Advanced Television


Arabsat distributes Helwa TV

NINETNINE, a content provider to digital and media platforms, is launching its live linear entertainment TV channel Helwa TV on Arabsat. The channel is available now free-to-air on satellite TV broadcast BADR-6, which reaches 550 million people in the Middle East and North Africa. Operated by NINETNINE and co-owned with BluTV, Helwa TV broadcasts premium […]

December 5, 2022

Arabsat, SpaceX sign 7A satellite launch contract

Arabsat has selected SpaceX’s Falcon 9 to launch its new satellite, Arabsat 7A – the first Arabsat 7th generation satellite harbouring the latest satellite technologies in terms of manufacturing, payload, efficiency of performance, and coverage flexibility. This announcement marks the third time that Arabsat has selected SpaceX for launch: first in 2019 with Falcon Heavy’s […]

September 20, 2022

Arabsat chief: “DTH steady in MENA”

Arabsat’s chief strategy officer, Abdulhadi Al Hasani, speaking at the recent World Satellite Business Week, says that the operator’s DTH television broadcasting is steady and not showing any decline. Al Hasani said that one of the reasons for the strength of DTH is that streaming services are not well established in the region. He admitted […]

September 14, 2022By Chris Forrester

Arabsat, Profen TV bouquet deal

Arabsat has signed a strategic partnership agreement with teleport operator Profen covering the launch of a TV bouquet that includes various channels on the Badr-4 satellite. “We are pleased to cooperate with Profen to provide high-quality TV broadcasting services within the coverage area of our satellite fleet, in accordance with the latest international standards,” commented […]

September 12, 2022Nick Snow @ IBC

Arabsat, TDA Algeria sign agreement

Algeria’s Minister of Communications Mohamed Bouslimani has endorsed an agreement with Arabsat on behalf of Television Broadcasting Algeria (TDA). This agreement, in the form of a cooperation protocol, will help to develop strategic cooperation between these two institutions. It was co-signed by the CEO of the TDA, Rachid Bastam, and the Executive Director of Arabsat, […]

August 19, 2022By Chris Forrester

Nilesat, Saudis talk deepening cooperation

This week SpaceX will launch Nilesat 301, Egypt’s latest addition to its long-established satellite fleet. But Cairo-based Nilesat has a few domestic problems of its own to address, and as a result is talking to fellow MENA states about deepening cooperation in space and TV broadcasting. Ahmed Anis, Chairman of the Egyptian Satellite Company, announced […]

June 6, 2022

Arabsat signs Rotana contract

Alhamedi Alanezi, Arabsat’s new CEO, helping to represent the satellite operator at CabSat in Dubai, has signed a 14 channel exclusive renewal contract with media network Rotana. Alanezi signed the agreement which, as well as the exclusive HD channels, also covers eight others in Standard Definition. The new agreement is for three years and sees […]

May 23, 2022By Chris Forrester

SpaceBridge wins major Hellas Sat order

SpaceBridge is to supply two VSAT platforms on end-to-end contracts to ArabSat-owned HellasSat. SpaceBridge says it will provide its fully-encrypted sat-comms hybrid platform including two Teleports to serve HellasSat clients. “We selected SpaceBridge to expand an existing network we have deployed since 2018, making efficient use of the advanced capabilities of our satellites, Hellas Sat […]

May 19, 2022By Chris Forrester

Quebec invests in Starlink

Today (May 18th), a Falcon 9 rocket will launch another 53 of Elon Musk’s Starlink broadband satellites into their transfer orbit. The launch comes alongside news that Quebec’s government, in addition to having already invested in Telesat’s proposed Lightspeed satellite constellation, is also putting cash into Starlink. The move reflects Quebec’s intention to offer a […]

May 18, 2022By Chris Forrester

Arabsat orders giant satellite

Arabsat is ordering a new satellite, Arabsat-7A,that will add considerable sophistication to its fleet. The Saudi Arabia-based operator has signed a contract with Thales Alenia Space to build a fully ‘software defined’ ‘Space Inspire’ geostationary satellite and beam its signals over the Middle East, Africa and much of Europe. Arabsat-7A will replace the bulk of […]

May 3, 2022By Chris Forrester