to continue to grow our business faster without infrastructure limitations.”

Dian Siswarini, Chief Executive Officer of XL, added, "As the biggest archipelago in the world, there are many areas and islands in Indonesia that have not been served by internet services as yet. We believe the availability of HTS will help us to cover these unserved areas with considerable economic potential. On top of that, it will enable us to support the local community’s economic growth and Indonesian government’s vision to accelerate the national development of digital economy across Indonesia."

Patompob Suwansiri, Chief Commercial Officer of Thaicom Public Company Limited, said, “We are committed to working with leading mobile network operators throughout Asia Pacific to facilitate the growth of wireless broadband and other digital services in remote and underserved areas.”

The IPSTAR-1 satellite was launched in 2005 and was the first HTS ever launched into orbit. IPSTAR cellular backhaul and direct to premise broadband connectivity provides telecom operators with the ability to expand their networks, launch new broadband services and reach underserved areas quickly and cost-effectively.

eGG Network expands service to 6 countries

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/egg-network-expands-service-to-6-countries--1194150

Southeast Asian eSports channel eGG Network has expanded its service to 6 more countries, namely Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, Brunei and Malaysia. Launched in 2016, the eGG currently has 6.5 million viewers in Malaysia. eGG Network has signed three new partnerships, with Singtel in Singapore, with Globe’s Beam TV in Philippines, as in Indonesia with Orange TV and Genflix.

Back in 2016, Globe Telecom in the Philippines signed a partnership with Astro to distribute the Tribe app, and provide its customers with a wider variety of content and this included access to eGG Network. The eGG Network is now also available as a free-to-air DTT channel via the company’s digital broadcast television partner, Beam TV.

Indonesian OTT video services provider Genflix is partnering with eGG Network to tap into the young millennials who are fans of eSports and watching videos. This partnership mainly targets millennials as the main audience of Genflix, an affiliate of Orange TV.

Bloomberg, Twitter live video breaking news network

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/02/bloomberg-twitter-live-video-breaking-news-network/

Bloomberg Media and Twitter are partnering to create the first-ever 24/7 breaking news network that will be global, live, social and streaming. The new live streaming news network will combine the vast global editorial and newsgathering capabilities of Bloomberg with the digital power of Twitter, which has become one of the world’s fastest and primary news distribution channels. Bloomberg will collaborate with Twitter to provide what it suggests will be an unprecedented live experience for video news consumers around the world.

The new network in-development was unveiled at Bloomberg Media’s NewFront presentation, following a live interview with Michael R. Bloomberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Launching in the autumn of 2017, it will feature a mix of user-generated breaking news video from citizens, curated and verified by Bloomberg editors, along with live video and reporting from Bloomberg journalists around the world. Combining the speed and immediacy of Twitter with the editorial rigour of Bloomberg, the network will be interactive, rich with social content and consumable on any device, say the partners.

“Today’s global news consumer wants and needs more than what’s currently available. In an era when most viewers are choosing immediacy over quality in breaking news, traditional media hasn’t kept up. With this new network, we are setting out to reinvent the digital breaking news experience. The powerful combination of Bloomberg’s high-quality journalism and data-backed objectivity with Twitter’s global immediacy, interactivity and reach will create the world’s fastest and most credible modern news source,” said Bloomberg Media CEO Justin B. Smith.

“This is a great opportunity to extend our global news gathering capabilities to Twitter’s 328 million monthly users,” said Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait. “Combining the journalism, data and editorial rigor of Bloomberg with the social content of Twitter will enable us to cover the world in a very new and exciting way.”

“The stage is set for innovation in news and Bloomberg is taking on that challenge. Twitter’s speed and vast global network of content and commentary combined with the high quality, editorial rigor of Bloomberg is a unique and powerful combination. Our collaboration will bring these forces together through live video and the related conversation,” said Anthony Noto, COO of Twitter.

Bloomberg Media is the consumer-facing media organisation of multi-platform media company for business and finance Bloomberg LP. The new network marks a significant expansion of the organisation’s television and video strategy, extending its reach to Twitter’s global and connected audience around the world.

DISH sheds 143,000 TV customers

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/02/dish-sheds-143000-tv-customers/

US satellite pay-TV broadcaster Dish Network has reported revenue totaling $3.68 billion (€3.37bn) for the quarter ending March 31st 2017, compared to $3.83 billion for the corresponding period in 2016. Subscriber-related revenue for the quarter totaled $3.64 billion, compared to $3.78 billion in subscriber-related revenue for the year-ago period.

