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EchoStar “ready for M&A options”

Charlie Ergen, founder of the Dish Network and EchoStar satellite operation, said the asset swaps made in January between the two businesses readied the pair for a wave of merger…

Eutelsat “raising forecasts”

Paris-based satellite operator Eutelsat has had a torrid time lately with investors extremely jittery over the company’s longer-term prospects. The main cause of their anxiety is that – suddenly –…

SpaceX ‘logjam’ hits launch clients

A SpaceX rocket is scheduled to launch this coming weekend carrying a routine NASA cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS). But the long delays since the Sepember 1st…

ViaSat-2 promised for the autumn

Eutelsat and ViaSat will shortly sign a joint-venture agreement that will eventually cover the use of a ViaSat-3 satellite, and the use of Eutelsat’s existing Ka-Sat broadband-by-satellite service. ViaSat has…

Disney’s Iger: “Too many ads on TV”

Ad-free services from the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime are seemingly impressing Disney CEO Bob Iger, who has said he believes there are too many commercial interruptions on TV.…

Nothing Neutral about Trump

Journalism might be the first draft of history (as well as a lot of less honourable or important things) but, even so, it is too early to be bringing a…

Viacom boss addresses “points of pain”

The past year or so has not been kind to Viacom, with highly public squabbles between lawyers for founder Sumner Redstone, and bloodletting between certain key executives, and far too…

Avanti suffers “default” downgrade

London-based satellite operator Avanti Communications has been downgraded by ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) following on from its exchange of debt (in the form of its Senior Secured Notes).…

IFE: Global Eagle soars, Panasonic is laid low

Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) is a specialist provider of aircraft-based In Flight Entertainment (IFE), of which more in a moment.  However, GEE said February 2nd that 2016 had been a…

What is Ergen up to?

Charlie Ergen, co-founder and majority shareholder in Dish Network and EchoStar, has streamlined the business relationships between the two businesses, and in particular its growing broadband-by-satellite subsidiary Hughes Retail Group.…

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