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Ericsson buys Technicolor broadcast

In a move aimed at positioning it as a leading provider in managed services for broadcasters, Ericsson is acquiring the broadcast services division of media and entertainment technology specialist Technicolor in a €19 million deal. The closing of the acquisition is subject to relevant customary regulatory administrative approvals and consultations. The acquisition will bring approximately […]

March 13, 2012

Sky slashes national broadcaster transmission charges

BSkyB is reducing what it charges the BBC to transmit its TV channels and radio stations by more than £5 million (€5.9m) a year. BSkyB charges TV and radio broadcasters annual fees to carry their channels and stations on its satellite service with ITV, Channel 4, the BBC and Channel 5 currently paying around £24 […]

March 9, 2012

thePlatform unveils next-gen TV Everywhere suite

thePlatform, a white-label video publishing company and specialist in TV Everywhere services, has announced an advanced new suite of features, enabling operators to create new and highly tailored content packages and promotions. The new features enable pay TV providers to reinforce and extend the value of their current TV subscription packages across more devices. “TV […]

March 8, 2012By Sanjeev Bhavnani

Arqiva launches Paris Media Centre

Arqiva has opened its new facility in France: The Media Centre Paris. The new-build facility reinforces Arqiva’s French-based operations which provide television distribution services for many major French broadcasters. The Media Centre Paris is located at the Energy 2 building in Velizy, just a short distance from the facilities of many French broadcasters. It offers […]

March 6, 2012

YahLive wins Abu Dhabi Media

YahLive, a new all-HDTV satellite platform targeting the Middle East, has signed an important deal with Abu Dhabi Media to transmit six of its channels. YahLive says it currently carries about 30 HD channels, with plans to boost that to nearer 50 by the end of the year. “The addition of exclusive Abu Dhabi media […]

February 29, 2012By Chris Forrester

Yahcarrier IP service from Yahsat

Yahsat has revealed it is launching a new dedicated business service, Yahsat Carrier, the region’s first Ka-band IP trunking solution. The UAE based operator says the new service will provide telcos throughout the Middle East with reliable ‘always on’ availability for supporting Internet data backhaul for underserved areas.   The operator also announced a new […]

February 28, 2012From Nick Snow in Dubai

Abertis enlarges stake in Hispasat

Spanish construction and telecoms giant Abertis is buying a large stake in Spanish satellite operator Hispasat from Telefónica. Abertis, which recently cut its investment in Eutelsat by half, is paying $164.5 million for Telefónica’s 13 per cent stake in the Spanish operator. It means Abertis controls almost 50 per cent of Hispasat. Abertis will now […]

February 22, 2012By Chris Forrester

YahSat launch delayed

YahSat’s second satellite (Y1B), expected to be launched in a few days, has been delayed until April. The delays are the result of delays with the Russia Proton-ILS launch rocket over the December-January period, and two other technical glitches which happened prior the successful launch of SES-4 last weekend. Tareq Abdul Raheem Al Hosani, Yahsat’s […]

February 20, 2012By Chris Forrester

YahLive Olympic coverage

YahLive has allocated both satellite capacity and a number of HD channels to provide broadcasters with connectivity and service, from London to the Middle East, to facilitate TV coverage of the forthcoming London 2012 Olympics. Collaborating with its European strategic partners, YahLive will provide local connections and uplink facilities, including DVB/S2 MPGE4 encoding for satellite […]

February 20, 2012

SES: “On Target” profits up 26.8%

Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES reported record profits for its full year 2011 numbers (to December 31st) as well as continued growth in its fleet (which now numbers 50 satellites) helped by this past week’s launch of SES-4. However, overall launch delays of new satellites plus some problems with specific satellites harmed, and continue to harm, […]

February 17, 2012By Chris Forrester