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Analyst: Cord-cutting now a reality in Europe

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Pay-TV cord-cutting is now an undeniable phenomenon in a large number of European markets as 12 countries witnessed a decline in overall pay TV uptake in the first quarter of 2014, according to IHS Technology’s latest European pay-TV Update. Six of these markets are seeing their second quarter of decline, suggesting a sustained softening of pay-TV across much of the […]

EBU: ‘LTE not on for broadcast’

A report from the EBU casts doubt on the economics of using LTE technology for the large-scale distribution of TV services and as a possible replacement for digital-terrestrial delivery The report rebuffs recent claims by the mobile industry that costs could be reduced by an efficient combination of unicast and eMBMS multicast technology. The report is based on a study […]

Eutelsat still wants Hispasat

Eutelsat admits it is biding its time and patiently waiting for the day when it can control all of Hispasat, and not just the 33.69 per cent it currently owns. Back in July 2013 Spanish infrastructure giant Abertis bought a 16.42 per cent slice of Hispasat from Spain’s National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) which is part of Spain’s Defence […]

TW Cable mixed quarter

Time Warner Cable reported in a mixed second quarter with basic video subscriber and high-speed data customer additions beating year-over-year marks, but missing analysts’ consensus estimates. TWC lost 147,000 basic video customers in the quarter, a 22 per cent improvement over the same period last year, but far short of analysts’ consensus estimates of a loss of 99,000 video customers. […]

Majority of Australians support piracy crackdown

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A majority of Australians believe individuals involved in the supply of pirated television should be prosecuted and punished, according to research conducted by market research company Auspoll. Sixty per cent of respondents agreed that individuals who facilitate piracy should face prosecution. Only 11 per cent disagreed. Fifty-three per cent believe government should ‘do more’ to prevent television piracy, with only […]

ABS-2 “anomaly” confirmed

The almost brand new ABS-2 satellite has suffered an “anomaly” on its Russian Ku-beam and which according to ABS is affecting a limited number of transponders. We first reported this on July 29. An ABS spokesperson now says: “This resulted in an interruption of services which we are working to restore with Space Systems/Loral.  No other beams were impacted and […]

SpaceX readies AsiaSat-8

AsiaSat-8 is due to be launched on August 5th from the SpaceX facility at Cape Canaveral, Florida. It will be a late-night launch, often the most spectacular, at 1.25am Florida-time (and 1.25pm in the afternoon Hong Kong time). AsiaSat-8 has been built by Space Systems/Loral and has 24 Ku-band transponders as well as a Ka-band payload. The satellite will be […]

Disney Tasters for TalkTalk TV

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The best of the Disney channels are being made available to all TalkTalk TV customers as “Tasters”, allowing TalkTalk homes to view popular channels included in paid-for Boosts. The first Taster will launch today (August 1st) and be available August 3rd, giving viewers  access to Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD on channels 555, 556 and 557. Henrik Karlberg at TalkTalk […]

PGNL chooses Measat for international

Measat Satellite Systems has agreed a deal with Pilipinas Global Network Limited (PGN) for capacity on Measat-3. Under the terms of the agreement, PGN will use Measat -3’s global beam to distribute the Aksyon TV International and Kapatid TV5 channels to over 120 countries across Asia Pacific, Australia, the Middle East and Eastern Africa. Kapatid TV5 is a 24-hour general […]

Telefónica Vivo, Ericsson bring next-gen TV to Brazil

Brazil’s largest communications service provider Telefónica Vivo has chosen Ericsson’s AVP 4000 Encoder Family to boost its TV viewing experience for consumers in Brazil. Furthermore, Telefónica Vivo has begun trials to demonstrate the ability to provide a 4K experience in Brazil. With more content available for more video-enabled devices than ever before, maximising video delivery over available bandwidth and multiple […]

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