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    Viasat Broadcasting has secured the exclusive rights to broadcast in Hungary and Slovenia the next five seasons of EHF Champions League in handball, beginning this September.

    From the start of the 2007-2008 season in September, Viasat3 in Hungary and TV3 in Slovenia will air both the men's and women's handball tournaments from EHF. The rights were previously held by the state broadcasters in both countries. Slovenia and Hungary are ranked among the top five countries in Europe for both men and women in the area of club handball, and the sport is highly rated in both countries. Viasat's portfolio of sports rights in Hungary and Slovenia also contains football programming from the UEFA Champions League.

    "Part of our strategy is to supply our viewers with the best sports television available, therefore I'm delighted that we have secured EHF Champions League handball,” said Yggers Mortensen, the head of Central and Eastern Europe at Viasat Broadcasting. “We look forward to following the four Hungarian teams and the three Slovenian teams in the coming season.”
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    Liberty Global’s performance in CEE in the first six months of the year was something of a mixed bag and the company needs to act quickly if it is not to fall behind its competitors.

    Although UPC Broadband has yet to introduce digital cable services in Poland and Hungary and only made significant progress in one other market – the Czech Republic, where it had 44,000 subscribers at the end of June – there has been a worrying loss of analogue cable subscribers in recent months. In Romania alone, 51,500 stopped receiving its offer in the second quarter, forcing the company into “an acceleration of our upgrade plans and offering loyalty discounts for customers that sign contracts.”

    There are also worrying signs in the DTH sector, where UPC Direct, which was launched in 2000, had up until last year being making slow but steady progress in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slo*vakia.. However, the introduction of the Romanian-backed platform DigiTV into all three markets has impacted strongly on the Liberty Global operation, which lost 4,800 subscribers in Hungary and 5,900 in the Czech Republic in the second quarter alone.

    Liberty Global believes UPC Direct is a better quality service than DigiTV and that this slide in subscriber numbers will eventually be halted. There are also doubts in the wider industry as to whether the DigiTV business model is sustainable, and talk about a possible sale of the platform has been around for some time. In the short term it nevertheless looks likely that DigiTV will continue to outperform UPC Direct, certainly in terms of subscriber growth.
    There are much more positive signs for UPC Broadband in other sectors, with the take-up of broadband Internet access and telephony growing in all of its markets in CEE in the second quarter. This, surely, is something that Liberty Global has to build on, as well as, of course get cracking with the roll out of digital cable and such additional services as VOD and HDTV.
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    Media baron R. Murdoch on Thursday said he was "confident" of better future for the group's Star business in India under a new management, which would be launching a number of new channels in the next one year.

    News Corp, parent company of Star group and other media businesses under Murdoch's control across the world, reported a 4.5 per cent rise in net profit to 890 million dollars.
    However, the company said its Star division operating profit declined in the fourth quarter as well as the fiscal year ended June 30 from the year-ago period.
    "Star's fourth quarter and full year operating income decreased versus the comparable periods a year ago, as advertising and subscription revenue growth was more than offset by higher programming costs," News Corp said.

    The rise in Star's advertising and subscription revenue was primarily driven by its India operations.

    "The increased advertising revenues reflect the broadcast on Star Plus of Kaun Banega Crorepati 3, the India's version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, while subscription revenue growth was primarily driven by an increase in DTH subscribers in India," the company said.
    Commenting on the overall results for Star division, News Corp Chairman and CEO Murdoch told analysts at a conference call to discuss the results: "Yes, we have had almost a complete management change in India where we took our eyes off it and things started to go wrong there. We have a new team in now, which we are very, very confident of."
    "They are fine people, and we have got some things to absorb this year in the changeover, but we will at least hold our profits there and increase them slightly, I think."

    He said the group will be losing a little bit of money and is investing in Indonesia and new channels.
    However, News Corp President and Chief Operating Officer Peter Chernin said the results would be mostly flat in the current fiscal, followed by significant growth by the next fiscal.

    "I would expect the results to be flat in fiscal 2007-08, but that being said, I agree with R. We have actually made tremendous progress there.
    Chernin said the group is making some changes this year which should put it back on aggressive growth probably in the latter part of FY08 and into FY09, "for which we need to change our programming mix."

