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International Monthly Magazine

VOLUME: 17 - No: 11

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WIZTECH WIZ-8020 HD PVR

CONTENTS Letter from Editor

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How to Install a Satellite...

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Global Flash News

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HD Brings Revolution

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Sat Mart

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Pakistani Channels Guide

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Opentel (Test Report)

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How Cable Television...

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Can you get local Chan...

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Triax

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Programme an FTA Sat...

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KSA prepares free...

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Xcruiser (TestReport)

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The expanding reach...

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Digitally Record Live Sat...

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Satellite TV Receiver Set...

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Wiztech (Test Report)

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Around the Satellite World

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Dish Network HD Receiver

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Trouble Shooter

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Dth Technology and Ser...

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Search Satellite

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FTA Satellite Dish

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Problems with DVB-S

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AZ Box (Company Report)

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Pay-TV Market

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Master Code

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Directional Chart

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Google TV - Coming Soon

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Multi Satellite Dish

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Satellite TV - Perfect For

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Digital Chart

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Editor-in-Chief HABIB HADI hadi@tracksat.com Managing Editors SUROOSH IZNA Editor MOHIB AHRAR mohib@tracksat.com Associate Editor SHOUKAT IQBAL KHATTAK shoukat@tracksat.com Technical Editor NAVEED GHANI dishtech@tracksat.com Advertising Manager NAVEED JAMEEL uzair_nomi80@hotmail.com Layout Designer NAVEED AHMED KHAN IRFAN SIDDIQUI Accounts Manager S.ASHRAF-UL-HAQ Legal Advisor QAZI MUNAWAR ALAM Editorial Address: Dawood Centre, 101-1st Floor, 124,R, Block-2, Main Tariq Road, P.E.C.H.S., Karachi-Pakistan. Tel. : + 92-21- 4531122, 4531133 : + 92-21- 4316529, 4316530 Fax: : + 92-21- 4528822 E-mail: channels@cyber.net.pk hadi@tracksat.com Distributors UAE Emirates Printing Publishing & Distribution Co. Tel.: (04) 2660337 Ext. 204 SAUDI ARABIA Al-Adabiya Pub & Distributors Tel.: 671 5788 KUWAIT United Company for Distribution of Newspapers & Publications Tel.: (965) 245 6198-(965) 241 2820 BAHRAIN Al Ayam Publishing Est. B.S.C. (C) Tel. : 725111 PAKISTAN Paradise Books & Distributors Tel: + 92-21-4314981-83 Fax: + 92-21-4385075 EGYPT Al-Ahram Tel.: 5796997 QATAR Naz Book Distribution Tel.: +974 4324235, +974 5562809 TURKEY Ukrainian Distribution Tel.: +38 044 261 5876 JORDAN Jordan Distribution Agency Tel.: 962 6 533 7733 IRAQ Al-Khalil Distribution NETHERLANDS Van Gelderen UNITED KINGDOM Golden Publication Ltd. KENYA National Group Ltd. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Future Empire Network Corp. Publisher HABIB HADI Dish Channels is printed on the 1st of every month by Dish Channels Karachi. Dish Channels is Non-Political & NonPatrisian Publication. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, we cannot bear responsibility for losses resulting from errors. Printed By: PRINTING IMPRESSION, KARACHI

LETTER FROM EDITOR Dear Readers, Recent blocking of many popular TV channels on cable TV networks is leading to a boom in sales of smuggled Indian satellite receivers in Pakistani markets. As per the findings of the survey, it was learnt that leading Indian brands including TATA Sky, Dish TV and Sun Direct are being openly sold in local markets for Rs. 8,000 including the digital satellite receiver and a small Ku band antenna. Monthly subscription of service is Rs. 700 for 200 channels that include many pure Hindu religious channels while many others promote vulgarity and Hindu culture, thus destroying the morality of young generation. PEMRA, the national broadcast watchdog, started a crackdown on the cable operators by ordering them to close all unlicensed channels, when Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry ordered blocking of Indian channels, while hearing the petition on blocking of some news channels by cable operators on 13 August 2010. The SC ordered PEMRA to ensure broadcast of all local news channels and blocking of Indian channels. TV viewers complain that PEMRA while implementing SC's order, has forced cable operators to stop broadcast of many free to air (FTA) channels that were neither Indian nor promoting any vulgarity. If the smuggled Indian satellite receivers are used domestically then it is government responsibility to take action, however PEMRA takes action against its commercial usage.

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GLOBAL FLASH NEWS

RASA TV LAUNCHED

Iran's opposition Green Movement has officially launched a new satellite TV channel, RASA TV (Resan-e Sabz-e Iran or Iran's Green Media). Ebrahim Nabavi, the channel organizer, said that their aim is to break the state-controlled broadcasters' monopoly on the flow of information, fight against censorship in Iran, reflect the views of all Iranian people, and frankly discuss all issues related to Iran.

NDTV IN AFRICA

NDTV has signed an enhanced agreement with DTH platform - MultiChoice Africa (MCA). As a part of the new deal, English news channel NDTV 24X7 will now have a much wider reach. Earlier, the channel was available only on the Indian pack, reaching out to 70,000 homes. "We're pleased to have expanded our existing partnership with MCA, wherein NDTV 24x7 will now be available to viewers all across Sub-Saharan

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Africa. Our reach will grow tremendously to over 3.5 million homes than 70,000 homes at present," NDTV head network distribution and affiliate sales Rahul Sood said.

FOXTEL LAUNCHES 3D TV/HD CHANNELS

Australian DTH platform Foxtel is launching a 3D TV Channel and 4 new HD channels very soon. The new channels include Speed, Speed HD, MTV Hits, MTVN Live, MTVN Live HD, BBC Knowledge HD, Nat Geo Wild HD and FOXTEL 3D. Kim Williams, Chief Executive and Managing Director of Foxtel said: "Our customers are now able to choose from 20 HD channels including a 3D channel. Our new dedicated 3D channel will allow customers to experience movies, sports and documentaries in stunningly clear and immersive 3D pictures." FOXTEL 3D will be a mix of All HD channels - SPEED HD, MTVN Live HD, BBC Knowledge HD, and Nat Geo Wild HD - will be a simulcast of the standard definition channel.

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FRANCE 24 TO PROVIDE ROUND THE CLOCK ARABIC SERVICE The Arabic-language channel France 24 passes to 24h daily broadcast. Less than four years after its launch in December 2006, France 24 is the first French channel to provide a channel in Arabic entirely dedicated to international news. From a broadcast of four hours per day since April 2nd, 2007, the chain had grown to 10 hours per day in April 2009. Faithful to its original mission, France 24 will propose a French perspective of the world's events which is to recognize the diversity of the world through its opinions, its religions and to grant an important place to culture by focusing on debates and confrontation of ideas. Primarily intended for Arabic-speaking viewers of the Middle East and of North Africa, the chain will also be widely broadcasted in France, in Europe and in Africa through Hot Bird, Arabsat and Nilesat satellites. Since its launch, France 24 has continued to expand its market shares among opinion leaders. With 20 millions viewers per week in Europe / Middle East / Africa (EMEA), France 24 is already attracting 2.6 million opinion leaders, including 1.6 million in North Africa and 1 million in the Middle East. According to a TNS-Sofres study in October 2009, 80% of the opinion leaders in the Middle East were in favor of a 24H Arabic broadcast on France 24. Based on the studies carried out, the percentage of opinion leaders in the Middle East who watch France 24 reaches 17%, that is 50% more than the average in other parts of the world.

HDTV AVAILABLE TO MORE FINNISH DTT HOMES

Finnish telco DNA's digital-terrestrial HDTV network will be available to 1.5 million people by the end of the year, the NOVEMBER

GLOBAL FLASH NEWS company has announced. By the end of 2010, the network is set to cover the Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Turku, Lahti, H채meenlinna and Tampere regions. In 2011, DNA's network will be expanded to Pori, Kotka, Lappeenranta, Kouvola, Kokkola, Vaasa, Sein채joki, Jyv채skyl채, Mikkeli and Savonlinna. By the end of next year, the network's coverage will exceed 60% of the population, which is a requirement for the operating licence, according to DNA.The antenna network, supplied by Ericsson, will be built on DNA's mobile networks base stations. In September, the Finnish government amended DNA's DTT licence to enable it to offer standard-definition content as well as HDTV.

EUROPEAN DTT CHANNEL UNIVERSE EXPANDS

The number of digital-terrestrial TV channels in the EU plus Croatia and Turkey now stands at almost 1,500, according to the latest report from the European Audiovisual Observatory. The total includes a large number of the local and regional channels, with the number of national and international channels standing at about 760 (up from 500 in April last year). There are about 40 international channels available on DTT platforms, including Euronews, Discovery, Eurosport, CNN and BBC World. Of the 760 national and international channels, 345 are on free-to-air platforms and 415 are on pay platforms. Pay-DTT services are currently available in 14 EU countries as well as a number of non-EU European countries.

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MTV GERMANY TO MOVE TO PAY-TV

GLOBAL FLASH NEWS

NEW HD SPORTS CHANNEL FOR RUSSIA

MTV in Germany is to migrate from freeto-air to pay-TV only, while sister channel Viva will remain free-to-air. Germany and Northern Europe chief Dan Ligtvoet confirmed to the Financial Times Deutschland that from next January, MTV will only be available as part of a digital cable, satellite or IPTV subscription, MTV Networks. MTV said it had struck deals with a number of cable operators and with Sky Deutschland. MTV also plans to launch a new music-only service, MTV Brand New, as a pay-only service.

Russian broadcaster RTR has launched a new HD version of its sports channel, Sport1 HD, and has struck carriage deals with service providers Akado and VimpelCom. The channel, for which RTR hopes to have an audience of 10 million people by the end of the year, will offer, amongst other things, English Premier League football for the next three seasons and coverage of the English FA Cup. VimpelCom will carry the channel as part of its Beeline TV service in trial mode, available to all until the end of the month, while Akado is offering the standarddefinition version of the channel free-to-air until the end of the year, after which it will be included in the Moscow operator's sport package, and the HD version free to HD subscribers for the next two weeks, after which it will be offered Ă la carte.

