India 4K Market Could be One to Watch ABI Research Analyst Says

[Via Satellite 12-19-2014] The 4K market will begin in earnest in 2016. This is the view of the Michael Inouye, a research analyst at ABI Research who looks in-depth at pay-TV markets around the world. Inouye believes the nascent 4K market will expand and likely by the 2018-2020 timeframe in some markets, begin to stand [...]

By | December 19, 2014

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Eutelsat Receives Contract Renewal from nc+ for Nine Transponders

[Via Satellite 12-16-2014] Eutelsat Communications has received a contract renewal from Poland’s nc+ for nine transponders at the Hot Bird video neighborhood. Through this renewal, nc+ plans to expand the digital services it broadcasts Direct to Home (DTH) for 2.2 million subscribers. Today nc+ broadcasts more than 160 channels through Hot Bird satellites, along with [...]

By | December 16, 2014

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Czech and Slovakian Public Broadcasters Trial Ultra-HD on SES Satellite

[Via Satellite 12-15-2014] The public television broadcasters Ceska Televize (CT) of the Czech Republic and RTVS of Slovakia are collaborating with Czech digital infrastructure provider Ceske Radiokomunikace to test Ultra-HD broadcasts using SES’ Astra 3B satellite. SES recently joined the Ultra HDTV Forum, of which CT, RTVS, Ceske Radiokomunikace and other regional broadcasting companies are [...]

By | December 15, 2014

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SES GS and O3b Showcase Live 4K Video Over Satellite to US Government

[Via Satellite 12-09-2014] In a demonstration at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, SES Government Solutions (GS) streamed real-time 4K video for members of the United States armed forces while simultaneously backhauling and disseminating multiple channels of HD full motion video over O3b Network’s Medium Earth Orbiting (MEO) satellite constellation. The demonstration showed the ability [...]

By | December 9, 2014

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Yahlive Begins Broadcasting Clouds TV International

[Via Satellite 12-09-2014] Yahlive, a joint venture between Yahsat and SES, has initiated broadcasts of Cloud TV International from the Yahsat Y1A satellite’s east beam. The channel targets African communities across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Clouds TV International CEO Joseph Kusaga said the company has been seeking to bring entertainment to the fast-growing African [...]

By | December 9, 2014

Ariane 5 lifts off from the Spaceport’s ELA-3 launch zone on the daytime mission that lofted the DirecTV-14 and GSAT 16 satellites. Photo: Arianespace

Arianespace Launch Boosts DirecTV on 4K, ISRO on Domestic Capacity

[Via Satellite 12-08-2014] DirecTV’s Ultra-HD ambitions and the India Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) domestic capacity plans moved closer to realization following the dual launch of new satellites aboard an Ariane 5 this past weekend. The Arianespace launch conducted Dec. 7 carried the DirecTV 14 and Geostationary Satellite 16 (GSAT 16) spacecraft into orbit. SSL, manufacturer [...]

By | December 8, 2014

CMMB VisionTo Acquire Controlling Interest in Dish-HD Asia

[Via Satellite 12-05-2014] CMMB Vision has agreed to acquire 51 percent of Dish-HD Asia for $6 million. Subject to regulatory approval, the company plans to combine Dish-HD Asia’s 76 satellite TV channels, Internet data services, and planned 4K Ultra-HD services with its platform and recently acquired capacity from two satellites to reach China’s population of [...]

By | December 5, 2014


MTS Exec Details Russian Satellite TV Ambitions

[Via Satellite 12-04-2014] Mobile Telesystems (MTS), a major telecommunications company in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), has decided to launch a satellite pay-TV service with 160 channels. The company has leased capacity from Asia Broadcast Satellite’s ABS 2 satellite, covering 95 percent of Russia’s territory. Broadcasts will begin this month in partnership [...]

By | December 4, 2014

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Emerging Markets Fueling Growth in Satellite Pay-TV

[Via Satellite 12-04-2014] New research by Euroconsult pegs emerging markets as the source of the majority of satellite pay-TV growth. According to the research and consulting firm’s “Satellite Pay-TV: Key Economics & Prospects” report, 60 percent of global subscribers are now found in emerging markets, accounting for almost 100 percent of subscription growth. “Emerging markets [...]

By | December 4, 2014

NHK Tokyo Japan 8K 2020

NHK to Broadcast 2020 Tokyo Olympics in 8K

[Via Satellite 12-01-2014] Japanese public broadcaster NHK has been at the forefront of advances in video technology with its ambitious plan to deliver content in 8K, or “Super Hi-Vision” (SHV). Previously NHK had planned to begin testing 8K broadcasts in 2020, but once the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chose Tokyo to host the 2020 Olympic [...]

By | December 1, 2014

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