Advanced Television


M7 satellite distribution deal with TV ÓČKO

Luxembourg-based M7 Group, the pay-TV provider owned by Canal+, has concluded a satellite distribution agreement with Prague-based Stanice O. for its music channels ÓČKO TV and ÓČKO STAR. ÓČKO TV has been broadcasting since 2002, making it the first Czech thematic television focusing on music and modern lifestyle. ÓČKO Star features hits from the eighties […]

February 22, 2024

Intelsat distributes WeDo FAST channels

Satellite operator Intelsat says that FAST channels (Free Ad-supported Television) are booming worldwide and are disrupting traditional video consumption. According to Kantar, FAST is the quickest-growing streaming option in the US with 47 per cent of households now utilising FAST every week. Satellite will play a key role in supplementing FAST channel distribution making FAST […]

February 16, 2024By Chris Forrester

Jan 23 launch for France 2 UHD

Ahead of the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, PSB group France Télévisions has announced the January 23rd launch of first 4K full-time channel, France 2 UHD. It will be followed on July 10th by France 3 UHD, a part-time channel dedicated to special events. The two UHD signals, which are set to present […]

January 23, 2024From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

Fadaat Media expands services with Es’hailSat

Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, has expanded its partnership with Fadaat Media Group by adding Video Contribution services to their portfolio on Es’hail-1 satellite located at the 25.5⁰ East hotspot covering Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. These are additional services to a multi-channel, multi-year deal between Fadaat Media and Es’hailSat which includes satellite […]

January 9, 2024

Forecast: Africa to add 12m pay-TV subs

The number of pay-TV subscribers in Africa will climb by 12 million between 2023 and 2029 according to the Africa Pay-TV Forecasts report from analyst firm Digital TV Research. This means an extra 7 million pay satellite TV subscribers and 5 million more pay DTT homes. The pay total will reach 55 million by 2029, […]

January 8, 2024

M7 distributes new RTL Hungary channels

Luxembourg-based M7 Group, owned by Canal+ Group, has extended its long-standing partnership with CLT-UFA HBD for the satellite distribution of four new linear TV channels. Following the agreement, M7 Platform Services is now providing RTL Hungary with a full-service satellite distribution solution for Kölyökklub (Kid’s Club), Moziklub (Cinema Club), Sorozatklub (Serial Club) and RTL OTTHON […]

December 22, 2023

Yahsat and Bayanat to merge

Abu Dhabi’s Yahsat (Al Yah Satellite) is planning to merge with Bayanat, which specialises with geospatial imagery and analytics. The combined company will trade as Space42. The news has more than a few surprises. First is that Yahsat will be the junior partner in the deal. The second is that the combined business has hired […]

December 21, 2023By Chris Forrester

Rotana’s HD channels now on Es’hail-2

Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, has announced that nine HD television channels from Rotana Group are now available on Es’hail-2 satellite located at the 26⁰ East hotspot covering Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This is part of a multi-channel, multi-year deal between Rotana and Es’hailSat which adds to the premium television channel video […]

December 14, 2023

CinecolorSat chooses KenCast

Cinema-goers in seven of Latin America’s largest economies will watch cinema content exclusively received and processed by technology from KenCast on a hybrid satellite-terrestrial network. CinecolorSat, the cinema distribution division for the Chilefilms group, has agreed to a multiyear agreement through 2028 to extend its collaboration with KenCast for delivering feature films and live events […]

December 8, 2023

FCC to outlaw video service junk fees

Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has announced a proposal to eliminate video service junk fee billing practices by cable operators and direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service providers and study their impact on consumer choices. The proposal will be voted on during the December 13th Open Meeting. “No one wants to pay junk fees for […]

November 22, 2023By Colin Mann