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Ericsson, Polkomtel test LTE Broadcast in Poland

Ericsson and Polish telecom operator Polkomtel successfully carried out the first test of LTE Broadcast technology in Poland on August 3th0, streaming the opening game of the 2014 World Volleyball Championship between Poland and Serbia to 300 selected guests and journalists at Warsaw’s National Stadium. The test group was provided with 300 LTE Broadcast-enabled mobile devices with a pre-configured application […]

Vivendi picks Telefonica for GVT sale

Vivendi has picked Telefonica for exclusive talks over the sale of its Brazilian broadband unit GVT, spurning a rival bid from Telecom Italia. Telefonica will fold GVT into its Brazilian mobile phone carrier Vivo to create the country’s biggest telecom group. It will then use GVT’s pay-TV and broadband know-how and its broad network to chase higher-value customers and keep […]

NileSat takes Libyan channels down

BBC Monitoring is reporting that Cairo-based NileSat has taken nine satellite TV channels off air. They are all seen as pro-Islamist, and the action has been taken in response from Libya’s interim government. The channels shut down are Libya Al-Wataniyah 1 [National Libyan TV 1], Libya Al-Wataniyah 2 [National Libyan TV 2], Libya Sport 1, Libya Sport 2, Libya Al-Rasmiyah, […]

O3b makes Pacific progress

O3b is a satellite constellation, backed by operator SES, and designed to bring broadband services to the ‘other 3 billion’ underserved people living in the tropics. The St Helier, Jersey-based company says it has signed up 10 wholesale customers in 11 Pacific islands, and contracted for a total 4.3 Gb/s of capacity. The news emerged at the start of a […]

Samsung commits to global 4K

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Amazon’s 2014 original series line-up will soon be available to stream via Samsung Ultra-HD TVs with the launch of the Amazon 4K video streaming service. Samsung has confirmed that Amazon’s Ultra-HD VoD service will launch globally on its 4K TVs in October. Samsung has also announced that the Netflix Ultra-HD Service is expanding in Europe, after being made available in […]

Hispasat drops Spacecom bid

Madrid-based Hispasat has scrubbed its bid for Israel’s SpaceCom which operates the Amos fleet of satellites. Spanish newsletter ‘El Confidencial’ says that the bid, worth some €390 million, had failed because of the differences between the bid and SpaceCom’s asking price. Also cited in the report were anxieties over the Gaza and Israel conflict. Other concerns are said to be […]

India revokes India MSO licence

India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has cancelled the digital transmission licence and registration of Kal Cable. The Ministry says it is because Kal Cable has failed to obtain a security clearance by India’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Evidently the MIB sent a formal letter to Kal on August 20th, saying it had 15 days to wind up […]

BT Sport wins Formula E highlights race

BT Sport is to televise extensive highlights of all 10 rounds of the 2014/2015 FIA Formula E Championship in the UK, joining ITV – which has the live rights – in providing coverage of the electric single-seater car race series inaugurated by motorsport’s governing body. In a deal brokered by the international media company MP &Silva, BT Sport will air […]

Japan commits to Ultra-HD

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Japan is about to announce a major commitment towards 4K broadcasting. It already has a 4K ‘best of 4K’ channel on air (which went live on June 2nd) under the auspices of Japan’s ‘NexTV-Forum’ and representing all of Japan’s broadcasters both public and private. Next week will see Japan’s broadcasting authorities announce their latest roadmap towards full 8K broadcasting, which […]

AsiaSat 6 launch postponed

The launch of AsiaSat 6 has been postponed until further notice to allow more time for launch service provider SpaceX to examine and verify data. The satellite and launch vehicle remain in a safe configuration. The launch had already been delayed by one day until August 27th because of an explosion of a test flight of a prototype SpaceX rocket […]

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