DISH includes all of its Sling TV subscribers in the company’s total pay-TV metrics, including in the pay-TV subscriber, pay-TV ARPU and pay-TV churn rate numbers set forth below. Sling TV subscribers are reported net of disconnects in our gross new pay-TV subscriber activations.

In the first quarter, DISH activated approximately 547,000 gross new pay-TV subscribers, compared to approximately 657,000 gross new Pay-TV subscribers in the prior year’s first quarter. Net Pay-TV subscribers declined approximately 143,000 in the first quarter, compared to a decline of approximately 23,000 in the first quarter 2016.

The company closed the first quarter with 13.528 million pay-TV subscribers, compared to 13.874 million pay-TV subscribers at the end of first quarter 2016.

Pay-TV ARPU for the first quarter totaled $86.55, compared to the year-ago period’s pay-TV ARPU of $87.94. Pay-TV subscriber churn rate was 1.69 per cent versus 1.63 per cent for first quarter 2016.

DISH lost approximately 25,000 net broadband subscribers in the first quarter, bringing its broadband subscriber base to approximately 555,000.


NZ Radio spectrum decision on usage of ex TV Band 3

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Fox Sports News moves to Sky's home

From http://www.skynews.com.au/business/business/company/2017/05/01/fox-sports-news-moves-to-sky-s-home.html

News Corp is moving the production of its 24-hour Australian FOX SPORTS News television channel to its Australian News Channel unit - the operator of Sky News in Australia.

Production of the FOX SPORTS News channel will move from its Artarmon headquarters to ANC's Macquarie Park facility at the Foxtel headquarters to become part of a new national video hub that will serve News Corp across multiple platforms.

FOX SPORTS News will join News Corp's other news brands, including Sky News Live, Sky News Business, Sky News Weather and Australia's Public Affairs Channel, A-PAC, which are all produced by ANC.

Fox Sports Australia chief executive Patrick Delany said the production move will result in more live breaking news to sports fans.

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Australian News Channel CEO Angelos Frangopoulos said: 'Australian News Channel delivers more news and public affairs programming than 7, 9, 10, ABC and SBS combined.

'The addition of FOX SPORTS News to our operations will create a groundbreaking centralised national video hub which will service a range of 24 hour news channels across all platforms.

'Today's announcement will see a further investment by ANC in live Australian content. We are a business built on quality journalism and we welcome FOX SPORTS News into the fold.'

FOX SPORTS Australia and Australian News Channel are 100% owned by News Corp.

The move will begin this week, and take up to three months to complete.

The company said Fox Sports News staff would have the opportunity to move to ACN but a 'small number of redundancies' was expected.

Sky takes legal action to tackle streaming

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11846327

Sky has called in the lawyers against a company selling streaming boxes, claiming the service breaches copyright and threatens the financial viability of sporting codes.

But My Box NZ owner Krish Reddy is refusing to back down from what he's claiming are "bullying" tactics on behalf of the broadcaster.

Reddy received a letter from law firm Buddle Findlay on behalf of Sky, saying his company's service breaches copyright and the Fair Trading Act and to stop trading.

Reddy said Sky is "acting as nothing more than a playground bully, using their resources to try and get rid of my business".

"I feel that's unfair, I'm providing a service... and I'm not breaking any laws doing it, so I don't see what the problem is.

"I feel bullied, they're trying to bully a new business out. My product... it's for everybody."

"I'm a small company who is trying to [make] TV affordable. Rattling a giant like Sky's cage was the intention."

Reddy said his company doesn't control what people can access through the boxes they sell.

"We simply set up the platform for people to stream what they like.

"From a legal perspective, what we do is completely within the law. We advertise Sky television channels being available through our website and social media platforms as these are available via streams which you can find through My Box," he said.

Reddy said the streams accessed through the product are hosted overseas.

"We simply set up the platform for people to stream what they like. What they find is out of our control.

"The content is already available, I'm not going out there and bringing the content so how am I infringing the copyright... the content is already there, if someone uses the box to search for the content, that's what it is.

A standard Android box from My Box NZ costs $269, with an "advanced" device costing $379.

"We offer something for a one-off cost, which is a minimum compared to what people pay for Sky."

Reddy told the Herald in November that the boxes were customised with Kodi software, and they were imported from China.

On the My Box NZ website, it asks "are you tired of paying for Sky?", while promising customers will "never pay for Sky again".

"Stream your favourite movies, TV shows and live Sky sporting events online," is also stated near a description of the product.

The letter from Buddle Findlay quotes the Herald story from November, contradicting Reddy's claims that the product was legal.

