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Bharti Airtel buys back 20% from Warburg Pincus

Bharti Airtel operates one of India’s giant DTH businesses with some 18 million subscribers. Twenty per cent of Airtel DTH was held by US private equity investors Warburg Pincus. Bharti is to buy back that investment. Bharti Airtel says it will pay 31.26 billion Rupees (about €354m) to Warburg Pincus. Airtel had sold the stake […]

February 22, 2021By Chris Forrester

Research: 60% US homes sub to pay-TV and SVoD

Findings from Leichtman Research Group indicate that 60 per cent of US TV households have both a pay-TV service and at least one SVoD service. In addition, 20 per cent of TV households have an SVoD service but not pay-TV, 14 per cent only have a pay-TV service, and 6 per cent have neither pay-TV […]

November 9, 2020

Analyst: Satellite industry worth $271bn in 2019

There may be some doom and gloom about the depressed state of consumer demand on aircraft and other Covid-affected businesses, but an analysis of the overall space industry by Bryce on behalf of the Satellite Industry Association paints a rosy picture for last year. Bryce says that Satellite-based services, representing some 45 per cent of […]

September 14, 2020By Chris Forrester

Report: FTA DTH take-up increases in Sub-Saharan Africa

Along the line of well-established actors such as Freeview in the UK, DTH free-to-air bouquets are spreading around sub-Saharan Africa, reports Dataxis. These offers, which bundle free channels into identifiable packages accessible through the purchase of specific set-top-boxes, are currently received by more than 8 million households in the region – a number to put […]

June 26, 2020

Report: Satellite TV grows in Ghana, Nigeria

Viewers in Ghana and Nigeria are growing increasingly fond of satellite DTH availability. A study from SES, part of their annual Satellite Monitor survey, reveals a steady increase in the penetration of satellite TV across Africa. The study on TV reception also shows an increase in SES reach from 33 million African households in 2018 […]

June 25, 2020By Chris Forrester

M7 Group adds 5 channels to 1 West satellite distribution

M7 Group, the European Pay-TV provider, has concluded various satellite distribution agreements in recent weeks for its 1 degree West DTH platform. The newly signed-up channels are: JimJam Hungary and JimJam Romania: AMC Networks International – Central and Northern Europe owned channels focusing on children’s content with dedicated Hungarian and Romanian feeds; TV1000: a Viasat […]

June 12, 2020

Portugal: Highest pay-TV sub growth since 2016

Portugal saw the highest growth in pay-TV subscribers in the past four years, reaching 4.1 million at the end of March 2020. According to data released by the National Communications Authority (Anacom), more than 160,000 new pay-TV subscribers were added in the period January-March, corresponding to a 4 per cent growth on the same period […]

June 10, 2020From Branislav Pekic in Rome