    "Our programming, while the ratings are still strong, has gotten far too expensive and we need to get new lower-cost programming in there to lower our expense base and also fuel our ratings," Chernin said.
    The COO said that the company was looking at launching multiple new channels in the current fiscal in India, which would hold back the profit growth in FY08, but would lead to significant increase in profits beyond that.
    Star is witnessing robust growth in distribution in India through Tata Sky and cable route, while growth is also being seen in Indonesia and the rest of the region, he told analysts.
    "We feel like the bad news is behind us and we are back, we are making the investments and we have the strategy in place to get this thing (Star) growing aggressively in some of the most exciting economies in the world going forward," Chernin said.
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    OFT to probe Sky/Amstrad deal

    The Office of Fair Trading is to look into the satellite broadcaster's recent acquisition of Sir Alan's Amstrad business.
    Sky bought the electronics company for £125 million earlier this month. Amstrad supplies around 30% of Sky's digiboxes, and the business makes up 75% of Amstrad's revenue.
    The regulator is to assess whether such a deal will result in a "substantial lessening of competition" within the market.
    If it deems necessary, the OFT can advise the Competition Commission to complete a full investigation into the deal, and could potentially block its progress.
    The commission is currently assessing Sky's 17.9% stake in broadcaster ITV, following media regulator Ofcom and the OFT advising the deal raised competition and public interest concerns.
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    Is Vivendi looking again at building a network of European pay-TV operations.

    One of the delights of being a hack in the television sector is that if you wait long enough, then sooner or later events begin to repeat themselves. For example, it’s normally possible to gauge how well Sky One is performing by counting the number of episodes of The Simpsons currently in the schedule. The higher the number, then the lower the audiences will be for everything else.
    Vivendi, if the current stories doing the rounds in the financial sector are to be believed, is looking to turn the clock back to the last century, so seven years, and establish pay-TV operations around Europe. Vivendi-Universal had purchased the French pay-TV operator Canal Plus, which in the late 1990s had built up a portfolio of interests in Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy Spain, Poland and Scandinavia. There was also an investment in BSkyB, which the EC ordered Vivendi to divest before its acquisition of Canal could go through. But under Vivendi the holdings were gradually divested and with the exception of Poland, Canal largely retreated to its home market.
    The Canal+ brand remains the premier name in pay-TV, but licensed in a Virgin-style association, rather than through the travails of ownership. The loosening of the apron strings saw the near abandonment of mixed format pay-TV and the disposal of the colour-coding that gave Finnish viewers a channel with the best part of 14 letters in the name, not counting five more and the plus sign.
    Last week rumours surfaced that Vivendi was taking an interest in Premiere. The German DTH operator has come out of the trough created by the loss of the Bundesliga, and with the football now back in the net, the autumn will see the launch of a new mini-pay package in Premiere Star.
    For Spain’s Sogecable, whose profile remains higher than its Digital+ platform, it is the lack of football that is the problem. Sogecable has come under pressure since Mediapro acquired the rights to 39 of Spain’s 42 professional football clubs. According to The Business, Vivendi has instructed its advisors to consider a EUR4 billion break up of the firm.
    Under the no smoke without matches principal, it would be wise to keep an eye both on Vivendi, but also NBC Universal. The peacock is once more opening its wings in Europe, aside from the ongoing development of CNBC, while News Corp’s Fox is examining chicken coups in the UK, Spain and Poland to name but three. Here we are talking about channel development, rather than new platforms, but the signs are that the appetite for new investment is alive and well.
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    The French STMicroelectronics and St. Petersburg General Satellite have agreed upon cooperation in the sphere of digital television. STMicroelectronics microchips are to be used in new MPEG4digital TV receivers, produced at the General Satellite units.

    Pavel Chumakov, Director of the scientific and production Department of General Satellite told CNews, cooperation with STMicroelectronics was directed to the production of the optimal from the point of price/quality correlation digital TV receivers. It should be noted, according to the Russian Government plans, analogue TV is to be eliminated by 2016, while digital TV broadcasting is to be held in MPEG4 format. While in most countries, having already launched digital TV, broadcasting is held in MPEG2 format, which reduces the number of channels packed into one frequency 1.5-fold.
    At present the receivers produced by General Satellite are to use the already existing STMicroelectronics microchips, while in QIII 2008 receivers with microchips designed by STMicroelectronics especially for General Satellite are to be launched. Meanwhile, STMicroelectronics plant in France is one of the three in the world producing the necessary microchips using 0.15 micron technology.
    STMicroelectronics designs more than 3000 different items, and it is a leader in the production of MPEG2 and MPEG4 decoding schemes, smart-cards (electronic credit cards) and the energy independent EPROM-memory. In 2006 the company’s revenue came to $ 9.85 bln., while its net profit was $ 782mln.

