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Avanti refinances, and at better rates

Troubled speciality satellite operator Avanti Communications has agreed a new $100 million (€89.5m) refinancing package. The borrowing replaces an existing $50 million of debt and sees the London-based operator lower…

Sky Italia wins UEFA rights deal

Sky Italia wins UEFA rights deal

Hot on the heels of its German counterpart’s success, Sky Italia has secured exclusive live rights to all UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches from the 2018/19 season through…

Sky, Virgin Media targeted TV ad partnership

UK pay-TV platforms Sky and Virgin Media have formed a strategic partnership that they say will enable businesses both big and small to benefit further from advanced TV advertising across…

Tivùsat surpasses 3m active smart-cards

Italian DTH platform Tivùsat has surpassed 3 million active smart cards, representing over 9 per cent of Italian households. Since launching on July 31st 2009, the satellite-based platform has seen…

TiVo: “Recommendations key for content discovery”

TiVo has published the 17th edition of its quarterly video trends report (previously the Digitalsmiths Quarterly Video Trends Report), including insights on pay-TV vs OTT user experiences, live sporting event…

SpaceX repairs damaged launch pad

SpaceX repairs damaged launch pad

On September 1st 2016, a catastrophic explosion at Cape Canaveral’s Launch Pad 40 destroyed a SpaceX rocket and its precious cargo, a satellite being prepared for launch and owned by…

Permira secures $280m ABS refinancing

Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS), majority owned by private equity investment company Permira since 2010, has been refinanced by Permira. ABS had been up for sale since May last year. Permira…

Abu Dhabi clamps down on “illegal” satellite dishes

Gulf newspapers are reporting that Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is again getting tough on what it says are illegal satellite dishes. The thrust of the…

Research: Global pay-TV subs reach 969m

Research: Global pay-TV subs reach 969m

Based on its analysis of 138 countries, Digital TV Research estimated 254 million additional pay-TV subscribers (up by 35 per cent) between 2010 and 2016 to take the global total…

Fibre boosts pay-TV subs in Portugal to 3.7m

The number of pay-TV subscribers in Portugal reached 3.7 million in the first quarter of 2017, a growth of 135,000 subscribers (3.8 per cent) year-on-year. According to the National Communications…