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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 [...]

Univision launches Flama OTT network

Univision Communications, a media company serving Hispanic America, and Bedrocket, a specialist in digital programming and innovation, have official launched Flama – its fully dedicated over-the-top network providing premium English-language video programming for 15 – 30 year olds who are inspired and entertained by the Latin culture that is influencing today’s younger generation. Flama features established and emerging stars across [...]

My-HD adds One America News and AWE

My-HD and Herring Networks have confirmed the launch of three channels, namely One America News Network, AWE, and AWE 3D on My-HD’s video direct-to-home platform. The Herring Networks’ channels launched on My HD across the Middle East and North Africa. Cliff Nelson, CEO of My-HD stated, “We’re pleased to further enhance the programming offering on My-HD with the addition of [...]

Satellite business model stays “strong”

A report to clients from analysts at Berenberg Bank, and based on a special satellite conference hosted by the bank last week, says that senior members of the management team from Eutelsat, SES and Inmarsat attended, as well as industry experts from MTM London and Northern Sky Research. Senior analyst Sarah Simon says that from the perspective of broadcast video [...]

beIN sports, Canal+ score Champions League rights


French pay-TV market rivals beIN sports and Canal+ have both been awarded live coverage rights for UEFA Champions League football from 2015/2016 to 2017/2018. Canal+ will broadcast one first pick game live on each match day of the Champions League and continue to follow the competition through its Canal Champions Club sports show. It says the award of one premium [...]

Sun Direct raises expansion funds

India’s Sun Direct DTH broadcasting operation in the past year raised 2.6 billion Indian Rupees (€32 million) by way of rights issues to fund capital expenditure. The cash is needed to help fund expansion into digital transmission in India’s Phase 3 and 4 of the nation’s digitisation project. Sun Direct is also planning to reduce its net debt of INR [...]

Eutelsat trims costs of debt

Now that Mexico City-based satellite operator SatMex is 100 per cent owned by Eutelsat, the new owners have taken the opportunity to trim SatMex’s debt burden significantly. Now more properly called Eutelsat Americas, the company was obliged to absorb some $350 million of borrowings at the high interest rate of 9.5 per cent. Eutelsat has now restructured those loans very [...]

Irish TV launching satellite channel

Irish TV is planning to launch a round-the-clock service aimed at the country’s diaspora in North America, Europe and Britain that will be launched on May 1st on Freesat, Sky and the US Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Journalist Pierce O’Reilly, who previously worked for the Irish Echo in the US, and businesswoman Mairéad Ní Mhaoilchiaráin both also from Mayo, founded [...]

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