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Satellite operators in long wait for launch

Imagine this: Two out of the only three businesses which can launch your satellites are – in effect – wholly unavailable, and the third is booked up through to 2017.…

Et Tu SpaceX?

The golden halo surrounding SpaceX is a little tarnished this week. It isn’t that the launch company has been without problems but somehow or other the passion – and transparency…

DirecTV wants $75m from Al Jazeera America

Al Jazeera America (AJA) seems to lurch from one crisis to another and is making far too much news itself, with executive staff changes and internal conflict as well as…

OneWeb a threat to established sat-business?

June 25th saw the major announcement from OneWeb to build and launch by 2019 some 650 satellites in order to improve the planet’s connectivity, including broadband and internet services. News…

3rd time lucky for SpaceX landing?

This Sunday (June 28th) Space Exploration (SpaceX) will try for the third time to land one of its returning rockets onto a floating landing stage. The rocket will have helped…

The sons also rise

Some people think that doing nothing, saying nothing, in the face of hard problems or trenchant criticism isn’t much of a choice. But, of course, it is. Keeping quiet, making…

BT placing further pressure on Sky

June 16th saw BT Sport announce a major new and non-sport channel, AMC, which in the US is responsible for producing smash-hit successes such as Breaking Bad and Mad Men,…

Indian digitisation much delayed

It seems the situation as far as India’s ambitious plans for complete digitisation and the mandatory implementation of Conditional Access is massively delayed, and the usual ‘confusion reigns’ at just…

Where is Sky’s 4K offering?

In more than 30 years of covering satellite TV I never thought I’d have to write a story asking why Sky UK is second best. But that’s the only conclusion…

SES: “Eyes down, look beyond the top line”

Satellite operator SES is not having the best of years, if you just look at their top line revenue prospects. But dig a little deeper, and according to a detailed…

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