Advanced Television


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

Voice-activated Android STBs for SKY Brasil

Media and entertainment technologist Technicolor Connected Home and DTH pay-TV operator SKY Brasil have confirmed the deployment of SKY Connect, a next generation set-top box (STB) that integrates Google Assistant far-field voice technology that allows subscribers in Brazil to navigate entertainment content on their TVs. The move is the latest development in the 15-year relationship […]

July 15, 2021

Forecast: Downstream satellite worth $7.5bn by 2030

The value of DTH broadcasting is common knowledge, but there’s an enormous market elsewhere in the satellite industry. The ‘downstream’ segment is covered in a major report from Euroconsult. With the broadcast element,

July 13, 2021By Chris Forrester

Hispasat CTO questions LEO impact

A webcast organised by the Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council heard some negative comments on the likely impact of Low Earth orbiting (LEO) satellites. Most of the criticism came from operators of geostationary satellites. For example, Hispasat’s CTO Antonio Abad Martin spoke extensively about the business model in place for geostationary (GEO) operators, and said they […]

July 2, 2021By Chris Forrester

Report: Growth in satellite activity

The Satellite Industry Association’s (SIA) 2021 State of the Satellite Industry Report (SSIR)  says – in essence – that the industry is in robust health. It notes that, despite the pandemic, a record number of satellites went into orbit in 2020 (triple the 2019 count) and that the sector is enjoying “double digit” growth in […]

July 1, 2021By Chris Forrester

France: IPTV, connected TV grow in 2020

French TV reception methods are now largely dominated by IPTV, according to the 2020 findings of broadcast regulator CSA’s Observatory for TV homes equipment. At the end of 2020, IPTV accounted for a 60.5 per cent penetration rate, up 2.1 per cent, with an access share from FTTH estimated to 25 per cent at the […]

June 2, 2021From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

AVIA: Positivity in Filipino video industry

The Asia Video Industry Association’s (AVIA) Philippines In View seminar held this week brought together more than 700 industry delegates to discuss the state of the TV and video industry in the archipelago country with over 7000 islands. Some of the industry luminaries present include Manuel V Pangilinan, Chairman, President and CEO of PLDT, Ernest […]

May 21, 2021

Slovak Telekom selects Intelsat for transponder expansion

Intelsat has announced a deal with Slovak Telekom that it says will change the landscape of its services, including DTH, in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region. Finalised last week, the deal will provide Slovak with three new transponders for extra capacity, so the company can bring more content to its customers. “This collaboration […]

May 6, 2021

Forecast: 134m India pay-TV subs by 2025

A report by Media Partners Asia (MPA) indicates that India’s pay-TV industry will grow at ~7 per cent CAGR between 2020-25 as total industry revenues, including subscription and advertising, reach $12.3 billion (€10.3bn) by 2025. The report, titled India Pay-TV Distribution 2021, predicts that

April 12, 2021