ASIASAT CONTRACTS ILS FOR ASIASAT 7

TATASKY CLAIMS 6 M SUBS

Satellite operator AsiaSat has signed a launch contract for its forthcoming AsiaSat 7 satellite with International Launch Services (ILS). The Space Systems/Loralbuilt C- and Ku-band satellite will be launched on board a Proton vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in 2011, and will be positioned at 105.5° East.

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On 23rd September TataSky declared that it now has more than 6 million subscribers. At the occasion, the DTH platform also launched its 'Active Games' service, in partnership with Hungama Digital Media. "We have received tremendous response from the market and have crossed six million subscribers. We are poised for further growth in the coming months, especially on the back of interactive services that we have launched," Tata Sky Chief Marketing Officer Mr Vikram Mehra told reporters. Tata Sky will offer about 50 games in a year under the 'Active Games' service and charge Rs 40 per month. The offering would include arcade, strategy, action, sports and celebrity games.

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SUN & RELIANCE DTH SHARE FTA CHANNELS In a move to save transponder costs, 2 DTH platforms - SUN Direct and Reliance BIG TV have entered into an arrangement to share their Free-To-Air channels. Almost 60 FTA channels (in MPEG-4) are being shared using 2 transponders on the Measat-3 satellite. The move was confirmed by Mr Tony D'Silva, Chief Executive Officer of Sun Direct. "We have been sharing transponders for the past one-and-half months and almost 60 channels including the FTA are jointly beamed," he is reported to have told the press. Reliance BIG TV was less forthcoming. "We are evaluating. We have some arrangement with them," said Mr Sanjay Behl, CEO of Reliance Big TV. No financial details of the sharing pact were available. Reliance BIG DTH operates its entire DTH platform from the MeaSat-3 bird. SUN Direct has been forced to shift all but 2 of its DTH transponders to Measat-3, after half the power system of the INSAT4B failed a few months ago. Sun Direct has a subscriber base of 5.8 million, while smaller rival Reliance Big TV has a base of around 2.5 million.

GLOBAL FLASH NEWS tweeting about what they're watching, checking their fantasy football scores, or finding related content on the web. They also offer the ability to bookmark content and add applications from the Android Market (coming in early 2011). The models feature Sony's premium streaming service Video On Demand powered by Qriocity as well as pre-installed apps including CNBC, Napster, NBA, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, and YouTube.

GERMANY COUNTS 155 PRIVATE CHANNELS

The German media monopoly commission KEK said there were 135 German language private national channels in the country as well as 20 channels in foreign languages as at July 1, 2010. The Kommission zur Ermittlung der Konzentration im Medienbereich (KEK) has published its fourth overview of German private broadcasting market.

SONY UNVEILS WORLD'S FIRST GOOGLE TV

The world's first Google TV sets� will become available on October 16 from the Sony Style shop and at Best Buy shortly after. At a press conference in New York, manufacturer Sony announced details of its first Google TV sets and Blu-ray player. The models also feature Dual View, allowing users to watch television while NOVEMBER

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DM800HD PVR The receiver has 300MHz MIPS processor, Single-EPG (Electronic Program Guide): sortable by data or alphabetically, Automatic search for additional air dates of a show and easy recording them by timer, Multi-EPG: graphically and text-based Timeshift, List of recordings sortable by date or alphabetically and free choice of different views, Timer programming manually or by EPG, Individually configurable timers, for example single or recurring timers, DiSEqC 1.0/1.1/1.2/1.3(USALS), Channel change in less than a second, Start wizard for initial setup, Pre-intalled service list for DVB-S, Support of favourite lists, Full automatic channel scan, DVB/teletext with level 2.5 support, Easy expansion of base function with the use of plug ins, MP3 playback Skinable OSD in many languages, Remote controllable via Web-interface and streaming of the TV-/Radio stations to any PC connected to the Dreambox through network, Linux operating system, A smart card reader and MPEG2/H.264 hardware decoder.

TRAXIS DBS 3500 FTA RECEIVER

This receiver performs Blind Search, Excellent Pal to NTSC conversion of the Transport Stream, Fully MPEG2 DVB Compliant, V / L / R RCA component output, F Connector Antenna in & out, Free converting between PAL source and NTSC display, User programmable various satellite and transponder information, Stores up to 100 satellites/4,000 channels, EPG: Display of title and information up to 16 days events, Easy and fast software upgrade through RS232 port, Multi LNBF control by DiSEqC 1.0/1.2 and 0/22KHz switching, SCPC/MCPC receivable from C and Ku band satellites and Multi-language: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish. NOVEMBER

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VIEWSAT MAX HD RECEIVER Viewsat USA has a New HD Received! The Viewsat Max HD is the newest High Definition FTA Satellite Receiver! It has the ability to view in 1080i - 720p with the HDMI cable connection, the MaxHD without an ATSC tuner to make this an extremely economical HD receiver! With the easy to use On Screen Menu display and full PVR functions. The receiver is fast in use. It has the capacity to store 5000 TV and Radio channels. Unlimited C and Ku-band satellites are already present in the receiver.

GLOBALSAT GS150 FREE TO AIR SATELLITE RECEIVER This is a Free to Air Digital Satellite Receiver, will not pick up pay TV, DiSEqC 1.0 & 1.2 Control Compatible, Excellent performance, MPEG-2 Digital & Fully DVB Compliant, Symbol rate range 245MS/sec, 1 LNB Input (F-Type), and IF Signal Loop Through, 2000 Channels TV & Radio Programmable, Support to Store 500 Transponder Quick Channel Switching Time, 256 Color On Screen Display, Easy Installing Program Setup, SCPC & MCPC Receivable from C/Ku-Band Satellites, Output in PAL or NTSC OSD selectable, EPG for On Screen Channel Information, Subtitle & Teletext Supported by OSD & VBI, Parental Lock Facility channel and Program event, Support to Store 3 Favorite Groups (100 Channels each), Satellite by satellite Channel list, Small Window Screen Picture with EPG Graphic Menu, Automatic TP Scan Function with Manual PID, With popular satellite carrier parameters, AutoSearching function for many popular default satellites and easy-to-use OSD with friendly icons like in PC's Operating System.

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LEGEND FTA777+ SATELLITE RECEIVER WITH EMBEDDED IRDETO This new receiver has Conditional Access Embedded Irdeto with Loader version 3.2, Fully MPEG-2 / DVD Compliant, QPSK waveform (C/Ku band, SCPC, MCPC), Support RS-232C port for S/W Upgrade (115,200 bps), Software download via Satellite, Seperated TV / Radio List & Favourite Group List, Offering 3,000 channels memory capability, Dynamic Hi-Fi stereo sound system, Auto & Manual FEC & PID, Support DiSEqC 1.0 and 22 kHz tone switching compatibility, User Freindly OSD with help sentence (256 color on screen display), LNB power overload protection function, Parental lock code function, Easy channel edit (Sort, Rename, Move, Delete, Lock, Favourite), Network search function, Mechanical Polarizer control, PAL-NTSC auto-distinguishing system, Support Electric Program Guide (EPG) and Support Teletext.

COOLSTREAM HD1 PLUS HIGH DEFINITION SATELLITE RECEIVER It is a fully DVB-S, DVB-S2, MPEG-2 MPEG-4 Receiver, Unlimited channels Memory space, DiSEqC 1.0,1.1,1.2, USALS Support, Multi-Language OSD, MultiLanguage Audio and Subtitle reception, EPG (Electronic program Guide) Support, Teletext Output Through VBI and OSD, PIG (Picture in Graphics) Support and NIT (Network Information Transport) Search Support, Automatic Search for Satellites and transpon, Timer Function Support, Easy-Installation Menu,USB PVR Function Support.

PANSAT 9200 HD The Pansat 9200 HD is the top-of-the-line high definition FTA receiver with a recording option from Panarex Electronics. It has an incredible list of features including HDMI output for an amazing 1080i HD picture quality, Dolby digital surround sound, Sata port for connecting an external PVR / DVR (digital video recorder) hard drive for recording. 280 MHz processor, 128 MB of SDRAM, blind scan (smart search), Dolby digital optical output, s-video output, component video output, and 10000 channel memory. You can also connect an OTA (over the air) HD antenna to the Pansat 9200 so you can receive local HD channels for free.

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HUMAX ICORD DIGITAL SATELLITE RECEIVER This new receiver has recording capacity of four channels whilst watching a live TV or Play-back, Time shifted recording for 2 hours, Integrated HDD (320GB), Receive HDTV signals, Supports 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i video resolution, AV File transfer by USB port (Two USB HOST & one Device), Dotmatrix display, HDMI with HDCP output, 2 Common Interfaces and 7 days EPG.

VU+ SOLO With this high-end open-source Linux HDTV PVR receiver they can be both high resolution and conventional television set to receive. DVB-S2 and Cartridges, 2x Common Interface, 1x Conax Card Reader u.XCrypt, EPG, LAN, Digital HDTV Satellite Receiver PVR Ready, DVB-S2 Tuner, MPEG2 / H.264 Hardware decoding (DVB compliant), 2 x CI slot (Alpha Crypt, Cryptoworks, Viaccess, Seca, Conax), HDMI port, Mp3 player and JPEG picture viewer, EPG (electronic program guide), Multi language OSD, Skin – Support, Fully automatic, manual channel search and DiSEqC 1.o, 1.1 and 1.2.

OPENBOX SATELLITE RECEIVER The receiver SCPC & MCPC receivable from C/Ku band satellites, multiple LNBSwitching control (supports DiSEqC 1.0/1.1 / unicable /1.2/1.3(USALS) supported), NIT search supported, Multimedia files playback (by USB), Support Electronic Program Guide (EPG) for 7 days; Teletext and subtitle out through OSD; Support multilingual DVB subtitle and teletext Automatic and manual channel scan options; automatic service scan, channel-change time less than 1 second, OSD in many languages and skinsupport, Multilingual support on screen menu (OSD): English, French, Deutsch, NOVEMBER

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Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Danish, Greece, Portuguese, Finland, Holland, Turkish, Czech, selectable; Digital audio output: S/PDIF by coaxial and optical and Powerful program management function, parent lock with lots other features.

