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Israel hits Hamas TV channel

BBC Monitoring is reporting that an Israeli aircraft on July 28th had shelled the headquarters of the Al-Aqsa television channel in Gaza, which supports Hamas in the region. The channel has been on air since January 2006 and is available on satellite over the whole MENA region.

Russia suffers ABS-2 outage

Russian regional ISP Alliance Telecom, based in Vladivostok, announced that its pay-TV subscribers face problems accessing some TV channels due to an “accident” on the ABS-2 satellite. The list contains over 50 TV channels, both Russian and global, including Sony Sci-Fi, National Geographic Сhannel, Fox life, Fashion TV, Eurosport, Discovery Channel, Da Vinci Learning, Animal Planet, Cartoon Network, Comedy TV, […]

$21 voucher for Thai digi-viewers


Thailand’s National Broadcasting & Telecoms Commission (NBTC) has set the value of its ‘free’ voucher to help subsidise the costs of digital conversion at $21.65 per household (690 Thai Baht). The scheme has to be approved by the new government’s National Council for Peace & Order which is meeting tomorrow (July 30) and – if approved – the NBTC will […]

Pace predicts strong year


Pace used its interims to predict a strong year. The British STB manufacturer said YoY it was producing more profit on lower turnover with revenue down 13.6 per cent to $1,139 billion but gross profit up 5.4 per cent to $245.8 million. Adjusted EBITA was $106.3 million against $96.7 million last time. Profit after was up 9.3 per cent to […]

Sky looks to Germany for growth spurt

The low-hanging fruit for ‘Sky Europe’ is in Germany, says Berenberg Bank’s senior media analyst Sarah Simon. It is this fast-track expansion probability that means that BSkyB will quickly want to absorb the 42.6 per cent minority shareholding currently not under its control. German take-over law allows a majority buyer (indeed anyone holding over 30 per cent) to offer the […]

Sky Italia €8m half-year losses


Sky Italia ended the period to June 2014 with losses of €8 million, after being in the red for €38 million the previous year, according to data from BSkyB on the creation of Sky Europe Revenues fall to €2.846 billion from €2.911 billion the previous year. The adjusted EBITDA went up to €312 million from €285 million in June 2013. […]

Discovery hit with £100k Ofcom fine

Investigation Discovery – a channel dedicated to documentary programming about crime and criminal investigations – has been fined £100,000 (€126,000) by UK broadcast regulator Ofcom for what are described as “serious” breaches of its broadcasting Code. The sanction relates to eight episodes of the series Deadly Women which the channel broadcast at various times during the day on 16, 18 […]

Freesat in 24,000 new homes this year


Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has continued its positive year by adding 6,000 new homes in the three months to the end of June. In all, Freesat has added 24,000 households in the first half of 2014. As a result, Freesat is now available in 1.85 million households, and is watched by more than 3.85 million viewers every […]

MPA: India pay-TV grows 11% pa to 2018

Projections from industry analysts Media Partners Asia (MPA) indicate that India’s pay-TV industry will grow from $7.4 billion in revenue in 2013 to $12.3 billion by 2018, an average annual growth rate of 11 per cent. By 2023, MPA predicts that India’s pay-TV industry will generate revenues of approximately $16.4 billion. The Indian market is important because of its accessibility […]

SES to invest €2.3bn in new satellites


Satellite operator SES of Luxembourg is to invest around €2.3 billion in new satellites, including the building of SES-12 announced on July 25th. The investment rate will be at about a rate of €450 million per year ($612 million). The plan calls for five more satellites to be started, additional to four already under construction. SES is making a deliberate […]

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