China Central Television - One billion viewers daily

In the late 1970's, China had less than one television receiver per 100 citizens with fewer than ten million Chinese people having access to a television set. Today it is estimated that there are now about 25 television sets per 100 people and that roughly a billion Chinese have access to television. To feed this massive audience there are over 700 conventional television stations now in China. Read more ...
Television New Zealand - Kiwi news for Antarctica?

A feed of Television New Zealand's TV One News has become a welcome addition to the free-to-air television offerings to be found on Panamsat 2. The feed is not intended for direct-to-home viewing, in fact the exact reason why the 6PM nightly news from Auckland is being transmitted across the Asia-Pacific is yet to be confirmed by us here at Satdirectory. Some satellite viewers have conjectured that the daily broadcast is intended for the inhabitants of New Zealand's Antarctica outpost, Scott Base.  Read more ...
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Apstar VI - A new hotbird for the Asia-Pacific region

Following the successful launch of the Apstar VI satellite on April 12th, Australia and New Zealand has gained access to an even wider selection of mainland Chinese media including radio and television from a number of provinces that have unavailable to dishes in South Eastern Australia in the past. Read more ...
NASA TV - Join the Shuttle crew as they return to space

The grounding of NASA's Space Shuttle fleet following the Columbia accident in 2003 is about to be lifted. NASA will return Space Shuttles to flight with the coming mission on the Shuttle Discovery. Free-to-air satellite television offers a detailed insight into spaceflight activities including shuttle missions via NASA Television. Around six hours before the launch the continuous mission coverage commences which extends right through until the mission ends some hours after the Shuttle landing. Read more ...
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BBC World - Unlocking the hidden features

If you work in the software industry you may be aware of hidden features that are often embedded in a program's code. These features, sometimes called "easter eggs", are only accessed by performing a series of non-intuitive steps. The free-to-air feed of BBC World on the Panamsat 2 and Panamsat 8 satellites contain more than just the regular English language program, the signal also contains a hidden behind-the-scenes audio feed from the BBC World control room. Read more ...
Sahara One - A daily escape to Bollywood

Bollywood cinema is very different to Western cinema in that almost all films are musicals. At any given time, the actors can be expected to break out into song, something that often leaves Western audiences in fits of laughter or puzzlement. Bollywood movies are pure escapism, to the point where life loses touch with reality and everyone in the world dances like Michael Jackson. Read more ...
Grand Prix - Live coverage of Formula One racing

Without a doubt Formula One Grand Prix Motor Racing is one of the most popular televised sports around the world. Unfortunately for viewers of terrestrial and cable television in Australia the sport often takes a second place to other programing. Diehard Formula One fans need not settle for delayed coverage of the race late at night, a number of digital satellite stations available in Australia and New Zealand offer live coverage of both days of qualifying action as well as the race itself. Read more ...
Earth TV - The live global video-cam network

Most people are familiar with the concept of a web-cam on the Internet; a static image that is updated frequently. Unfortunately web-cams often only present a low resolution image which may only be updated every thirty to sixty seconds. A dramatic improvement on the web-cam concept is the Earth TV Network, a series of un-manned, live, high quality video cameras that pan and zoom across some of the most interesting views on the planet. Read more ...
Bali TV - Television from the troubled paradise

Bombings, drug smuggling cases, child abuse at a hotel child minding crèche as well as the general concerns regarding security in Indonesia have dominated the media's coverage of Bali recently. Of course Bali remains a tropical paradise rich in cultural heritage, home to gentle friendly people and fantastic scenery. Bali TV on the Palapa C2 satellite is an ideal virtual tourist destination. Read more ...
Al-Jazeera - Balanced or just a mouthpiece for Osama?

Aljazeera has never been far from controversy since it was launched in November 1996. Broadcasting from modest studios in Doha, Qatar, the news network is the media outlet of choice for Al-Qaeda, has been the target of USA bombings and has sent shockwaves throughout the whole Arab world. With over fifty million viewers Aljazeera is one of the most widely watched news networks in the world. Read more ...
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