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Aston condemns Canal+ ‘lies’

Digital pay-TV technology specialist Aston has issued a hard-hitting condemnation of pay-TV operator Canal+’s behaviour, accusing it of “lies, misleading statements and deceptions” in relation to its response to a court decision ordering the reversal of the termination of the Canal Ready label contract linking the two companies. According to Aston, Canal+ recently sent some of its subscribers a letter […]

Meltdown at Intelsat

Intelsat has not enjoyed the best week of its life. Its share prices have tumbled in the past 3 days. On Monday Feb 16th its already struggling share price was steady at $17.01 a share. On Wednesday it unveiled its latest results, and the share price crashed to $15.60. Thursday’s loss was another  fall to $12.84 (day on day fall […]

SES exceeds target numbers

Satellite operator SES turned in better than expected numbers for its 2014 trading year, with revenues up 4 per cent (at constant foreign exchange rates) at €1.91 billion, and profits up 6 per cent at €600 million. Transponder utilisation during Q4 was up 1.3 per cent at 81.1 per cent. Net profit for the year rose €35 million to €603.4 […]

Intelsat still hurt by segment falls


Satellite operator Intelsat brought in revenues of more than $619 million during its Q4 trading (to December 31st) and helping drive overall revenues for the year to $2.472 billion, and its revenues were just ahead of its own expectations by $11.3 million. Intelsat paid down $475 million in debt during the year. It managed an EBITDA margin for Q4 of […]

Fitch affirms Sky ‘BBB-‘ rating

Global rating agency Fitch Ratings has affirmed Sky’s Long-term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) and senior unsecured ratings at ‘BBB-‘ following the announcement of the latest English Premier League (EPL) rights auction. The Rating Outlook on the IDR is Stable. The rating affirmation takes into account the material programming cost inflation Sky faces from FY17, the first year of the newly […]

SES still has another satellite to order

Ordering three satellites in one day may not be a world record, but it has to be close. On February 16th, advanced-television reported the details of the order by Luxembourg’s SES. On February 17th, the satellite operator confirmed that there could be more to go, and that the company has plans to order up to $1.25 billion-worth of satellites and […]

Germany’s HD+ in over 3m homes

Satellite operator SES has revealed that its German HD platform HD+ continued to grow successfully in 2014, reaching more than three million households at the end of 2014. At December 31st 2014, 1.65 million households were paying for the service, an increase of 17 per cent compared to the previous year. Another 1.4 million households were in the free-trial period. […]

Intelsat, Azercosmos partner for new craft

Satellite services provider and Azercosmos OJSCo, the national satellite operator of Azerbaijan, have signed a strategic agreement at the 45 degrees East orbital position. The two companies will closely collaborate on the design of the Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 satellite and leverage their respective strengths and capabilities during the manufacturing and operational phases of development. The new satellite will provide continuity of […]

$1bn triple busy day for SES

Satellite operator SES is buying three satellites in a series of orders that will cost around $1 billion in total to build and launch. One new craft, the hybrid SES-14, will replace and expand the role undertaken by NSS-806 at 47.5/48 degrees West, and add capacity to the location including backing up and providing extra connectivity for the SES-backed O3b […]

Amazonas-4 major failure

It has been confirmed that Hispasat’s Amazonas-4A is operating with only about 50 per cent of its designed capacity. The satellite was launched almost a year ago on March 22nd by an Ariane rocket, and it was feared suffered a power-subsystem malfunction shortly after launch. Hispasat president Elena Pisonero has now officially confirmed the loss of capacity at its 61 […]

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