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NSR: satellite broadband streaming requires fall in capacity prices

Satellite broadband capacity prices need to decline below US$100 (€88) per Mbps per month if satellite is to capture a broader consumer base that demands the ability to stream high-quality video, according to an analysis by research outfit Northern Sky Research (NSR). According to NSR analyst Lluc Palerm-Serra, high satellite capacity costs currently mean that […]

Non-GEO satellites could disrupt whole market, says NSR

Non-geostationary satellites will dominate the supply of satellite capacity over the next decade but will only contribute one sixth of satellite communications revenue, raising questions over the profitability of non-GEO initiatives, according to Northern Sky Research (NSR). According to NSR’s Global Satellite Capacity Supply & Demand, 15th edition report, Non-GEO satellite annual capacity revenues will […]

Satellite ground segment sales to reach US$158bn

Satellite ground segment revenues will surpass US$158 billion (€134 billion) over the next decade, according to Northern Sky Research (NSR). According to the satellite research group, satellite TV will continue to be the largest segment within the overall ground-segment market by shipments and revenues, with set-top boxes and antennas generating the largest revenue shares. However, […]

Satellite operators ‘set on high-risk strategy’ as competition tightens

Satellite operators are becoming more aggressively competitive and are seeking to diversify away from broadcast to invest in high-throughput satellites and low and medium-Earth orbit constellations as capacity prices tumble and debts continue to mount, according to a new report by Northern Sky Research (NSR). According to NSR’s Satellite Operator Financial Analysis 7th edition, top […]

FSS satellite business set for decline, but HTS offers hope

Revenue from traditional widebeam satellite services is expected to plummet by over US$1.25 billion over the 10 years to 2025, but the loss should be more than offset by growth in high-throughput services (HTS), according to Northern Sky Research. According to the research outfit, while widebeam revenues will drop between 2015-25, HTS revenues could grow […]

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 […]

Satellite prices under long-term downward pressure as capacity grows

Satellite capacity pricing is under long-term downward pressure, but the picture is mixed in different regions, with some seeing much sharper drops than others, according to a report by Northern Sky Research. Citing a report that airline connectivity provider Gogo had obvserved satellite capacity price falls of 60% over the past two years, Northern Sky […]

Asia Pacific set for HTS boom

Data applications via high-throughput satellites (HTS) in Asia alone will generate revenues of US$900 million (€800 million) by 2024, according to Northern Sky Research. The satellite research group’s latest report predicts that there will be over 300Gbps of HTS capacity available over Asia by 2020 as new entrants including Intelsat, SES, Eutelsat, ABS and Kacific […]

Satellite UHD channels expected to reach 315

The number of Ultra HD satellite channels globally is expected to number at least 315 by 2024, according to Northern Sky Research. According to the latest edition of NSR’s Linear TV via Satellite: DTH, OTT & IPTV report, UHD channels will occupy 70 satellite transponders by 2024, or 1.2% of global Ku-band capacity. NSR expects […]

Streaming to drive early 4K usage

Streaming video will be “the spark that lights 4K uptake and use,” according to a new report by research firm The Diffusion Group (TDG).  TDG’s 4K video ecosystem forecast for 2014 to 2025 claims that a majority of US broadband households are now at or above access speeds that would enable a single 4K stream to […]