The France-made Chinasat-9 is capable of covering almost all of China, making it possible for at least 98 percent of the population to receive satellite television using small dishes. Chinasat-9 was originally planned to complement Sinosat-2 as mutual back up to form China’s first-generation direct broadcast satellite system. SinoSat-2, China’s first direct-to-home satellite was launched last year. But it failed to deploy its solar panels and communication antennae and was deemed inoperable.
China has 12.6 million digital TV subscribers and a total of 400 million television sets, suggesting a huge potential market for satellite TV.
(Source: Xinhua/R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)