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Measat demos 4K channels

Visitors to Malaysia’s Asia Broadcasting Union’s ‘DBS’ show (Digital Broadcasting Symposium) in Kuala Lumpur (March 3-6) will see a pair of Ultra-HD channels transmitted from a Measat satellite using DVB-2SX. The signals will also be converted and transmitted terrestrially via DVB-T2 signals throughout the exhibition. Visitors will also be able to see 8K transmissions from a test by Japan’s NHK […]

Ericsson enables Tata Sky 4K


Communications technology specialist Ericsson has enabled Tata Sky, India’s leading DTH operator, to launch the first commercial 4K video service in the subcontinent. With the launch of the Tata Sky 4K service, customers subscribing to this service can watch video up to four times the resolution of the standard HD video currently available. Ericsson will provide compression technology for 4K […]

Green light for Seven’s Presto deal


The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced that it will not oppose the proposed acquisition of shares in the Presto Entertainment  SVoD service by Seven Network Operations, a subsidiary of Seven West Media, suggesting that competition and consumer choice in paid television services is increasing. Presto Entertainment provides subscribers with access to general entertainment content including premium and library […]

Double success for SpaceX

Late Sunday evening saw two satellites launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket company, the first time that SpaceX has launched a pair of large communication satellites. The mission was flawless. However, the two craft, for Eutelsat and Permira-backed Asia Broadcast Satellites, are rather special. The two are entirely dependent on electric propulsion and have no traditional chemical propulsion on board. […]

ABS-3A successfully launched

ABS announced that ABS-3A was successfully launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 10:50 p.m. EST.  The satellite lifted off as a conjoined stack with EUTELSAT 115 West B. ABS-3A is the revolutionary 702SP satellite, with an innovative design that will have a significant impact on the industry. ABS-3A is lighter and smaller than a […]

Good news from Outer Space

The past few days have seen each of the Top 10 satellite operators release their end-of-year results. We have reported on the numbers, but now the number-crunchers have analysed the picture, and the overall impression is that they represent “good news” for the sector. SES, for example on February 25th stated it expected to be leasing about 25 transponders for […]

Analyst: Cord-cutting evidence confused

Analyst firm MoffettNathanson’s comprehensive quarterly report on the US cable and satellite pay-TV sector, admits that on the surface “all is calm” insofar as subscriptions are up (by 101,000) during Q4/2014 but reminds readers that this always happens in the traditional pre-holiday Q4, so look at the trailing year and the actual number falls by a tiny 0.1 per cent […]

US pay-TV subs numbers ‘relatively static’

The informitv Multiscreen Index shows that the ten leading pay-television operators in the United States collectively lost 20,600 subscribers in the last quarter of 2014, compared to a loss of 45,000 the previous quarter. Over the year, they gained 82,200 subscribers, taking their combined total to 87.67 million. The cable operators collectively lost over 800,000 digital television subscribers in 2014, […]

Portugal’s MEO dumps 8 HD channels


Portugal Telecom-backed MEO pay-TV operation is dropping eight HDTV channels from its DTH offering. The eight channels that will longer be available to MEO subscribers are Fine Living, Food Network, Clubbing TV, Nautical Channel, Localvisao TV, MUTV, Barca TV and TPA. MEO transmits on the Hispasat satellite, and has more than 1 million subscribers across DTH, ADSL, fibre-optic and 3G/4G […]

SpaceX twin launch slips to March 1

SpaceX was scheduled to launch two satellites on February 27th but has slipped this to late on Sunday (March 1st at 10.49 Florida time) from Cape Canaveral. The two satellites are Eutelsat America’s 115 West B craft (originally ordered as Satmex-7) and Asia Broadcast’s ABS-3A. The two satellites were ordered from Boeing and are both lighter-weight ‘all-electric’ craft which will […]

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