OPTIMUM 9500 HD PVR 2CI2CXE This is fully MPEG-Fully DVB-S / DVB-S2 (H. 264) HD compliant, 8000 channels (TV and Radio) programmable, Multilingual menu text support, Channel switching time less than 1 second, Channel list editing, Favourite channel list editing, True-color On-Screen Display (OSD), Full Picture In Graphic (PIG) function, Electronic Program Guide (EPG) for on screen channel information, Subtitle supported, Teletext supported by VBI insertion and software emulation, Parental lock facility by channel and program event, Program and Channel information transfer from receiver to receiver, Exciting games embedded, supports DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and USALS, USB 2.0 Host, Time Shift (optional, only for PVR Ready receivers), Video Recording (optional, only for PVR Ready receivers), Recording 2 channels the same time, watching 3rd channel (within 1 transponder) (optional, only for PVR Ready receivers), Recording one channel and TimeShifting another channel (optional, only for PVR Ready receivers) and recording one channel and PIP another channel within the same transponder (optional, only for PVR Ready receivers).

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ECHOLINK EL-7020 HD

MANHATTAN PLAZA XT-CM

The 7020's appearance may be somewhat undistinguished, but everything you need is here. On that bland fascia are an informative 13-character fluorescent display and a sensible control panel. In addition to the standby button is a joypad for channelchange and volume. In conjunction with two further buttons – 'menu' and 'OK' – full access to the menus is possible without the remote. On the right is a small pull-down flap that hides the CI and card slots. What a pity there's no convenient front-panel USB port. The remote is solidly built but its layout could be better. Some of the buttons are too small and crowded. On the rear panel in addition to the usual LNB input/ output are the USB port for PVR use and firmware upgrades. There's also an RS232 terminal. The HDMI port and component ports are complemented by Scarts for TV and VCR, plus composite/S-video outputs and analogue/digital audio outputs.

It's a budget option, but the single-tuner XTCM's blind search functionality puts that of some more expensive receivers to shame. You get a single common interface, two card readers, DiSEqC 1.0/1.2/USALS and SCR support, TV/VCR Scarts, and a DVBcompliant, seven-day ready EPG (but no ability to schedule the timer) and teletext. General setup is simple. It's infuriatingly easy to overshoot menu options while the receiver catches up. Regular searching exceeds our expectations – automatic (with network and all/FTA-only searches), plus a manual single-transponder option with the ability to enter PIDs and FEC. A nice touch is the audible signal strength meter. Flexible then, but all pales into insignificance when compared with the powerful blind search features. As with the other modes, you can choose all or FTA-only channels and search a selected range of frequencies. Blind searching can be restricted to horizontal or vertical channels if you don't need both.

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Can You Get Local Channels With Satellite TV? Many people believe that if you sign up for a satellite TV package you won't be able to have your local channels. This is a rumor that has been going around for a long time about satellite TV. The good news is that it is just a rumor. Years ago it was more difficult to get local channels with a satellite package, but that is not the case anymore. Most people can understand why it would be a negative to not have access to their local channels. People want to be able to see their local news and TV shows. With the knowledge that this rumor is false, it is difficult to think of a good reason not to switch over to satellite television service.

Not only can you receive your local channels, but your service won't change even if you move to a new area. You will NOVEMBER

have access to the same programming, the same packages, the same channels... and the best part? You will have access to this for the same price no matter where you live. Cable services can vary a lot depending on where you live. The price will absolutely vary depending on the provider and the area. And the programming will vary as well. The cost of living in different areas of the country can change a lot depending on whether or not you are in a small rural town or a big and expensive city. Satellite TV is affordable and is offered to everyone at the same pricing plans. The rumor about local channels was probably started because there are a few areas in the country where the local channels come as part of an extra package. In most areas local channels come as a part of the regular base satellite package and you do not need to add this extra feature. But there will never be a case where you can't receive the channels at all. There are a lot of reasons why so many people are switching from cable TV to satellite. In every category satellite seems to outshine its cable competitors. They have made a name for themselves in sports, high definition programming, and by the sheer number and variety of their channels. The one downside to a satellite package is that people don't like to have to bother with the satellite dish on their home.

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Plenty of high-quality, unencrypted satellite programs are beamed constantly around the globe. Free to air (FTA) programming is great for public broadcasts and international programs. And all it takes for you to enjoy FTA programming from broadcasters around the world is some used satellite equipment. With a few items you can pick up at most any pawnshop (used dish, receiver, a few cables) and a little bit of time, you can take advantage of FTA broadcasts. Connect the coaxial cable from the satellite dish to the "Sat In" coaxial port on the back of your FTA satellite receiver. Run a coaxial or video cable from the "video out" section on the back of the receiver to the ports on the back or side of NOVEMBER

the television. Plug the power cable into the receiver and insert the plug into an outlet. Power on both the TV and your receiver.Press "Menu" on your remote control. On the screen, select "Dish 1" as your default dish and then select "OK." Choose the satellite you'll be connecting to from the list that appears on the screen, and then select the option labeled "LNB 1." Enter your low-noise block converter's (LNB)--your dish's antenna--frequency and then select "OK." Open the "Transponder Setup" menu and find a transponder with a strong signal--monitor the onscreen indicators to guide you. Click "OK," "Scan 1 Sat," and then click "OK" again to update your channel queue. Click "Exit.�

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DIGITALLY RECORD LIVE SATELLITE TELEVISION

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up. Either way you have to call and sign up with your provider. They will need to give you a new receiver that will have the digital recording function on it. With it, you can record hundreds of hours of cable or satellite television. The actual amount that you are able to record will also depend on the cable and satellite TV service that you have, but generally you will have so much space that you will never have to worry about filling it. If you have a high definition television and high definition service from your TV provider, you will also need to have a high definition DVR receiver. If you get a regular one then it will only record programs at regular quality, even if you are viewing them in high definition. This is important to remember when signing up. Once you are equipped with your new DVR receiver you are ready to set some recordings. The remote that you have for you cable or satellite will have buttons for recording, rewinding, fast forwarding, and pausing. These are also the buttons you can use to set a recording.

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Dish Network

HD

Receivers ince its day of inception DISH Network has undergone a sea change and the same is true of DISH Network receivers as well. Earlier receivers were used only for browsing and shifting channels but now DISH Receiver has more things to do. With any of the HD receiver at hand you can replay live television programs and also put pause on the on-going programs. Also the receivers help in recording as well transmitting all the existing show in High Definition technology mode. In this way any of the receivers would be available with lot of advanced features and services and thus the entire experience of the viewers would be enhanced to a wider extent. All the subscribers of DISH Network can utilize the advantage of the existing HD receivers that constitute of any of standard receiver as well as few more added features. To take for instance with HD receiver you have the privilege to view all your favorite programming stuffs with outstanding clarity, in pictures that will give you the feel of something out of the world , something serene and divine. To match with the pictures the digital soundtrack system is just mind-blowing that give you the

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experience similar to any of the standard theatre. To be specific currently there are several DISH HD receivers being available in market that would form varied functions and meet specific needs. DISH Network TV Everywhere ViP922 DVR receiver is not only the first but also the only sling loaded DVR Receiver in the entire world scenario. Being available in HD technology mode it provides you the scope to view all your favorite TV programs everywhere and just anywhere even in the programming on any of the computer or mobile devices. In this way you will enjoy viewing one show while recording of one channel goes simultaneously. It comprises of 1TB hard drive with the facility of storing up to one thousand hours of programming time. In fact it is the largest hard drive that is available in the market scenario. This DISH TV receiver DuoDVR ViP 722k records one or even two live programs watching a previously recording program. It connects to 2 televisions simultaneously – one is standard definition and the other one is High definition. It gives recording facility up to 500 GB hard drive. The next one is Duo ViP 222k connects to both television namely HD and Sd. Also it provides support of independent viewing on separate television as well.

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DTH TECHNOLOGY AND

SERVICES Over the last three years, DTH Direct to Home satellite industry has come on strongly worldwide. That proves to be an awesome entertainment kit with complete quality services. In many developing countries it brings revolution in entertainment technology. DTH services promise with verity of facilities to enhance choices for many households in developing countries. It has turned out as a mainstream business from a niche delivery mechanism. With the great success of DTH technology many DTH service providers have come up with their new plans and strategies to enter into competitive market. DTH in India reached to different corner of the nation as it does not need wire like in case of other cable operator services. This makes DTH as one of the favourable and famous entertainment kit. Over the years DTH services with its latest technology has got awesome popularity because of its different features and quality services. DTH with digital TV services provide a personal dish to each household through which DTH technology telecast number of satellite programs. In India there are mainly six DTH providers that comprises tata sky, zee dish TV, dish TV DTH, DD direct, reliance DTH and sun TV. All these DTH providers are famous for their unique services and facilities to their household. NOVEMBER

With their quality services they are able to get 5 million subscriber households globally. Quality, facilities and services are getting vary as you move from one DTH provider to another. Like reliance DTH, sun TV DTH and DTH Doordarshan are famous for their free satellite channels together with quality sound and picture effects. On other hand zee dish TV offers 400 satellite channels along with colorful picture, interactive TV, parental lock, newsrooms, games and lots more along with DTH services, whereas tata sky is famous for recording live TV along with watch one program while you record another program. Therefore, there are many points that make one DTH provider different to another. DTH technology is famous for its superfluous features, quality services and best digital TV service to their customers. With the great success of DTH services the entertainment technology and media industry becomes stronger. All these DTH service providers have gain excellence in offering effective clear video and quality sound effects. Now days you will find number of retailers and providers selling DTH dish TV but it is always recommended to get through all the necessary information regarding products features, prices and facilities that brings true services of your money.