    The developed receivers are to receive MPEG4-SD signals. The preliminary price is 1300 rubles per one receiver (TE-8310 MPEG4 receiver produced at present costs about 2000 rubles). Thus, according to Mr. Chumakov, the new product is to have no competitors in the market, as in Russia only General Satellite possesses its own manufacturing capacity.
    The receivers are to be produced in Kalinigrad. Pavel Chumakov notes the production is to be opened in the mentioned region because of tax relief, vested by specific trade zones. In St. Petersburg the Company carries out testing short-scale production. In the future, according to Mr. Chumakov, some of microchips production might be transferred from France to Kaliningrad.
    Digital TV receiver market volume in Russia amounts to 50 mln. items. According to Mr. Chumakov, the Company’s production capacity allows producing several million units a year, digital TV being gradually implemented in Russia, demand for receivers is satisfied in full.
    General Satellite also plans to produce receivers allowing to record programs. Another project, being negotiated at present, is the joint production with one of the companies TV-sets with built-in receivers for digital TV.
    General Satellite was founded in St. Petersburg in 1991 and is the only developer and manufacturer of digital TV receivers in Russia to receive satellite and air television. The company has 21 affiliates in 8 countries worldwide.
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    NXP Semiconductors, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, today announced that it has achieved NOCS certification from Nagravision, a Kudelski Group (SWX:KUD) company and leading independent supplier of open conditional access systems, on its PNX8330 chipset, answering the pay-TV industry demand for compliance with a leading security platform. In addition, NXP is one of the first semiconductor companies to support the Nagravision, NOCS dedicated, application programming interface (API) which will shorten development time for faster time-to-market of new set-top box (STB) devices. As STB manufacturers face more pressure to integrate security into the box, they look to technology providers to ease the implementation of conditional access systems. Through support of the Nagravision API and NOCS certification, NXP ensures that OEMs are able to rely on a certified chipset to pass security certification at the box-level.
    “As a leading conditional access player in the market, Nagravision understands what it takes to be successful in mass deployment of security technology in the box. We are impressed with NXP’s ability to accomplish our NOCS certification for its PNX8330 chipset in half the time than it traditionally takes and are confident that NXP will help the industry meet the growing demand for conditional access systems in STBs,” said Jean-Philippe Plantevin, senior vice president, sales and services, Nagravision. “The need for more stringent access control is growing in tandem with increasing support from television operators for digital technology, in an effort to offer consumers more interactive applications, higher performance and unparalleled image quality. Nagravision is excited to work together with NXP to offer technology that meets the needs for secure access to high value content.”
    “The operator market is growing in importance in the overall global STB market and NXP is dedicated to answering their specific needs for enhanced security features through work with leaders such as Nagravision,” said Menno Kleingeld, senior marketing director, NXP Semiconductors. “NXP has joined a select group of semiconductor companies that are providing Nagravision compliant STB chipset solutions, thereby giving device manufacturers more choice in technology providers.”
    In addition to easing the implementation of conditional access systems, NXP is also committed to reducing the total cost of ownership in the pay-TV (or vertical) STB market. NXP has leveraged knowledge from its leading position in the cost-sensitive DVB-T STB market and applied it to the development of solutions for the service provider market. Support of Nagravision’s API coupled with NXP’s ability to provide proven, innovative, technology allows service providers to deliver content to the consumer more reliably and at a lower cost, which increases the average revenue per user (ARPU). In addition, NXP’s superior front-end tuner, demodulator and video decoder technology provides high quality reception for less subscriber complaints, high customer retention and growth, and less money spent on technical assistance.
    NXP is powering the revolution in the TV viewing experience by delivering solutions that process all global digital formats, offer best possible picture quality and enable a variety of audio, video, data and images to be available anytime, anywhere throughout the home and on-the-move. The TV will soon be the window to a world of new content, and NXP is unique in supporting these developments with a full range of semiconductor components, system solutions and connected systems based on industry standards.

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    The updated, NOCS compliant PNX8330 chipset supporting Nagravision’s API is available now. NXP also plans to certify additional NOCS compliant STB chipsets in Q4 2007.
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    Intelsat, upbeat about business being generated by the creation of HD networks, is delaying one of its satellite launches this year, officials said Thursday.

