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Chris ForresterChris Forrester is one of the most experienced and highly regarded journalists in the field. His insight and analysis, particularly in the satellite and pay-TV arena, is highly prized. He has written for all the major business journals in the sector as well as several national newspapers.

Conflicting views on space ‘rescue tugs’

Two conflicting views on the prospects for so-called space ‘rescue tugs’ or Mission Extension Vehicles (MEV). On the one hand delegates to Euroconsult’s World Space Business Week in Paris heard…

Spacecom ready for normality

Israel’s Spacecom satellite operator, which owns the Amos fleet of spacecraft, says it is now putting the challenges of the past few years behind it and is returning to normality.…

Who controls crucial LEO broadband spectrum?

The answer to the question is: the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), stupid!  Which technically is correct except to say that the FCC tries to act according to a set of…

Putin open to foreign investment in satellite launch site

Russia’s President Putin says he is interested in allowing foreign investment in the country’s new rocket and satellite launch site at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Far East of Russia.…

“Steady” release of C-band spectrum is better for 5G

The prospects for C-band spectrum being released over the US by the C-Band Alliance (and Eutelsat) is constantly a hot topic. The CBA wants to auction 180 MHz of spectrum.…

US hits Iran’s satellite plans

The US State Department has placed new sanctions on Iran’s space and satellite agency. The US alleges that Iran’s plans to launch satellites are simply surreptitious methods to launch dangerous…

SkyPerfect JSAT rethinks satellite business

Japan’s SkyPerfect JSAT is both a DTH broadcast platform and satellite operator. The problem is that it has lost more than a half-million TV subscribers over the past few years.…

Browne departure costs SES 2.2% share tumble

The unexpected departure of SES CFO Andrew Browne caused some considerable anxiety on Europe’s stock markets. Browne informed CEO Steve Collar last week of his wish to leave citing personal…

SVoD a black hole for European broadcasters

Investment analysts at Deutsche Bank used the RTL results and comments made earlier this week to examine the challenges faced by Europe’s major broadcasters coming from various current – and…

300 MHz to be freed by FCC?

A report from analysts at New Street Research says that the FCC will rule in November on the C-Band Alliance’s (CBA) proposal to reassign 180 MHz of C-band spectrum for…

Will Love Nature start UHD rush?

Sky will start offering programming from Love Nature, the all-4K channel which is owned by Canada-based Blue Ant Media, later this year the channel will broadcast as part of Sky’s…

Mediaset merger unlikely?

Italian broadcasting giant Mediaset has been looking to merge with its Spanish arm, Mediaset Espana. The plan was that the merger would be a step forward in its wish to…

Viasat planning big for Europe

California-based Viasat and Paris-based Eutelsat were once extremely friendly, and still have good – formal – relations with one another although not quite as strong as a couple of years…

The end for dish farms?

Dish farms are massive arrays of uplink and downlink parabolic dishes in a teleport which communicate with orbiting geostationary satellites. The dishes are huge, typically measuring 7-10 metres across, and…

CBA maintains pressure

The C-Band Alliance (CBA) made another filing on August 14th to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and again fired a blistering extra salvo at suggestions made by the ACA Connects…

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