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FTA SATELLITE

nstalling FTA satellite is critical because it will determine to your suitability to receive microwave signals. All homes are not capable of receiving microwave signals, because there are many barriers that impede the signals such as mountains, trees that are natural and buildings, and such type of structures can obstruct the signals. So before installing FTA satellite connections you must need to know the location where you set up the equipment. After completion survey you need to decide the mounting pole of diameter as well elevation of the pole. Most of the Ku band designs a 5/8 inches diameter pole. Always larger dishes require a larger pole of diameter. If you already have FTA dish, talk to the manual service provider or measure the mounting range. The height of pole should be a lowest 5 feet from the ground and under the ground 18 to 24 inches. To overcome blocking signal you can set long mounting pole. Installation process of standard static FTA satellite channels for your TV. Get connected to static free to air satellite dish requires DiSEqc switch, which is moderately straight forward. In addition, many latest model have come in the

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DISH

marketplace with on-screen signal indicator, conversely, you may get it far easier to buy a low price satellite signal indicator that are available and its price can vary may be under $15.00. The dish finder will locate your Ku band signals plus adjust them according to optimum operation. You should be placed your dish mounted outside temporarily with your co-axial cable linked to it. You should keep in mind that you will be needed to calculate your elevation and polarization before set up your system. So if all are ok then connect the co-axial cable with your satellite dish receiver and then connect the television to your receiver. Assuming that your polarization and elevation setting is correct then you have needed to a signal finder to connect with your dish system. From half way point set your signal scale sensitivity. Move your dish simply and rotate it slowly left and right until your signal scale picks up a dynamic signal. The first step involves surveying of satellite location. The satellite location is essential will determine the eligibility of the satellite dish to receive signals. Natural barriers such as mountains, trees, buildings, and other structures can block the satellite signals.

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MASTER CODE

MASTER CODE In Order to solve the software problems of digital receivers, we are here with master codes for your better convenience.

1

Amstrad SilverLine, Cromline

0000, 3472

29

EchoStar

7604,2441,3604

2

Astrovox

8175,1250,1668,1010

30

EchoStar 2200-1200

7604

3

Aztech

1004,1111

31

EchoStar 2110, 3000, 3600

3453

4

Baff

2142

32

Euromax Em5000/7000CI

2142

5

Benjamin

1004,1250

33

EuroStar/ Euro Box

9999-0000

6

Besat

8175

34

FortecStar 5100PLUS

1010,1668,1002,1111

7

Citizen

7604

35

FortecStar Lifetime Ultra 1010,1012,9966,6699,0000

8

Coolsat

0103

36

FortecStar

1002, 1004,2228,2002,2004

9

Daewoo

8503,0500,0600

37

FortecStar 6000

1002

10

Digimaster

2606

38

FortecStar Oneworld

0914

11

Digi Box

8175

39

FortecStar Alpha/Beta

2580

12

Digital Telecom 2000

1004,0786

40

FortecStar 500

7777

13

Digital Telecom 2003/04

2999-1976

41

Galaxy

9949

14

Digital Telecom x100

42

GoldmasterSAT

3453,2606,3141 9247,1600,1700

43

Humax

0000-1234

44

Hyundai

0325,6962,8503,0500,0600

17

2046 ACTIVATE CODE (9339) 1818 Digital Telecom DB9 ACTIVATE CODE (8040) 9876 Digital Telecom X1500 D & X1001 MINI ACTIVATE CODE (PAGE UP) 1250 Digital Telecom X10 ACTIVATE CODE (7799)

45

Hyundai1100MCOM

1004

18

Digital Telecom X11

46

Kaon

Left to Right press Red, Green, Blue and Yellow buttons

15 16

3328

19

8989 Digital Telecom BLACK BOX & +1- +2 -911 ACTIVATE CODE (9999)

47

Kaon

Press Yellow key, Enter 0000 Press Blue 2 times, Press Green 2 times, Press Red 2 times, Press Menu key.

20

Digital Telecom X400

9876

48

Kaon

Yellow, Blue, Green, Menu

21

Dynavision CI-888, CI-991

1004

49

Kyoto

3453

22

Dynavision Elite CX-9900

9247

50

Lawrence

1250

23

Dynavision Elite F-6600

9247

51

MediacomMFT930I

5347

24

Dynavision CX 777

5518

52

MediacomMFT910I

1250

25

Echolink EL-700 FTA

3327

53

MediacomEXEL

1250

26

Echolink EL-707 FTA

2020

54

MediacomMCIElite

7777

27

Echolink EL-707 FTA Plus

1520

55

MediaStar

2142,8175

28

Echo Set

7176

56

Metabox1-2-3

1004

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MASTER CODE In Order to solve the software problems of digital receivers, we are here with master codes for your better convenience.

57

Megastar

2606,3141

86

SonySat-Spider

8989

58

Micro-X MDR-2800 FTA

1004

87

Satcruiser

3742,3472

59

Micro-X MDR-6000 IR

1004

88

Signal

8888,5555,4444

60

Micro-X MDR-6500 IRCI

1004

89

Smart

3472,6934

61

Micro-X MDR-4000 FTA

1250

90

Starsat

1234,1361,2999,1999,9876

62

Natvision

1668,1010

91

Startrack

0786,2480

63

Neosat 9800CI

1631,6805

92

Strong

0235,0325,1361,0735

64

Neosat SX-1600 Plus

1004

93

SuperLazer 20000/1000

2142

65

Neosat SX-9800CI

2580,3842

94

SuperMax

5790

66

Neosat SX-9600

3472, 3842, 8510

95

Taplin

3453

67

Neosat SX-9800I

2142

96

TechnoSat

3724, 2374,7176, 2606,1470, 2441, 3724,1250, 6893, 8766,1497

68

Neosat9800CI(old)

8510

97

Teleman

7176,1973

69

Next Wave

8503

98

Topfield

2606,2999

70

Nokia9800-9860-9600

1234

99

Toshiba

1048

71

Nokia 9200 S

147258

100

Truman TM-150, 100Plus, 160, 155, 7000, Vege

1004

72

Opensky

0786, 1777

101

Truman TM-7000 Plus /Xtream

8191

73

OpenStar

1234

102

Truman TM-100, 200

8175-2958

74

Opentel

0937,3472

103

Vantage

1404

75

Pace

9949

104

Vestel

8277,929526

76

Panasonic

3872,3472,1470,3725,2374 105

Viva

0786

77

Pansat

1668,1010

106

VIP

0282

78

Radix

9815

106

Vortec

2002,7777

79

Samsat

0937

107

Winnersat

0963

80

Samson SSI

9876

108

Wisplus

5030

81

Samsung

0235,7777

109

Wiztech

2020

82

Samsung702

9911

110

Xcruiser 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 750, 725

1250

83

Samsung202SVACI

1631

111

XricaX5

2613

84

SamsungDSR2000

Press Menu Key, Go To System Setup And Go To System Information, Enter 0000.

112

Zinwell

8888

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GOOGLE TV COMING SOON TO A LIVING ROOM NEAR YOU Companies have been trying to revolutionize the television for some time. Years ago I purchased a set top media box made by Dlink. It allowed me to do some basic slideshows of photos and listen to Internet radio. Today, we have only slightly better options. Apple TV will let you watch your iTunes in the living room and the Roku box brings NetFlix streaming to your home. Google recently made an announcement that could substantially change how we watch television. It is called Google TV. Google TV is a system being developed by Sony and Logitech that brings Internet content to the television. These new devices will feature the Android operating system and the Chrome browser. You will be able to search and browse the web on your television. Currently, these capabilities will be added to Sony televisions, Blu-ray players, and to Logitech set top boxes. The first devices will be shipping in fall of 2010. While that is certainly a step forward and it is exciting, the original devices won't really revolutionize television for a number of reasons. First of all, the Google TV platform for these first NOVEMBER

devices will not be open source. Developers will receive a Software Development Kit (SDK) shortly after the first devices ship, but initially, there will not be an Android market for them either. This means that the only applications that will be available for the Google TV devices are the "approved" ones shipped with the devices by their manufacturers. In this regard, Google TV is hardly revolutionary. However, things could get much more interesting in 2011. Google has been clear that they intend to open source the Google TV platform. This means that it will suddenly be open to any device maker, not just Google's initial partners. This could lead to televisions that behave more like smartphones. In fact, Google also plans to release an update to the Android SDK in 2011 that will allow application developers to build applications for televisions and set up boxes. In many ways, this will level the playing field for content publishers. Producers of web based video shows will have access to a wider audience. Users will be able to do all the things that they can do on an Android phone on their television.

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W

hy some individuals lean towards satellite TV must be a question that arises in most people's mind. The inclination is however true, due to great advantages provided by these televisions in comparison to conventional way of viewing pictures. An extensive number of channels are provided by these televisions in comparison to other conventional mediums. This makes the obtainable choice much widened up with which individuals can enjoy their all favorite lines. A multi-dish system can be accompanied with them in order to view other foreign channels as well. Such TV types are inclusive of three different kinds of services such as one way broadband connection, pay for every single view and premium content. Anyone of these can be obtained by individuals in order to have a full entertaining experience. The subscription cost laid down for these televisions is very cheap in comparison to number of channels provided by it. Viewers can enjoy all kinds of aspects such as music, sports, movies, religion, news and more. This is not it, in case if there is a NOVEMBER

preference for more channels then even these can be upgraded with satellite TV. Best thing about these types is that they are obtainable at very cheap rates which a middle working class family can also afford. A subscription fee of moderate amount is charged by this TV due to immense growth of internet world wide. It provides digital programming that is required by most people. It also provides great clarity and resolution power to viewers. This avoids the need for analog networks as well which is really beneficial for people living in rural areas where access to cable television is not possible. Finally, they are free from all weather constraints and provide a crystal clear picture quality. If there is one thing you can say for sure about the modern world, it's that there are more choices than ever before. More doesn't always mean better, but in the case of cable TV services, 'more' has definitely meant 'better.' More options means better home entertainment, after all. Satellite TV is indisputably leading the charge in this field. Here are some ways that satellite TV is offering a big advantage over the rest.

