Advanced Television


Forecast: Satellite broadband SAM in 330m premises by 2026

According to global technology intelligence firm ABI Research, the serviceable addressable market (SAM) for global satellite broadband over geostationary (GEO), medium earth orbit (MEO), and low earth orbit (LEO) satellites will stand at 330 million premises, equivalent to 1.3 billion household members in 2026. SAM has grown by 5.3 per cent compared to 2021. Fibre-optic […]

November 30, 2021

SnT, SES expand partnership

SES and the University of Luxembourg’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) have announced the creation of a joint lab that will explore the benefits of high-throughput satellite systems in the areas of next-generation networks, including quantum communications and cybersecurity. The agreement will see both institutions jointly utilise facilities at their respective sites […]

October 15, 2021

Portuguese operators oppose pay-TV tax hike

The Portuguese Association of Electronic Telecommunications Operators (APRITEL) has criticised the proposed increase in the annual tax levied from pay-TV operators. The draft State Budget for 2022 provides that pay-TV operators such as NOS, Meo, Vodafone Portugal and Nowo will now pay a semi-annual fee of €2 per subscriber, or €4/year. In a statement to […]

October 14, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Portugal: 1 in 4 have SVoD subscription

One in four Portuguese (24 per cent) over the age of 15 subscribe to a streaming platform, according to the first edition of Marktest’s BStream study on SVoD services. The study analysed services operating in Portugal (Apple TV, Disney+, HBO, MEO Filmes e Séries, Netflix, NOS Play, OPTO SIC, Amazon Prime Video), as well as […]

September 30, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Portugal: 4.3m pay-TV subs

Portugal had 4.3 million pay-TV subscribers at the end of the first half of 2021, or 3.5 per cent more than in the same period last year. This accounts for a 94.2 per cent penetration rate for the service, up 5 per cent year-on-year, according to the Anacom, the Portuguese telecom sector regulator. The major […]

September 8, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Portugal: Dizi on Meo

SPI/FilmBox and MEO, Altice Portugal’s consumer brand, have signed a distribution agreement to introduce SPI’s drama brand Dizi to Portugal. Dizi content will now be offered both via linear channel and SVoD through the operator’s distribution networks in the basic package. Timeless Dizi Channel will be available to MEO subscribers at channel 77 with Portuguese […]

July 26, 2021

Sport TV 6, CNN to launch in Portugal

Portuguese premium sports channel operator Sport TV will launch its sixth channel in August, after receiving the green light from the Regulatory Authority for the Media (ERC). Sport TV 6 will mainly focus on popular sports such as basketball, handball, volleyball and motorsports, promising even more live coverage. According to ERC’s ruling, Sport TV 6 […]

July 19, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Portugal: MEO deploys MediaKind solution

MediaKind has announced that Altice Portugal’s MEO has deployed MediaKind’s low-latency streaming solution to enhance its live coverage of Euro 2020. MEO, Portugal’s leading pay-TV service by market share, has enhanced its existing deployment of MediaKind’s media processing and delivery solutions, including its Video Storage and Processing Platform (VSPP), to reduce the end-to-end video latency […]

June 24, 2021

Report: Satellite backhaul to grow 17%

Satellite operators backhaul business segments are readying “unprecedented” levels of capacity thanks to their existing bandwidth on offer. Additionally, the industry’s newly available High Throughput geostationary Satellites (HTS) and non-Geostationary craft whether from the likes of SES’s mPower fleet shortly coming on line and the growing number of Low Earth orbiting satellites will all add […]

June 3, 2021By Chris Forrester

Portugal’s Sport TV remains in the red

Portuguese sports pay-TV network Sport TV reported losses of €5.69 million in 2020, up 59 per cent on the previous year, when they amounted to €3.57 million. The figures are included in the 2020 annual financial report of Portuguese operator NOS, in which it owns a 25 per cent stake. Previously, Sport TV turned a […]

April 22, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome