Al Jazeera changes frequency to avoid jamming

Arabic news channel Al Jazeera has changed its frequency on Arabsat to 11334V in an attempt to combat jamming of its signals. Al Jazeera’s signals suffered significant jamming in February last year, and the channel responded by launching its services across various satellites. “We would like to inform our viewers of the new satellite frequency […]

MTG rebrands movie channel, plans new launches

Broadcaster Modern Times Group has rebranded its TV1000 movie channel brand to Viasat Film across the Nordic region. The company will also launch four new premium HD channels in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland in March. Viasat’s movie channel offering will consist of Viasat Film and Viasat Film HD; Viasat Film Action and Viasat Film […]

Amos-5 makes successful launch

Spacecom, operator of the Amos satellite fleet, has announced the successful launch of its Amos-5 satellite from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Amos-5 launched aboard a Proton Breeze-M launcher yesterday at 11:17 GMT to its 17° East orbital position.
In the coming weeks, Amos-5 will undergo a sequence of in-orbit tests, after which its manufacturer, ISS Reshetnev, will officially […]

Eutelsat refinances debt

Satellite operator Eutelsat has announced the refinancing of its existing €1,765 million credit facilities which were due in June 2013. The refinancing will take place through the issuance of seven-year senior unsecured bonds for a total of €800 million by Eutelsat, and a new five-year bullet senior unsecured term loan for €700 million and senior […]

GlobeCast expands capacity over Russia

Media services provider GlobeCast has expanded its capacity over Russia by taking Ku-band capacity on the Yamal-201 satellite. Uplinked from Moscow, and located at 90° East, GlobeCast’s platform on Yamal-201 will offer free-to-air or encrypted channels coverage from eastern Europe to the Pacific, and from northern China to Siberia. According to GlobeCast, the platform offers […]

SES appoints commercial VP for Europe

SES has appointed Ferenc Szelényi as senior vice-president commercial for Europe. Szelényi succeeds Norbert Hölzle who has decided to leave SES. He will be in charge of the European sales. Szelényi has held management positions in various international corporations in the information and communication technology sector, including Dell, T-Systems, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KarstadtQuelle and IBM. “We are […]

Hot Bird Awards winners unveiled

Satellite operator Eutelsat has unveiled the winners of its Hot Bird TV Awards. Best chidren’s channel was Russia’s Carousel. The cinema channel award went jointly to Russia’s Kino Soyuz and Sky Cinema 1 HD from Italy. Italy’s Babel won in the culture/education category, while the documentary channel award went to DMAX from Germany. SkyUno Italy […]

AsiaSat 7 successfully launched

AsiaSat 7 was successfully launched at 03:10 Hong Kong time on Saturday via an ILS Proton Breeze M launcher from Baikonur in Kazakhstan. AsiaSat 7 is a new generation satellite designed to replace AsiaSat 3S at the orbital location of 105.5° East. The satellite carries 28 C-band and 17 Ku-band transponders, and a Ka-band payload. […]

AsiaSat 7 set for launch

AsiaSat 7, the Hong Kong-based satellite operator’s latest satellite, is scheduled for launch on November 26 onboard an ILS Proton Breeze M vehicle from Baikonur in Kazakhstan. AsiaSat 7, with 28 C-band and 17 Ku-band transponders, will replace the AsiaSat 3S satellite at 105.5° East, and will deliver C-band services over the Middle East and […]

Eutelsat denies it is jamming its own signals

Satellite operator Eutelsat has categorically denied reports that it is interfering with its own satellite transmissions in order to prevent reception in Iran of international Farsi-language channels. Eutelsat said the reports, suggesting the operator was acceding to Iranian pressure, were in total contradiction with reality and inconsistent with a statement from the BBC in September […]

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