    Intelsat, the biggest provider of fixed-satellite service, outlined its plans during a second-quarter conference call.
    Intelsat also disclosed that BC Partners, which is spending $5 billion to acquire a majority stake in the satellite provider, is bringing in another unnamed equity partner into the deal. The acquisition is expected to close in either the fourth quarter or the first quarter next year, according to David McGlade, Intelsat’s CEO.
    McGlade told analysts that the company sees a big opportunity due to the bumper crop of HDTV networks that programmers are rolling out. In fact, about half of Intelsat’s transponders have been converted to digital, in part to accommodate HDTV services.
    Intelsat’s next satellite launch will be Intelsat 11 in September. But the launch of Horizons-2, also originally set for September, has been pushed back, most likely to December, according to company officials.
    The launch of Galaxy 18 is slated for next February, from Sea Launch’s floating platform.
    Intelsat reported revenue of $543.2 million, an increase of $232.7 million, or 75%, in the second quarter. The 2006 period included a $20.6 million one-time termination charge, and the former PanAmSat business contributed about $223.1 million to revenue gain.
    Intelsat acquired PanAmSat a year ago for $3.2 billion.
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    More than 3 million HDTV units will be sold in Spain this year.

    According to Toshiba, of that 3.03 million, LCD screens will be the kings with more than 90% of the market. Plasma screens will represent only 7.5% of these purchases.
    In the last few years, sales of this type of equipment have been increasing in a big way although this year sales will speed up turning this consumer technology into one of the most important.
    Average price of TV sets with DTT tuners integrated (idTVs) has undergone an important down turn over the last year: 45% less in the case of LCD idTVs and 51% in plasma idTVs.
    That has prompted increased sales, with 53% of flat screen TV sets sold last April integrating a DTT tuner.
    Nevertheless cathode ray TV sets still maintain an important share of the Spanish market. Last year they equaled the sales of LCDs but nevertheless, most forecasters assure they will drop this year to 600,000 units.
    Most of the cathode ray TV sets will be sold in big stores (supermarkets and hypermarkets) at very low prices and specially those of 28 and 32 inches.
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    HBO Adria to go Bulgarian

    The film channel HBO Adria is expected to shortly start broadcasting in the clear in Bulgarian. The service, which is aimed principally at the countries of the former Yugoslavia, made its debut in 2004 and is currently available in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro. It is distributed by, amongst others, the DTH platforms Total TV and DigiTV. HBO already has a service aimed specifically at the Bulgarian market.
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    Ofcom pulls the plug on tangle of cables behind the television


    The spider's web of cabling lurking behind the nation's TV sets could become a thing of the past thanks to regulator Ofcom yesterday freeing part of the airwaves for a new wireless technology.
    Ultra-Wideband (UWB) can be used to send huge amounts of information between electronic devices, making it suitable for connecting items such as digital TV decoders and DVD players to television sets, or digital cameras to computers.
    It could also be used to wirelessly link satellite dishes or cable TV connections to set-top boxes, doing away with the need for cables to be poked through walls and run around skirting boards. Satellite broadcaster Sky, for instance, is understood to be looking at whether UWB could be integrated into its equipment.
    Described by techies as "Bluetooth on steroids", UWB can operate over distances of up to 30 metres. Ofcom yesterday removed the requirement for UWB devices to have a licence to use the wireless spe*ctrum, which means it will be far easier for electronics manufacturers to mass produce new products.
    Japanese electronics manufacturers are already producing modems that use UWB, while Cambridge-based chip maker ARM Holdings has deals with several companies that plan to make UWB devices.
    Separately, Vodafone yesterday joined the Wimax Forum which is creating standards and specifications for a new longer-range wireless broadband technology. The company stressed that it is taking a neutral stance on the next generation of wireless technologies, but the move raised eyebrows in the mobile phone industry.
    Wimax, which can operate over many miles, is seen as a competitor to another next generation wireless technology, which is being developed by the mobile phone companies and builds on the existing 3G standard. LTE, or Long Term Evolution, is a mobile industry-led project designed to upgrade the existing 3G service. The LTE group is supposed to come up with recommendations on a new standard next month.
    This year Vodafone's chief executive, Arun Sarin, warned that the process of getting a new wireless standard was taking too long. "As an industry it takes us a long time to get things done - we need to move faster or others will eat our lunch."
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    Microsoft releases Vista updates