It states that "it appears that MyBox not only encourages but also enables users to view infringing streams of copyright works... that we believe have been made and distributed without the consent of the copyright owners and relevant exclusive licensees, including Sky."

Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way said the letter "really says it all", and added that the "promotion of software to, in our view, unlawfully access content is a blatant breach of copyright".

"The impact of such services are severe and wide, sure they affect Sky and our 1400 staff, but also other local media companies, producers, actors, film-makers and many, many more.

"Our letter asks them to stop promoting access to content they do not own or have rights to promote in New Zealand. Their actions are not only unlwaful but to the detriment of many others."

Way said that services like My Box NZ "risk the value of sports rights sold legally to companies like Sky who pay top dollar for the privilege".

"With illegal access, this lessens the value for broadcasters and affects the price they can pay and still derive some value.

"Declines in broadcasting fees are directly related to what codes like rugby can pay players to keep them in this country and what they can invest at a grass roots level."

Reddy said he will not go down without a fight.

"Winning or losing is irrelevant. Growing up, my father always used to tell me to not pick fights, but if you want to then go out there and find the biggest and toughest one you can find."

(Craig's comment, myboxnz are complete clowns in the way they have promoted and sold their overpriced devices. On one hand they claim they are designed and programmed in New Zealand then on the other they claim they are not responsible for any of the content)

Blow for Kodi users as European court rules that streaming pirated films and TV shows IS illegal

From news

Landmark ruling states that the "temporary files" generated by streaming are not exempt from copyright laws

Using a multimedia player such as Kodi to stream pirated video content online is just as bad as downloading an illegal copy, an EU court has ruled.

While downloading an illegally copied episode of Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad constitutes copyright infringement, streaming has previously been a bit of a grey area.

That's because when you stream something online, the file is stored only temporarily on your computer, and temporary copies have traditionally been exempt from copyright laws.

However, in a landmark ruling yesterday, the Court of Justice of the European Union stated that the temporary reproduction of a copyright-protected work, obtained without the consent of the copyright holder, is NOT exempt from the "right of reproduction".

The right of reproduction states that no person other than the copyright owner can make any reproductions or copies of the work.

The ruling effectively means that anyone who streams an illegally copied film or TV show is breaking the law - just as they would be if they downloaded it.

The court explained that streaming this content "adversely affects the normal exploitation of those works and causes unreasonable prejudice to the legitimate interests of the copyright holders".

In other words, copyright owners are losing money because people are streaming content for free online, rather than paying for subscriptions.

The ruling is significant because it means the fact that streaming only generates temporary files is no longer a legitimate defence against charges of copyright infringement.

Streaming pirated content counts as a civil offence rather than criminal one, meaning you'll only get in trouble if the copyright holder decides to sue you, but it may change the way many people think about streaming.

The news comes amid reports that record numbers of millennials are regularly streaming pirated content.

In a recent survey of North Americans between the ages of 18 and 35 by LaunchLeap , 53% admitted to having used illegal services to stream movies or TV shows over the past month, with 61% perceiving streaming as "less wrong" than downloading.

In the UK, a lot of the focus has been on Kodi, a free media player that allows users to stream films and TV programmes over the internet.

Kodi itself is not illegal , nor is it illegal to sell devices with Kodi pre-installed on them, but many people now sell Kodi devices pre-loaded with third party plug-ins and add-ons that allow users to stream pirated content to their TV.

The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) has launched a major crackdown on sales of these "fully loaded" boxes, along with several law enforcement authorities.

eBay and Amazon have both banned sales of the devices on their platforms and several distributors have been fined, or in some cases imprisoned.

Of course, this doesn't stop people from buying "clean" Kodi boxes, and then downloading the copyright infringing add-ons themselves.

Many people also download the Kodi media player onto other TV streaming devices - such as Google Chromecasts or Amazon Fire TV Sticks - and install the plug-ins from there.

The Premier League is taking a different approach, going after the sources of the illegal streams, rather than those selling fully loaded Kodi boxes.

It has secured a High Court order that allows it to shut down illegal video streams of football matches on Kodi by blocking access to the computer servers on which they are hosted.

Is this the end for Kodi? European court rules 'fully loaded' boxes ARE illegal

From http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4452728/European-court-rules-fully-loaded-Kodi-boxes-illegal.html

A landmark verdict has found that using a streaming service to access pirated movies and TV shows is the same as downloading them.

Kodi uses software that is legal to own and use, but boxes that are sold 'fully loaded' include plugins which can provide copyrighted material.

