TAS launches digital platform on AsiaSat 4 Ku for DTH service

MUMBAI: Teleport Access Services, Inc. (TAS) launched a Multiple Channels per Carrier (MCPC) digital television and radio platform on AsiaSat 4 satellite's Ku-band Australasia beam to offer Direct-to-Home (DTH) television services in Australia and New Zealand.

The platform is currently transmitting three television channels, including Pacific TV 1, Pacific TV 2 and Da-Ai Television. Both Pacific TV 1 and 2 are Vietnamese-language television services broadcasting in encrypted format while DA-AI Television is a Chinese-language, religious channel available free to air to audiences across AsiaSat 4's Australasia coverage.

The platform, operated by TAS in Taiwan, offers a full range of transmission services including signal turnaround, uplinking and encryption services to broadcasters who wish to provide services targeting local ethnic communities, including professionals and immigrants working and living in Australia and New Zealand.

"The excellent power, coverage and look angles offered by AsiaSat 4, as well as the flexible switching capability of the satellite's Ku-band transponders fully support our delivery of DTH services using dishes as small as 45 cm in the Australasian landmass. We anticipate that more television services will be added to this platform in the near future," said TAS president Yu-Chun Kuo.

"The launch of this new digital platform on AsiaSat 4, the latest addition to the AsiaSat satellite fleet, further strengthens our television offering to the Australasian market. We look forward to bringing in a greater variety of television services to the multicultural audience in this region," said AsiaSat CEO Peter Jackson.

The above channels are available on AsiaSat 4 in Ku-band Australasia beam with the following reception parameters: Transponder: K3V, Frequency: 12430 MHz, Video Format: DA-AI (digital, free to air), Pacific TV 1 & 2 (digital, encrypted), Polarisation: Vertical, Modulation: QPSK, Symbol Rate: 20 Msym/sec and FEC: 3/4.

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