Leichtman: US pay TV losses slow in Q2

The largest pay TV providers in the US – representing about 95% of the market – lost 415,000 net video subscribers in the second quarter, marking their lowest combined Q2 loss since 2014. This is according to Leichtman Research, which said the subscriber losses incurred by the US operators this year compared to a larger […]

New Dutch DTH platform Joyne taps Eutelsat 9B

Joyne, a new Dutch satellite pay TV offering with low-cost flexible packages and a sport-skewed line-up of channels, has tapped Eutelsat to provide capacity via the Eutelsat 9B satellite to reach viewers in the Netherlands and Europe. Joyne is offering a mix of 30 pay and free-to-air channels including Fox Sports HD and Discovery Networks […]

M7 Group taps Newtec for DVB-S2X

Pay TV operator M7 Group has tapped satellite technology outfit Newtec to provide broadcast equipment for its new European Direct-to-Home (DTH) transmission sites. M7 will use Newtec’s MCX7000 Multi-Carrier Satellite Gateway, which supports the latest DVB-S2X standard, as well as Newtec’s own efficiency improvement technologies. M7’s adoption of the technology will enable it to add […]

Intelsat media revenues up in Q1

Intelsat’s media revenues climbed 6% year-on-year in Q1 with growth in DTH services in Latin America, the Carribean and Africa partially offset by declines in Asia Pacific and North America. Media revenue came to US$225.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017, and made up 42% of Intelsat’s total revenue. The two other […]

Polish pay TV providers slam government plan to levy licence fee

The Polish government has unveiled controversial proposals to collect TV licence fee payments using the subscription databases of cable and satellite DTH providers. New legislation, expected to reach parliament within the next couple of months, calls for cable and other digital TV platform operators to pass their customer data to Poczcie Polskiej, the country’s national […]

Ghana’s Mega-Choice signs 10-year DTH deal with Eutelsat

Ghana’s Mega-Choice Digital Network has signed a 10-year contract with Eutelsat for distribution of its new direct-to-home (DTH) TV service. Mega-Choice, an associate company of Ghana’s first private television network Crystal TV, has taken capacity on the Eutelsat 16A satellite. It will initially offer its TV service to viewers in Ghana, but plans to extend […]

Eutelsat signs DTH deal with Africa’s Liquid Telecom

Eutelsat has signed a deal with African telco Liquid Telecom, which will use the Eutelsat 7B satellite for direct-to-home (DTH) TV services across the African continent. Liquid Telecom’s satellite network will complement its pan-African terrestrial network and enable it to provide a “seamless services across Africa”, according to Eutelsat. The operator will also use the […]

Sky looks to ‘perpetual renewal’ amid changing viewing habits

Sky has never been focused on a single technology and is all about “perpetually renewing itself for the future”, according to CEO Jeremy Darroch. In a wide-ranging interview with CNBC, Darroch said that Sky was a business that was “established on disruption” and that by not restricting itself to one technology – namely linear satellite […]

NSR: 785 Ultra HD channels via satellite by 2025

More than 785 Ultra High Definition television channels will be delivered via satellite by 2025, according to Northern Sky Research (NSR). The research firm’s Ultra HD via Satellite, 3rd Edition report claims that by next year, “almost all regions worldwide” will have access to Ultra HD channels, while developing regions will receive UHD networks by the end […]

Arqiva ups Eutelsat capacity for UK DTH broadcasting

Arqiva has signed a multi-year deal with Eutelsat Communications for a fourteenth transponder at the 28° East video neighbourhood, to serve the UK direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting market. The communications infrastructure and media services company said that its strong portfolio of capacity at the UK’s premium neighbourhood – combined with encryption, multiplexing and uplinking services – […]

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