Streaming was previously a grey area but the new ruling should settle the debate once and for all.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that 'fully loaded' Kodi boxes, which include plugins that can access pirated material, are illegal to sell and own

The European Court of Justice has ruled that 'fully loaded' Kodi boxes, which include plugins that can access pirated material, are illegal to sell and own.

Temporary files, like those created when media content is streamed, are technically exempt under copyright law.

People selling 'fully loaded' Kodi boxes exploited this legal loophole to provide illegal content.

But the court, which is the highest in the EU, found against a Dutch vendor, identified in court papers as Mr Willums, who sold fully loaded boxes over the internet.

And although the court recognised the equipment itself was not illegal, the way he had customised them was.

The new ruling, issued yesterday, puts pirated streams on the same legal footing as illegal downloads.

Kodi is software that enables you to stream apps and on-demand services onto your TV.

Temporary files, like those created when media content is streamed, are technically exempt under copyright law.

People selling 'fully loaded' Kodi boxes exploited this legal loophole to provide illegal content.

But the new ruling, issued yesterday by the EU's highest court, puts pirated streams on the same legal footing as illegal downloads.

The European Court of Justice found against a Dutch vendor, identified in court papers as Mr Willums, who sold fully loaded boxes over the internet.

And although the court recognised the equipment itself was not illegal, the way he had customised them was and was likely to be used to access copyrighted material.

Amazon previously banned 'fully-loaded' Kodi TV boxes and other pirate devices from its global online store earlier this month.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches spy satellite

From http://www.cbsnews.com/news/spacex-falcon-9-rocket-boosts-spysat-to-space/

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket Monday from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, boosting a classified National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite into space.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a classified National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite roared to life and streaked into space Monday, the first launch of a clandestine NRO payload by the California rocket builder and the company's fifth flight so far this year.

Mounted atop historic pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, the Falcon 9's first-stage engines ignited at 7:15 a.m. EDT (GMT-4), throttled up to full thrust and pushed the rocket away from Florida's Space Coast atop a jet of flame and billowing clouds of steam.

Running a day late because of a sensor problem that blocked a launch try Sunday, the slender rocket climbed straight up and then arced over to the northeast on a trajectory paralleling the East Coast of the United States, putting on a dramatic early morning show for area residents and tourists.

About two minutes and 20 seconds later, after climbing out of the thick lower atmosphere, the nine first-stage engines shut down, the stage fell away and the single Merlin engine powering the Falcon 9's second stage fired up to continue the boost to space.

At that point, the flight was proceeding smoothly and the second stage presumably put the satellite into its intended orbit. But in keeping with the clandestine nature of the mission, no payload-related details were released and SpaceX provided no details about the trajectory beyond confirming second stage engine ignition.

But the news blackout did not apply to the first stage, which flipped around and restarted three engines to kill off its forward velocity. It fired the engines again as it plunged back into the discernible atmosphere and fired up a single engine a few minutes later to guide itself tail first toward Landing Zone 1 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Live video from tracking cameras on the ground and one on the side of the returning booster provided spectacular views as the rocket descended through low clouds, four steering "grid fins" keeping it properly oriented before a final single-engine rocket firing and deployment of four landing legs.

SpaceX engineers watching the landing on large displays at the company's mission control center in Hawthorne, Calif., burst into cheers and applause as the engine shut down, leaving the booster upright and in apparently good shape near the center of the Landing Zone 1 pad.

"Launch and landing of the NRO spy satellite was good," SpaceX founder Elon Musk said via Twitter. He said the decision to launch was a "tough call, as high altitude wind shear was at 98.6% of the theoretical load limit."

It was tenth successful first stage landing in 15 attempts and the fourth at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The others landed on off-shore droneships.

The landings are a key element in Musk's drive to lower launch costs by recovering, refurbishing and re-launching rocket stages. On March 30, SpaceX successfully launched an SES communications using a first stage that flew on an earlier flight, a first for orbit-class boosters.

Impressive as it was, the landing was a secondary objective. The primary goal of the mission, as always, was to boost the NROL-76 satellite into the proper initial orbit.

While no details were provided by the NRO or SpaceX, satellite tracking hobbyists and analysts gleaned clues about the nature of the satellite from the Falcon 9's trajectory and the return of the first stage to Cape Canaveral.

Communications and eavesdropping satellites are typically launched due east from Cape Canaveral, allowing them to reach geosynchronous orbits 22,300 miles above the equator. At that altitude above the equator, spacecraft take 24 hours to complete one orbit and thus appear to hang stationary in the sky.

