High TV 3D takes Astra capacity for Europe

Satellite operator SES has signed a capacity agreement with worldwide 3D general entertainment channel High TV 3D for capacity on the Astra position at 23.5° East. Astra already delivers 3D channels from the 23.5° position including Brava 3D, Penthouse 3D and the Astra 3D demo channel. The 3D programming of High TV 3D ranges from […]

AsiaSat contracts new satellites

Satellite operator AsiaSat has signed contracts with Space Systems/Loral for the construction of its planned AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8 satellites. AsiaSat 6 will carry a C-band payload and AsiaSat will have both Ku-band and Ka-band, delivering services to Asia, the Middle East and Australasia. The satellites are planned to be launched by early 2014.

SES sees order backlog growth

Satellite operator SES has seen its contract backlog increase to €7.1 billion, up 9% since the end of 2010, with €1.6 billion of renewals and new business signed for the year-to-date. SES reported revenues of €1.282 billion for the first nine months, with recurring revenue up 3%. Profit for the first nine months was €446.7 […]

Sky Deutschland beats analyst expectations

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has turned in a solid set of results, beating analysts’ expectations with a smaller loss than predicted. Sky added 98,000 net customers in the third quarter, more than doubling its additions year-on-year and taking its net additions for the year to over 200,200. Gross additions numbered 188,000, up 17% year-on-year, […]

Eutelsat’s W3C enters service

Eutelsat’s W3C satellite has entered commercial operation at the 16° East orbital position. The transfer of all traffic, including over 480 TV channels, onto W3C from the Eurobird 16, W2M and SESAT 1 satellites, was completed yesterday by Eutelsat’s control centre. Eutelsat said over 11 million homes in central Europe and 500,000 in Indian Ocean […]

Analysts positive on TVN’s Canal Plus deal

Analysts have welcomed last week’s deal between TVN and Canal Plus in Poland. The pair agreed to merge their pay TV platforms, ‘n’ and Cyfra Plus, and Canal Plus took a minority stake in TVN’s parent company.
 “These moves are credit positive for TVN as the merger strengthens its competitive position and brings the potential […]

Gilat Satcom and Tvinci launch satellite-based OTT platform

VSAT specialist Gilat Satcom and OTT platform provider Tvinci have launched a duplex satellite-based OTT TV solution. The solution uses Gilat Satcom’s satellite-based connectivity services and Tvinci’s pay OTT platform to deliver TV content to PCs, connected TVs, set-top boxes, tablets and smartphones to regions where broadband connectivity is low. The combined service uses satellite […]

Solid quarter for Eutelsat

Satellite operator Eutelsat reported another solid set of quarterly results, with revenues up 3.4% year-on-year to €295.4 million. Video applications remains the largest sector in terms of revenues, contributing revenues of €198.2 million in the first quarter 2012, up 1.4%. The number of TV channels broadcast across Eutelsat’s fleet continued to increase, reaching a total […]

NTV Plus offers enhanced 3D football

Russian pay TV operator NTV Plus has teamed up with Panasonic and UEFA to offer enhanced 3D coverage of a Champions League group stage football match between St Petersburg’s Zenith and Shakhtar Donetsk on November 1. NTV Plus will provide coverage via six 3D cameras installed at strategic locations around the field. The match will […]

Du teams up with Intelsat for distribution platform

UAE service provider du has teamed up with satellite operator Intelsat to jointly offer turnkey multichannel per carrier (MCPC) television programme distribution solutions on the Intelsat 10 satellite at 68.5° East. The new MCPC platform, part of the IntelsatONE network, will enable programmers in the Middle East to reach viewers in the Middle East and […]