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How to Install a satellite

multiswitch

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HD BRINGS REVOLUTION With the beginning of High Definition Television or in short HD TV, entertainment has undergone a sea change. In fact this HD mode gives strong satellite signals to the dish antennas and with the help of DISH HD receivers, the viewers get perfect pictures and superb sound quality system. Thus with this rising popularity of HD television mode all the providers of satellite television incorporate HD channels into their packages. Whatever is the case till date DISH Network satellite TV still steals the show; it is still the champion of the champions. Under DISH Network packages people can rightly enjoy quite a number of HD channels with stunning picture quality and outstanding content. So with this offer in hand, DISH Network proves to be the only television provider in the whole of America that can come up with such lucrative offer. That is not all. DISH Network television service also stands out to become the first and only pay television provider that can offer more than two hundred HD channels. However in order to enjoy this advantage a subscriber has to install HD TV equipment at home. So far as programs are concerned a NOVEMBER

subscriber can see programs of all possible types under DISH Network packages. If you want more of fun from HD channels it is better that one should opt for some of the special HD programming packages. These programs are available at reasonable prices also. Content of HD channels is equally varied and of top quality. From movies to romantic plays, musical events to sport events, programs on all types are shown on these channels almost 24X7. Also the programs on special interests and the shows on wildlife and nature appear even more interesting on the DISH HD channels than those of Standard Definition (SD) mode. Observing high quality programs on HD technology mode, one can easily enjoy viewing similar to that of a top class theater hall. So for people for whom TV watching is a kind of delight for eyes and ears, DISH Network's HD programs would be the obvious choice. Even if you are fond of something thrilling and adventurous and not just the usual stuffs, DISH Network also will not disappoint you. All the normal and special programming packages of HD channels have adventurous sports, action-packed shows to offer.

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PAKISTANI CHANNELS DIRECTORY Waseb TV

Asia Sat 3S 105.5oE

4166 H 5700 3/4

Seraiki Channel

TV-One, News One

Asia Sat 3S 105.5oE

4166 H 5700 3/4

Urdu Channel

Aaj News

Asia Sat 3S 105.5oE

PTV Home, News, World Geo News ATV A Lite / A Plus

4161 H 3040 3/4

Urdu News Channel

o

4091 V 13333 3/4

Urdu Channel

o

4180 V 26666 3/4

News Channels

o

4091 V 13333 3/4

Urdu Channel

o

4154 H 5632 3/4

Urdu Channel

o

Asia Sat 3S 105.5 E Asia Sat 3S 105.5 E Asia Sat 3S 105.5 E Asia Sat 3S 105.5 E

PTV National

Asia Sat 3S 105.5 E

4114 V 7000 3/4

Urdu Channel

PTV Global USA

Asia Sat 3S 105.5oE

Hum TV Masala TV Style 360 Madani Channel

4106 V 2894 3/4

Urdu Channel

o

4132 H 9200 3/4

Urdu Channel

o

4132 H 9200 3/4

Cooking Channel

o

4132 H 9200 3/4

Fashion Channel

o

3738 V 2815 3/4

Religious Channel

o

Asia Sat 3S 105.5 E Asia Sat 3S 105.5 E Asia Sat 3S 105.5 E Asia Sat 3S 105.5 E

KTN News

Asia Sat 3S 105.5 E

4084 H 5779 3/4

Sindhi News Channel

KTN / Kashish TV

Asia Sat 3S 105.5oE

Awaz TV DM Digital Global AJK TV ZAM TV

4084 H 5779 3/4

Sindhi Music Channel

o

4176 H 2250 3/4

Sindhi Channel

o

Asia Sat 3S 105.5 E Asia Sat 3S 105.5 E

4071 H 14240 3/4

Urdu Channel

o

3777 V 3333 3/4

Urdu Channel

o

4076 H 2539 3/4

Urdu Channel

Asia Sat 5 100.5 E ChinaStar 1 87.5 E

Starlite TV/ Silver Screen/ Flim World

Thaicom 78.5 E

3960 V 30000 5/6

Movie Channels

Apna Channel

Thaicom 78.5oE

3600 V 26667 3/4

Punjabi Channel

Joo Music

Thaicom 78.5oE

Apna Channel

VTV 4 Filmazia

o

3960 V 30000 3/4

Music Channel

o

3960 V 30000 5/6

Punjabi Channel

o

3600 H 26667 3/4

Educational Channel

Thaicom 78.5 E Thaicom 78.5 E o

Thaicom 78.5 E

3960 V 30000 5/6

Movie Channel Religious Channel

Hadi TV

Thaicom 78.5 E

3431 H 13333 3/4 3452 H 7188 2/3

Good News

Thaicom 78.5oE

3960 V 30000 5/6

Christian Channel

AVT Khyber

Intelsat 7/10 68.5oE

3796 H 7300 3/4

Pushto Channel

Khyber News

Intelsat 7/10 68.5oE

3796 H 7300 3/4

Pushto News Channel

Waqt TV

Intelsat 7/10 68.5oE

4003 H 2964 3/4

Urdu News Channel

Tensport Pak.

Intelsat 7/10 68.5oE

3744 H 20770 3/4

Irdeto-2

CNBC Pak

Intelsat 7/10 68.5oE

3810 H 3312 2/3

News Ch. Decoder

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ARY Digital Asia/ UK Intelsat 7/10 68.5oE

3864 H 19890 3/4

QTV / ARY The Musik Intelsat 7/10 68.5oE

3864 H 19890 3/4

Urdu Channel Islamic Channel Music Channel Urdu Channel

ARY Mid. East ARY News

Intelsat 7/10 68.5oE

Hum TV

Intelsat 7/10 68.5oE

3774 H 3300 2/3

Urdu Channel

Aag TV

Intelsat 7/10 68.5oE

4124 V 19850 3/4

Music Channel Decoder Urdu News Channel

3864 H 19890 3/4

Samaa TV

Intelsat 7/10 68.5oE

4117 H 3333 2/3

Rohi

Intelsat 7/10 68.5oE

4143 H 3306 3/4

Seraiki Channel

Dawn News

Intelsat 7/10 68.5oE

4127 H 3255 3/4

English News Channel

Express News

Intelsat 7/10 68.5oE

4158 H 6510 3/4

Urdu News Channel

Dunya News

Intelsat 7/10 68.5oE

4150 H 6600 3/4

Urdu News Channel

AKS TV

Intelsat 7/10 68.5oE

3808 V 10340 3/4

Pakistani Movie Channel

VSH News

Paksat 38.0 oE

3809 H 2175 3/4

Balochi Channel

Royal News

Paksat 38.0 oE

3897 H 2500 3/4

Urdu Channel

Hadi TV

Paksat 38.0 oE

3893 H 1770 3/4

Religious Channel

Dhoom TV

Paksat 38.0 oE

4157 V 2850 3/4

Urdu News Channel

Sindh TV/Sindh News

Paksat 38.0 oE

3753 V 6500 3/4

Sindhi Channel

Ziaqa TV

Paksat 38.0 oE

3883 H 3000 3/4

Food Channel

N Vibe

Paksat 38.0 oE

3907 V 3255 3/4

Urdu Channel

Kook TV / Apna News

Paksat 38.0 oE

4145 V 6000 3/4

Punjabi News Channel Sindhi Channel

Dharti TV

Paksat 38.0 oE

3735 V 3333 3/4

Mehran TV

Paksat 38.0 oE

3730 V 2890 3/4

Sindhi Channel

Din News

Paksat 38.0 oE

4104 H 3000 3/4

Urdu News Channel

Zam Zam TV

Paksat 38.0 oE

3724 V 3255 3/4

Islamic Channel

City 42 News

Paksat 38.0 oE

3911 V 3100 3/4

Urdu News Channel

PTV Bolan

Paksat 38.0 oE

4035 H 2894 3/4

Balochi Channel

Oye

Paksat 38.0 oE

3864 H 3790 3/4

Music Channel

Punjab TV, Star Asia

Paksat 38.0 oE

3886 H 6200 3/4

Punjabi Channel

Play TV

Paksat 38.0 oE

3945 H 4700 3/4

Music Channel

Haq TV

Paksat 38.0 oE

3951 H 3240 3/4

Islamic Channel

N Vibe

Paksat 38.0 oE

3956 H 3255 3/4

Urdu Channel

ARY Nick/ARY Zauq/ARY M.E.

Paksat 38.0 oE

3968 H 11480 3/4

Kids / Urdu Cooking Channel

Value TV

Paksat 38.0 oE

3998 V 2850 3/4

Urdu Channel

Ravi TV

Paksat 38.0 oE

3917 V 3333 3/4

Punjabi Channel

Metro One

Paksat 38.0 oE

4115 H 3333 3/4

Urdu Channel

G Kaboom

Paksat 38.0 oE

4031 H 3248 3/4

Music Channel

MTV Pakistan/Indus Vision

Paksat 38.0 oE

3814 H 4666 3/4

Music Channel

Business Plus

Paksat 38.0 oE

4110 H 3255 3/4

Urdu News Channel

Indus News

Paksat 38.0 oE

4120 H 2850 3/4

Urdu News Channel

Apna News/Kook TV

Paksat 38.0 oE

3785 H 2850 3/4

Punjabi Channel

Oxygene

Paksat 38.0 oE

3797 H 3255 3/4

Urdu Channel

Channel 5

Paksat 38.0 oE

4026 H 3255 3/4

Urdu Channel

Sohni Dharti TV

Paksat 38.0 oE

4149 V 2800 3/4

Agricultural Channel

Sabzbaat Balochistan

Paksat 38.0 oE

3819 V 2222 3/4

Balochi Channel Islamic Channel

Kohenoor TV

Paksat 38.0 oE

4153 V 3333 3/4

PTV Global

EuroBird-1 28.5 oE

11224 V 27500 3/4

Urdu Channel

Aapna Des

EuroBird-1 28.5 oE

11260 V 27500 2/3

Kashmiri Channel Urdu News Channel

ARY News

EuroBird-1 28.5 oE

11390 V 27500 2/3

Geo UK/Aag TV/QTV

EuroBird-1 28.5 oE

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Urdu Channels

DM News

EuroBird-1 28.5 oE

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ARY Digital M.E

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Geo USA

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Aaj TV

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Dawn News

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n the 1950s, there were four television networks in the United States. Because of the frequencies allotted to television, the signals could only be received in a "line of sight" from the transmitting antenna. People living in remote areas, especially remote mountainous areas, couldn't see the programs that were already becoming an important part of US culture. In 1948, people living in remote valleys in Pennsylvania solved their reception problems by putting antennas on hills and running cables to their houses. These days, the same technology once used by remote hamlets and select cities allows viewers all over the country to access a wide variety of programs and channels that meet their individual needs and desires. By the early 1990s, cable television had reached nearly half the homes in the United States. Today, US cable systems deliver hundreds of channels to some 60 million homes, while also providing a growing number of people with high-speed Internet access. Some cable systems even let you make telephone calls and receive new programming technologies! In this article, we'll show you how cable television brings you so much information and such a wide NOVEMBER

