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EchoStar renames Solaris Mobile

Dublin-based Solaris Mobile is now formally operating as EchoStar Mobile Ltd.  The plans that EchoStar might have for the S-band satellite (and matching terrestrial activity) frequencies are now clearer. “We are excited to take this symbolic step, which reflects the company’s ability to leverage the extensive experience of EchoStar in satellite services and mobile satellite technology as we ready for […]

Australia: 92% TV viewing linear broadcast

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The latest Australian Multi-Screen Report, covering the fourth quarter of calendar 2014, reveals viewing of video content on Internet-connected mobile devices has grown year-on-year though it remains small relative to the time Australians spend watching broadcast television on in-home TV sets. Technology in Autralian homes Household take-up of

Wyler’s OneWeb thinking

Greg Wyler, the original thinker behind O3b’s mission to capture the “other 3 billion” underserved or unconnected people of the planet, used the Washington Sat-2015 show to explain his new mission as head of OneWeb, and a plan to serve the other 3 billion via his OneWorld strategy with a constellation of 648 active LEO satellites (at 1200 kms), plus […]

Canada: Telesat sell-off slows

Canada’s major satellite operator Telesat – the 4th largest satellite operator globally – has stumbled in its attempts to sell the business. Telesat is owned in a complex relationship between Loral Space & Communications and the Public Pension Investment Board of Canada (PSP). Loral owns 62.8 per cent of Telesat but only 32.7 per cent voting interest. The majority voting […]

Globecast opens Media Centre in LA

Globecast has announced the launch of its new Los Angeles Media Centre, offering broadcasters and content providers a converged workflow to prepare, deliver and playout content to any kind of distribution platform.  The new Media Centre compliments established Globecast facilities in London and Singapore, enabling Globecast to offer a truly one-stop-shop for Media Management, Playout, Satellite and OTT distribution globally. […]

Liberty rules out ITV bid

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US cable group Liberty Global wants to distribute ITV’s most popular programmes across Europe, but sees the UK commercial broadcaster as too “pricey” to acquire outright, its chief financial officer has suggested in an interview with the FT. “ITV looks awfully pricey,” CFO Charlie Bracken commented. “We’re not going to invest billions of dollars in content – that’s not our […]

N. America pay-TV to fall $12bn by 2019

Pay-TV revenues, subscriptions and on-demand, in North America peaked in 2013 at $102.86 billion, according to a report from Digital TV Research. The latest edition of the Digital TV North America report forecasts that revenues will fall by 11.7 per cent or $12.04 billion between 2014 and 2020 to $90.71 billion in 2020. Cable revenues in

Sky PerfecTV adds two 4K channels

Japan’s SkyPerfecTV, owned by J-Sat, is broadcasting two 4K/UltraHDTV channels. The broadcaster says it has invested some 200 million Yen (about $1.5m) to start up the channels, having asked Japan’s major production companies to help create unique 4K content for the services. The first channel mainly shows sport and music, along with factual documentaries, travelogues and similar material. It transmits […]

Bank discounts Pro7/Sat1 Media


An investment bank has taken a close look at prospects for German broadcasting giant ProSiebenSat.1 Media, and doesn’t much care for what it finds. The result is that Berenberg Bank is recommending its clients to “Sell” stock and gives Pro7/Sat1 a price target of just €34 against today’s typical €45.69 per share. The bank’s comprehensive 12-page report admits that the […]

Phoenix Sat-TV profits tumble


Hong Kong-based Phoenix Satellite TV’s operating profits fell sharply by 28 percent last year, in the period to Dec 31st. Actual numbers were HK$ 901.78 million this past year, compared to HK$ 1.26 billion in 2013. The company said its actual profit margins at the broadcasting division were higher, and those margins remained stable, despite the dip. Revenue for the […]

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