Advanced Television


Telesat wants speedy C-band decision

Ottawa-based Telesat is sitting on some valuable C-band spectrum, and completely favours selling off some of that spectrum itself. The sale of 200 MHz of capacity would generate cash to help pay for its fleet of Low Earth orbiting (LEO) satellites, called Lightspeed. Telesat’s CEO Dan Goldberg told analysts that it would like to handle […]

May 17, 2021

ESPN scores US La Liga rights

ESPN and La Liga have signed a long-term agreement that will make ESPN+ the new English- and Spanish-language home for La Liga Santander and La Liga SmartBank in the US for the next eight seasons (through 2028-29). Beginning in August, hundreds of live matches across both leagues will be available each year, exclusively on ESPN+. […]

May 17, 2021

Tremor Video rolls out psychographic intelligence

Tremor Video, a programmatic video platform, has announced that the UnrulyEQ emotional and psychographic intelligence offering is now widely available to all Tremor Video clients in the US and Canada. Designed to maximise audience engagement and optimise campaign performance for advertisers across connected TV (CTV) and video, this proprietary suite of data-driven audience and content […]

May 12, 2021

Canada: MiQ, Samba TV partner on enhanced Advanced TV solution

MiQ, a global programmatic media partner, has announced a strategic partnership with Samba TV, a global player in omniscreen advertising and analytics, to provide an enhanced advanced TV solution to marketers. The joint solution will offer clients better planning, activation, and measurement by leveraging TV consumption insights across Samba TV’s extensive first-party dataset in Canada. […]

April 29, 2021

Telesat sells bonds to fund Lightspeed

Canada-based satellite operator Telesat will raise some C$500 million (€333.5m) in fresh borrowings in order to fund its new fleet of Lightspeed low Earth orbiting satellites. The cash-raising exercise will happen before the end of April, according to CEO Dan Goldberg. The total cost of the Lightspeed 298 satellite project are reportedly about $5 billion. […]

April 16, 2021By Chris Forrester

MDA prices IPO offer

Space and satellite specialist MDA has announced its share price offer for the upcoming IPO. It will offer shares at C$14 per common share, with the target to raise approximately C$400 million. The offer will close on April 7th. The Toronto Stock Exchange has conditionally approved the listing of the Common Shares, subject to the […]

April 6, 2021By Chris Forrester

MDA prepares for IPO

Canada’s MDA, the satellite builder formerly known as MacDonald, Dettwiler & Assoc – but perhaps better known as the builders of the Space Shuttle’s sophisticated ‘Canadarm’ robotic crane and still used on the International Space Station – is mounting an IPO. MDA, founded in 1969 (by Dr John MacDonald and Vern Dettwiler) also helped build […]

March 24, 2021By Chris Forrester

Canada’s C-band plan draws complaints

The world’s three-largest satellite operators are complaining to Canada’s government regarding its proposed restructuring of C-band spectrum for 5G adoption. In essence they are saying that they must be compensated for giving up their frequencies over Canada, and any Canadian scheme which only compensates Telesat would be a violation of trade agreements. The comments come […]

March 17, 2021

Rogers buys Shaw in $26bn deal

Canadian multiplay telcos Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications have reached an agreement for Rogers to acquire all of Shaw’s issued and outstanding Class A Shares and Class B Shares in a transaction valued at approximately $26 billion (€21.8bn) inclusive of approximately $6 billion of Shaw debt. The offer price of $40.50 per share represents a […]

March 15, 2021

Telesat “pleasing progress” in 2020

Canadian satellite operator Telesat has announced its financial results for the three-month and one-year periods ended December 31st 2020 For the year, Telesat reported consolidated revenue of C$820million (€541m), a decrease of 10 per cent (C$90million) compared to the same period in 2019. When adjusted for changes in foreign exchange rates, revenue decreased 10 per […]

March 5, 2021