But the Coast Guard informed mariners earlier that the Falcon 9 launched Monday would be heading away on a northeasterly trajectory. Spacecraft in circular, highly inclined orbits operate well below 22,300-mile-high geosynchronous altitudes.

In addition, SpaceX is normally unable to fly a first stage back to a land touchdown if the payload is bound for a high orbit because too much fuel is consumed during the ascent. Those stages are normally recovered on off-shore drone ships.

It is not known with any certainty whether the payload was to be placed in a circular low-Earth orbit or a highly elliptical orbit that would allow the spacecraft to linger over a specific target area. But the Federal Aviation Administration's launch license cited a low-Earth orbit.

Finally, an NRO spokesperson said Sunday that Ball Aerospace was responsible for the spacecraft atop the Falcon 9. Ted Molczan, a respected satellite analyst, said all of the evidence to date led him to believe the satellite may be an imaging spacecraft of some sort based on Ball's BCP-5000 family of spacecraft.

"The BCP line is flown in a variety of orbits with a wide assortment of payloads, including electro-optical payloads (imagers and limb scanners) with high accuracy pointing requirements," Ball says in a generic webpage description.

A world-wide network of amateur satellite sleuths hope to catch sight of the NROL-76 satellite in the coming days to help confirm what sort of orbit it is actually in and, as a result, what sort of mission it might be undertaking.

This was the fifth launch of a Falcon 9 since a spectacular explosion Sept. 1 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station that destroyed another booster and its $200 million satellite payload, heavily damaging launch complex 40.

The mishap was blamed on a ruptured high-pressure helium tank inside the rocket's second stage liquid oxygen tank. Corrective actions were implemented and SpaceX returned to flight Jan. 14, successfully launching 10 Iridium NEXT satellite telephone relay stations from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

The company then launched a space station cargo ship from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on Feb. 19, an EchoStar communications satellite March 16 and an SES communications station on March 30.

With the NROL-76 launch behind them, SpaceX engineers will turn their attention to readying another Falcon 9 for launch May 15 to boost an Inmarsat communications satellite into orbit. If all goes well, the company will launch a Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station on May 31.

Russia to build SpaceX rival rocket

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/28/russia-to-build-spacex-rival-rocket/

According to report from Russian news site ‘Sputnik’, Russia is to build a new mid-range rocket to directly compete with SpaceX’s Falcon-9 rocket system.

“RSC Energia proposes the development of a new medium-class launch vehicle for launches from Baikonur and Vostochny cosmodromes, as well as from the Sea Launch,” the company’s General Director Vladimir Solntsev said, according to the Sputnik report.
“The development of a preliminary design [of the rocket] is under way. The new launch vehicle will be well suited for launches from the Sea Launch, and, of course, it will be competitive with the US-made Falcon rocket,” Solntsev added.

Perhaps coincidentally, RSC Energia also stated April 26 that it had reached a financial settlement with Boeing over a long-standing squabble over debt incurred by RSC Energia in the Sea Launch floating rocket launch platform.

“The [RSC Energia/Boeing] settlement came into effect on February 22nd, and a joint claim was made by Boeing and RSC Energia on March 16th. The California court made a final decision to end this litigation. The issue is now closed forever,” Solntsev told the RIA Novosti newspaper. Sea Launch was formed in 1995 as a consortium of four companies from Norway, Russia, Ukraine and the United States, and was managed by Boeing.

In 2009 Sea Launch Co, the provider of the Sea Launch service, filed for bankruptcy, and in 2013 Boeing filed a lawsuit claiming that RSC Energia and two other contractors (PO Yuzhnoye and KB Yuzhnoye) failed to reimburse Boeing for over $350 million paid to third-party creditors.

On May 12th 2016, the US District Court for the Central District of California ruled in favour of Boeing, stating that Energia owed Boeing more than $320 million plus legal fees.

Solntsev said both parties had to overcome numerous hurdles during the settlement negotiations but finally managed to reach a mutual compromise, and that the deal between Energia and Boeing will now allow the companies to engage in a number of joint ventures. “The details of these negotiations remain a commercial secret; what matters is that the partners were able to break the deadlock. We’re now discussing ongoing and ambitious future joint projects, from trips to ISS to deep space flights, which would’ve been impossible without a settlement,” he added.

MENA satellite providers pledge to remove pirate channel clients by May 4

From https://www.zawya.com/saudi-arabia/en/story/MENA_satellite_providers_pledge_to_remove_pirate_channel_clients-ZAWYA20170501041821/

JEDDAH — The MENA Broadcast Satellite Anti-Piracy Coalition is celebrating after public commitments by all its satellite provider members to remove pirate channel clients by May 4, 2017.

