Advanced Television


Hellas Sat wins Romanian satellite contract

Hellas Sat, owned by Arabsat, has secured a carriage contract from KanalD, a general entertainment channel, in Romania. The agreement covers long-term distribution on satellite from the Hellas Sat satellite at 39 degrees East. Hellas Sat is a subsidiary of Arabsat and is based in Greece and Cyprus. Hellas Sat operates three satellites delivering video, […]

November 1, 2023By Chris Forrester

Arabsat unveils new look

Arabsat used IBC to display its new house style. Alhamedi Alanezi, President & CEO of Arabsat, said: “The satellite industry is experiencing rapid advancements, and we are proud to be driving innovation that responds to these dynamic changes. With our new brand identity, we are reinforcing our commitment to delivering unmatched value and services to […]

September 19, 2023By Chris Forrester

Success for Arabsat’s BADR-8

After numerous delays caused by bad weather over Florida, Arabsat’s latest satellite, BADR-8 launched at 3.25am UTC on May 27th. The near-5 tonnes satellite was finally lofted into a geostationary transfer orbit having suffered delays by thick cloud and strong winds and even on the day of lift-off the launch teams were suffering anxieties over […]

May 30, 2023By Chris Forrester

Arabsat’s BADR-8 readies launch

SpaceX has scheduled the launch of Arabsat’s latest satellite for May 23rd. Launch is scheduled for 11.25 pm Florida-time, but the mission launch is very much subject to local weather considerations. A back-up launch could happen exactly 24-hours later if weather halts the mission. BADR-8 is a latest next-generation geostationary Eurostar Neo satellite from Airbus. […]

May 23, 2023By Chris Forrester

Arabsat BADR-8 shipped to Florida

Arabsat’s latest satellite, its impressive BADR-8, has been flown from the Airbus Space & Defence facility in Toulouse, France, to its launch pad in Florida. The launch, towards the end of this month, will be handled by SpaceX. BADR-8 is a latest next generation geostationary Eurostar Neo satellite. The satellite will provide connectivity over Europe, […]

May 9, 2023By Chris Forrester

Arabsat reports on outage problem

A faulty thruster on Arabsat’s BADR-6 caused a temporary outage to users throughout the Middle East. The problem occurred back on February 6th for a “few hours”, said Arabsat, but its broadcasting clients were shifted to other satellites at BADR-6’s co-located position. BADR-6 is also known as Arabsat 4AR. “The services were all recovered,” stated […]

April 11, 2023By Chris Forrester

Stacked launch schedule for SpaceX

Arabsat’s next satellite, its BADR-8 craft, is likely to be launched by SpaceX in May. But between now and then, SpaceX has an extremely full manifest of launches with satellites for OneWeb, SES, O3b, Intelsat, Viasat, EchoStar, Türksat as well as a NASA crew launch and its own Starlink satellites. It has a Starlink launch […]

February 22, 2023By Chris Forrester

Arabsat signs partnership with Kinéis

Saudi Arabia-based Arabsat has formed a joint strategic partnership with Kinéis to launch low Earth orbiting Internet of Things (IoT) services. Arabsat’s CEO, AlHamedi AlAnezi, said that this agreement gives Arabsat the grounds to discuss distribution rights as the regional distributor in the Middle East and North Africa) of Kinéis’ Satellite IoT services. Kinéis is […]

February 13, 2023By Chris Forrester

Arabsat loses BADR-6

Arabsat has confirmed that it has lost services from BADR-6. Saudi Arabia-based Arabsat says that the satellite suffered a complete outage late on January 6th. Arabsat’s technicians moved television and broadcasting services from the craft at one of the company’s ‘hot spots’ (26 degrees East) to nearby satellites. Despite various reactivation measures, BADR-6 could no […]

February 9, 2023By Chris Forrester

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