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 […]

SES-2 ready for launch

SES’s latest satellite, SES-2, is scheduled to launch from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana tomorrow. It will launch on board an Ariane 5 ECA rocket between 18:38 and 20:02 local time. SES-2 will carry 24 C-Band transponders and 24 Ku-Band transponders. It will replace SES’ AMC-3 spacecraft at 87° West and provide coverage […]

Eutelsat to showcase satellite VOD, HbbTV and Ka-Sat

Satellite operator Eutelsat will use IBC to showcase new satellite video-on-demand services, interactive HbbTV applications and new applications on its Ka-Sat satellite. In advance of the upcoming launch of satellite-delivered VOD, Eutelsat will showcase new solutions at IBC designed to complement the linear offer of channels broadcast on the Fransat platform. Fransat broadcasts DTT channels […]

UPC Direct becomes freeSAT in Czech Republic and Slovakia

Liberty Global’s European satellite TV arm, UPC DTH, has rebranded the former UPC Direct service as freeSAT in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. As part of the rebranding, certain packages will be available for the cost of an activation fee and an annual administration fee, without an additional monthly subscription charge. Customers have the option […]

Eutelsat feeds Egyptian satellite demand

Eutelsat’s subsidiary Skylogic has signed a six-year distribution deal with Egyptsat enabling the Egyptian operator to market its Tooway broadband service. Egyptsat is a licensed VSAT operator in Egypt, providing internet services to oil companies for offshore locations. Tooway will enable the company to offer satellite services for small offices and home users in industrial […]

OTE moves forward with plans for satellite TV service

Greek telco OTE is moving forward with plans to launch a new pay TV offering via satellite in September, according to local reports. The new Conn-X satellite TV offering will be cheaper than the existing satellite offering from rival Nova, currently available on Eutelsat’s Hot Bird satellite position at 13° East. The OTE Conn-X bouquet […]

Sweden’s NGB pulls out of Kenya, Uganda

Swedish firm Next Generation Broadcasting has sold its interest in Smart TV, the Kenyan TV service it helped launch less than a year ago. It has also withdrawn from Uganda, where it also operated a Smart TV service. Local reports cite NGB’s reasons for pulling out of Kenya as its “frustrating business environment”. Its DTT-delivered […]

HD Plus to deliver internet-connected set-tops

NetRange NMH has been contracted to develop and operate a portal for internet-enabled satellite receivers for HD Plus, satellite operator SES Astra’s German HD platform. New compatible receivers for the HD Plus service will be equipped with Hamburg-based NetRange NMH’s HD InterActive feature.

Sky Deutschland narrows losses, increases revenues

Sky Deutschland reduced its losses and increased revenues in the second quarter of the year. The German pay TV operator reported second-quarter after-tax loss of €53.6 million, compared to a loss of €81.9 million a year earlier. Revenues were up 17% year-on-year to €276.7 million. Operationally, Sky added 33,000 customers during the quarter meaning first […]

TV remains growth driver for satellite

The main growth driver for satellite operators came from broadcasting TV channels last year, according to analyst firm Euroconsult. The Satellite Communications & Broadcasting Market Survey reported that there were over 29,000 TV channels distributed by satellite worldwide last year. Growth in the number of channels broadcast was supported by the launch of 15 new […]