The breakthrough came at the Coalition’s 10th meeting in Dubai attended by the region’s major broadcasters and satellite providers.

All but one of the satellite providers reported that they had already removed channels proven to be broadcasting content that did not belong to them.

The final provider, Noorsat, made a public commitment at the Coalition meeting that it would comply by May 4 provided that the other operators agreed to maintain their current position.

MBC CEO Sam Barnett said: “The coalition has been successful in highlighting where and how piracy happens, and the joint action to remove pirates from the region’s satellites is a great step. Noorsat’s commitment to take down the remaining pirate channels within days is clearly welcome.”

The Coalition also reinforced its commitment to protect content against illegal satellite distribution, and agreed to widen its focus to include new threats from internet piracy.

The coalition was set up in 2014, bringing together major broadcast satellite providers (Eutelsat, Arabsat, Gulfsat) and content production and distribution companies (MBC, OSN, Rotana, ART, CNE and the MPA) to fight pirate channel operators from infringing members’ rights.

For the first time members discussed the increasing threat from illegal Internet streaming and downloads and agreed to work together to lobby regional regulators.

Sophie Moloney, OSN Chief Legal Officer, presented the latest industry research showing IPTV piracy is growing at an alarming rate and fast becoming ‘normalized behavior’ within the family home. According to the UK’s industry trust, the sale of IPTV boxes has risen by 99% globally in the last 12 months and 25% of users admit watching illegal content services.

“Our industry faces a number of threats from illegal satellite distributors as well as from the emerging scourge of internet content piracy. The worrying thing is that illegal IPTV providers are openly selling their hardware and services through social media in the Middle East,” said Moloney.

The members have agreed to look at how they can widen their membership to reflect the different threats that content producers and distributors now face in the region.

In a joint communiqué, the coalition members also agreed to collaborate on lobbying regional authorities, police, customs, legal and licensing bodies and to run joint education and awareness campaigns aimed at informing government entities and customers across the MENA.

The Broadcast Satellite Anti-Piracy Coalition members include Noorsat, Gulfsat, Viewsat, STN, JMC, Etisalat, Du, Nilesat, Arabsat, Eutelsat, Rotana, Art, OSN, MediaGates, Motion Picture Association (MPA members include Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.), WWE, TNA, Spot2000, Cedars Art, Egyptian Media Production City, Egyptian Chamber of Cinema, Cable Network Egypt, Eagle Films, IAA, Almassa Art Production, Miser International Film, Misr for Sound and Light, and MBC.

India to launch GSAT-9 communication satellite on May 5: ISRO

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/India_to_launch_GSAT_9_communication_satellite_on_May_5_ISRO_999.html

India will launch communication satellite GSAT-9 using its heavy rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09) on May 5, the ISRO said on Friday.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the GSAT-9 communication satellite is being launched with an objective to provide different communication applications in Ku-band with coverage over South Asian countries.

"GSAT-9 is configured around the ISRO's standard I-2K bus, with lift off mass of 2,230 kg. The main structure of the satellite is cuboid in shape built around a central cylinder with a mission life of more than 12 years," it said.

The GSLV rocket will fly with indigenous cryogenic engine and would blast off from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, the ISRO added.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


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

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From the Dish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Australia: Court orders KickassTorrents site-blocking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ViaSat & Eutelsat launches set for June 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asian eSports Channel Expands Reach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Iflix for MENA

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

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

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

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

Gregg Daffner elected President of Asia Pacific Satellite Communications Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SpaceX demands FCC put OneWeb on hold

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

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

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

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

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

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

TVPlayer on Roku

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

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

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

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


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From the Dish

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From asiatvro site

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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Channel I HD(高清)频道新增,设置3746 H 4610参数免费接收。 [4月27日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,CJ O Shopping +(高清)频道消失,设置11747 L 23800参数无效接收。 [4月27日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Baby TV HD、France 24(高清)等3个频道加密,设置11838 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月27日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Somaliland National TV(Shinsat)频道新增,设置3600 H 26667参数免费接收。 [4月27日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Diamond TV替换Channel 3(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4070 H 2960参数免费接收。 [4月27日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-4、CGTN(Cignal)频道重现,设置11598 V 20000参数有条件接收。 [4月26日]

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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Outdoor(高清)频道加密,


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arianespace confirms May 4 launch

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

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

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

Both satellites were built by Thales Alenia Space.

