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AsiaSatLink, Aug/Sep 2010

Headlines
Message from Our New CEO
AsiaSat 7 Construction on Schedule
Fox International Channels Innovates TV Entertainment
with Asia’s Strongest HD Channel Portfolio on AsiaSat 5
   
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AsiaSat 3S Adds More Urdu-language Channels
Channel One Russia Joins AsiaSat 5 MCPC Platform
CHTV Renews C-band Contract
Al Dawri & Al Kass Sport Channel Renews on AsiaSat 5
   
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SKY NEWS's Australian Election Coverage Live on AsiaSat 5
AsiaSat 5 Distributes BWF Badminton World Championships across Asia
   
Corporate
AsiaSat Reports Stronger Interim Results
AsiaSat Contributes to Pakistan Flood Reliefs
AsiaSat @ Upcoming Events
 
 
Message from Our New CEO

 

Dear AsiaSatLink readers

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to this issue of AsiaSatLink and share with you my excitement about my new role as the CEO of AsiaSat. It is indeed a great tribute to have the opportunity to lead this outstanding company and continue to build upon our reputation as Asia's leading satellite operator. I would like to thank our directors and shareholders for the trust placed in me; our loyal and dedicated staff, customers and business partners for making AsiaSat a success; and especially my predecessor Peter Jackson for his invaluable contributions that have established AsiaSat’s market leadership in the Asia-Pacific region.

Since joining AsiaSat in 1995, I have had the privilege of contributing to the growth and development of the company. The past 16 years have been an exciting and rewarding experience as I have witnessed AsiaSat growing from strength to strength. We evolved from a private single satellite company to a publicly listed organisation operating a fleet of four in-orbit satellites, with diverse service offerings and investments in satellite-related ventures.

In the satellite industry, keeping up with the ever-changing business environment can be very challenging. In order to stay on top of the competition, we shall continue to build our core business by exploring ways to innovate and expand into new growth markets, seize new opportunities and develop new applications, while remaining conscious of the inherent risks associated with our industry. We have begun our preparations for the future with the construction of AsiaSat 7, which is currently planned for launch in late 2011 or early 2012. We have launched our new HD DTH joint venture, DishHD, in Taiwan, and have continued to expand SpeedCast, our wholly-owned satellite services provider, with the opening of new offices in Beijing and Dubai.

I am honoured to have worked with Peter for these many years and look forward to continuing our relationship in his new role, as AsiaSat’s Executive Chairman. As the new CEO, I recognise the great responsibility I have inherited, not only to maintain our market leader position but to move ahead, and to achieve even greater success. I am excited at the prospect of building upon AsiaSat’s strengths and look forward to receiving your continued support for both AsiaSat and me for the years to come.

William Wade
Chief Executive Officer
AsiaSat

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AsiaSat 7 Construction on Schedule

Construction of AsiaSat's upcoming new satellite, AsiaSat 7, is progressing on schedule towards a launch in late 2011 or early 2012.

AsiaSat 7, a Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) 1300 satellite, was originally ordered as AsiaSat 5C, a backup satellite for AsiaSat 5. Following the successful launch of AsiaSat 5 in August 2009, AsiaSat 5C was then renamed AsiaSat 7, now re-designed and configured as a replacement satellite for AsiaSat 3S.

AsiaSat 3S is one of AsiaSat's flagship satellites, operating at the orbital location of 105.5°E. Launched in 1999 and with a 15-year design life, AsiaSat 3S is estimated to retire in 2014. The launch of AsiaSat 7 as AsiaSat 3S's replacement, well ahead of AsiaSat 3S's retirement date will allow sufficient time for a second replacement if it should prove necessary.

 
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Fox International Channels Innovates TV Entertainment
with Asia’s Strongest HD Channel Portfolio on AsiaSat 5

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Fox International Channels, Asia’s largest international TV broadcaster introduced Asia’s strongest portfolio of HD channels in early 2010, taking factual, US and international entertainment for 450 million households to a new high. The HD channel collection is anchored upon the iconic brands National Geographic, Fox and Star, and broadcasts through the powerful AsiaSat 5 satellite:

NAT GEO ADVENTURE HD shows exhilarating stories of unfiltered experience from bold young travellers to test male viewers’ limits. The channel is available in Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, South Korea, the Maldives and the Middle East.

STAR WORLD HD is Asia’s favourite channel of top-rated general entertainment programming from the US and around the world. All-time favourites such as action and drama series, comedies, talk shows and live international events are available on Star World HD. The channel can be seen in Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan and the Maldives.

STAR MOVIES HD is Asia’s No.1 movie channel premiering the best of Hollywood from leading studios and prestigious film industry events. The channel also features an original show biz report VIP Access, breaking the latest Hollywood news and celebrity gossip. Star Movies HD is available in Singapore, Philippines and the Maldives.

FOX HD is the No. 1 US entertainment channel entirely dedicated to the best and classic US television series. The channel introduces premium content that spans comedy, drama, science fiction, action, animation and reality. FOX HD is available in Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan and the Maldives.

FX HD is a male-skewed channel that offers the edge of entertainment. The channel showcases award-winning irreverent comedy, sophisticated drama and character-driven stories such as Mad Men and Californication; alongside library products and original local productions that resonate with an affluent audience. FX HD is available in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, the Maldives and Brunei.

