Advanced Television

DTH/Satellite

DISH Network Q2

Net income totalled $336 million for the quarter, compared with $224 million during the corresponding period in 2007. Basic earnings per share were $0.75 for the quarter, compared with basic earnings per share of $0.50 during the corresponding period in 2007. The service lost approximately 25,000 net subscribers, ending the quarter with approximately 13.79 million […]

August 6, 2008

Skywalkers return

“It has proved very successful and is a particularly good way of trying out new offers, because you get the most direct kind of customer feedback,” Jeremy Darroch, chief executive of BSkyB, told the Financial Times. The move harks back to Sky's earliest days when Sky Direct salesmen were crucial to the ';scorched earth' policy […]

August 4, 2008

DISH Network HD upgrade

This new functionality is part of DISH Network’s expansion in high definition services, which includes the rollout of TurboHD, the industry’s first 100 per cent, all-HD suite of programming packages. DISH Network has also launched 17 new national HD channels, surpassing its goal of reaching 100 national HD channels five months ahead of schedule. DISH […]

August 1, 2008

Satellite operators call for EU to guarantee services

Satellite communications play a key role in achieving Europe’s objectives. As the Chairman of ESOA and CEO of Eutelsat, Giuliano Berretta, explained, satellites are “an integral and indispensable part of everyday life whether we talk about TV or emergency communication, connectivity in villages, mountains, islands, in-flight and at sea”. The European Parliament is now debating […]

July 25, 2008

XM Satellite subs rise

XM Satellite Radio had added 322,000 new net subscribers in the second quarter and now has about 9.7 million. The total represents a 17 per In a preliminary report, the company said gross additions for the quarter included a record 857,000 gross new subscriptions for radios in automobiles. It marked 224,000 retail additions. XM forecast […]

July 24, 2008

Sky Italia on Pace

Sky Italia has chosen Pace as its launch partner for high definition personal video recorders (HD PVRs) for the launch of its HD PVR service. The Pace HD PVR (model TDS850NS) comes with dual DVB-S2 tuners, H.264 compression and a 250GB hard drive to store up to 60 hours of HD programming. It comes integrated […]

July 17, 2008

SES combines New Skies, Americom

Satellite operator SES has revealed plans to combine SES Americom and SES New Skies to form a new operating segment of SES. Robert Bednarek, currently President and CEO of SES New Skies, will become President and CEO of this new operating segment.The SES Americom and SES New Skies satellite fleets will remain separately owned and […]

July 15, 2008

Two-thirds of all UK TVs linked to digital

Over two-thirds (68 per cent) of the 60 million television sets in the UK are now digitally – linked via cable, satellite or digital terrestrial – according to the latest figures from Ofcom . The Digital Progress Report for the first quarter of 2008 shows that the total number of digitally-linked sets has grown by […]

July 14, 2008

DirecTV: 1m+ remote recordings scheduled

DirecTV customers nationwide are embracing a new way to remotely record their favourite shows to their DVRs with the DirecTV DVR Scheduler, which has reached a milestone with more than one million recordings scheduled remotely through the service. "The positive response we have received for the DirecTV DVR Scheduler has truly surpassed our expectations," said […]

July 14, 2008

SES combines New Skies, Americom

Satellite operator SES has revealed plans to combine SES Americom and SES New Skies to form a new operating segment of SES. Robert Bednarek, currently The SES Americom and SES New Skies satellite fleets will remain separately owned and operated, and the new segment will continue to be supported from its current locations and facilities […]

July 14, 2008