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“First European 4K channels in 2016”


Ferdinand Kayser, CCO at Luxembourg-based satellite operator, says he firmly expects some key European broadcasters to have 4K channels on air during 2016. “The catalyst will undoubtedly be the UEFA soccer and that year’s Olympics from Brazil.” He said he expected some important pay-TV broadcasters, such as Canal+, to start closing their Standard Definition services soon. Kayser also announced that […]

MEASAT-3b successfully launched

Following earlier delays to complete technical check on another craft on the same payload, the MEASAT-3b satellite has been successfully launched. The satellite lifted off on an Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle from European Space Port in Kourou, French Guiana at 6:05am MYT (7:05pm GFT). The Malaysian Deputy Minister of Communication and Multimedia, YB Dato’ Jailani Johari described MEASAT’s successful […]

Freesat, SeaChange début Connected TV platform

UK subscription-free hybrid satellite TV service Freesat and multi-screen video services solutions specialist SeaChange International have partnered to put service providers on a fast track to introducing connected TV services. The pair are taking the opportunity to demonstrate a new platform that integrates Freesat’s next-generation Freetime electronic programme guide (EPG) with the SeaChange Adrenalin multi-screen television platform at IBC in […]

iSAT Africa, Eutelsat partner on FTA digital channels

iSAT Africa has selected to partner with Eutelsat Communications on free-to-air delivery of African and international digital channels in Kenya and across East Africa in order to accelerate the move towards a fully digital broadcasting environment in the region. iSAT and Eutelsat will use the high-power African service area of the Eutelsat 70B satellite to broadcast a platform of channels […]

SES, SmarDTV, Samsung demo encypted U-HD

SES, SmarDTV, a Kudelski Group company and Samsung Electronics. will be demonstrating its first end-to-end encrypted Ultra HD content – via an SES satellite to a Samsung Ultra HD TV by using a SmarDTV CI Plus CAM module at IBC 2014. The demonstration will mark a major milestone for the Ultra HD broadcast chain, as it is the first time […]

“We need Ariane 6” say sat-operators

A letter signed by almost all of the world’s major satellite operators  has been sent to the European Space Agency saying that if it doesn’t authorise and start building the new Ariane-6 rocket then Arianespace risks being an “also ran” as far as competitive launch activity is concerned. The letter was discussed at Euroconsult’s Business Week event in Paris. One […]

Eutelsat talks Hispasat strategy

“Eutelsat has been a shareholder in Hispasat since 2001 and at that time was encouraged by the Spanish government that one day Eutelsat would be authorised to become the controlling shareholder,” said Michel de Rosen, CEO of Paris-based satellite operator Eutelsat. “However, patience was also advised. Then the Spanish government changed, along with a new chairwoman at Hispasat while at […]

1+1 Media selects AMOS-6

Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, has signed a long term agreement with Ukraine’s 1+1 Media, a leading media company, for the broadcast of its channels on the AMOS-6 satellite. From the 4°W prime orbital position, AMOS-6 will provide satellite broadcast services for 1+1 Media’s entire network over its Ku-band pan-European transponders. 1+1 Media is a leading Ukrainian multi-channel […]

Yahsat orders from Orbital

Abu Dhabi’s Yahsat-3 satellite will be built by Orbital Sciences Corp, and launched by Arianespace. The news emerged at the Paris ‘World Satellite Business Week’ event, organised by Euroconsult. Launch date is scheduled for Q4 2016, and will be an all Ka-Band satellite covering an “extra 17 countries” mostly over Africa including Brazil and a potential 600 million users. Masood […]

MEASAT-3b launch timings confirmed

Satellite operator MEASAT has confirmed that the MEASAT-3b craft will launch at 5:21am 12 September MYT (6:21pm 11 September GFT) from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. “MEASAT-3b was initiated in June 2011. This spacecraft, Malaysia’s largest and most advanced to date, is the result of more than three years’ co-operation between MEASAT, Airbus Defence and Space, the satellite […]

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