FOXCRIME HD is TV’s most-wanted channel for crime, investigation and mystery. It delivers the world’s best crime TV, riveting drama such as Dexter and CSI; together with high quality original productions that take viewers into the heart of advanced criminal investigation. FOXCRIME HD is available in Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam and the Maldives.

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AsiaSat 3S Adds More Urdu-language Channels

Three Urdu-language television channels joined AsiaSat 3S’s expanding South Asian channel offering. With the addition of these new services, AsiaSat 3S now delivers over 70 premium television channels in Urdu, Hindi, Sindhi, Seraiki, Bangla, Marathi and Punjabi languages and is, without doubt, the most watched satellite platform in the South Asian market.

A-Lite, Pakistan’s first female-oriented channel, offers a mix of infotainment programmes including cooking, make-up tips, exclusive interviews, music and talk shows covering women’s issues in society.

A-Plus, an entertainment channel from Pakistan, targets upmarket audiences for programming comprising drama, soaps, reality shows, magazine and musical programmes.

Zee Salaam, an Urdu infotainment channel under the ZEE platform, offers a quality line up of programmes focusing on education, lifestyle, family entertainment, travel shows, historical documentaries and children.

These services are currently available free to air on AsiaSat 3S, serving an audience of millions in Asia.

 

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Channel One Russia Joins AsiaSat 5 MCPC Platform  

Channel One Russia, a leader in Russian TV broadcasting, has launched its services on an AsiaSat 5 MCPC platform operated by SatLink Communications. Utilising AsiaSat 5’s unprecedented regional power and coverage, Channel One Russia brings to Russian-speaking viewers across the Asia-Pacific region the best in entertainment shows, documentary projects, news and analysis, top movie premieres, exclusive sports events and Russian pop music.

 

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CHTV Renews C-band Contract

China Satellite TV (Holdings) Group Company Ltd. renewed its contract to distribute CHTV, a Chinese-language channel through an MCPC platform on AsiaSat 3S operated by AsiaSat at the Tai Po Earth Station in Hong Kong. The channel offers news and information, movies and entertainment programming and is available for free-to-air reception in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

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Al Dawri & Al Kass Sport Channel Renews on AsiaSat 5

Al Dawri & Al Kass Sport Channel (Al Kass) renewed its contract to distribute Arabic-language sports programming to the Asia Pacific on AsiaSat 5. Al-Kass was launched to Asia to provide Asian audience an insight into the football culture and the unique variety of sports in the Middle East.

Al Kass, operated under Qatar's public broadcast network, Qatar Radio and Television Corporation, is the official channel for the country's football league.

 

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SKY NEWS's Australian Election Coverage Live on AsiaSat 5 

On 21 August, Australia’s news channel SKY NEWS provided live coverage of the Australian Election on AsiaSat 5.

Through its broadcast services partner GlobeCast Australia, SKY NEWS distributed the transmission free to air to all terrestrial TV networks and pay TV platforms across the region, making the coverage more easily accessible by embassies, trade missions, Australian expatriates and travellers, and television viewers across more than 50 countries within AsiaSat 5's region-wide C-band footprint.

 

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AsiaSat 5 Distributes BWF Badminton World Championships across Asia 

GlobeCast used its capacity on AsiaSat 5 to deliver the BWF Badminton World Championships held in Paris on 23 to 29 August across Asia.

During the 7-day tournament period, GlobeCast provided on-site delivery of the Championships for Total Sports Asia, Asia's leading independent sports marketing agency and content distributor. Through GlobeCast's facilities in Paris, the signals were transported to Singapore via the GlobeCast Backbone Network and then uplinked to AsiaSat 5 for dissemination to Asian clients.

 

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AsiaSat Reports Stronger Interim Results

AsiaSat’s holding company, Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, announced its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2010. Turnover for the first half was HK$690 million, an increase of some 27% from the corresponding period last year. An interim dividend of 8 HK cents per share was declared.

The revenue increase was primarily due to encouraging growth in the company's core business of transponder capacity leasing while its wholly-owned subsidiary, SpeedCast, recorded an increase in first-half revenue of 34%.

 

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AsiaSat Contributes to Pakistan Flood Reliefs

The most devastating floods in Pakistan’s history have affected some 20 million people. To support a fund raising campaign for relief efforts initiated by the Mir Khalil ur Rahman Foundation (MKRF), AsiaSat has made a donation to the Imran Khan Flood Relief Fund while at the same time encouraged staff members to make contributions to charitable organisations which provide emergency relief to the people in the affected region.

MKRF is a Pakistan based non-profit organisation established in name of Mir Khalil ur Rahman, the founder of Jang Group and GEO TV, and in association with Pakistan’s leading social activist and relief worker Imran Khan.

 

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AsiaSat @ Upcoming Events

AsiaSat is committed to interaction and participation within the satellite broadcasting and communications industry. You can meet with AsiaSat executives at the following events:

• World Satellite Business Week, 6 - 10 September, Paris
• IBC 2010, 9 -14 September, Amsterdam
• APSCC 2010 Satellite Conference & Exhibition, 5 - 7 October, Tokyo
• ABU General Assembly, 19 - 20 October, Tokyo
• CASBAA Convention 2010, 25 - 28 October, Hong Kong
• WBU-ISOG Forum, 2 - 3 November, Tunis
• PTC 2011, 16 - 19 January, Honolulu

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