Monday, September 04, 2006

Digital Broadcasters | ASBU Moves from AsiaSat 3S to AsiaSat 2

Key Arab digital satellite broadcasters on Asiasat-3S are migrating to Asiasat-2 from October 1, according to Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat)(SEHK: 1135HK) and New York (NYSE: SAT.

Referred to, as the Arabsat/ASBU Bouquet, the channels concerned will parallel transmit both on current satellite, Asiasat-3S from now until October 1. From that date the Arab Bouquet will be entirely on Asiasat-2.

The Arabsat/ASBU Bouquet on AsiaSat 2 is using a C-band transponder: 5A, 3820 MHz Polarisation: Vertical Modulation: QPSK Symbol Rate: 27500 FEC: 3/4.

This Arabic-language Bouquet consists of both radio and services from the ASBU (Arab States Broadcasting Union): Abu Dhabi TV Europe, Jamahiriya Satellite Channel (Libya), Oman TV, Palestinian TV, Qatar TV, Saudi Arabian TV 1, Sharjah TV, Sudan TV, Syria Satellite Channel, Yemen TV and 13 radio channels.

The ASBU broadcast initiative is part of the ASBU’s global satellite coverage in partnership with GlobeCast and Arabsat.

“AsiaSat 2 carries an established Middle Eastern community of programming from the Arab States. Moving the Arabsat/ASBU Bouquet to AsiaSat 2 is therefore the natural choice for continuing and expanding the broadcast services of our member channels in Asia and Australasia. We appreciate the value of joining Asia’s most popular multicultural and multilingual broadcast platform, bringing our member channels to wider Arab audiences across the region,” said Abdelrahim Suleiman, ASBU Technical Director.

Eng. Khalid Balkhyour, Arabsat President and CEO, welcomed the move of the Bouquet to AsiaSat 2, “We are committed to actively support the development and success of the Arabsat/ASBU Bouquet and are glad to see the move to an even stronger neighbourhood of Arabic and foreign programming on AsiaSat 2.”

The Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU)members include 28 Arab networks broadcasting via satellite either their own programs or retransmissions of other channels. Of its member broadcasters, 17 are state-run and 11 are owned and managed by Arab privately owned radio and TV channels.

[See also the story today here at [digital broadcasters vendor news asia] of fellow Moslem digital broadcaster, Radio Television Brunei International launching its Malay and English TV satellite channel on Asiasat 2.

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