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MEASAT-3b progresses towards launch

Satellite communication services provider MEASAT has confirmed that Airbus Defence and Space has successfully completed the final integration and testing of MEASAT-3b. The satellite left the Airbus Defence and Space facilities in Toulouse, France, and has been transported by air to Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite is scheduled to be launched in the upcoming weeks by an Ariane 5 launcher. [...]

SkyPerfecTV launching 4K DTH in June


Japanese viewers will be able to view 4K transmissions from this June. Together with a consortium of other Japanese broadcasters (as part of the nation’s NexTV-Forum) signals will almost certainly start with FIFA’s Brazilian World Cup but then continue with other 4K entertainment and factual programming. The announcement was made at MIPTV, during a week of dedicated 4K screenings. Toshiaki [...]

Lybid TV goes bust

Ukrainian satellite broadcaster Lybid is filing for bankruptcy. A statement from the company said it plans to stop its activities as a result of the economic situation in the Ukraine. The operator says it has been forced to stop providing services because it owes money to companies renting satellite capacity, and well as to other companies. The operator says plans [...]

Telecom Italia to offer Sky TV to broadband subs


Sky and Telecom Italia have agreed a deal that will allow Telecom Italia customers to access the entire Sky Italia television offer through its ultra-broadband networks, using a My Sky HD decoder specially created for Internet TV. The pair say the partnership confirms the industrial importance for the two companies, leaders in their respective sectors, of operating in the broad [...]

Inmarsat brings Hollywood to the high seas

The latest Hollywood blockbusters will soon be available to commercial shipping companies across the world, delivered directly to vessels at sea via Inmarsat’s global satellite network. Inmarsat and NT Digital Partners, are planning to launch Fleet Media during the summer of 2014. The globally-exclusive, five-year agreement covering the digital distribution of the latest Hollywood releases, as well as television programming [...]

MultiChoice expands Sub-Saharan DTT with Intelsat

Intelsat, a provider of satellite services, has announced that African DTH operator, MultiChoice, is leveraging Intelsat capacity to expand the reach of its DTT offering in Sub-Saharan Africa. Under the agreement, MultiChoice, a pioneer in the Sub-Saharan African market, will expand its C-band capacity on Intelsat 904 at 60º East to distribute content to its terrestrial towers for DTT services. [...]

Orbitcom partners with SES Broadband

SES Broadband Services has signed an agreement with German Internet Service Provider Orbitcom to market its Astra Connect service. Provided via Ka-band capacity on the recently launched SES’s satellite Astra 2E, Astra Connect delivers high-speed broadband across Europe. Orbitcom will provide the service to households in under-served areas in Germany where current broadband speeds are 2Mbit/s or less. Six different [...]

Arqiva expands UK DTH with Eutelsat

Arqiva has concluded a long-term contract with Eutelsat for satellite capacity optimised to serve the UK DTH broadcasting market. Arqiva has booked multiple transponders of capacity commercialised by Eutelsat at the 28.2/5 degrees East video neighbourhood that provides premium reach across the UK and Ireland. The capacity will expand Arqiva’s extensive digital multiplex offering within the UK and Ireland along [...]

Argentina: Pay-TV market sees significant growth


LAMAC, the entity that represents 49 pay-TV channels, has published a report showing significant growth in Argentina’s pay-TV market during the past year, and for the penetration percentage in households that have access to pay-TV throughout the country, ratifying its strength as a national medium. The numbers released by LAMAC signal to Pay TV’s sustained and steady growth in all [...]

Spain: Pay-TV recovery under way

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The Spanish pay-TV market seems to be recovering with Q4 2013 seeing a slight growth in subscribers. The Spanish pay-TV market ended the year with 3.774 million pay-TV subs, up from 3.740 million in Q3 but down from 4.077 million a year earlier, according to figures from the regulator CMNC. Telefonica’s Movistar TV service is the main driving force behind [...]

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