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SpaceX accused of “price dumping”

There is considerable commercial rivalry between the France-based Arianespace rocket system, and the US-based Space Exploration (SpaceX) rocket. France’s space minister Genevieve Fioraso has criticised SpaceX, saying it is all but “dumping” their rockets onto the commercial market. The Minister’s rationale for her arguments is that SpaceX is being unfairly helped by the USA’s space agencies and their profitable government […]

Netflix an acquisition target?

Investment bankers Mediatech Capital Partners (MCP) believe that Netflix is now firmly a potential acquisition target. Porter Bibb, MCP’s managing partner, speaking on Bloomberg TV, told viewers that Netflix’s 50 million-plus subscribers – and growing – might put financial pressures on Reed Hastings, Netflix’s founder. “Netflix [share price fell] but it is still very, very vital. It has 50 million […]

BSkyB “pressure cooker” period

BSkyB’s results were better than most analysts expected, but this didn’t make life any easier for Sarah Simon, a senior analyst at Berenberg Bank, who continued her negative advice to clients, and marking down the bank’s price target for BSkyB shares from 800p to 780p. October 16th saw BSkyB’s share price fell back a few pence from 859p to 850p. […]

Netflix: Far from immortal

I seriously doubt any media company has ever had as many namechecks as Netflix over this last couple of years. We are as guilty as any, but then that’s what happens if a business is a game-changer; the company appears in thousands of ‘wow what a success’ stories and just as many ‘oh my, what a threat’ reports. There have […]

BSkyB: “Sell”, say bankers

On the one hand everything for BSkyB is looking pretty rosy. Its acquisition of its counterparts in German and Italy is shaping up well, and James Murdoch’s highly positive comments at MIPCOM on October 13th should have helped this rosy glow. However, a report from Berenberg Bank stays negative, and the bank is advising investors to sell their BSkyB shares. […]

Arabsat on growth track

Arabsat’s current procurement and RFPs include options for all-electric satellites, thereby saving weight and thus significantly trimming launch costs. Khalid Balkheyour, CEO at Arabsat, says that all options are open for discussion on the RFPs now being examined. “We also gave [the potential suppliers] the option of quoting for one large satellite or two smaller craft, although each solution would […]

DirecTV, AT&T merger timetable emerges

The general consensus in the US seems to be that the proposed merger between DBS pay-TV operator and giant telco AT&T will get Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval. The FCC has now closed its period for the general public and interested parties to make their comments heard. The FCC will reply to those comments on October 16th. The USA Department […]

Ukraine TV channel “systematically jammed”

BBC Monitoring is reporting that Ukrainian channel Inter TV is having its news bulletins and political talk shows “systematically jammed”. A correspondent for the channel said that the State Centre for Radio Frequencies had confirmed that the channel’s signal was being jammed at the stage of transmission to the satellite using a “vehicle with a satellite dish on the roof”. […]

AMOS satellite hit by jamming

Israel’s AMOS satellite is suffering jamming. Ukraine’s Inter TV is reported to have had some of its shows interrupted. BBC Monitoring is reporting that deliberate interference began on September 28th. The head of the Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU), Markiyan Lubkivskyy, said; “In particular, [the signal] is being blocked by means of 500-watt radio waves targeting the village of Kalynivka, Kiev […]

Romania wants a satellite

There are plenty of highly competitive suppliers of satellite capacity operating above Romania, but now the country wants its own craft. Razvan Cotovelea, minister for Communication and Information Society in the Romanian government, says it intends to acquire a satellite which would offer communication services for both the private and public sectors. “We will start planning its development by the […]

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