Category archives for: DTH/Satellite

Indonusa Telemedia seeks JV satellite

Indonesian pay-TV operator Indonusa Telemedia is setting aside $150 million for a satellite project. Indonusa is owned by Trans Corp and markets itself as Transvision. A July 16 half-year report said the broadcaster is anticipating 800,000 subscribers by the end of this year, helped by English Premier League football. Currently the broadcaster uses Telkom-1 (108 degrees East) for its 148 […]

Spain: Multi-play packages lead pay-TV growth

The combination of five different services in a package (mobile and fixed telephony, mobile and fixed Internet access and pay-TV) is increasingly boosting the take-up of pay-TV services. In the first quarter of the year, the convergent packages with 5 different services

Thais can use vouchers for sat-TV

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Thailand’s National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission is expected to allow viewers to use its subsidised voucher scheme to buy satellite set-top boxes. Up until now the vouchers could only be used to buy digital terrestrial receivers, or new digitally-equipped TV sets. “Even though some network operators plan to expand their coverage, we are worrying that some households might not be […]

South Africa: OpenView HD on IS20 bird

OpenView HD, South Africa’s first free-to-view DTH satellite television platform, will soon also be available on the same satellite dish used to receive DStv, Vivid and Freevision services. Platco Digital, the e.tv sister company which owns OpenView HD, has entered into an agreement with national transmission supplier, SENTECH, to lease space on the IS20 satellite. IS20 is the same satellite […]

SES Astra 5B to deliver Setanta Sports

SES has announced that international sports broadcaster Setanta Sports will be broadcasting two sports channels in HD to 13 countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan – via SES’s Astra 5B satellite at the 31.5 degrees East orbital position. Exclusive La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, European and World Cup Qualifiers, […]

Orange ups Africa capacity with Eutelsat

Eutelsat Communications and Orange have concluded a multi-year agreement for C-band capacity on the Eutelsat 3B satellite that broadens Orange’s satellite capabilities across Africa. The capacity will support a fast response to enterprises by Orange Business Services for communications anytime, anywhere as well as serve Orange’s own internal requirements. The newly leased resources complement C-band transponders already leased by Orange […]

BSkyB shareholders approve Sky Europe acquisition

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BSkyB’s proposed acquisition of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland has moved one step closer following an overwhelming vote in favour of a resolution seeking approval of the deal. The resolution was passed by the requisite majority of independent shareholders with 96 per cent voting in favour. BSkyB reports that it continues to progress the satisfaction of transaction conditions, noting that […]

‘Transformation’ Day for BSkyB

BSkyB’s shareholders will formally decide today whether to go ahead with the broadcaster’s £5.4 billion (€6.88bn) acquisition of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland. There are not likely to be many objectors given that the acquisitions will transform BSkyB into a Europe-wide £22 billion business, and with immense prospects. At the end of the process, BSkyB will control some 20 million […]

GS Group implementing satellite-broadcasting project in Myanmar

On August 29th 2014, the GS Group international holding company unveiled its plans for the implementation of the satellite-broadcasting project in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. The holding company representatives made a declaration at the first session of the Inter-governmental Russian-Myanmar Commission for trade and economic cooperation. GS Group representatives took part in the discussion of bilateral cooperation […]

Satellite dominates Brazil pay-TV delivery

Brazil’s pay-TV market is increasingly dominated by satellite delivered entertainment. The country’s regulator Anatel says at the end of August DTH technology accounted for 61.75 per cent of the nation’s subscribers. DTH subs totalled 11.88 million, as at August 31st, up 100,000 from July’s 11.78 million. Overall, the market generated a net new subscriber take-up of some 587,000 subscribers in […]

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