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Media Broadcast, SES renew transponder agreement

Media Broadcast Satellite, a specialist in broadcast satellite services, and satellite operator SES will continue their partnership. Both companies have renewed a long-term agreement for the usage of transponder capacity…

YahLive claims 51m viewers

YahLive claims 51m viewers

On the eve of the CABSAT show in Dubai, YahSat is claiming that it now has some 51 million viewers, and 100 per cent growth over the past two years,…

US pay-TV sheds 795K subs in 2016

According to findings from Leichtman Research Group (LRG), the largest pay-TV providers in the US – representing about 95 per cent of the market – lost about 795,000 net video…

FCC, ITU anxious over satellite constellations

Currently a would-be satellite operator has to make its application to place a satellite through an approved licensing process, usually via a national agency which then submits the application to…

AsiaSat upbeat on 2017 prospects

As expected, AsiaSat’s annual report confirmed last year’s decline in revenues and operating profits, but the company’s prospects under newly-appointed CEO Andrew Jordan was significantly more optimistic in the Hong…

Success, plus a shock, for SpaceX

Success, plus a shock, for SpaceX

SpaceX successfully launched EchoStar-23 into transfer orbit in the early hours of March 16th. But news has emerged that SpaceX’s insurance costs for using the Kennedy Space Centre launch sites…

Spacecom admits “very hurt” by explosion

Israel-based satellite operator Spacecom has had a terrible 18 months. In November 2015, its Amos-5 satellite failed despite being less than four years old. Then, in September last year, it lost…

SES now has 2 satellites awaiting launch

SES-15, a new satellite for Luxembourg-based operator SES, has arrived in Kourou, French Guiana, in readiness for its launch by Arianespace next month. SES-15 will launch to 129 degrees West.…

Eutelsat 172B on the road to Kourou

Eutelsat’s first high-power all-electric satellite is being readied by builders Airbus for shipment to Kourou, French Guiana.  It will be flown to Kourou on a special aircraft on March 20th.…

Avanti’s revenues continue to evaporate

Avanti’s revenues continue to evaporate

Avanti Communications, a London-based speciality satellite operator, has reportedly said that its revenues per MHz/month are well down. A year ago Avanti was generating $1800-$2000 per MHz/month. That has fallen…