Sahara One - A daily escape to Bollywood

Bollywood cinema is very different to Western cinema in that almost all films are musicals. At any given time, the actors can be expected to break out into song, something that often leaves Western audiences in fits of laughter or puzzlement. Bollywood movies are pure escapism, to the point where life loses touch with reality and everyone in the world dances like Michael Jackson. Read more ...
Apstar VI - A new hotbird for the Asia-Pacific region

Following the successful launch of the Apstar VI satellite on April 12th, Australia and New Zealand has gained access to an even wider selection of mainland Chinese media including radio and television from a number of provinces that have unavailable to dishes in South Eastern Australia in the past. Read more ...
AVT Khyber - Pashto TV making waves in Afghanistan

Afghanistan under Taliban rule had banned television considering it to be morally corrupt. Since the fall of the Taliban government, satellite television has gained massive popularity with dishes springing up onto rooftops in even the most remote corners of the country. In the last few years hundreds of channels have become available to the people of Afghanistan, though it could be argued that few channels adhere to the traditional values of the people. Read more ...
Grand Prix - Live coverage of Formula One racing

Without a doubt Formula One Grand Prix Motor Racing is one of the most popular televised sports around the world. Unfortunately for viewers of terrestrial and cable television in Australia the sport often takes a second place to other programing. Diehard Formula One fans need not settle for delayed coverage of the race late at night, a number of digital satellite stations available in Australia and New Zealand offer live coverage of both days of qualifying action as well as the race itself. Read more ...
Qinghai - Radio & Television from the Tibetan Highlands

Free to air satellite television can offer an amazing window into the daily lives of people in distant lands. Perhaps you enjoy watching documentaries and travelogs on your local television stations, however the ultimate media experience is to actually watch foreign local television broadcasting from remote parts of the world. One of the most remote and exotic television services freely available in Australia and New Zealand comes to us from the Tibetan Highlands. Read more ...
MOMO - Japanese animation rules kids TV across Asia

Japanese animation rules the children's television schedules in Asia, it seems the world simply cant get enough of the colorful, loud and often very cute Japanese anime characters. MOMO's programs begin each day at 6AM Taipei time (8AM Australian Eastern Standard Time) with Kodomo animation programing. Kodomo is Japanese for 'child', this is animation that is aimed at young children. As the day progresses and the age group of the viewer changes, other forms of Japanese animation are seen. Read more ...
Bali TV - Television from the troubled paradise

Bombings, drug smuggling cases, child abuse at a hotel child minding crèche as well as the general concerns regarding security in Indonesia have dominated the media's coverage of Bali recently. Of course Bali remains a tropical paradise rich in cultural heritage, home to gentle friendly people and fantastic scenery. Bali TV on the Palapa C2 satellite is an ideal virtual tourist destination. Read more ...
China Central Television - One billion viewers daily

In the late 1970's, China had less than one television receiver per 100 citizens with fewer than ten million Chinese people having access to a television set. Today it is estimated that there are now about 25 television sets per 100 people and that roughly a billion Chinese have access to television. To feed this massive audience there are approximately 700 conventional television stations now in China. Read more ...
Xinjiang - It's a long way to the beach from Urumqi

Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, is proud of it's claim to be the furthest city in the world from an ocean. Urumqi is the gateway to the largest province in China, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, a massive geopoliticaly strategic area four times the size of Japan. In the past  the region was a major transit point on the Silk Road, with a series of fabled oasis's that welcomed traders traveling between Europe and East Asia. Read more ...
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Inner Mongolia -  the land of Xanadu and true alternative sport

Imagine a sports news program that doesn't even acknowledge the existence of rugby! The programs on Nei Monggol Television cater to a very different type of  fan. Archery, Mongolian wrestling, camel and horse racing are the most popular sports in Inner Mongolia. The daily coverage features both athletes and spectators in colourful outfits on barren sports fields which appear to be simply roped off areas of the vast grazing lands. Yurts, Mongolian tents which are a blend of igloo and tepee, are scatted around the playing fields adding to the exotic feel of the television coverage. Read more ...
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Firedrake - China's Radio Jammer found on Chinasat 6B

Some countries fear a free flow of information through the media and often go to extraordinary lengths to ensure they maintain control over the distribution of news and information in their nation. While some governments are kept busy building media firewalls or other barriers to stop outside information being received by their citizens, other groups are just as determined to allow their views to be heard behind these firewalls. Read more ...
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Earth TV - The live global video-cam network

Most people are familiar with the concept of a web-cam on the Internet; a static image that is updated frequently. Unfortunately web-cams often only present a low resolution image which may only be updated every thirty to sixty seconds. A dramatic improvement on the web-cam concept is the Earth TV Network, a series of un-manned, live, high quality video cameras that pan and zoom across some of the most interesting views on the planet. Read more ...
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