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Freesat new Freetime ad campaign

Freesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service jointly owned by BBC and ITV, has launched a new advertising campaign to promote the features of its Freetime service. The campaign will debut on ITV and digital platforms on October 20th. The new advertising campaign features Sheldon, a snail who regularly misses his favourite shows because life often gets in his way and […]

Africasat capacity for iSat

Measat Satellite Systems has signed agreement with iSAT Africa for capacity on the Africasat-1a satellite. Under the terms of their agreement, iSAT will expand their VSAT and broadcast solutions across Africa using Africasat -1a’s high-powered pan-African C-band coverage. Africasat -1a was launched in February 2013 and provides high-powered C-band satellite services and content across Africa with connectivity into Europe, the […]

ABS-2 satellite loss?

Reports are emerging that ABS-2, the new satellite operated by Asia Broadcast Satellite, is subject to a $200 million insurance claim, and that the claim will be based on an ‘in orbit” failure having occurred within one year of launch. ABS-2 operates from 75 degrees East. ABS-2 was launched back in February. Built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), it was launched […]

Arabsat on growth track

Arabsat’s current procurement and RFPs include options for all-electric satellites, thereby saving weight and thus significantly trimming launch costs. Khalid Balkheyour, CEO at Arabsat, says that all options are open for discussion on the RFPs now being examined. “We also gave [the potential suppliers] the option of quoting for one large satellite or two smaller craft, although each solution would […]

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


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 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 […]

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