Insat 4A C-band transponders hot with teleport ops

MUMBAI: The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has almost sold out transponder space on Insat 4A. While the 12 Ku-band transponders on the satellite are sold to Tata Sky for direct-to-home (DTH) operations, there are takers for its C-band transponders.

Private teleport operators Essel Shyam, Noida Software Technology Park (NSTP) and Lamhas have booked C-band transponders to facilitate transmission on multiple channels per carrier (MCPC) mode. "Insat 4A's C-band transponders are more or less sold out. Essel Shyam, NSTP and Lamhas have booked a transponder each. Among the other takers are Malayala Manorama which has booked half a transponder," Isro contract management and legal services director SB Iyer tells

Lamhas is setting up an uplinking facility in Navi Mumbai and plans to offer transponder space as well for those who want to use the facility. Essel Shyam, a joint venture between Essel Group and Shyam telecom, has a teleport in Noida from where the Zee and other channels are uplinked.

Meanwhile, Insat 4A has moved to 81.5 degree East where in-orbit testing of the payloads is being carried out as there is no satellite in that location.

"The testing will be for about 15-20 days before we move it to its final orbital position of 83 degree E. We expect to operationalise the satellite before the end of January," says Iyer. 

Isro plans to launch 4B, where the Doordarshan channels will reside, in July-August, he adds.

Latest Reads
DD D-G Sahu elected Asia-Pacific Broadcasting vice-president

Doordarshan Director General Supriya Sahu has been elected as the new vice-president of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. The election was held during the 53rd annual Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union General Assembly hosted by the Indonesian public broadcaster RRI,

Television TV Channels People
Star Movies presents 'Films To See...' every weekday starting 7 Nov

Star Movies Select HD has been staying true to its promise of impeccable curation by showcasing the best. Star Movies sets standards of storytelling high inspiring a lot of others to try and re-invent the art of movie showcasing business.

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
Q2-17: Zee Media operating profit up

BENGALURU: The Essel Group’s news network Zee Media Corporation Limited (ZMCL) reported more than double (2.47 times) year-over-year (y-o-y) operating profit (Simple EBIDTA) for the quarter ended 30 September 2016 (Q2-17, current quarter) . The company reported EBIDTA of Rs 18 crore (14.3 per cent...

Television TV Channels GECs
National Geographic Channel to undergo major rebranding

MUMBAI: Come 14 November and the National Geographic Channel will have a new shortened sobriquet. The word channel will disappear from its name and it will be simply known as National Geographic and a new tagline “Further.” The change is expected to take place simultaneously across all the 445...

Television TV Channels Factual & Documentary
Maha Cartoon targets 65 per cent rural HSM via DD FreeDish, 2000 LCOs

Who can forget the Charlie Chaplin show which entertained the world audience of all ages. Maha Cartoon, the first free-to-air (FTA) Hindi cartoon channel targeted at the Hindi-speaking markets (HSM), will be launched on India's largest DTH platform DD FreeDish on 1 November. The new Maha Cartoon...

Television TV Channels Kids
Vikram Chandra steps down; KVL Narayan Rao is new NDTV group CEO

The rumours that were making rounds of Vikram Chandra quitting NDTV have now been put to rest.

Television TV Channels People
Naagin helps Colors capture top position this week: BARC

Backed by Naagin Season 2, Colors was almost close to Star Plus to get the number one position, but, this week, Colors went few steps ahead and grabbed the leadership position and replaced Star Plus in week 42. Even in Urban GECs market, Colors toppled Star and took over the number one position.

Television TV Channels Viewership
SPN India to broadcast Barclays ATP World Tour finals

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) will exclusively broadcast the upcoming ATP events in the month of November. The ATP 1000 Paris Masters will be aired live on Sony ESPN channels and will be streamed live on SonyLIV app and website. The ATP 1000 Paris Masters in Paris will begin on 31 October.

Television TV Channels Sports
Hunt for Zee Business head continues

MUMBAI: Zee Business, an arm of Zee Media Corporation, has seen several transitions in its management this year. The channel was initially headed by Amish Devgan, who decided to move away after serving for 14 years. It was then led by Zee Media Corporation’s then CEO for content Samir Ahluwalia,who...

Television TV Channels People

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories