Global Pay-TV Subscriptions to Top 1 Billion Before Decade Ends

[Via Satellite 10-26-2014] The number of pay-TV subscribers is expected to reach 1.1 billion worldwide by 2019, according to ABI Research. Growth in this sector has not been easy as competition from online services increasingly chips away would-be subscribers. Alternative viewing options such as Netflix and Hulu are driving lower Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) [...]

By | October 28, 2014

Optus D3 satcom

Foxtel Signs Multi Year Agreement With Optus Satellite

[Via Satellite 10-28-2014] Foxtel has entered a new five-year agreement with Australia-based Optus Satellite for capacity on the Optus D3 satellite. The company will broadcast nine new High Definition (HD) channels, accessible by customers with an IQ2 or MyStarHD Set Top Box (STB) service and an HD subscription. Optus D3 is the only satellite in [...]

By | October 28, 2014


CMMB Vision to Expand the Commercialization of Mobile Broadcast Infrastructure in China

[Via Satellite 10-20-2014] CMMB Vision is getting ready to offer satellite based mobile multimedia services in China. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics China began using the China Mobile Multimedia Broadcast (CMMB) standard, created by CMMB Vision CTO Hui Liu, for mobile and handheld television. The standard, which bears similarities to Europe’s Digital Video Broadcasting-Satellite to [...]

By | October 20, 2014


Hispasat to Broadcast OUTtv across Europe

[Via Satellite 10-16-2014] OUTtv has selected Spanish satellite operator Hispasat to expand its broadcast range throughout Europe. The channel is currently present in the Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden, however demand from television operators in Central and Eastern Europe prompted the need for new delivery methods. OUTtv has since reached broadcast agreements in Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, [...]

By | October 16, 2014

Telemedia GSS Yamal

Telemedia, Gazprom Space Systems Broadcasting Angolan TV Channels

[Via Satellite 10-10-2014] South Africa-based Telemedia and Russia’s Gazprom Space Systems (GSS) have begun broadcasting two television channels for Televisão Publica De Angola (TPA), an Angola government TV organization. The channels, TPA1 and TPA 2, along with select radio channels are being broadcasted using the Yamal 402 southern beam. The new satellite service is also [...]

By | October 10, 2014

One of Toshiba's currently available 65" 4K TVs

ViXS Providing HEVC SoCs to Toshiba for Sky Perfect JSAT’s 4K Service

[Via Satellite 10-09-2014] ViXS Systems reports its XCode 6400 High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) System on a Chip (SoC) is being used in Toshiba’s new Ultra-HD television sets that are being prepared for Sky Perfect JSAT’s 4K broadcasts. The operator, which has a fleet of 16 satellites and approximately 3.5 million subscribers in Japan, has [...]

By | October 9, 2014

Setanta Sports SES

SES to Deliver Setanta Sports HD Channels

[Via Satellite 10-08-2014] International sports broadcaster Setanta Sports has selected the SES’ Astra 5B satellite at the 31.5 degrees east orbital position to broadcast two sports channels in High Definition (HD) to 13 countries in the Central Asian region. The countries served under this partnership will be Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, [...]

By | October 8, 2014


Club DAB Italia Rolls Out National SFN DAB with 2wcom Technology

[Via Satellite 10-07-2014] Italian network operator Club DAB Italia has rolled out the country’s nationwide Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) service in partnership with 2wcom’s FlexNsert+ and FlexXtract+. The 2wcom technology was deployed to allow the DAB network to be fed with an Ensemble Transport Interface (ETI) stream and distributed over a large geographical area via [...]

By | October 7, 2014


GS Group to Bring Satellite Pay-TV to Myanmar

[Via Satellite 10-06-2014] Following meetings with the Ministry of Communications of Myanmar, GS Group has announced intentions of providing satellite-broadcasting services with a local partner. GS Group participated in the Inter-governmental Russian-Myanmar Commission’s first session in August, where representatives presented on how to facilitate international digital TV broadcasting projects. According to the company, the Myanmar [...]

By | October 6, 2014

Avanti Oscar Pistorius

Avanti, Sematron, BIPS and Reuters Successfully Broadcast Live HD Coverage of Pistorius Trial

[Via Satellite 10-03-2014] A partnership between Avanti Communications, hardware supplier Sematron and Broadcast IP Systems (BIPS), allowed global news agency, Thomson Reuters to successfully broadcast live HD coverage of the entire Oscar Pistorius court trial. Since March, Reuters and its commercial partners have beamed coverage of the high-profile trial in HD to millions of viewers [...]

By | October 3, 2014

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