Freesat adds Argos TV

UK free-to-air satellite platform Freesat has added the Argos TV shopping channel to its line-up. Freesat has also confirmed that it will add Chinese news service CCTV-News  to its line-up later this month. The Chinese service will be available on channel 211 on the platform. Argos TV, the shopping channel launched by the UK retail […]

Atlantic Bird 7 enters service

Eutelsat Atlantic Bird 7 satellite has entered commercial operation one month after its launch to the 7° West orbital position.   The satellite operator said transfer of all television channels onto Atlantic Bird 7 from Atlantic Bird 4A was completed on October 23. Over 400 TV channels are now broadcasting via Atlantic Bird 7 into […]

EBU using SES for Pan American Games coverage

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has signed an occasional use capacity deal with SES for contribution and distribution of the 2011 Pan American Games taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico. The EBU is using over one transponder of C-band capacity on SES’ NSS-806 to bring the international sporting event to fans across Latin America and parts […]

AsiaSat 7 arrives in Baikonur

The Space Systems/Loral-built AsiaSat 7 satellite has arrived in Baikonur ahead of its planned launch onboard an ILS Proton Breeze M vehicle on Thursday. The satellite, which will replace the existing AsiaSat 3S, will deliver TV and communication services across the Asia-Pacific region from 105.5° East.

Eutelsat board proposes Folz to succeed Berretta as chairman

The board of satellite operator Eutelsat have nominated Jean-Martin Folz to be appointed as chairman. Eutelsat’s board of directors unanimously decided to propose to shareholders at the general assembly on November 8 to nominate Folz as a board member. If elected, he will be appointed as chairman to succeed Giuliano Berretta. Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat […]

Turner renews SES deal

Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) has renewed its capacity agreement with SES for almost seven transponders on four satellites. TBS is using five transponders of Ku-band capacity on SES’ AMC-3 satellite. Four transponders are being used for news channel CNN’s satellite news gathering vehicles and one is being used for distribution of affiliate video service CNN […]

Eutelsat’s W3C successfully launches

Eutelsat has successfully launched its W3C satellite from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in China. W3C will replace the Eurobird 6, W2M and SESAT 1 satellites at 16° East. It is carrying 56 transponders and will provide a high-power footprint optimised for DTH broadcasting in central Europe; high-power coverage over Indian Ocean to support the […]

SES adds Turkish channels to 31.5° East

Satellite operator SES has signed a capacity agreement with Turkish media company Istanbul FM TV. The broadcaster will use SES capacity at the 31.5° East orbital position for the free-to-air transmission of two TV and two radio channels. 
“The agreement is a significant step into the fast growing Turkish market,” said Ferdinand Kayser, chief commercial […]

Channel 4 takes more capacity on Astra for HD

Satellite operator SES has struck a new long-term contract with UK broadcaster Channel 4 to provide additional capacity on its recently launched Astra 1N satellite. The new capacity will be used to transmit Channel 4’s main high-definition service together with further HD services over the coming years. Channel 4 already has three transponders under contract […]

OTE to launch DTH service in October

Greek telco OTE plans to go ahead with the launch of its DTH service, OTE TV, in early October, according to local reports. The new service will provide a DTH alternative to MultiChoice Hellas’s Nova platform. OTE reportedly will offer a basic package of 48 channels for under €20. The service will broadcast from Eutelsat’s […]