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Italy: Smart TV and OTT usage up 7.4%

The number of DTT and satellite TV viewers in Italy during both increased by 0.5 per cent in 2021 compared to 2019. The figures come from a report by Italian research agency Censis, which also reveals a 7.4 per cent growth of OTT and Smart TV users in the two-year period, to 41.9 per cent […]

December 6, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Report: Is SVoD undermining MENA pay-TV market value?

In advanced TV markets, OTT developments have initially entailed revenue losses for operators who had been counting on high pay-TV penetrations for years, often associated with a preponderance of expensive cable offers, as is the case in North America, reports Dataxis. In MENA, the TV market follows an opposite model, characterised by the predominance of […]

December 1, 2021

Venezuela offers free DTH

Venezuela’s government is broadcasting 27 national and international TV channels (and 10 radio services) on a free-to-view DTH service. Conatel, the nation’s National telecommunications Commission, announced the project and described it as “the new way of watching television”. However, although content viewing will be completely free, users must buy a Set Top Box converter ($29) […]

November 22, 2021By Chris Forrester

Dish to raise $4bn

US DTH operator Dish Network is to raise $4 billion (€3.45bn) in senior secured notes. The cash-raising is being conducted through its Dish DBS Corporation sister company and will be used to fund an inter-company loan to Dish Network in order to finance the potential purchase of wireless spectrum licences. The news comes on top […]

November 9, 2021By Chris Forrester

Analysis: Spectrum proceeds to drive sat-op growth

The Satellite Industry Financial Analysis, 11th Edition from satellite and space sector research and consulting firm NSR projects the global satcom industry contracted by 2.3 per cent in FY2020 to $13.4 billion (€11.6bn). While continuing sector trends such as a weakening DTH sector and COVID-19 impacts on aeronautical and maritime markets drove declines, enhanced revenue […]

November 3, 2021By Colin Mann

Forecast: Thailand pay-TV services revenue at $1.1bn in 2026

Pay-TV service revenue in Thailand is expected to grow at a healthy compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.5 per cent from $734 million in 2021 to $1.1 billion in 2026, supported by growing DTH, cable TV and IPTV subscriptions, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company. GlobalData’s Thailand pay-TV Forecast Model indicates that […]

October 27, 2021

Report: Will pandemic boost OTT take-up in Australia/NZ?

If historically the Australian and New Zealander pay-TV markets have mainly been counting DTH homes, things could significantly change in the next five years, predicts Dataxis. Similar to other regions of the world, the pandemic could have set the cat amongst the pigeons when it comes to cord-cutting and OTT adoption. Despite being available for […]

October 5, 2021

SES, Sirius TV beam DTH to Malaysia

SES and Sirius TV are working to beam DTH channels to Smart Digital International, the Malaysian DTH operator. The broadcaster has signed a multi-year contract with SES to deliver a new bouquet of satellite TV channels across Malaysia. Terms were not revealed. The Sirius Basic subscription package launched on October 1st with 13 initial channels, […]

October 5, 2021By Chris Forrester

Nigeria wants 2 comms and DTH satellites

Nigeria wants two additional satellites for its communications fleet. Dr Abimbola Alela, the MD/CEO of NigComSat, told delegates at the 2021 stakeholder forum last week in Lagos that the new craft (NigComSat 2 and 3) were essential to further expand Nigeria’s position as a global satellite operator. “This will not only inspire confidence in our […]

September 20, 2021By Chris Forrester

Arabsat CEO resigns

Arabsat’s president and CEO Khalid Balkheyour has resigned from the Saudi Arabian-based satellite operator. His replacement is former CTO Badr Al-Suwaidan. Balkheyour’s departure is not wholly unexpected. For some time he had been expected to assume a greater role in Saudi media planning and development. Balkheyour has been in post at Arabsat since 2003, and […]

September 6, 2021By Chris Forrester