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Abertis/Hispasat eye Spacecom

Spacecom is Israel’s commercial satellite operator and operates a growing fleet of Amos craft. It has been up for sale, or for a joint-venture partnership, for some months. Madrid-based infrastructure company Abertis, which already has a minority shareholding in Eutelsat, has confirmed that it is looking to make an investment using its Hispasat (57 per cent owned) subsidiary. Abertis/Hispasat says [...]

FIFA speaks out over Arab TV rights

The past few days have seen a slew of rumours in the Arab world that – somehow or other – football-mad Arab fans would be able to see the upcoming FIFA World Cup out of Brazil free of charge. Arab fans had their expectations raised because of potential unencrypted transmissions from Eutelsat’s ‘Hot Bird’ satellites, which are widely viewed in [...]

Bolivia: Millicom launches satellite TV service

Millicom, the international telecommunications and media company, has announced that its operation in Bolivia will this week launch the company’s first DTH satellite TV service. The new DTH service from Tigo Bolivia coincides with the launch of its cable service in the country following the acquisition of the fixed-line company Multivision in 2013. The services will be promoted under the [...]

laeffe launches on TivuSat in Italy

Italian thematic channel laeffe has launched on DTH platform TivuSat with a schedule consisting of documentaries, cultural programmes as well as TV series and movies. The channel, which was previously only available on DTT, is produced by Italian media group Feltrinelli and has been allocated channel position 50. However, since laeffe is transmitted in Standard Definition DVBS-2 it can only [...]

Eutelsat Brazil deal with EchoStar’s Hughes

Eutelsat do Brasil, the Brazilian affiliate of Eutelsat Communications, has concluded a 15-year contract with Hughes Network Systems do Brasil (Hughes), an EchoStar company, for the entire Ka-band capacity connected to the Brazilian service area on the Eutelsat 65 West A satellite. Slated to be launched in early 2016, Eutelsat 65 West A will host a Ka-band payload with 24 [...]

Failed Amazonas fall out

Amazonas 4A was launched on March 22nd (on an Ariane rocket with Astra 5B as its co-passenger). Unfortunately it soon emerged that the Hispasat-owned satellite was not working properly. Details are still sketchy but it seems the Orbital Sciences-built spacecraft had suffered a power subsystem malfunction which some sources suggest could be an undeployed solar array. Hispasat itself say: “Hispasat [...]

VIVA+ DTH service launches in Indonesia

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) and PT Digital Media Asia have confirmed the launch of VIVA+, a new prepaid DTH satellite service utilising multiple Ku-band transponders on AsiaSat 5 at 100.5 degrees East to serve the fast-growing Indonesian pay DTH market. The new DTH offering will initially consist of 2 HD and 35 SD channels including the “9 Ultimate [...]

Nilesat’s Hamza to retire

Officially, Salah Hamza is Nilesat’s CTO/chief engineer, but everyone knows him as the person responsible for just about everything that happens at Nilesat’s City headquarters, near Cairo. Hamza will go on May 1st, its board agreed last week. Hamza said only that it was something he had been contemplating for some time past. “Now it is time to enjoy life [...]

DISH, EchoStar, deploy NAGRA DRM

Global satellite technology provider, EchoStar, and US satellite TV provider, DISH have deployed the NAGRA MediaLive Player (NMP) with NAGRA’s DECE-approved MediaAccess Persistent Rights Management (PRM) technology, NAGRA’s studio-approved DRM solution, to enable and secure the DISH Anywhere multiscreen video-on-demand service, which provides premium content to computers, smartphones and tablets. “More and more consumers are demanding greater flexibility in the [...]

SkyPerfect-JSAT orders 2 new satellites


Japan’s SkyPerfect-JSAT is ordering two giant new satellites to add to its existing fleet of 16 craft. The two satellites, JSAT-15 and 16 will be used to meet “growing demand for telecommunications infrastructure in the AsiaPac region”. The orders have gone to Space Systems/Loral. JCSAT-15 is a 10-kW satellite which will be located at 110 degrees East where it replaces [...]

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