range of programs, from educational to inspirational to just plain odd. The earliest cable systems were, in effect, strategically placed antennas with very long cables connecting them to subscribers' television sets. Because the signal from the antenna became weaker as it traveled through the length of cable, cable providers had to insert amplifiers at regular intervals to boost the strength of the signal and make it acceptable for viewing. According to Bill Wall, technical director for subscriber networks at Scientific-Atlanta, a leading maker of equipment for cable television systems, limitations in these amplifiers were a significant issue for cable system designers in the next three decades. "In a cable system, the signal might have gone through 30 or 40 amplifiers before reaching your house, one every 1,000 feet or so," Wall says. "With each amplifier, you would get noise and distortion. Plus, if one of the amplifiers failed, you lost the picture. Cable got a reputation for not having the best quality picture and for not being reliable." In the late 1970s, cable television would find a solution to the amplifier problem. By then, they had also developed technology that allowed them to add more programming to cable service.

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TRIAX HEADEND

SYSTEMS

A headend system can be an extremely rational and inexpensive way of offering variety and quality to the subscribers in a multi dwelling network. But the value to subscribers is totally dependent on the flexibility of the headend system. Both the supply of TV-channels and consumer demands are bound to change in the lifetime of a new headend system. A solution that is difficult or expensive to change will restrict subscribers in their freedom of choice, and possibly be an economic burden. Triax offers many different kinds of systems that can be combined and expanded to both present and future needs. The common denominators are simplicity and logic that save time in installation and in future adaptations. Our choice of materials and processing is based on extensive knowledge of year-afteryear performance of headends in every possible environment. Each product and process is tested individually to ensure quality according to specifications. NOVEMBER

Bei ng open for advanced programming and data exchange, the top model of Triax Digital Headend system (TDH 700) is fully prepared for all the opportunities of digitalization and remote control via modem. One of the immediate benefits of TDH 700 is that it opens up for a whole new and more efficient way of supervising and controlling community networks. TRIAX's TAS selective filter unit is the perfect hardware for sizable community networks. Six-cell filters, which ensure high selectivity and switchable gain from UHF modules, enable the product to adapt to reception sites with a reduced number of references. These modules operate using a 12 to 24 Vdc voltage which means TAS products can be used as an extension to existing units. The new programmable multiband amplifier range TMB 10 from Triax has all the features needed for amplifying and distributing a

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number of signals into a network. With just one unit, you can combine all digital or analogue terrestrial signals for channel-selective amplification. The two built-in IF amplifiers in the TMB 10-S simplify the insertion of IF signals into a network. 10 highly selective and adjustable filters in the UHF frequency range secure high flexibility. Each of these clusters can have 1-7 channels (40 MHz) bandwidth. The programmer is always there when you need it. Operating the TMB 10 is simple and done by means of the 4 digit display and 5 buttons.

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Setting up your satellite system isn't so difficult. In order to install your dish, you only have to program the little black box called the satellite receiver. Setting up the satellite receiver is not that difficult too. Read on to get this Satellite TV Receiver Setup Guide and get the hang of it. Since your dish has been already installed, and the receiver has been already connected, you now can turn your television set on. You'll see a 'Point Dish/ Signal strength Setup on the screen, which will test the reception from your satellite. Choose the 'check switch' option and you'll get a new screen. Choose 'check' or 'test' and you'll get a message that your system check is in progress. When the test has been completed an 'Installation Summary' will appear on your screen that will show reception details for two satellites, 110 West and 119 West. Transponders show 'All' and another message 'Satellite Reception Verified' in the status area. When you look at your 'Point Dish/ Signal Screen', you'll have to check your 110 west listing and 119 west listing to see if there is good signal from both. If not the dish has to be positioned in such a

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way that both receive good signal. Once the signals are strong you are ready to download the software. Exit 'Point Dish/ Signal Strength' and let your system download without any interruption. Once the downloading has been done without any interruptions, you now have to order your programming. DISH network subscribers can press the 'SYS INFO' button on the receiver. When this has been done 'Important System Information' will appear on your screen, which will include a number of serial numbers and software versions. The rest will be done by the DISH network customer service. When this has been done you can go through the programs and also preview channels by using the program guide. To have access to this program guide, you only need to press the 'Guide' button on your remote. After this, get hold of a can of coke and some popcorn and enjoy quality time with your television!! Have you ever taken a minute to think how digital satellite TV works? Satellite TV, the best that could happen to television entertainment is a technological marvel. Satellite technology was invented several years ago to aid military and communication processes.

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FIRST TURKISH SATELLITE TO BE LAUNCHED IN 2012 Turkey plans to launch its first intelligence gathering satellite into space in 2012, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has said. The satellite will ease Turkey's reliance on US intelligence in its operations against the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which launches attacks on Turkish military targets from bases in northern Iraq. “We will launch the Gokturk intelligence satellite in 2012," Erdogan told members of his party in comments televised live. The Gokturk satellite is being developed by Turkish defence contractor Aselsan and Finmeccanica's unit Telespazio. The satellite, expected to cost around 250 million euros, will provide high resolution imagery to trace movement of objects less than one square metre.

that neither it nor the government had issued orders to close the transmission or put the channel on a disadvantaged position in the transmission list. It stated that acting on the complaint of Independent Media Corporation Pvt Ltd, chairman PEMRA had personally spoken to the office-bearers of various cable operators associations and told them to restore the transmission of the affected channel, which went off the air on October 10. Legal notices had been served on all those operators who were involved in the suspension of transmission. The statement read that PEMRA had been taking strict measures to ensure uninterrupted distribution of all the licenced TV channels on cable TV networks. Various meetings had been held with all the stakeholders regarding carriage and channel positioning.

RUSSIA TO LAUNCH 3-D TV CHANNEL PEMRA DENIES ORDERING PRIVATE CHANNEL'S SUSPENSION The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has refuted media reports that the government had directed it or the cable operators to suspend transmission of a private satellite channel. The authority, in a press release, clarified NOVEMBER

NTV Plus, a DTH platform is launching Russia's first 3-D television channel in cooperation with Panasonic. The channel is scheduled to go on air very soon. The new channel is to originally focus on sports, particularly on soccer, from reruns of FIFA 2010 matches to live broadcasts of national championships and Champion League games. Gradually, movies and entertainment programs will be added.

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FREE-TO-AIR SATELLITE MORE THAN DOUBLES Around 1.6 million UK homes are now tuning into free satellite TV channels 900,000 more than in 2009. Ofcom's latest research into our digital TV viewing habits saw a 56 per cent rise in free-to-air satellite TV, which now used in 6.3 per cent of British homes. About 1.25 million TVs and receivers have now been sold for the official Freesat service, with 80 per cent Freesat HD-capable. But a further 3.5 million are using Freesat from Sky, old Sky receivers without a subscription, or non-branded freeto-air satellite receiver. Ofcom's quarterly Digital TV Update does not measure homes which have satellite TV receivers for overseas TV channels. Neither Astra nor Eutelsat also measure this data, making it impossible to estimate the British market for free-to-air or pay-TV channels from outside the UK.

FREEVIEW HD REACHES 230,000 HOMES At least 230,000 homes have started watching Freeview HD since it launched in April. TVs with built-in Freeview HD tuners made up 15 per cent of all TVs sold this summer, with more than 100 models now on sale. Freeview+ recorder sales are also strong, accounting for a fifth of all Freeview set-top boxes sold between April and June this year. There are more than 3.75

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million PVRs in the 18.7 million homes which receive Freeview, and 10.2 million homes use Freeview as their main way to watch TV. Ilse Howling, Freeview's managing director, said: 'From recording your favourite TV series in high definition to giving you access to the most watched TV channels, Freeview offers essential TV for everyone, for free.’

INDIA'S DTH REACHES 23.77 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released the “Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicator Report” for the Quarter ending June 2010. This Report provides a broad perspective of the Telecom Services and presents the key parameters and growth trends for the Telecom Services as well as Cable TV, DTH & Radio Broadcasting services in India for the period covering April to June 2010, and is compiled on the basis of information furnished by the Service Providers. Besides the free DTH service of Doordarshan, there are 6 private DTH licensees. All the 6 DTH licensees (Tata Sky, Dish TV India, SUN Direct TV, Bharti Telemedia, Reliance Big TV, Bharat Business Channel) are offering pay DTH services to customers as of 30.6.2010 and their reported subscriber base is 23.77 million, up from 19.1 million at the end of 2009.

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JAPAN TO BUILD THIRD SATELLITE Japan will build a backup satellite to take over if a malfunction occurs in a pair of radar satellites now under construction. The backup satellite will probably be launched in 2014, and would give Japan three fully operable orbiting radar satellites, The Yomiuri Shimbun reported. Japan's two intelligence-gathering satellites have broken down, and their replacements won't be orbited until 2011 and 2012, the report said. Japan will save money by building the backup satellite using parts and technology from the two satellites now under construction, officials at the Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center said. Japan will build a backup satellite to take over if a malfunction occurs in a pair of radar satellites now under construction, officials said. The backup satellite will probably be launched in 2014, and would give Japan three fully operable orbiting radar satellites, The Yomiuri Shimbun reported.

the result of a cyber attack. This involves the very malicious “Stuxnet” worm. The official line is that a power supply problem stemming from a faulty solar panel was the culprit. Others wonder if while everyone was speculating about the impact of a Stuxnet-based cyber attack on an Iranian nuclear facility, an Indian satellite was rendered useless by the same sinister software code.

