EchoStar drops Inmarsat bid after £3.2bn offer is rejected

US satellite company EchoStar dropped plans to take over Inmarsat after the UK-based satellite rival rejected a £3.2 billion (€3.6 billion) bid. In a statement issued on Friday, EchoStar said that it does not now intend to make an offer for Inmarsat after the company turned down its 532 pence per-share offer for the entire […]

Ergen steps down as Dish CEO

Cable mogul Charlie Ergen is stepping down as CEO of US satcaster Dish Network. Erik Carlson, who took over Ergen’s role as company president two years ago, will replace him. The reshuffle sees marketing, programming and media sales chief Warren Schlichting become president of Sling TV, the over-the-top TV service that Carlson previously led as […]

Dish Network sees record subscriber losses

US pay TV giant Dish Network lost a record 281,000 pay TV subscribers in the second quarter amid strong competition and a carriage dispute with channels group Tribune Media that saw a number of services withdrawn. Dish Network said that it had 13.593 million pay TV customers at the end of the quarter, down from […]

EchoStar completes Kudelski-SmarDTV deal

EchoStar has completed its deal to become a shareholder in SmarDTV, the conditional access module subsidiary of Kudelski, and merge its European operations with the unit.  As part of the deal, EchoStar’s operations in Steeton in the UK and Madrid in Spain have been transferred to SmarDTV. EchoStar and Kudelski announced the deal in March and […]

SES financials hit by prior year Eutelsat boost and Echostar renewal terms

Satellite operator SES saw a year-on-drop in revenue and EBITFA in the quarter to March at constant exchange rates thanks to the prior year impact of the sale of capacity to Eutelsat and the terms of its AMC-15/16 capacity renewal agreements with EchoStar in advance of next year’s launch of SES-11. The Luxembourg-based operator posted […]

Echostar takes stake in Kudelski’s SmarDTV

EchoStar is to become a shareholder in SmarDTV, the conditional access module subsidiary of Kudelski and will merge its European operations with the unit. EchoStar’s operations in Steeton, UK and Madrid, Spain will be transferred to SmarDTV.  According to the pair, the move will enable SmarDTV to deliver a broad portfolio of world-class, feature-rich consumer […]

Nagra expands Dish security partnership

Swiss-based content protection specialist Nagra has extended its partnership with Dish Network and EchoStar Technologies in the US. Dish and EchoStar are deploying Nagra’s MediaLive Player (NMP) – which includes its MediaAccess Persistent Rights Management (PRM) technology – and Nagra’s studio-approved DRM solution, which will secure the Dish Anywhere multiscreen VoD service for computers, smartphones and […]

Vivendi’s GVT abandons plan for pay TV joint venture

Vivendi’s Brazilian subsidiary GVT has ended discussions with US DTH provider EchoStar about launching a joint pay TV venture in South America’s largest country. Vivendi said that it remains “firmly committed to accelerating the deployment of GVT’s pay TV business” and that  “GVT will be pursuing its active growth development in this field by its […]

EchoStar expands Android portfolio

Set-top box specialist Echostar has launched a new Android-powered device. The new HDX-410 supports the Android 4.0 operating system and includes Adobe Flash Player 11.x and a WebKit-based browser. The platform is designed to receive DVB and IP-delivered content and services, and offers home networking support. HDX-410 is based on open standard and offers various […]

EchoStar launches ‘slimmest’ DVR

TV technology provider EchoStar has launched what it claims is the world’s slimmest digital TV recorder for the UK’s Freeview digital-terrestrial service. The Ultra Slim Box/HDT-610R comes in a 14mm aluminium chassis and is available from today. The Freeview Plus HD device includes a 500GB hard drive for up to 300 hours of recording, a […]