In the early hours of Wednesday June 15, Apstar VI, the latest hotbird for the Asia-Pacific jumped to life. The new satellite is being received with extremely strong signals in Australia and New Zealand from 134.0 degrees east.  Apstar VI brings to Australia and New Zealand a wide 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.

Australia and New Zealand was already well served with television and radio from over 20 Chinese provincial areas via the Asiasat 3 satellite. Apstar 6 adds to the selection with an additional 27 free-to-air television channels and 45 free-to-air radio stations.

New station highlights include:

China Central Television CCTV
China Central Television, CCTV, is the national  broadcaster in Mainland China. Organizationally it is a subministry of the People's Republic of China's central government within the State Administration of Radio, Television, and Film. Its news reporting follows the direction of the Propaganda Department of the Communist Party of China. Most of CCTV's programming is a mix of comedy and dramatic programming, the majority of which consists of Chinese soap operas.

CCTV has sixteen different specialist channels, eight of these are available free-to-air via Apstar VI.

CCTV-1 National General Channel
CCTV-2 Economy Channel
CCTV-7 Military and Agriculture Channel
CCTV-10 Science and Technology Channel
CCTV-11 Chinese Opera Channel
CCTV-12 Society and Law Channel
CCTV-Children -- Children's Channel
CCTV-Music -- Music Television Channel

CCTV-4, CCTV-9 and CCTV-E&F are available to Australia & New Zealand from both  the Asiasat 3 and Panamsat 8 satellites.

Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region TV & Radio
Nugxia is a cultural rich region which is the home of Chinese Muslims and the Hui people.

Nei Monggol TV & Radio
For many years Inner Mongolia has been outside the reach of the majority of dishes in Australia and New Zealand. Nei Monggol is now once again available from the remote grasslands and deserts of northwestern China.

Gansu TV & Radio
Gansu Province features a rich Muslim culture and is well known for a large number of Buddhist cave temples and grottos.

Chongqing TV & Radio
Chongqing the gateway to the west of China and said to be the location of the semi-mythical State of Ba that began in 11th century BC.

Yunnan TV & Radio
Evidence of human life 1.7 million years ago has been uncovered in Yunnan with the province being an important centre in early human settlement. The province is tropical, sharing borders with both Vietnam and Myanmir.

Guizhou TV & Radio
The Guizhou Autonomous Region is the semi-tropical home to numerous minority peoples and cultures.

Apstar VI is a high power satellite supplied by Alcatel Space with 38 C -band transponders and 12 Ku-band transponders. This satellite has Asia Pacific footprints with its C-band transponders covering China, India, Southeast Asia, Australia, the Pacific Islands and Hawaii. Apstar VI is expected to become operational in June from the orbit location of 134 degrees east.


Tuning & Resources
Over 20 Chinese provincial, national and international media outlets are featured in the Satdirectory package on DVD Disk Two.

A comprehensive selection of Chinese provincial, national and international radio stations are featured in the Satdirectory package on DVD Disk One.
Nei Monggol Television
Apstar VI station profiles

Profiles of the stations available via Apstar VI will be progressively added to in the coming weeks, check here frequently to read the latest Apstar VI features.

CCTV - China Central Television

XJTV - Xinjiang Autonomous Region Television

Nei Monggol Television - Inner Mongolia

Qinghai Province Television and Radio
Apstar VI - A new hotbird for the Asia-Pacific region  
Apstar footprint graphic provided by APT Satellite Holdings Limited