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THOR-7 tries again

Telenor Satellite Broadcasting’s (TSBc) giant Thor-7 satellite is again ready for launch. The important launch readiness review was successful on April 22nd, and the go-ahead given to Arianespace to launch the satellite late in the afternoon of April 24th. The launch window opens (Paris time) at 9.38pm and closes at 11.32pm (Kourou-time 4.38-6.32pm). Arianespace’s web-site will carry a video of […]

DISH smartbox for Motel 6 chain

Motel 6, one of the largest motel chains in the US, and World Cinema, a specialist in delivering satellite TV to hotels, and DISH Network have completed a multi-year agreement through which DISH and World Cinema will deliver HD satellite TV service and high speedIinternet access to the motel chain’s more than 500 corporately owned and operated properties. “Motel 6 […]

Sky Italia best Q3 for 3 years


Sky Italia saw growth during Q3 – and the first real progress of note for 3 years – reporting a net subscriber growth of 12,000. The improvement reversed a net loss of customers last year and helped increase the Italian’s pay-TV broadcaster’s total customer base to 4.75 million. Sky Italia, along with Sky UK and Sky Deutschland, saw extremely good […]

Sony, Nippon launch South-East pay-TV channel

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and Nippon TV have announced a joint venture to launch GEM Asia, a new general entertainment channel for audiences across Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. The pay-TV channel will feature first run and exclusive dramas, comedies and variety entertainment shows from Japan as well as other North Asian territories. GEM Asia, which will be operated by […]

Satellite dishes banned in Turkmenistan

The government of Turkmenistan has banned all satellite dishes, and is in the process of “demolishing” existing satellite installations. The intention is to fully block access to international TV and radio signals coming into the country via satellite. In an official statement the government is demanding all dishes to be removed from apartments of private properties and has fully “prohibited” […]

Family Guy returns to BBC2


Family Guy is returning to BBC Two for the first time in nearly a decade.  Season 13 will be shown on the channel before ITV2 takes over broadcast rights for further seasons later this year. Discussions about where Family Guy would air began after it was revealed BBC Three, its previous home, was becoming an online-only channel. Another of TV’s […]

Sky growth at 11 year high


Sky has posted its highest Q3 subs growth in 11 years. “We have delivered an excellent third quarter as customers across the enlarged Sky group respond to the quality and breadth of what we offer. In all, we attracted almost 70 per cent more new customers than the prior year and over one million new products. By continuing the strong […]

OTT subs up 32% by 2019

OTT subscriptions from providers such as Netflix and Amazon Prime will generate $31.6 billion by 2019, up from just under $8 billion in 2014, according to a report by Juniper Research. Continued growth in the established markets of West Europe and North America, along with the emergence of key OTT players in the Far East and Asia Pacific, will see […]

Sky Deutschland record customer growth


Sky Deutschland delivered record customer growth in Q3 2014/15. The number of direct subscribers for the German pay-TV provider increased by 103,000, which is 61 per cent above the previous year’s period. At the end of March, the total number of direct subscribers reached 4,225,000, representing an increase of 494,000 subscribers over the last 12 months – the highest year-on-year […]

International players bid in new DTT tender

The new public tender to award 6 DTT channels (3 HD and 3 SD channels) in Spain is drawing the interest of International TV companies. Groups like the Qatar-based Al Jazeera and Rupert Murdoch-owned News Corp are reportedly interested in applying for a DTT licence. Al Jazeera has already taken the first steps to having a presence in the Spanish […]

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