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Telstra to acquire Globecast Australia


Telstra is set to acquire Globecast Australia, a provider of media services for broadcasters in Australasia. The acquisition is subject to ACCC review prior to completion. Telstra Group Managing Director Global Sales, Martijn Blanken, said the acquisition would deliver on Global Enterprise and Services’ strategy of developing deeper capabilities in media services for our customers in the broadcasting industry. “Our […]

Andrew Neil: ‘UHD will strengthen traditional TV’

Broadcaster and commentator Andrew Neil has predicted that the advent of 4K viewing will give mainstream broadcast TV “a new lease of life”. Neil made his comments in a keynote address at the SES Satellite Monitor in London where the satellite operator revealed its reach figures for 2014. Suggesting that moving forward, Internet and satellite-delivered programmes would become increasingly dominant, […]

Digital TV homes to double in LatAm

Despite slowing economic growth, the number of digital TV households in Latin America will double by 2020. A report by Digital TV Research estimates 152 million digital TV households by 2020. Digital TV will climb from only 17.9 per cent penetration of TV households at end-2010 to just over the halfway mark by end-2014 and onto 93.6 per cent by […]

New generation satellites in development

The annual Satellite Show in Washington is underway and news has emerged of some dramatic channels under development. The event’s opening panel saw Intelsat’s EVP/CTO Thierry Guillemin and SES’s CTO Martin Halliwell explain their approach to the new thinking. Guillemin told delegates that its 6 EPIC satellites now on order would expand the Intelsat fleet massively. “Each EPIC carries ten-times […]

SPACECONNECTION expands Intelsat agreement

Intelsat, a global provider of satellite services, and The SPACECONNECTION, the independent provider of C-Band and Ku-Band satellite space segment, have announced a new, multi-year agreement under which The SPACECONNECTION expanded its capacity commitment on Intelsat’s Galaxy 17 satellite located at 91˚ West and renewed services on Intelsat’s Galaxy 3C satellite located at 95˚ West. Galaxy 17 is a premier […]

Arabsat winning MENA HD TV battle

Amman-based Arab Advisors Group, in a White Paper, says while Cairo-based Nilesat now has 669 standard definition channels on air (as at March 2015), it is only carrying 63 HDTV channels. Riyadh-based Arabsat is carrying 88 HD TV channels, helped by the MyHD’s bouquet of 46 free-to-air HD TV channels. Nilesat is carrying 63 HD channels, while newcomer YahLive is […]

Bitcoin pioneer joins mini-sat rush

One of Bitcoin’s creators and “core developer” Jeff Garzik, says he has confirmed an order for 24 ‘BitSat’ satellites. Confirmation has come from the satellite builders, Deep Space Industries (DSI). Garzik is also involved with Dunvegan Space and a year ago he announced that he was developing the satellites as part of a scheme to create a secure back-up for […]

Glitch means recount for Brazilian pay-TV

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A misstatement by Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel has forced a re-count for pay-TV growth covering December 2014 and January of this year. The initial statement from Anatel said that January’s net pay-TV growth in Brazil was 83,000 subscribers, which would have been the worst January period of the last few years, and a severe slowing of take-up. However, statistics from […]

Arabsat orders two satellites

Saudi Arabian-based Arabsat is reportedly close to ordering two satellites from Lockheed-Martin. Arabsat’s official statement, issued at the Dubai CabSat show, said: “Arabsat is in the final stages of bidding and awarding the manufacturing and launch of its new satellites, at different orbital positions, for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.” The report that Lockheed-Martin is a probable winner of […]

Eutelsat 115 WB to take 8 months to get to orbit

Eutelsat’s latest craft, its 115 West B satellite, launched on March 2nd is going to take eight months to get to orbit. The reason is the satellite’s use of a Xenon-Ion all-electric Plasma propulsion system. The satellite is part of the Eutelsat Americas fleet, and it was always recognised that all-electric propulsion is a ‘slow but steady’ mechanism to get […]

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