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Chris Forrester is one of the most experienced and highly regarded journalists in the field. His insight and analysis, particularly in the satellite and pay-TV arena, is highly prized. He has written for all the major business journals in the sector as well as several national newspapers.

Who will join the 4K rush?

The waiting is Déjà Vu all over again. We now know that satellite operator SES has reserved five channels for 4K/UHD launches. We know that Sky Deutschland has reserved 4K…

Russia’s Crimea TV to add to Ukraine’s woes

Russia is establishing a new TV channel for the Ukraine and Turkey, ‘Millet’ (“Nation”) will go on air in November. Initially, it will broadcast a 24-hour analogue terrestrial service but…

Confusion in Iran over BBC broadcasts

Tensions between the ‘West’ and Iran are easing, with the Iranian government seemingly ready to do business now that the tough economic restrictions on Iran are re-opening the country for…

Slow progress in Dish/Sinclair dispute

The clock is running out again for Dish Network viewers to the 150 or so stations owned by Sinclair Broadcasting. Last weekend, an August 15th deadline for discussions between Dish…

$100m at stake as AJA and Gore fight over Current TV

Former vice-president Al Gore is suing Al Jazeera Americas (AJA) over what he alleges are missing payments in AJA’s purchase of Current TV where he was a director. When Current…

Cisco cleans up “messy” H.265/HEVC codecs

Cisco is in the process of releasing ‘Thor’, not a new ‘super-hero’ or even a new satellite from Telenor, but what will eventually be a new codec. ‘Thor’ is intended…

Laser signals beam DTH programming

The European Space Agency (ESA) last week successfully beamed 100 laser-based signals between two orbiting satellites. The success opens up the possibility of the technology being added to ‘conventional’ DTH…

BBC: ‘Red Alert’ on funding

The BBC’s licence fee will be under severe pressure come 2020/2021, according to an analysis of the UK government’s ‘Green Paper’ proposals for funding the public broadcaster. Enders Analysis’s Toby…

Intelsat rockets back to normal

Stephen Spengler, Intelsat’s CEO, could have started his half-yearly (Q2) results presentation by using a biblical quote, saying “O Ye of Little Faith” as if to chastise those shareholders who…

Sky results in line with expectations

There are certainly no complaints from financial analysts over Sky’s full-year results, issued early July 30th. Typical is Equity analyst Jerry Dellis at investment bank Jefferies, who welcomed the UK’s…

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