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

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

Speedy resumption at French Guiana

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discovery signs two Asian deals

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

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

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

Tougher action against piracy to be positive for Astro

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

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

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

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

CJEU: Multimedia player could breach copyright

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

De Rosen to step down at Eutelsat

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

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

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

The changeover will happen on November 8th.

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

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

Warner launching DC streaming service

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

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

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


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

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

D2 12491 H Sr 8570 "TVNZ ANZAC T2 Prim"

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

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

MX Australian addon for Kodi has been updated

From the Dish

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sorry no news section


No update, Anzac Day


Sorry about the late update

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

From my Email


From the Dish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From asiatvro site

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

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

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


Telstra plans to launch new Telstra TV device later this year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Telstra TV device currently costs $109.

Telstra has been approached for comment.

Foxtel Play set to relaunch as Foxtel Now

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The decision forced the subscription television provider into the red.

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

Arianespace to launch Horizons 3e satellite

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

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

The Ariane 5 spacecraft will weigh 6.5 tonnes at liftoff.

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

Gazprom Agrees to a Capacity Contract for HorizonSat

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

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

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

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

French Guiana strike ends

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

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

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

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

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

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

RESEARCH: 5m Britons use pirated TV streaming services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Satellites launched so far

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Intelsat 19 3805 V Sr 3960 tp:WH5C fec:3/4 EMTV is reported FTA

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From the Dish

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

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

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

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

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

From asiatvro site

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ultra HD first for NTV-Plus

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ultra HD cricket on Sky Sports (U.K)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Further anti-piracy court success for DISH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Broadcast industry set to embrace ATSC 3.0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chinese kids channel app launches in the US

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Satellite dishes reconnect Mosul to world

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Australia's future is in space

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arianespace 2017 launch plans in tatters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Space debris problem getting worse, say scientists

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

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

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

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

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

"This problem can only be solved globally."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Debris fields -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Space junkyards -

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

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

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

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

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

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

From press release

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

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

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

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

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

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

About ABS

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

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

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

For more information, visit: www.absatellite.com

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

DISH wins pirate IPTV court case​

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IPL 2017 Piracy

From indiantelevision.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sorry for the late Wednesday update

From my Email


From the Dish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From asiatvro site

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

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

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,福州电视(中国)频道新增,设置3667 V 7119参数有条件接收。 [4月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Fox Movies、Fox Sports(4 Digital)等频道加密,设置3731 H 12500参数有条件接收。 [4月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Fahhai TV替换Movie Hits(泰国)频道,设置4040 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Fox Movies、Fox Sports(4 Digital)等频道加密,设置3731 H 12500参数有条件接收。 [4月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Fahhai TV替换Movie Hits(泰国)频道,设置4040 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,History HD(高清)频道重现,设置12560 V 22500参数免费接收。 [4月17日]


Sorry no time for news update


Saturday feeds

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From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3920 V "Premier League TV has replaced TVWan Life" on , encrypted.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 3780 H "BET International has replaced NickToons South East Asia" on ,Viaccess.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 3880 V "Hope Channel International, Sky News Australia, Nat Geo Wild Asia, BBC World News Asia Pacific, Trace Sport Stars, Fox Asia, Fox Family Movies, Fox Action Movies and TFC Asia-Pacific have started on , Irdeto. AXN East Asia, Sony Channel Asia, NHK World TV, RT English, Macau Lotus TV, Edge Sport, Trace Urban, National Geographic Asia and Aljazeera English" have left.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 4180 H "ABS-CBN Sports+Action HD, Lifestyle Global, ANC Global, Cinema One Global, ABS-CBN Sports+Action Global and KBO" have started on , PowerVu.

Optus D2 152.0E 12519 V "Jame-Jam TV Network, IFilm English and Press TV" are back 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 TV and Nihon Eiga Senmon Channel" have left .

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12390 V "People's TV has replaced Viva Channel" on , encrypted.

SES 9 108.2E 11101 V "CCTV 1, CCTV 4 Asia, CCTV 6, CCTV 8, CGTN Documentary, CCTV 11,CCTV 15, CGTN, Hebei TV, Hunan TV, Fujian South East TV, Guangdong
International TV, Beijing TV, Tianjin TV, Henan TV, Liaoning TV,Hubei TV, Jiangxi TV 1, Shanxi TV, Chongqing TV, Heilongjiang TV,Nei Monggol TV, Shaanxi TV, Gansu TV, Guangdong Sports, Guangdong
Satellite TV, Phoenix Hong Kong, Warner TV Asia, Celestial Movies Asia,Xing Kong China, TVB Xing He, EBC Foreign Movie, EBC Yoyo, LS Time
Movie, EBC Drama and Channel V China have started on , encrypted.