    Microsoft has released two updates for Windows Vista.
    One update deals with the performance and reliability of Vista, while the other deals with the compatibility and reliability of the operating system.
    The first update, dealing with various problems with performance and reliability in Vista, fixes a glitch which means that, if User Account Control is disabled on the computer, a user cannot install a network printer successfully. The patch also addresses problems with file transfer "estimated time remaining" speeds, offline file corruption during synchronisation to a server, and memory-leak and management problems.
    Compatibility and reliability bugs are addressed in the second update, which mostly concerns video problems. A situation where the screen may go blank when a user tries to upgrade the video driver has been addressed, as has a problem with the screen going blank after an external display device connected to the computer is turned off. The problem can occur when a projector is turned off during a presentation, according to text supplied by Microsoft with the update.
    Users must validate their version of Vista with Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) — a Microsoft mechanism to protect against the illegal copying of its software — to receive the updates.
    At the time of writing Microsoft could not confirm reports that the updates would be included in Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1), which is due out later this year. However, the company did say that the updates will be "broadly available via Windows Update in the near future".
    Microsoft also confirmed that pre-beta code for Vista SP1 and XP SP3 had been distributed to testers.
    "Service packs are part of the traditional software lifecycle — they're something we do for all Microsoft products as part of our commitment to continuous improvement, and providing early test builds is a standard practice that helps us incorporate customer feedback and improve the overall quality of the product," said a Microsoft spokesperson. "For Windows Vista [SP1], our current expectation is that a beta will be made available sometime this year. The screen shots posted are from early, pre-beta test builds that were made available to a select group of testers. For XP SP3, we're currently planning to deliver SP3 for Windows XP in the first half of 2008. This date is preliminary, and we don't have any more details to share at this time."
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    UAE's First Telecom Satellite to be Launched Soon


    Al Yah Satellite Communications Company ”Yahsat”, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company has signed a historic agreement with a European consortium comprising of EADS Astrium /Thales Alenia Space to manufacture an US$1.66 billion (AED6 billion) dual satellite communications system in time for a launch in the second half of 2010.
    The signing took place at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The agreement was jointly signed by: Waleed Al Mokarrab Al Muhairi, COO of Mubadala and Chairman of Yahsat; François Auque, CEO of EADS Astrium, and Jean Paul Perrier, Chairman of Thales International.
    The turnkey contract gives the go-ahead for the consortium to use its resources and expertise to design and construct Yahsat’s two satellites from design concept to post-launch. Both satellites will be launched within months of one another, allowing Yahsat to provide customers with innovative solutions for broadcasting services, internet trunking via satellite, corporate data networks and backhauling services to telecom operators. The Yahsat satellites will fulfil the satellite communication requirements of both government and commercial customers in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and South West Asia. The system is designed to accommodate the trends of emerging applications in the satellite industry like HDTV and other broadband satellite services.
    Born from Mubadala’s unrivalled track record of successful entry into new industries, Yahsat represents the latest initiative within Mubadala’s ever growing portfolio of information communications technology interests that drives forward Abu Dhabi’s economic diversification strategy. This historic agreement builds upon the UAE’s existing fast-growing communications industry. The global commercial satellite industry alone generated over US$80 billion in revenue in 2005 alone, with the highest revenue growth being registered in the Middle East and Africa region.
    Waleed Al Mokarrab Al Muhairi, COO of Mubadala and Chairman of Yahsat, commented, "In accordance with Mubadala’s track record of partnering with top tier worldwide corporations, Yahsat will focus on creating long-term partnerships to provide a high degree of flexibility and access to the customers. Demand for satellite communications capacity is booming in the Middle East and North Africa, and this demand is predicted to grow exponentially. Strategically, we believe that we have spotted a demand in the market for delivering innovative, quality anf cost-efficient solutions to customers in our region, and we are confident that we have engaged the very best partner to help us achieve our mission.”
    Al Muhairi continues: “This is the first time that a government in the region has openly backed such a substantial venture in the satellite communications industry. It sends out a powerful message about Abu Dhabi’s emerging role as global technology hot-spot, and we hope to encourage many young Emiratis to develop careers in this dynamic and exciting field.”
    Francois Auque, CEO of EADS Astrium , representing the consortium, said: "Naturally we are delighted to have been selected as Yahsat's partner for the design, construction and management of these two satellites communication system. The selection process was comprehensive; we were impressed by both the depth of strategic studies undertaken and the technical know-how displayed by the team but also their passion for 'making it happen'. We believe and hope that this is the start of a long-term relationship that will benefit not only Yahsat’s customers around the region, but the people of Abu Dhabi themselves.”

