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Eutelsat Brazil deal with EchoStar’s Hughes

Eutelsat do Brasil, the Brazilian affiliate of Eutelsat Communications, has concluded a 15-year contract with Hughes Network Systems do Brasil (Hughes), an EchoStar company, for the entire Ka-band capacity connected to the Brazilian service area on the Eutelsat 65 West A satellite. Slated to be launched in early 2016, Eutelsat 65 West A will host a Ka-band payload with 24 [...]

Gearhouse Broadcast delivers facilities for ITV’s broadcast from Brazil

Gearhouse Broadcast, a broadcast services specialist, has delivered a range of facilities for ITV’s live coverage of this summer’s international football championship. Gearhouse Broadcast was commissioned to deliver additional facilities in the International Broadcast Center (IBC), including production office, master control room and transmission gallery. ITV has also commissioned a studio located on the iconic Copacabana beach and full talkback [...]

Spain: 8 more DTT channels face closure

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The shutdown of nine DTT channels in Spain by a May 6th deadline may be followed by the closure of another eight DTT channels if the Supreme Court accepts the appeal made by the company Infraestructuras y Gestión 2002 – which has argued that these additional channels also got their licences unlawfully. The Spanish government has admitted it is a [...]

Korea: Ultra HD broadcasting goes on air

Next-generation Ultra-HD broadcasting has commenced in Korea. U-max, an Ultra-HD cable TV channel, recently went on the air and started broadcasting four hours of Ultra-HD programming five times per day, including documentaries, cartoons and live concerts. “We started broadcasting in ultra HD for the first time worldwide, after a test run last July,” said Minister of Science, ICT & Future [...]

Comcast adds 25,000 cable subs in Q2

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Comcast reported increasing subscription numbers for its cable service for the second consecutive quarter, defying fears of so-called cord-cutters. The company saw an improved performance thanks to its NBCUniversal unit, growth in its business services division and the performance of its high-speed Internet group. Pay-TV operators are increasingly fretting about cord-cutting, particularly among younger viewers who may be deterred from [...]

Aereo’s Kanojia: ‘No Plan B’

Echoing recent comments by Barry Diller, the main backer of Internet TV streaming service Aereo, that failure in its forthcoming Supreme Court copyright case would likely see the end of the service, the company’s founder and CEO Chet Kanojia has admitted there is no ‘Plan B’ should the Supreme Court decide against it in the case which begins April 22. [...]

FilmOn to expand if Aereo successful

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Alki David, the founder of Internet TV streaming service FilmOn, has said he plans to expand the operation should rival service Aereo be successful in its US Supreme Court copyright case brought by the major networks. “We’re in 18 cities and our model is free,” he told The New York Post. “We’d turn on all over the States and have [...]

Who are the cord-cutters/cord-nevers?

Depending on whom you talk to, video cord cutters and cord nevers are sure to multiply exponentially or remain a rare commodity.  Reality is somewhere in the middle, says SNL Kagan. Video cord cutters,

Romania pay-TV subs up 6%

DTH subscribers in Romania fell back 0.2 per cent, but cable growth for 2013 was a healthy 8.7 per cent up on 2012, according to Romania’s media regulator ANCOM. The overall subscriber total at December 31st was 6.4 million pay-TV subs, with more than 85 per cent of Romanian TV homes now paying for TV services. Of that 6.4 million, [...]

Failed Amazonas fall out

Amazonas 4A was launched on March 22nd (on an Ariane rocket with Astra 5B as its co-passenger). Unfortunately it soon emerged that the Hispasat-owned satellite was not working properly. Details are still sketchy but it seems the Orbital Sciences-built spacecraft had suffered a power subsystem malfunction which some sources suggest could be an undeployed solar array. Hispasat itself say: “Hispasat [...]

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