Advanced Television

DTH/Satellite

Gilat deal in danger

Unless a deal is struck Gilat's board of directors will meet this weekend to decide whether to continue negotiations or sue the investors who agreed to take the company private for $475 million, or $11.40 per share. If Gilat opts to go to court, as many other spurned takeover targets have in the past year, […]

August 29, 2008

Inmarsat proceeds with S-Band

The new satellite is 60 times as powerful as the whole fleet of its predecessors and can provide broadband at up to 500Kb per second. While that may seem low compared with the speed available to the average UK household, which is 10 times greater, it is a massive improvement on the current speed of […]

August 26, 2008

Sky adding seven new HD channels

As awareness grows and sales of “HD ready” TV sets continue to rise, Sky expects to add even more HD channels by the end of 2008. The addition of the new channels in October will increase the total number of HD channels on the Sky platform to 26, compared with nine channels when Sky+ HD […]

August 21, 2008

EchoStar: Piracy v Privacy

EchoStar has claimed that the receiver can be modified to pirate its satellite TV programming.The foundation said EchoStar’s demand would violate user privacy and leave innocent purchasers vulnerable to bogus legal threats. “Innocent customers should not be dragged into federal litigation just because they bought a product that other, less scrupulous purchasers may be hacking […]

August 21, 2008

Reliance DTH launches

“The DTH market stands at six million households now of the 125 million television viewing homes in India,” said Arun Kapoor, President, Reliance Communication. “This number will double in a year and we will hold a 40 per cent market share.” “The market is set to expand as bigger players come into the fray,” said […]

August 21, 2008

Foxtel notes HD potential for Oz

“We have been watching the price of large HD-ready panels plummet,” Patrick Delany, executive director of sales and product development for Foxtel said. “The prices make them an every-man consumer device. Secondly, the amount of HD content has really exploded. There are major producers of HD content now like BBC, National Geographic and Discovery.” Foxtel […]

August 20, 2008

AMC-21: launch success

Rob Bednarek, President and CEO of the recently announced division – SES Americom -New Skies – said that bringing the satellite into service was establishing a new Ku-band enterprise and broadcast neighbourhood in the North American arc at 125 degrees West. Anchoring the new satellite will be the Public Broadcasting Service and several of their […]

August 18, 2008

Intelsat record revenues for Q2

Intelsat CEO Dave McGlade commented, “Intelsat’s second quarter results featured record revenues and continued strong operating performance. Our diverse customer base and global scale give us an outstanding competitive position. We continue to benefit from the communications infrastructure needs of global businesses, growing economies, mobile application providers and service providers entering newly deregulated markets. Our […]

August 15, 2008

EchoStar signs for tru2way

This agreement grants EchoStar the rights required to implement OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) middleware and the CableCARD interface on devices using tru2way technology, allowing users to take full advantage of two-way, interactive cable services. Tru2way is a national software platform that enables cable’s interactive services to be delivered to two-way plug and play TVs, set-top […]

August 14, 2008

Malone plays down DirecTV-Dish merger

The merger rumour surfaced following speculation that federal officials could be inclined to support it, following their approval of the XM-Sirius satellite radio merger. DirecTV and Dish attempted to merge several years ago, but the FCC rejected it in 2002 on competition grounds. In an earnings call following release of the company’s second quarter report, […]

August 14, 2008