    The satellites will provide the following services:

    Broadcast - including Direct-to-Home, Free To Air and Bandwidth On Demand

    Broadband - including Broadband Internet Access, Corporate IP Networks and IP Trunking

    Telecom - for VSAT Services and GSM Backhauling.

    Government Services

    The operational life of the satellites is estimated at 15 years. The Yahsat system will comprise of a space segment including two operational satellites -YahSat 1A and YahSat 1B. 1A is to be stationed at the orbital position of 52.5°E.
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    Ariane 5 is complete with its SPACEWAY 3 and BSAT-3a payloads


    The Ariane 5 ECA for Arianespace's August 14 heavy-lift mission has been "topped off" with its second satellite passenger, completing the payload integration process at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.
    Hughes Network Systems' SPACEWAY 3 satellite joined the BSAT-3a atop the Ariane 5, creating the mission's dual-payload "stack."
    SPACEWAY 3 is mounted on the SYLDA 5 dispenser system, which are encapsulated in Ariane 5's ogive-shaped payload fairing. This combination was lowered over the BSAT-3a satellite, which previously was installed atop the Ariane launch vehicule's core cryogenic stage.
    During the August 14 flight, the deployment sequence will begin with the jettison of Ariane 5's payload fairing, which occurs 3 min. 9 sec. into the mission at an altitude of 105 km. SPACEWAY 3 is to be separated from the Ariane 5 approximately 24 minutes later. It will be followed by the release of the SYLDA 5 dispenser at 32 min. into the flight, clearing the way for BSAT-3a's deployment two minutes later.
    For this 33rd launch of Ariane 5, the vehicle will deliver a payload lift performance of more than 8,840 kg. This includes the weight of SPACEWAY 3 (6,075 kg.) and BSAT-3a (1,980 kg.), the satellite installation hardware, and the SYLDA 5 deployment system, which enables Ariane 5 to carry the two passengers on a single launch.
    SPACEWAY 3 was built by Boeing Satellite Systems, Inc. in El Segundo, California, and will be operated by the Maryland-based Hughes Network Systems, LLC to provide satellite-delivered broadband services to enterprise, government and consumer users throughout North America. This Boeing 702 spacecraft platform's innovative design includes onboard dynamic multi-beam switching to deliver bandwidth-on-demand, as well as direct site-to-site mesh networking.
    BSAT-3a will be operated by B-SAT Corporation to provide direct television links for the entire Japanese archipelago. The satellite was produced by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems at its Newtown, Pennsylvania facility, and is equipped with 12 130-watt Ku-band channels (with eight operating at one time). BSAT-3a will be the sixth satellite launched by an Ariane for B-SAT Corporation, and the 38th Lockheed Martin-built spacecraft orbited by Arianespace.
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    Foxtel pay-TV posts record results


    Australian pay-TV provider Foxtel has revealed record growth in profits over the past year, mainly due to a 13% boost in its number of subscribers.
    In the year to June 30, 2007, Foxtel posted a record A$76m (US$65m) profit, up from last year's maiden profit of A$4m. Its direct subscribers have grown 13.1% over the 12-month period to nearly 1.3 million. Subscriber revenues grew 13% to A$1.23bn and total revenues hit A$1.42bn.
    Foxtel also continued to deliver improvements in ratings over the year, with subscription television achieving a 58.8% overall share of viewing in Australian pay-TV homes, compared with 56.1% in the previous period.
    In the nation's largest market of Sydney, subscription TV continued to be the most-watched service with a 24.8% viewing share, greater than any of the commercial or national broadcasters.
    Kim Williams, chief executive of Foxtel, said: "We've achieved strong momentum across all areas of Foxtel's business. We will continue our investment in expanding our range of exclusive and compelling continue, continuing our extension into new delivery mechanisms like broadband and mobile."
    Earlier this week, Foxtel signed a retransmission deal with Network Ten that will see the terrestrial network added to the paybox's channel bouquet for the first time.
    Salut Prieteni!


 

 

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