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MultiChoice shareholders blast exec pay

MultiChoice shareholders blast exec pay

MultiChoice Group is now a separately listed business on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange having been spun off by its parent Naspers earlier this year. But its new shareholders gave MultiChoice…

ChinaSat-18 loss costs $250m

ChinaSat-18 has been declared a total loss with an impact on the insurance industry of some $250 million (€226.4m). The satellite, the first in a new generation of craft to…

Report: DTH declines but still leads pay-TV delivery

From Q1 2014 to Q1 2019, the total subscription revenues of the direct pay-TV market has increased by 19 per cent, reaching €8.9 billion, according to figures from Dataxis. DTH…

Globecast, Eutelsat partner for new HOTBIRD platform

Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, is expanding its partnership with Eutelsat Communications to create a new HOTBIRD platform in order to satisfy the growing move from SD to…

China suffers DTH satellite “anomaly”

China’s latest communications and DTH satellite ChinaSat-18 which was launched on August 19th is reportedly suffering problems. ChinaSat 18 satellite was launched at 8:03 pm (Beijing Time) on a Long…

Italian pay DTT drops from 32 to 21 channels

Italian pay DTT drops from 32 to 21 channels

A total of 413 TV channels were available throughout Italy in June 2019 on the main distribution platforms, of which 350 were owned by producers based in Italy. The majority…

Avanti: Share price meltdown

London-based speciality satellite operator Avanti Communications says it wants to cancel its listing of its ordinary shares from the London ‘junior’ exchange Alternative Investment Market. It made the announcement early…

Indian telco threat to DTH

Reliance-owned Jio Infocomm is a spectacular success. It announced its 4G service in December 2015 and launched in September 2016. It won its first 50 million subs within 83 days,…

Turkey to expand satellite fleet

Turkey to expand satellite fleet

Turkey’s Turksat existing 3A, 4A and 4B fleet is to be expanded, according to the country’s Transport & Infrastructure minister. Minister Cahit Turhan, in an interview said that Turkey will…

Bezos accuses Pentagon of “flawed” acquisition policy

Bezos accuses Pentagon of “flawed” acquisition policy

Jeff Bezos, as well as controlling Amazon, is also backing the Blue Origin recoverable rocket launch system. The Pentagon is expected to award massive contracts to take US national security…

US Q2 pay-TV subs down 1.5m

US Q2 pay-TV subs down 1.5m

Findings from specialist analysis firm Leichtman Research Group (LRG) indicate that the largest pay-TV providers in the US – representing about 93 per cent of the market – lost about…

EchoStar’s BSS, DISH to merge Aug 19

EchoStar’s BSS, DISH to merge Aug 19

EchoStar’s broadcast satellite services (BSS) subsidiary will start its formal merger process with ‘sister’ business DISH Network on August 19th. The pair announced their merger on May 20th. Based on…

AsiaSat: “Continued pricing pressures”

AsiaSat: “Continued pricing pressures”

Hong Kong-based AsiaSat, which is in the process of being taken private, in announcing its latest half-year numbers, says revenues fell 5 per cent [from HK$730 million (€83.28m) to HK$693…

OneWeb responds to Virgin Orbit lawsuit

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit company is suing OneWeb for $46.5 million alleging that the satellite mega-constellation company has filed to pay agreed cancellation charges for orbiting some OneWeb satellites.…

Nilesat revenues tumble

It seems that the glory days at Egyptian Satellite Nilesat are well and truly over. Revenues and profits are down during the first half of the year. Profits fell 12.2…