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Facebook and Avanti: Not so fast!

One online blogger accurately summed up the much-reported ‘fact’ that London-based satellite operator Avanti had struck some sort of deal with social media giant Facebook. The comment said: “Odd that this deal should be leaked to the press. It must be true as neither Avanti nor Facebook have denied it…” Avanti cannot deny the ‘talks’ with Facebook because like many […]

SES in JV plan for ‘GovSat’


Luxembourg-based commercial satellite operator is reportedly planning to form a joint-venture with the Luxembourg government and to create a fleet of military and governmental satellites, provisionally called ‘GovSat’. The news, reported by specialist trade mag Space News, says the first leg of the scheme is present on the upcoming Astra 2G, due to be launched on November 28th. Astra 2G […]

Demand for local content will spur MENA media growth

Untapped demand for local, Arabic content will spur rapid regional media growth over the next five years, according to a study unveiled at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit. The joint study undertaken by management consultancy Strategy & and Media Zone Authority Abu Dhabi, twofour54 , also found that accelerated adoption of mobile technology, evolutions in paid and digital media, and […]

Pay-TV in 78% of UK broadband homes


Parks Associates has published research showing pay-TV adoption in Germany and the UK has reached 86 per cent and 78 per cent of broadband households, respectively. Spanish adoption is much lower, with 47 per cent of broadband households receiving only local broadcast channels. “Spanish broadband households show

Sky to benefit from Ofcom EPL review

The decision by UK media regulator Ofcom to investigate the way in which the English Premier League sells domestic rights managed to send Sky’s share price up a very healthy 43p to £8.90 in robust trading. The market’s sentiment reflects the general view that Sky might well emerge from the review in a better position than today. Investment bank Berenberg […]

Ofcom opens up 700 MHz for mobile broadband


UK comms regulator Ofcom has announced it is to make valuable airwaves available for mobile broadband services, suggesting it is also securing the future of digital terrestrial TV. The decision allows mobile network operators to deliver mobile broadband using some of the frequencies currently used for digital terrestrial TV services, such as Freeview, and wireless microphones. These frequencies make up […]

Eutelsat links with Israel’s AMOS

Paris-based satellite operator Eutelsat is establishing a “unified” broadcasting neighbourhood for Africa with Tel Aviv-based Spacecom, which operates the Amos fleet of satellites. The long-anticipated agreement sees the two companies establish a framework for cross-commercialisation of Ku-band capacity connected to the high-power African service areas of Eutelsat’s Eutelsat 16A satellite at 16° East and Spacecom’s Amos-5 satellite at 17° East. […]

South Africa: Siyaya awarded TV licence


Motive Television has been informed by Siyaya Free To Air TV of  Johannesburg, South Africa that Siyaya has received an official letter from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) advising “that Siyaya TV has officially satisfied all the requirements to be issued an Individual Commercial Subscription Broadcasting Service Licence”.  According to Siyaya, among the requirements were financial guarantees, […]

Ofcom to investigate Premier League rights


UK comms regulator Ofcom has opened an investigation into how the English Premier League sells live UK audio-visual media rights for Premier League football matches. The investigation will be carried out under the Competition Act and follows a complaint from Virgin Media, which was submitted to Ofcom in September. As set out in section 25 of the Competition Act, Ofcom […]

UKTV Play launches on PC and YouView

Cable and satellite broadcaster UKTV has launched digital brand UKTV Play on PC and connected on-demand platform YouView. UKTV Play, which celebrated a successful launch on iOS earlier this year, is an intuitively-designed TV application that gives viewers easy access to their favourite shows from UKTV’s popular free-to-air channels, including the UK’s most watched non-PSB channel, Dave and popular entertainment […]

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