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Avanti: Losses deepen

London-based satellite operator Avanti Communications reported an increased loss of $87.7 million ($58.88m, a year ago). Revenues expanded from $32.12 million a year ago to $65.62 million for the year to June 30. Backlog also fell back from $445 million a year ago to $430 million now. Avanti had some $195 million cash at hand at year-end. Chairman Paul Walsh […]

Nilesat expands with Eutelsat

Cairo-based Nilesat is taking a long-term ‘multi-transponder’ lease on the upcoming Eutelsat 8 WestB satellite. The satellite is due for launch next summer, and will be located at 8 degrees West, alongside Nilesat’s orbital slot at 7 deg West. The two locations, which can be received on a single dish, already carry more than 1000 channels to the Arab world. […]

YahLive wins BBC Persia, BBC Arabic

It is fair to say that YahLive, the DTH portion of Abu Dhabi’s YahSat craft, struggled over the first year or two of its life to convince broadcasters to come aboard. YahLive was launched back in 2011 with the mission to be the Middle East’s first all-HDTV satellite. The sales concept didn’t work out, but today’s position is significantly improved […]

Scripps re-signs for DISH

A multi-year contract renewal between DISH Network and Scripps Networks Interactive improves DISH customers’ access to Scripps Networks’ entire content portfolio, including new and expanded digital rights. The agreement includes over-the-top (OTT) multi-stream rights for live and Video-on-Demand content. The agreement also expands DISH’s distribution of authenticated live and Video-on-Demand Scripps Networks programming on Internet-connected devices. Moreover, the agreement widens […]

Freesat refreshes Showcase service

UK subscription-free TV service Freesat has unveiled the latest version of Showcase, its editorially-driven TV recommendations service on Freetime next-generation programme guide. Showcase is one of the key features of Freesat’s Freetime service. It offers recommendations of programmes to watch that are selected by Freesat’s dedicated in-house editorial team, and is available online, on the Freesat app, and via the […]

Eutelsat cautious on U-HD

Whereas his counterparts at SES have suggested that Europe will see its first commercial Ultra-HD channels as early as 2016, Markus Fritz, Eutelsat’s Director of Commercial Development and Marketing has expressed a more cautious note, suggesting that any such launches are dependent on business models being developed. “The content is waiting, but operators must consider their return on investment. We […]

Free TV Alliance launch

Three leading European free-to-air satellite TV operators – Fransat (France), Freesat (UK), and Tivùsat (Italy) – have come together to form the FreeTV Alliance. In the first collaboration of its kind, the Alliance aims to promote the harmonisation of satellite TV services and technology across Europe. This will help drive the continuing rollout of compelling free-to-view satellite TV, benefitting viewers, […]

Onlime launches services on Yamal

Onlime announced signing of the contract during the IBC event in Amsterdam with Gazprom Space Systems taking capacity on Yamal-402 satellite to increase Ku offering addressing a growing demand in Sub-Saharan Africa. Onlime has full Ku and C-Band satellite coverage for VSAT services over the African continent, providing reliable business communications solutions to the enterprise market, whether directly through one […]

EC OKs BSkyB ‘Sky Europe’ acquisitions

The European Commission has authorised under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Sky Deutschland AG and Sky Italia S.r.l. by BSkyB. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not raise competition concerns, since the activities of the three companies are geographically complementary. The Commission’s investigation showed that the geographic scope of the markets for the licensing or acquisition […]


NAGRA that DISH Network will be the first customer to deploy NAGRA anyCAST COMMAND, NAGRA’s new security technology that defeats popular forms of piracy such as control word sharing and paves the way for ultra-secure 4K services. The new technology is being developed in close cooperation with EchoStar Technologies a wholly-owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation, which will be the first […]

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