Category archives for: DTH/Satellite

Fox blacks out News and Business for DISH

21st Century Fox has blocked DISH customer access to Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, with the satellite operator accusing the media conglomerate of introducing other channels into negotiations, despite those channels not being included in the contract up for renewal. “It’s like we’re about to close on a house and the realtor is trying to make us buy […]

Success for O3b quartet

SES-backed O3b now has its first constellation of 12 satellites in orbit. Four additions were lofted into space late on December 19th, by an Arianespace Soyuz rocket from the Kourou, French Guiana, spaceport. The complex mission worked perfectly and after a 2 hour 22 minute flight, the first pair of satellites were released from the rocket’s dispenser, followed by the […]

TivuSat success explains Sky Italia struggle


Italian free-to-view DTH service TivuSat has added 275,000 net new subscribers during 2014, and taking its total to more than 2.3 million ‘active’ smart cards. The broadcast platform says its numbers are the equivalent of some 1.9 million households, or more than 8 per cent of Italian TVHHs. TivuSat’s success, in part, explains why Sky Italia is in the doldrums […]

Poland’s nc+ extends Eutelsat relationship


Eutelsat Communications and nc+, a driving force in pay-TV services in Poland, have confirmed the signature of a major contract for the renewal of nine transponders at Eutelsat’s Hot Bird video neighbourhood. The agreement equips nc+ to pursue the expansion of its platform of digital services that broadcasts to 2.2 million subscriber homes equipped for Direct-to-Home reception in Poland. Julien […]

Czech/Slovak broadcasters in Ultra HD tests

Satellite broadcaster SES has confirmed that Ceska Televize (CT), RTVS and Ceske Radiokomunikace are to begin test broadcasts of Ultra HD content via SES’s ASTRA 3B satellite. The Czech Republic public TV provider CT and Slovakian public broadcaster RTVS, in co-operation with leading Czech provider of digital infrastructure Ceske Radiokomunikace, are spearheading the first Ultra HD broadcast trial via ASTRA […]

Airbus “scandalous” say French

Airbus Defence & Space, formerly known as EADS and the part owner of the Arianespace rocket company, has been roundly criticised by the French Parliamentary Space Group.  A French Senator, and member of the Space Group, Alain Gourac, has protested to France’s Economy & Industry Minister, Emmanuel Macron, about Airbus and its past attempt to secure a launch on its […]

Malaysia’s Astro profits up 12%

Malaysia’s Astro DTH pay-TV operator is performing well, with its latest Q3 numbers showing profits up 12 per cent y-o-y, at $108 million ($96.2m last year). Revenues were $1.1 billion for the quarter, up 10 per cent on last year, with ARPU up 3 per cent to $28 per month. Astro says the improved numbers are as a result of […]

Eutelsat hamstrung by French tax rates

Investment bank Berenberg, in a 10-page report on satellite operator Eutelsat, says it is increasingly difficult to accurately compare and contrast Eutelsat with its Luxembourg rival SES. The bank’s headline advice is for investors to “HOLD” their positions in Eutelsat despite the operator paying “well over two-times the tax rate of SES” and also having an above sector average exposure […]

Bolivia: Entel ups channel offer

Bolivia’s embryonic Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Entel) DTH pay-TV service is increasing the number of channels on offer, and repackaging the bundles available. Barely six months ago in June it offered 102 channels. A December relaunch has seen that number jump to 132 channels. A new pricing structure sees the basic bundle offer 84 channels for US$12 per month, and […]

French satellites cannot be sold to Russia

French satellite builder Thales Alenia is suspending an agreement with Russia to supply satellites. The first craft to be affected by the decision is a military so-called ‘Spy’ satellite for the Russian military. The decision follows on from a report by the US intelligence services suggesting that the French satellites contain US-designed or supplied space technology, and these parts might […]

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