TELE-satellit News - 3 March 1996
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EUROPE'S SATELLITE MAGAZINE
International Satellite Broadcasting News
Number 91, Week ending 3 March 1996
By Martyn Williams
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(c) TELE-satellit Magazine
RUSSIANS PREPARE FOR ASTRA LAUNCH
MOSCOW, Russia (TS) -- Russia's Proton rocket will enter commercial
service on March 28 with the launch of the Astra 1F spacecraft. The
event will marked increased competition in the international satellite
launch business as Russia joins Europe, the USA and China in offering
Russia's Proton rocket, however, comes with the added bonus of an
almost perfect safety record, the best of all launchers, and a very
The launch will take place from the Baikonur Cosmodrome where the
satellite has already been transported to.
CHINESE LAUNCH PROGRAM ON HOLD AGAIN
BEIJING, China (TS) -- A week after an embarrassing accident, in
which a Long March rocket was lost in an explosion, the Chinese space
launch program is on hold again.
Officials are attempting to discover why the Long March 3B launcher
veered off course shortly after launch, a maneuver which resulted in
the explosion of the vehicle and loss of its cargo, an Intelsat
Unconfirmed reports from the launch site say many people died in the
incident after the rocket crashed down on a village near the launch
site. Chinese officials sealed the area after the accident to prevent
reporters getting to the scene. Late last week Chine claimed four
people were killed in the accident.
A resumption of the launch program is expected soon with the next
flight, a Long March 3 rocket. The payload onboard will be Apstar-1A
and launch is expected on or around April 10th.
RUSSIAN MEDIA LACK FUNDS TO PAY TRANSMITTERS
Robert Orttung, OMRI Inc.
MOSCOW, Russia (OMRI) -- State-controlled television and radio
stations owe transmitters 521 billion rubles ($109 million) for 1995
and an additional 93 billion rubles ($19 million) for January 1996,
Anatolii Nazeikin, the chairman of the Communication Workers' Trade
Union central committee announced on 27 February, ITAR-TASS reported.
For 1995, Russian Public TV (ORT) owes 77 billion rubles ($16
million) and Russian TV owes 27 billion rubles ($6 million). Many of
the transmitting stations are in danger of shutting down because their
employees have not been paid and they lack the necessary spare parts.
ORT General Director Sergei Blagovolin complained that the president
has issued decrees authorizing payment, but they have not been carried
out, Russian TV reported. In addition, there is no money for ORT in
the 1996 budget, even though it is 51% state owned.
BRITISH PPV ROW ERUPTS
LONDON, England (TS) -- The row over BSkyB's plans to broadcast the
Frank Bruno/Mike Tyson fight as a pay per view event continues. The
fight, on March 14, is Europe's first pay per view event and has
received a hostile welcome from British TV viewers.
Many are unhappy that the fight is not included in the Sky Sports
monthly subscription fee, as such events have been in the past. Also
unhappy are owners of pubs and clubs that will have to pay even
higher, 230 pounds, to BSkyB if they want to show the event live.
Cable operator Nynex last week announced that its customers would be
able to buy the fight for 7.95 pounds in advance, a discount on the
9.95 pounds that BSkyB is charging satellite dish owners. Both will
raise the price to 14.95 pounds just before the fight.
In contrast, US viewers who are well used to pay per view
broadcasting, will pay around $50, about twice the Sky charge, to see
MULTICHOICE TO LAUNCH IN MIDDLE EAST
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (TS) -- Multichoice has secured exclusive
direct to home satellite rights to programming from ART-TV and will
launch a DTH package within the next three months.
The service will be based in Dubai and uplink at least 12 programs
from a base in Italy.
INTELSAT SETS MARCH LAUNCH DATE
WASHINGTON, USA (TS) -- Intelsat, the International
Telecommunications Satellite Organization, has set a March 6th launch
date for the Intelsat 707 spacecraft.
Intelsat 707 will move to the 310 degrees East position that was to
have been used by Intelsat 708, the satellite destroyed in a launch
explosion in China in February.
The new space craft was due to be launched by Ariane 44LP rocket on
March 2nd but this was put back because of extra tests that had to be
carried out by Arianespace.
ISRAEL SETS MAY AMOS LAUNCH DATE
TEL AVIV, Israel (TS) -- Israel says it will launch its first
communications satellite in May aboard an Ariane rocket. The Amos-1
satellite is equipped with seven transponders that will be used for
television broadcasting and internal communications.
Other roles of the satellite are now under question after Janes
Intelligence Review commented that the bird may be used to monitor
traffic passing through Arab satellites parked nearby in orbit.
HUGHES WINS ASIASAT ORDER
LOS ANGELES, California, USA (TS) -- Hughes has won the contract to
supply Asia Telecommunications Satellite Co. with a new satellite,
The new craft will be a Hughes HS-601HP, the high powered version of
the Hughes 601 platform, the world's most popular satellite with 61
now in operation or on order.
Asiasat-3 will be equipped with 28 C-band transponders and 16
ku-band transponders that will require a total of 7kW to operate. High
power gallium arsenide solar cells are being used to supply the power
Previously, Hughes built Asiasat-1, an HS-376 satellite, which was
launched in 1990.
BBC SIGNS FOR PAS-4
LONDON, England (PAS) -- BBC World has joined the lineup of
programming on PanAmSat's PAS-4 Indian Ocean Region satellite. The
international news and information channel will be transmitted, from
April, over PAS-4 from Singapore for reception throughout south Asia.
PAS-4 is situated at 68.5 degrees East.
The agreement with BBC Worldwide Television is for full-time service
over PAS-4's C-band South Asia/Middle East Beam, which will enable
signal reception across a wide geographic area from Europe to Asia.
PAS-4 was launched in August 1995 and provides extensive coverage of
Africa, Europe, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Asia.
In addition to BBC World, PAS-4 broadcast customers include Asia
Business News, China Central Television, Disney, Doordarshan, ESPN,
HBO, Liberty MultiChoice/Orbicom, NHK, SABC/Sentech, Sony
Entertainment Television, Turner International and Viacom
TELECOM IRELAND SIGNS ORION V-SAT DEAL
ATLANTA, Georgia (ORION) -- Orion Atlantic has signed a three-year
contract with Telecom Ireland International. Under the agreement,
Telecom Ireland will market Orion's satellite services including its
advanced networking services to multinational companies based in
Telecom Ireland has announced that it values the agreement as a
multi-million pound sterling agreement over the three year term. The
agreement will initially allow Telecom Ireland to sell point-to-point
and point-to-multipoint VSAT networks under its own brand name. Both
companies expect that the agreement will eventually be expanded to
include shared bandwidth, full-mesh networking products that Orion is
- Speaking on Veronica Nieuwsradio, HMG head Huib Boermans said that
RTL-5 will changed from a general entertainment channel into a theme
channel. The switch is expected to take place in September or October.
(Jitse Groen via Peter Klanowski)
- Matra Marconi has won a 130 million pound contract to supply the UK
Ministry of Defence with the Skynet-4 satellite.
- Direct To Home (DTH) satellite dishes can now be found in 5.4% of
all US homes according to data just released. In ten states,
penetration of the new systems is above 5.0%.
Stefan Hofmeir tells TS Germany's Peter Klanowski all the French
broadcasters can be found online:
TF 1 http://www.tf1.fr/
France Television http://www.francetv.fr/
France 2 http://www.france2.fr/
France 3 http://www.france3.fr/
Canal plus http://www.cplus.fr/
La cinquieme http://www.lacinquieme.fr/
Germany's Harald Schmidt Show can now also be found online at its
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