Category archives for: DTH/Satellite

Airtel, Samsung launch India’s first iDTV

India’s Airtel digital TV, the Direct-To-Home (DTH) service from Bharti Airtel, is teaming with Samsung to launch India’s very first Integrated Digital TV (iDTV). As part of this initiative, Samsung’s range of SmartDirect TVs will come designed with an in-built Airtel digital TV Smart Card which will enable DTH signal reception without the need for customers to install an external […]

Freesat in 1.9m homes


Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has maintained its 2014 momentum by adding 8,000 new TV homes in the three months to the end of September. In all, Freesat has added 32,000 new households in the first nine months of 2014; it is now available in 1.9 million households and watched by more than four million viewers every week. […]

ABS makes $214m claim

Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) says it is in negotiation with the insurance industry over a partial failure of its recently launched ABS-2 satellite. Their claim is for $214 million, and concerns their key Russian beam. ABS-2 was built b y Space Systems/Loral, and launched in February. The claim is complicated by the fact that the beam is partially owned by […]

Hispasat/Intelsat extend co-operation

Hispasat is certainly on a fast-track to co-operation with its satellite rivals. Madrid-based Hispasat is to create a joint-venture with Intelsat to extend its current joint occupation of the 55.5 degrees West position. Currently Hispasat’s Amazonas-1 satellite and Intelsat’s Galaxy-11 satellites share the orbital slot in an agreement which lasts until the end of next year. Now the new agreement […]

Canal+, ITI Group review TVN options

The ITI Group and CANAL+ Group have been approached in recent months by various strategic and financial investors expressing an interest in acquiring the controlling stake in TVN Group, should it become available. In response to such interest, both the ITI Group and CANAL+ Group have decided jointly to review their strategic options regarding the 51 per cent stake in […]

Intelsat success for DirecTV

A giant Ariane rocket successfully lifted two satellites into orbit, and was the 62nd consecutive success for the Ariane system (and the 220th since Ariane rockets were first introduced in 1979). Launch occurred at 5.43pm EDT on October 16th. The heavier satellite was Intelsat-30, built by Space Systems/Loral, and which will host the Ku-band –based DLA-1 mission for DirecTV. It […]

United Group takes control of Broadband Montenegro

United Group, a regional cable and DTH operator active in the former Yugoslavia, has become the majority shareholder of MMDS operator Broadband Montenegro (BBM). Through its Serbian cable TV unit SBB, United Group purchased 49.4 per cent of BBM shares on the Montenegro Stock Exchange (Montenegroberza) for €2.47 million, according to local media reports. Some 34.57 million BBM shares were […]

Freesat new Freetime ad campaign

Freesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service jointly owned by BBC and ITV, has launched a new advertising campaign to promote the features of its Freetime service. The campaign will debut on ITV and digital platforms on October 20th. The new advertising campaign features Sheldon, a snail who regularly misses his favourite shows because life often gets in his way and […]

Africasat capacity for iSat

Measat Satellite Systems has signed agreement with iSAT Africa for capacity on the Africasat-1a satellite. Under the terms of their agreement, iSAT will expand their VSAT and broadcast solutions across Africa using Africasat -1a’s high-powered pan-African C-band coverage. Africasat -1a was launched in February 2013 and provides high-powered C-band satellite services and content across Africa with connectivity into Europe, the […]

ABS-2 satellite loss?

Reports are emerging that ABS-2, the new satellite operated by Asia Broadcast Satellite, is subject to a $200 million insurance claim, and that the claim will be based on an ‘in orbit” failure having occurred within one year of launch. ABS-2 operates from 75 degrees East. ABS-2 was launched back in February. Built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), it was launched […]

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