RUSSIA TO DEVELOP SATELLITE INTERNET IN REMOTE AREAS

LOST ASIAN SATELLITES SEND POWERFUL SIGNALS

A project to develop satelite internet services in remote areas has been prepared by the order of the Russian Ministry of Communications. VSAT equipment for RUB 8,000 and speeds of 512Kbps will be offered to residents of such areas, reports RBC Daily. The project requires an initial investment of RUB 1.6 billion and RUB 18.5 billion in 2012 to 2014.

During the second half of 2010 all three Asian space powers – China, India and Japan – suffered major satellite failures. Each failure is significant, but for different reasons. In this instance, the satellite failures will be addressed in chronological order. At the same time, it must be emphasized that satellite failures happen rarely. What makes the loss of India's Insat-4B in early July – the first Asian satellite on this list – so important is the possibility that the satellite fell victim to deliberate act of sabotage as

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PAKISTAN TO LAUNCH NEW HI-TECH SATELLITE

SAHARA PROMISES URDU NEWS CHANNEL

Pakistan is working to launch a communication satellite to replace PAKSAT-1 next August, state-run news agency Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported. The satellite will support all conventional and modern Fixed Satellite Service applications, will follow a geostationary orbit 36,000km above the earth's surface, PAKSAT (SUPARCO) Manager Waseem-ul Hassan said. The new satellite is meant to carry to 30 transponders and last 15 years. Engineers are designing it to carry a communication payload including internet broadband, TV channel distribution, tele-medicine and tele-education.

Sahara India is launching its Urdu news and information channel soon. The proposed channel will be called 'Aalami Sahara. "We will soft launch the Urdu channel in a month's time. The commercial launch will take place within 45 days," Sahara India Pariwar GM Anil Abraham said. Sahara's Urdu channel will target the 100-million Urdu-speaking population in India. The company believes that there is enough space and revenue potential for the channel. "We have done our research and seen that there is a huge need for an Urdu channel. Going by the demand for our Urdu daily, we are confident the channel will be popular," Abraham said. "Samay has for first time got a distribution reach of 21.9 million homes. We are seeing to it that the channel gets a similar reach like the other mainstream news channels," said Atul Saraf, promoter of ABS Group, which is providing its consultancy services to Sahara for the distribution of the news channels.

AMERICANS SHIFTING TO FTA CHANNELS ISRO TO REPLACE TWO AGEING SATELLITES The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) plans to replace two of its ageing satellites with new ones by December. The agency is planning to send in space two rockets for the purpose. First to fly towards the heavens will be ISRO's heavy rocket – the geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV) – sometime during the second week of December carrying a communication satellite GSAT 5 – intended to replace the ageing INSAT 2E. ‘The INSAT 2E was launched in 1999 and is nearing the end of its life. The GSAT 5 with 36 transponders will be its replacement. Further, the new satellite is also expected to fill the void created by the partial failure of INSAT 4B,' ISRO's director (publications and public relations) S. Satish told IANS. NOVEMBER

According to a survey conducted by Strategy Analytics, 13% of current pay TV subscribers in the US say they are cancelling their current subscription in the next 12 months & will not sign up with another provider. It is said that "cord cutting" in favour of free broadcast or OTT content is a growing trend. "While it may represent only a relatively small percentage today, we anticipate the number of cord cutters to increase going forward," said the Strategy Analytics.

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SATELLITE FEEDS I am new to satellite world. What are 'feeds'? Ans: Broadcasters often use satellite links – 'feeds' – to transfer programming from remote locations before broadcast. Feeds may be unedited, containing bloopers and footage unsuitable for broadcast. Many are unencrypted, although sports feeds are becoming rare, and broadcasters are moving to the technically superior MPEG4:2:2 format.

HDTV is the Difference Between Q:2 What Digital TV and HDTV? Ans: All HDTV is digital, but not all Digital TV is HDTV. As stated previously, in the NOVEMBER

answer to question #1, the same bandwidth for digital TV broadcasting can either used to supply a video signal (or several) and other services, or can be used to transmit a single HDTV signal.

DISH NETWORK SERVICE

What are the standard programming Q:3packages available in Dish Network service? (Wajahat Hakeem, via e-mail) Ans: Dish Network programmings are packaged into five main standard packages: Dish Family, America Top 100, America Top 200, America Top 250, and America EverythingPak. Subscription costs for these programming packages ranged from $19.99 to $79.99. In case HD programming is for you, Dish Network offers HDTV services in several standard packages as well: DishHD Bronze, DishHD Silver, DishHD Gold, and DishHD Platinum.

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TV BROADCAST satellite TV broadcast in digital Q:3Isformat? (Waqar Malik, Dubai) Ans: All satellite TV broadcasting is transmitted in digital format. However, if you don't have a High Definition TV (HDTV), you won't be able to receive the quality of picture and sound that's broadcast. Many people don't realize this, and go ahead and get satellite TV service. Then they have to go and buy an HDTV set. However, within about two years, all TVs will be HDTV, because digital broadcasting will be the standard.

TV SYSTEM Q:4

What equipment do I need with a satellite TV system? (Najam Alam,

UK) Ans: All satellite TV systems require some standard equipment, like the dish and the receiver. There's also some optional equipment you can get for special purposes. The manufacturers of this equipment are well-known, like Sony, RCA, Hughes, Samsung and Phillips. If you want to enjoy the full benefits satellite TV offers, then you'll want to check out the advanced equipment that'll give you some cool features, like TiVo, or interactive TV, or HDTV, or Internet access, or parental control. So what equipment you need depends on what you want in a satellite TV system.

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SHARING FTA RECEIVERS

How do you share an FTA Q:5Receiver with more than one TV set with each viewer watching a different channel? (Zia Hassan, Islamabad) Ans: It is not possible because the dish people or whichever provider you have does not want that to happen they want you to have to buy more from them so they can make more profit. I have tried but if you use a splitter and have wire to another room you can just be watching TV in your room when people are not watching on the other. It is very confusing to say but it is easy to get once you think about it.

SATELLITE COMMUNICATION is the function of satellite Q:6 What communication? (Nasir Jamal, Peshawar) Ans: Satellite communication is a process where a radio signal is transmitted to a satellite above your horizon. That satellite rebroadcasts that signal, on a different frequency, either to a ground station, or to another satellite to be relayed further. It allows communications without any local infrastructure, such as wires, towers, or other equipment. All that is needed is a receiver/transmitter which operates in the correct frequency bands, and which has sufficient power and sensitivity to communicate with a satellite, and the satellites.

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ESPN PHILIPPINES

sunspots have a direct effect Q:7 Will on digital TV? (Ali Naeem, Saudi

Dear Editor on the Asiasat 3S @ Q:09105 deg. East, I receive the ESPN

Arabia) Ans: Yes, at least twice a year as the sun crosses the equator. March and September, if I recall, correctly. What happens is that the sun appears directly behind the satellite and the electromagnetic energy over powers the transmitting part of the transponder on most satellites. The electromagnetic energy more or less `piggybacks' itself on the carrier signal at the same time, becoming part of the satellite's transmitted signal and rides that signal back to earth where it presents itself as 'noise'.

Philippines signal. Please provide the correct Video PID, because I receive signal strength of only 50% & cannot get any picture? (Abul Azim, via e-mail) Ans: On Asiasat 3S you are getting 50% signal strength on a Digital Sat Receiver should provide you an adequate picture. However, the ESPN Philippines channel is not free-to-air on the Asiasat 3S satellite. It is scrambled using Videoguard Conditional access technology on the downlink frequency of 4000 H with SR 26850 and FEC 7/8. Check out the channel guide pages in our magazine.

KU-BAND DISH Sir, we have a Ku-band dish, Q:8 Dear LNB and Digital (Coship) Receiver. We are unable to get signals from any Ku band satellite in the receiver. In the receiver setup, I have entered the frequency of 5150 (low) and 10500 (high). Is it right? Our Feed horn & LNB are both in the correct position? (Amin Karim, via e-mail) Ans: In the LNB settings part on the receiver setup menu, you should punch in 5150 MHz as the LO (Local Oscillator frequency) for CBand reception. However, for Ku reception, you should punch in 11500 or 10500 MHz.

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KU BAND SATELLITE Sir, I have an 8ft Ku band dish, is Q:10possible to track Ku Band satellite with a 3ft dish from Sukkur? Which channels can I receive? If not possible then suggest proper dish size for Ku band? (Khalid Usman, Karachi) Ans: Yes Mr. Khalid, it is certainly possible to receive Ku channels using an 8ft Ku dish. Viewers all over Pakistan can receive the Maharishi transmissions from EuropeStar satellite, LM-1 Satellite @ 75 deg. East, Southern beam & the Express 6A at 80 deg. East. Also of course the AP Net education transmissions on INSAT 2 E@ 83deg. E at 11.575 H. Please keep in mind that you will be able to receive only the free-to-air channels.

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When changing your equipment for satellite reception, there are two key areas to watch out for: technical and legal hurdles. Reception will only work if the dish has a direct "line of sight" to the satellite - it must therefore point in precisely the correct direction. If there's something in the way trees or buildings, for example - you will not receive the signal. In that case, you'll have to look for a different location for the dish, which can be a tricky pursuit. Landlords might kick up a fuss, for example, if the dish looks unattractive. The legal situation has improved for consumers in recent years, but there have been many court rulings with differing conclusions. The easiest way to avoid conflict with the landlord is to discuss your plans with them in advance. Once you've established that the coast is clear of both technical and legal obstacles, you'll need a dish, a good TV, and a DVB-S receiver. These receivers, which convert the satellite signal into one that the TV can display, are rarely integrated into TVs themselves. Current plasma and LCD TVs from Panasonic's G10 series, for example, do have an integrated DVB-S tuner, but in the majority

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of cases you'll need to buy an additional receiver (also known as a "tuner" or "settop box"). A wide selection of satellite receivers is currently available, and these vary massively in price, features, ease-ofuse, and quality. The next section examines the aspects that are particularly important when buying a receiver. Satellite receivers are like grains of sand on a beach. To make sure you choose the right model from the huge number of devices on offer, pay particular attention to the following five points: You can recognize a digital receiver by the "DVB-S" logo, which you'll generally find on the back of the device. Some analog satellite receivers are still on offer, and these would definitely be the wrong choice - so watch out. Make absolutely sure that your new receiver allows HDMI connections. Only this digital connection brings the best video and audio quality to the living room. The new receiver should be able to process HDTV content. You can get hold of cheap HDTV receivers for as little as 100 GBP. The number of HD channels isn't very impressive at present, but this looks set to change in the near future.

