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Chris ForresterChris Forrester is one of the most experienced and highly regarded journalists in the field. His insight and analysis, particularly in the satellite and pay-TV arena, is highly prized. He has written for all the major business journals in the sector as well as several national newspapers.

Astra beats Eutelsat to the broadband punch

SES Astra used the giant CeBIT show in Hannover to announce a new broadband product targeting communities across Europe without terrestrial broadband – the so-called ‘white spots’ of the countryside.…

Happy birthday Rupert: winning BSkyB?

Rupert Murdoch celebrates his 80th birthday a week from now on March 11 (he was born on March 11, 1931). It just could be that his birthday will see confirmation…

Rainbow spin-off will boost Cablevision

At the end of last year, US cable giant Cablevision announced its plans to spin off its Rainbow Media Holdings programme-making and channel business.  The scheme called for a distribution…

Russian recovery…?

TV broadcasting in Russia has had a hard time, badly hurt by the advertising recession. One benchmark broadcaster is CTC Media which has had a roller-coaster ride this past two…

Al Jazeera back on Nilesat

Nilesat did itself no favours by dropping carriage of Arabic news channel Al Jazeera on January 30 at the height of the ‘People’s Revolution’ in Tahrir Square. At the time…

Sky wins 3D Hollywood gong

The second annual international 3D Creative Arts Awards, organised by the International 3D Society, saw BSkyB win the coveted “best 3D-TV” award, for Sky’s steamy Dance, Dance, Dance show. Dance,…

Nilesat: Al Jazeera “breached Egypt’s laws”

Last week’s Egyptian protests saw Al Jazeera’s signals from Nilesat terminated. The problem meant that Al Jazeera’s viewers had to search the sky for alternate transmissions over the Middle East,…

Optimistic glow for Sky Deutschland

In the past few days, Sky Deutschland (SD) has resolved a troubling legal dispute with former investors by settling $20 million on them, and also seen News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch…

Key date arrives for Sirius and Liberty Media

The blogosphere is full of gossip and speculation that an upcoming key date, March 7, could be instrumental in taking pay-radio outfit Sirius XM onto its next stage. Currently the…

Avanti: “spectrum for 20 satellites”

UK-based broadband-by-satellite provider Avanti Communications is involved in a legal dispute with new launch provider SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies) over use of its groundbreaking Falcon-9 rocket. Nevertheless, Avanti’s CEO David…