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 […]

Yahsat: Al Yah 3 satellite ‘in good health’

Yahsat has said that its Al Yah 3 satellite “continues to operate nominally and is in good health” following a launch anomaly more than a week ago. The satellite operator said it is working closely with industry experts, including the satellite manufacturer Orbital ATK, in developing a “revised, optimal orbit raising strategy”. This comes after the […]

Eutelsat: Yah 3 satellite ‘operating nominally’

Satellite operator Eutelsat has said that the Yahsat’Al Yah 3 satellite is “operating nominally” following a launch anomaly late last week. “The mission experienced some challenges during the launch stages which resulted in the Al Yah 3 satellite being inserted into an orbit that differed from the flight plan,” said Eutelsat in a statement. “Thereafter, […]

Sky to launch all-IP offering in Italy this April

Sky is due to launch an all-IP version of its service for the first time in Italy in April, meaning viewers will be able to access pay TV channels and on-demand content without needing a satellite dish. Sky said yesterday that it will launch this offering in Italy first before taking it to Austria and […]

AsiaSat 9 now fully operational

Satellite operator AsiaSat’s AsiaSat 9 satellite is now fully operational at its 122° East orbital slot, following the migration of all services from the AsiaSat 4 craft. The new satellite provides greater power, bandwidth and improved efficiency for DTH and other TV viewers across its Asia Pacific footprint. It brings a number of upgraded features, […]

US pay TV providers lost 405,000 video subscribers in Q3

The largest pay TV providers in the US lost about 405,000 net video subscribers in the third quarter of 2017, compared to a loss of about 250,000 subscribers in Q3 2016. This is according to Leichtman Research Group, which analysed stats for cable, satellite and telco operators in the US that account for 92.2 million […]

Eutelsat hit by prior year comparison, but core business stable

Satellite operator Eutelsat saw its Q1 revenues drop by 9.3% on a reported basis and 6.7% on a constant currency basis to €349 million, hit by the absence this year of fees for technical and engineering services to a third-party operator. Underlying video revenues were down 0.8% to €223.3 million. Revenues from broadcast were up […]