Category archives for: DTH/Satellite

O3b makes Pacific progress

O3b is a satellite constellation, backed by operator SES, and designed to bring broadband services to the ‘other 3 billion’ underserved people living in the tropics. The St Helier, Jersey-based company says it has signed up 10 wholesale customers in 11 Pacific islands, and contracted for a total 4.3 Gb/s of capacity. The news emerged at the start of a […]

Hispasat drops Spacecom bid

Madrid-based Hispasat has scrubbed its bid for Israel’s SpaceCom which operates the Amos fleet of satellites. Spanish newsletter ‘El Confidencial’ says that the bid, worth some €390 million, had failed because of the differences between the bid and SpaceCom’s asking price. Also cited in the report were anxieties over the Gaza and Israel conflict. Other concerns are said to be […]

AsiaSat 6 launch postponed

The launch of AsiaSat 6 has been postponed until further notice to allow more time for launch service provider SpaceX to examine and verify data. The satellite and launch vehicle remain in a safe configuration. The launch had already been delayed by one day until August 27th because of an explosion of a test flight of a prototype SpaceX rocket […]

Thailand lifts satellite TV ban


Thailand’s military government has lifted the ban of the remaining 12 satellite TV channels that were forced off air during the period of unrest. Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) secretary-general Takorn Tantasith said on Sunday.  The broadcasters have been off air since the coup on May 22nd. They will be allowed to resume transmissions providing they adhere to […]

Catastrophe for Europe’s Galileo

European space activity suffered another catastrophic failure on August 22nd when an Arianespace Soyuz rocket failed to correctly launch a pair of Galileo global positioning satellites. While not affecting the TV industry itself, the failure will place further delays on future launches with Soyuz rockets pending an official Board of Inquiry into the loss. The end result saw the two […]

Iran bribes viewers to give up satellite TV

Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards are happy to pay cash to citizens who give up their satellite dishes and receivers in the latest attempt to curb viewing of ‘foreign’ TV channels. Colonel Abedin Abbasi said last week: “Given that the enemy uses the tools of soft war, including satellite, to weaken our regime, all regime authorities should pave the way for […]

AsiaSat-6 ready to go

August 27th should see the launch of Hong Kong-based AsiaSat’s latest satellite. AsiaSat-6 is scheduled for launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The launch was delayed by one day because of an explosion of a test flight of a prototype Space-X rocket on August 22nd. This is the second launch of an AsiaSat satellite in […]

AsiaSat revenues squeezed

AsiaSat announced a set of sharply reduced revenues and operating profits for the 6 months to June 30th, and warned the market that its full-year results will not be much of an improvement over the first half-year. AsiaSat had issued a profits warning back in July when it explained that lower prices achieved on renewed contracts, cancellations of some others […]

Sky enhances EPG

UK digital satellite platform Sky is updating its TV Guide with a new recommendations feature and launching a ‘Smart Series Link’. Sky customers will start to see a raft of new features from Sky+ which will be rolled out to its Electronic Programme Guide (EPG). With this latest update, Sky says it will be easier than ever for its customers […]

Hispasat’s growth in LatAm


Hispasat CEO Carlos Espinós says that 55.6 per cent of the Madrid-based satellite operator’s revenues are now coming from the Latin America area, and both revenues and LatAm’s share is growing. Espinós adds that these Latino operations are key to Hispasat’s success given that revenues from Europe were declining, and the recession in Europe meant little growth was anticipated. He […]

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