Australia - Broadcasting - Satellite TV and MDS

Synopsis

Australia’s involvement in satellites dates back to the 1950s and ‘60s. The Australian Overseas Telecommunications Commission (OTC) was involved in projects such as the Russian Sputnik and the American moon missions. Kerry Packer was among the first to recognise the more commercial potential of satellite communication. In 1977, he commissioned a report to investigate the launch of an Australian satellite. Aussat was eventually established in 1981 to launch the first Australian satellites. However, Aussat was dominated by Telstra, and it was sold to Optus in 1992. Since then, Optus has been the domestic satellite operator, and Foxtel and Austar the main satellite pay TV companies.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Overview
  • 3. Brief history
    • 3.1 From Sputnik to Aussat
    • 3.2 From Aussat to Optus
  • 4. Analysis
    • 4.1 Hampered by government regulations
  • 5. Direct-to-home TV
    • 5.1 Overview
    • 5.2 Remote area services
      • 5.2.1 Overview
      • 5.2.2 Government assistance for digital reception
      • 5.2.3 Free-to-air TV to remote areas
      • 5.2.4 Analysis
    • 5.3 Pay TV
      • 5.3.1 Overview
      • 5.3.2 Original licensing
      • 5.3.3 Liberalisation - 1997
    • 5.4 Business TV
    • 5.5 Major players
      • 5.5.1 Optus
      • 5.5.2 Telstra
      • 5.5.3 International operators
  • 6. Multipoint Distribution Systems (MDS)
    • 6.1 Overview
    • 6.2 Original licensing
    • 6.3 Conversion of MDS Licences to Spectrum Licences
    • 6.4 Commentary
      • 6.4.1 Australis’ headstart
      • 6.4.2 The Hadid factor
  • 7. High-speed satellite services
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Satellite pay TV channels distribution – 2002
  • Exhibit 1 – Satellite Capacity - 2002
  • Exhibit 2 – Additional Expected Satellite Capacity - 2003
  • Exhibit 3 – Satellite TV licences in Australia - 1993-1997
  • Exhibit 4 – ABC Asia-Pacific Channel
  • Exhibit 5 – The Hadid factor

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Last updated 22 Apr 2003
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Analyst: Paul Budde

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