SES 9 108.2E 12461 H Celestial Classic Movies has replaced Celestial Movies Pinoy on , Conax.

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

Measat 3a 91.4E 3717 H "CNN Philippines" has left .

ST 2 88.0E 3546 V "Celestial Movies and Thrill have started on, clear. Gem TV Asia and Arirang World" have left again.
ST 2 88.0E 3546 V "LTV Drama and ETTV Asia News have started on , Fta .LTV Asia and EBC News" have left again.
ST 2 88.0E 3662 H "ETTV Asia News has replaced EBC News" on , Fta.

Horizons 2 84.8E 11880 H FilmBox Arthouse Worldwide, , DocuBox HD, Erox HD, FashionBox HD, Fast & FunBox HD, FightBox HD and FilmBox Russia have started on\ , encrypted.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "Thaicom and Tiger Shopping Channel" have started on , BISS.

Thaicom 6 78.5E All channels in the 4 Digital mux on 3731 H are now in clear.

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11560 H "Tiger Shopping Channel" has started on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E Channel 9 on 3793 H is now encrypted.

ABS 2 75.0E 3618 V "MyZen TV" has started on , Irdeto.

ABS 2 75.0E 11473 V "TNT 4 International" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3900 H "Aath" has started on , encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11170 V "Shembe Unyazi TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12634 V "Khuduga HD" has started on, Fta
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Victory TV" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Animax、AXN HD(高清)频道重现,设置12520 V 30000参数免费接收。 [4月16日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,My Cinema(高清)频道重现,设置3760 H 29720参数有条件接收。 [4月16日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,History HD(高清)频道消失,设置12560 V 22500参数无效接收。 [4月16日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,AXN HD、Animax HD(高清)频道消失,设置12520 V 30000参数无效接收。 [4月16日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Rupashi TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3799 H 4280参数无效接收。 [4月16日]

东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Kuraj TV、Bashkir TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12536 V 3353参数免费接收。 [4月15日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Y1A号卫星Ku频段,Jarass Plus(塔吉克斯坦)频道新增,设置11785 H 27500参数免费接收。 [4月15日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Y1A号卫星Ku频段,GEM Luxe、GEM Match(高清)等频道改格式,设置12111 V 27500参数免费接收。 [4月15日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Smart TV替换C Con Channel(泰国)频道,设置4040 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Vitrina TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12153 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月14日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,Thrill替换Sony Gem(Skynindo)频道,设置3546 V 23333参数免费接收。 [4月14日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,天映频道替换阿里郎(Skynindo)频道,设置3546 V 23333参数免费接收。 [4月14日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Smart TV(蒙古)频道消失,设置12690 H 43200参数无效接收。 [4月14日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Hluttaw 1(传送)频道重现,设置4175 H 2500参数免费接收。 [4月13日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,Shop 24、Pyatnica!(俄罗斯)等5个频道新增,设置3969 L 22222参数免费接收。 [4月13日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Y1A号卫星Ku频段,Nay Music TV、Go TV(塔吉克斯坦)频道新增,设置11785 H 27500参数免费接收。 [4月13日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,M2 TV替换Smile Home Shopping(印尼)频道,设置4007 V 7890参数免费接收。 [4月13日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Fox Cinema、国家地理野生(缅甸)等全组频道解密,设置3731 H 12500参数免费接收。 [4月13日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、国家地理悠人(高清)等频道解密,设置12468 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月13日]


Australia's back in the satellite business with a new launch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Small is good

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

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

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

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

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

Australia in space

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

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

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

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

A gathering of space minds

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

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

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

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

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

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

Government interest

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

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

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

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

So there is hope we may see some developments.

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

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

Satellite swarms could increase space junk risk by 50 per cent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Despite Fears, ABC Shuts Down Shortwave Broadcasts

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rocket launch in 360° 3D

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

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

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

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

Only 3% of MENA channels HD

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

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

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

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


Monday, no update


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


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Easter break, back on Tuesday

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

Chinasat 16 has launched to 110.5E

From my Email


From the Dish

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Stingray and Foxtel Extend Long-Term Distribution Agreement

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

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

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

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


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

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

China’s highest-capacity communications satellite launched into orbit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

India: Hybrid STB from Airtel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DTH operators require 68 additional transponders, says Venkaiah Naidu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Nokia, nbn Australia explore ultra-broadband future

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

High-speed communications for high-speed travelers

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

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

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

Reliable rocket to take flight once more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Long March 3B launches experimental ChinaSat-16 satellite

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

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

Chinese Launch:

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

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