Satellite


US pay TV subscriber losses narrow year-on-year

The major US pay TV providers – representing about 95% of the market – lost about 305,000 subscribers in the first quarter of 2018 compared to 515,000 in Q1 2017. This is according to Leichtman Research Group, which claimed that even though overall subscriber losses narrowed year-on-year, the top cable and satellite providers fared worse […]

Intelsat strikes new deal with Telenor for 1° West

Satellite operators Intelsat and Telenor Satellite have agreed to extend their partnership at the 1° West orbital slot. Intelsat has taken additional capacity on the Thor 5 and Thor 7 satellites, providing it with space to grow its DTH business in central and eastern Europe. Intelsat said that the agreement would enable it to support […]

SES posts better-than-expected results

Satellite operator SES has posted better than expected Q1 results, with revenues dropping 4.9% year-on-year to €477.6 million but underlying revenues stable at €474.5 million. The company posted a net profit of €98.2 million, down from €128.4 million. Video revenue fell by 3.6% to €321.5 million at constant currency. Excluding an accounting charge, revenue was […]

Eutelsat teams up with Orange in new satellite broadband project

Eutelsat has ordered a new very high-throughput Ka-band satellite to deliver high-speed broadband across Europe. Eutelsat has ordered the Konnect VHTS from Thales Alenia Space. The new craft is scheduled to go into orbit in 2021. The satellite will have a Ka-band capacity of 500Gbps and will include what Eutelsat describes as the most powerful […]

AsiaSat sees return to growth

Hong Kong-based satellite operator AsiaSat saw revenues return to growth in 2017, posting a 6% rise in sales to HK$1.354 billion (€140 million), supported by the lease of the full Ku-band payload of AsiaSat 8 during the year, on-going migration from Standard Definition to High Definition broadcasting and increased demand for data services AsiaSat saw […]

Kagan: US pay TV subscriptions down 3.7% in 2017

Traditional US pay TV subscriptions dropped by 3.7% in 2017 to 94 million, despite a slowdown in subscription losses in the fourth quarter, according to Kagan data. The S&P Global Market Intelligence group said that combined, cable, satellite and telco subscriptions are now down approximately 7.4 million from their peak in 2012. However, when you […]

US pay TV losses double in 2017

The largest pay TV providers in the US – representing about 95% of the market – lost almost twice as many net video subscribers in 2017 as they did in 2016, according to new research. The Leichtman Research Group report claims that the top pay TV providers lost about 1,495,000 net video subscribers in 2017, […]

AsiaSat promotes business development chief

Satellite operator AsiaSat has promoted Lara Kwok to vice-president of business development and strategy. Kwok, who joined the company in August as director of business development and strategy, takes up her new role following the retirement of Sabrina Cubbon. Kwok will be charged with indentifying new business opportunities for AsiaSat as well as driving strategy […]

Eutelsat ups channel footprint by 7.4%

Eutelsat’s satellites broadcast a total of 6,810 channels as of the end of December, marking a 7.4% year-on-year increase as HD penetration continued to rise. Announcing its half year results, Eutelsat said that its number of high definition channels stood at 1,275, up 28% from 997 a year earlier, implying a penetration rate of 18.7% […]

SES and Intelsat move to protect C-band with joint plan

Satellite operators SES and Intelsat have teamed up to propose the joint use of C-band capacity by satellite and terrestrial mobile operators in the US to the FCC. The operators want to the array of established satellite services in the 3700-4200 MHz C-band downlink spectrum while opening a specified portion of that spectrum for terrestrial […]

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