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Fortitude pan-Europe simultaneous Sky launch


Sky is to launch Fortitude, its highly anticipated new drama, on January 29th to 20 million customers in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. The series is the first Sky original programme to première simultaneously across all five markets since Sky created the entertainment company late last year. In addition to its launch on Sky, Fortitude will première on […]

Iran seizes satellite TV receivers

Iran’s INRA news agency is reporting that the country’s “morality police chief” General Muhammad Masood Zahidian has said that his force has arrested 21 people who were making satellite receivers. The police seized 640 receivers being manufactured from a total of six different small factories in Tehran and Alborz provinces. Among the detainees there were citizens of other countries, and […]

Astra 2G passes in-orbit test phase

Astra-2G’s builder, Airbus Defence & Space, says that the recently launched satellite has successfully completed its test phase and has been officially handed over to SES. The satellite was launched on Dec 27 on an International Launch Services rocket from the Baikonur launch complex in Kazakhstan. Launch and Early Orbit Phase operations have been conducted from the Airbus Defence and […]

Boeing first ‘all electric’ satellites

Satellite manufacturer Boeing Space has delivered its first pair of ‘all electric’ satellites. Built for Bermuda-domiciled ABS and Paris-based Eutelsat the two satellites are due for launch late next month by Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket company.  The satellites will leave Boeing’s factory on January 19th for shipping to SpaceX’s launch site at Cape Canaveral. Key fact for the two satellites […]

SES and Luxembourg plan joint satellite

Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES is planning a joint satellite with the Luxembourg government. The craft, which should launch in late 2017, will be for governmental use. The satellite will be owned by a joint-venture company into which each party will place €50 million, and at the same time will receive a €125 million bank loan to finance the satellite’s build […]

Sky Sports launches Cricket World Cup channel


Sky Sports will dedicate an entire channel to the ICC Cricket World Cup, from the first to the last day of the biggest one-day event in the international cricket calendar. For six weeks, Sky Sports 2 will become ‘Sky Sports World Cup’, giving viewers over 1,000 hours of round the clock cricket coverage, including all 49 matches live, as well […]

SpaceX wins ViaSat-2 contract

The Elon Musk-owned SpaceX rocket launch company has won a new contract from California-based ViaSat-2. ViaSat provides broadband-by-satellite services over North America. The ViaSat-2 satellite will require SpaceX’s Falcon ‘Heavy’ rocket system, the world’s most powerful, and the ‘next generation’ rocket vehicle following on from SpaceX’s Falcon-9. Beginning with ViaSat-1, ViaSat began a transformation of satellite communications into a network […]

Doordarshan adds DTH channels


India’s public broadcaster Doordarshan will boost the number of channels on its DTH ‘Freedish’ platform from 59 to 64. The additional channels were added on January 10th and are designed to be part of a wider eventual expansion to 112 channels by utilising MPEG-4 compression. This first stage sticks with MPEG-2, however. Viewers will need to re-scan their set-top boxes […]

Airbus-Safran takes over Arianspace

Airbus-Safran, the joint-venture company that already owns 41 per cent of European rocket launch company Arianspace, is to acquire an additional 34 per cent of the company. The stake being acquired is currently owned by France’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French government agency responsible for shaping and implementing France’s space policy. “Today we already have control of Arianespace, […]

Eutelsat serving 274m homes in key regions

Figures from satellite operator Eutelsat on the number of homes receiving channels broadcast by eight of its flagship television neighbourhoods serving Europe, North Africa and the Middle East reveal that a total of 274 million homes are now either equipped for Direct-to-Home (DTH) reception or connected to a cable or IP network offering channels broadcast by a Eutelsat satellite, up […]

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