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Intelsat ready with ‘Plans B and C’

Global satellite operator Intelsat’s planned merger with Jersey-based OneWeb has suffered its first hiccup. Intelsat’s bondholders are not signing up to the proposed financial restructuring engineered by Japan’s media giant…

SpaceX IPO in the works?

Elon Musk is already wealthy. Forbes, in its annual ‘rich list’, puts the co-founder of PayPal and the brains behind the Tesla electric car, the Solar City scheme, and ‘rocket-to-Mars’…

TV’s ad bucket is leaking

The near-5 million new Netflix subscribers reported this week (and taking its overall total to 100 million this coming weekend) is another indicator that ‘conventional’ advertising supported linear TV is under…

Is Fox fit for Sky?

Most 86 years-olds are resting up and regarding each new day as a bonus. Not Rupert Murdoch, for him another day is another deal. So, it must still be extra…

SpaceX seeks 100% rocket recovery

Rocket company SpaceX, already happy that it can recover the all-important first (or main booster) stage of its Falcon 9 rockets, is working towards recovering 100 per cent of the rocket.…

Trouble for Fox takeover of Sky?

The Financial Times is reporting that there may be challenges ahead for the proposed takeover by 21st Century Fox of Sky’s European assets. The risks focus on the recent problems…

SpaceX slashes the cost of getting into orbit

The precise cost of launching last week’s SES-10 satellite into orbit is rumoured to have been in the $30 million-$40 million range, or about half the $60 million-$70 million normal…

BBC should NOT necessarily occupy top EPG spot

New, much smarter UK set-top boxes from Sky (SkyQ) and TiVo increasingly tend to use the first EPG ‘landing page’ for promotions of programmes, sports events and movies. Older boxes…

Media in the Middle East and why it matters

I’m writing this in Dubai while watching events back in London on 24-hour news channels. It gives you a certain perspective on both the media and my location. The Middle…

SES: “The Supertanker is turning”

There’s been a fair amount of negative comment these past months about satellite’s future role and prospects for investors. In particular, the threat from broadcasters transferring their loyalties from DTH…

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