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PAY-TV MARKET orldwide pay-TV subscribers totaled 688 million at the end of the second quarter of 2010. “Subscriber growth is fastest in IPTV platforms, while cable and satellite platforms have the most stable growth rate, says Jason Blackwell, practice director, digital home at ABI Research. According to the latest market data, overall pay-TV subscriptions are expected to reach 854.5 million in 2015, with a 5.7% CAGR from 2010 to 2015.” Cable platforms maintain the largest market share, representing approximately 70% of the overall payTV market. According to research associate Khin Sandi Lynn, “The cableTV market is declining in some countries, especially in Western Europe and North America. One reason is market saturation in these countries. Furthermore, there is aggressive competition from IPTV operators. Cable operators are coming under pressure to maintain subscriber and ARPU growth. Some operators have cut subscription prices in order to compete with IPTV operators.” The number of IPTV subscribers worldwide continued to grow in 2Q 2010. Western Europe and AsiaPacific are home to the majority of IPTV subscribers, but the IPTV growth rate in some European countries is expected to slow as the market starts to mature. However, countries in Asia-Pacific, such as China, are expected to grow their IPTV subscriber bases. ABI Research forecasts that IPTV's share of the overall

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pay-TV market will increase from 6% in 2010 to 11% in 2015. Alternative pay-TV platforms also are becoming available to end-users around the world. Pay-DTT (Digital Terrestrial Television) is starting to make its presence felt. Pay-DTT services have been successful in a number of European countries. For example, in Spain, Gol TV achieved one million subscribers within nine months of being launched. The low cost of deploying a pay-DTT service is the main attraction for pay-TV operators. Western European pay-DTT subscriptions are expected to reach 14.4 million by the end of 2015. ABI Research's Market Data product, “Pay-TV Subscriptions: Cable, IPTV, Satellite, Digital Terrestrial,” which provides global pay-TV subscription information, has recently received its latest quarterly update. Detailed market trends and market forecast information for key regions and countries around the world are provided where available. The study is a part of the company's Digital Media Research Service. Television satellites up in the sky, more than 22000 miles from earth are geosynchronous i.e. they rotate at the same speed the earth rotates and thus from earth they seem to be in the same position always

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MULTI SATELLITE

DISH

It is often necessary to use multi-satellite dish antenna such as the oval dish for the customers of DIRECTV or Dish Network DISH 500 as some programming languages expands beyond the satellite provider "core" programming such HDTV programming and local channels in many arenas. Despite the custom built arrangements are costly, you can use huge number of characteristics compared with the Sky receiver. Alien satellites can be explored through multi-satellite dish arrangement. Satellite television has a premium content, pay per view and sided broadband Internet access. One-sided satellite broadband is to use the existent modem user uplink and dish on the communication channel. To enjoy all the TV HD Direct TV programming you will need multisatellite dish with HDTV and TV HDTVcompatible receiver. Direct TV Multi satellite dish antenna is compatible with all Direct TV receivers. It consists of multi satellite reflector dish. Head of Triple Multi satellite LNB with an integrated Multi switch supporting four autonomous outputs. Dish size 18x20 inches, and type is called Set A, B, C or 1, 2, 3 Set or "triple". It is built into the NOVEMBER

multi switch, which allows up to 4 direct TV receivers with an antenna. Direct TV uses three satellites at 101, 110 and 119 degrees wide cast its programming. The satellite is located at 110 degrees allots HDTV as well as some local programs. To complete the local channels (where available) outside the broadcast antenna is not required. Sat-C LNB can receive signals (HDTV programs) from the satellite at 110 degrees while the SB-A and SB-B converter gets programming from other satellites. Install TV antenna can be done, see the user guide allowed to you by the multi satellite dish antenna package, but always manufacturer of professional installation is encouraged. Overview of Set up is as follows: To determine the coordinates of where you will seek multi satellite dish, using the navigation antenna and receiver installed on-screen menu. Direct satellite TV is in the southern sky that requisites a clear unimpeded picture. The distance of the cable from the receiver to the antenna must be 100 or less for better performance. Set on EZALIGN mast and connect to it a reflector to ensure a high quality picture. Attach the LNB on the antenna and tune the receiver to get signals from three satellites.

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Channels

y ty te C d ct nc ari Ra FE an En B ue Pol S/ lr/ q C e Fr

Dish Size 08-10 ft

Be

am

ABS 5 (146°E)

Dish Size 08-10 ft

Dish Size 06-10 ft

Dish Size 08 ft

Asiasat 4 (122° E) 4

Dish Size 06-08 ft

Chinasat 6B(115.5°E) 6B

Apstar 6 (134°E) 6

Express AM 3 (140°E) AM 3 Dish Size 08 ft

Dish Size 08-10 ft

DIGITAL CHART

JC Sat 3 (128.8° E) 3

Telestar 18 (138°E)18

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Dish Size 08 ft

Dish Size 06-12ft

Dish Size 08-10ft

Dish Size 08 ft

Palapa C-2 & Koreasat 2 (113° E) 2 C-2

Dish Size 08 ft

DIGITAL CHART

Indostar 2 (107.7°E)

Asiasat 3S (105.5°E) 3S

Sinosat 1 (110.5°E) 1

Telkom1&AAP-1(108.2°E)

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Dish Size 08 ft

Asiastar(105.0°E)

Dish Size 04-06 ft

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Dish Size 06-10 ft

NSS 6 (95째E) 6

Dish Size 06-08 ft

DIGITAL CHART

Insat 3A (93.5째E) 3A Dish Size 10 ft

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Dish Size 08 ft

Dish Size 04-06 ft

DIGITAL CHART

Yamal 201 (90°E) 201 Dish Size 06-08 ft

Chinastar-1(87.5°E) 1-

Dish Size 06-08 ft

Intelsat 709(85.2°E) 709

Dish Size 06-08 ft

Insat 2E/3B/4A(83°E) 2E/3B/4A

ST 1 (88°E) 1

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Dish Size 06-08 ft

DIGITAL CHART

Express AM2(80째E) AM2 Dish Size 06-08 ft

Dish Size 06-08 ft

LMI 1 (75째E)

Thaicom 2/5 (78.5째E) 2/5

Dish Size 06-08 ft

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Telstar 10 (76.5째E) 2/3

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Dish Size 06-08 ft

Dish Size 10 ft

DIGITAL CHART

Insat 3C/4CR (74.0°E) 3C/4CR

Eutelsat W5 (70.5°E) W5

Dish Size 08-10 ft

Dish Size 06-08 ft

Intelsat 906 (64° E) 906

Intelsat 7/10(68.5°E) 7/10

Dish Size 08-10 ft

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Dish Size 08-10 ft

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Intelsat 904 (60°E) 904 Dish Size 08-10 ft

Dish Size 08-10 ft

Dish Size 08-10 ft

Dish Size 08-10 ft

3A

& 2A

Yamal 202 (49°E) 202

NSS 703 (57°E)

Dish Size 08-10 ft

Dish Size 10 ft

Turksat 2A & Turksat 3A (42°E)

Intelsat 12 (45.0°E)12

Bonum 1 (56°E) 1

Express AM 22(53°E) AM

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DIGITAL CHART

Astra 2D (28.2°E) 2D

Dish Size 10-12 ft

Dish Size 06-08 ft

Badr 4/6 (26°E) 4/6

Dish Size 08 ft Dish Size 08-10 ft

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Astra 1D/3A (23.5°E)1D/3A

Eutelsat W-6 (21.6° E)W-6

EuroBird 2 (25.5°E) 2

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Dish Size 08 ft

Dish Size 10-12 ft

DIGITAL CHART

Afristar (21.0째E)

Astra 1F/1H/1KR/1L/1M (19.2째E) 1F/1H/1KR/1L/1M

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Dish Size 10-12 ft

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Eutelsat Seasat 1(16째E) 1

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DIGITAL CHART

Hot Bird 6//8/9 (13째E)

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6/8/9

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Dish Size 10 ft

Dish Size 10 ft

Eutelsat W2A (10째E) W2A

Dish Size 10 ft

Dish Size 12 ft

Astra 4A (4.8째E) 4A

EuroBird 9 (9.0째E)

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Eutelsat W3 (7째E) W3

9

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Dish Size 12 ft

Dish Size 12 ft

Thor 2/3/5 (0.8°W) 2/3/5

Dish Size 10 ft

Nilesat 101/102-(7°W) AtlanticBird-4 4

Amos 2(4°W) 2

Intelsat 10-02 (1°W) 10-02

Dish Size 8 ft

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Atlantic Bird 3 (5°W) 2

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DIGITAL & HDTV CHART Badr 4/6 (26.0°E) 4/6

Eurobird 2 (25.5°E) 2 Astra 1D (23.5°E) 1D HDTV CHANNELS ARE AS BELOW: Optus B1 (160.0°E)

Koreasat 3 (116.0°E)

Astra 1H-1M (19.2°E) 1H-1M 3

ChinaSat 6B (115.0°E) 6B

Asiasat 5 (100.5°E) 3S

Hot Bird 6/7A/9 (13.0°E) 6/7A/9 Measat 1 (91.5°E)1

Intelsat 12 (45.0°E) 12 Türksat 2A (42.0°E) 2A

Hellas Sat 2 (39.0°E) 2 EuroBird 9A (9.0°E)

9A

Eutelsat W4 (36.0°E) W4

Eurobird 1 & Astra 2A/2B/2D (28.2°E) 1

2A/2B/2D

Eutelsat W3A (7.0°E)

Dish Size 8 ft

W3A

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Atlantic Bird 2 (8°W) 2

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