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US spectrum auction tops $16bn

August 24th saw Round 15 of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) wireless spectrum auction, and typically add $650 million (€575.8bn) per round as bidders upped their bids during the day…

ITV drops eOne purchase plans

ITV drops eOne purchase plans

ITV has aborted plans to buy Entertainment One, the owner of Peppa Pig. The broadcaster said in a stock market statement that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire eOne…

Google hires Moore for Project Loon

Google has hired a former ViaSat/WildBlue senior executive, Tom Moore, to head up its Project Loon high-altitude broadband balloons which are intended to deliver internet services to poorly-served areas of…

Paywizard appoints Wyse SVP

Paywizard, the specialist in subscription, billing and CRM for pay-TV, has announced the appointment of Andrew Wyse as Senior Vice President Global Sales, along with a new sales partnership that…

Beijing Xinwei buys Spacecom for $285m

A Luxembourg-based offshoot of Beijing-based Xinwei Group has bought Spacecom of Israel (Space Communications), operators of the AMOS fleet of satellites of $285 million (€252.7m), an impressive premium of 41…

US to set ‘Space Tug’ standards

There are a couple of satellite builders looking to build ‘rescue tugs’ in order to provide help for ailing satellites. Now DARPA (the USA’s Defense Research Projects Agency) is looking…

McClelland new ARRIS CEO

Entertainment and communications technology specialist ARRIS International has appointed Bruce McClelland as Chief Executive Officer effective September 1st. McClelland also was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors effective…

Eurofins Digital Testing acquires Labatus

Eurofins Digital Testing, a global player in end-to-end quality assurance (QA) and testing services (formerly Testronic Labs Belgium and Digital TV Labs), has acquired Labatus, to strengthen its ability to…

CCIA offers FCC STB solution

US trade group the Computer & Communications Industry Association has submitted a white paper to the FCC that offers a way to bridge the gap between the FCC’s plan to…

Crowd-funded VR 4K satellite close to launch

Crowd-funded VR 4K satellite close to launch

It’s a scheme that’s guaranteed to give a highly-personalised Virtual Reality experience from some hundreds of kilometres out in space. SpaceVR has raised some crowd-funding cash to start building Overview-1,…