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Intelsat Relocates Horizons 2 Satellite for New DTH Platform in Thailand

[Via Satellite 11-20-2015] Intelsat announced Nov. 19 it has moved the Horizons 2 satellite to a new orbital position at 85 degrees east to launch a new Free-to-Air (FTA) Direct-to-Home (DTH) platform in Thailand. The satellite will support Next Step, a content provider turned platform operator, with launching its new Freeview HD platform, which is [...]

By | November 20, 2015


Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe Taps Eutelsat to Boost Digital Transition

[Via Satellite 11-17-2015] Eutelsat has sealed a three-year contract with the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) for Ku-band capacity on the Eutelsat 3B satellite. The capacity will be used to deliver 12 free-to-view channels to a nationwide network of 48 Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) transmitters. The agreement between BAZ and Eutelsat will accelerate digital transition [...]

By | November 17, 2015

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Yahlive Launches More than 40 Channels in Greater Arab Maghreb Region

[Via Satellite 11-16-2015] Yahlive, through a new partnership with Paris-based Sahli Media Group, has launched a bouquet of 43 channels for the Greater Arab Maghreb region. The Free-to-Air (FTA) channels include news, entertainment and lifestyle content. The line-up includes original Arabic TV entertainment and a variety of local channels along with premium international channels including [...]

By | November 16, 2015

Thaicom 7

Thaicom 7 Sold Out of All Capacity

[Via Satellite 11-13-2015] A multi-transponder order from Grant Investrade Ltd (GIL) on Thaicom 7 has filled out all the remaining available capacity on the satellite, Thaicom announced Nov. 12. The company is using C-band capacity to provide digital cable TV services through a Headend-In-The-Sky (HITS) system. The HITS service, branded “NXT Digital,” will help enable [...]

By | November 13, 2015

Doha Qatar

Arab Advisor’s Group: 280 Pay-TV Satellite Channels Offered in Middle East

[Via Satellite 11-09-2015] As of October 2015 four satellite pay-TV operators broadcasting from the Arab World — Orbit Showtime Network (OSN), beIN Sports, Al Majd and MyHD — offered a combined total of 280 channels, according to Arab Advisor’s Group. Based on the research group’s new “Satellite pay-TV Operators in the Arab World 2015” report, [...]

By | November 9, 2015

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Golfe TV Africa Selects Eutelsat 16A for Transition to HD

[Via Satellite 11-05-2015] Beninese private news channel Golfe TV Africa has selected Eutelsat Communications to support its transition to High Definition (HD) broadcasting. Golfe TV Africa has taken a three-year capacity lease on the Eutelsat 16A satellite to broadcast Sub-Saharan Africa’s first Free-to-Air (FTA) HD channel starting October 1. Golfe TV Africa has been transmitting [...]

By | November 5, 2015


Operators Optimistic About African Growth Market Prospects

With many un-connected communities, as well as emerging middle classes wanting pay-TV services, the opportunities for satellite companies are plentiful in Africa. We talk to some key operators in the market about where they see the opportunities in the market.

By | November 4, 2015

Via Satellite Middle East & Africa 2015

Africa: The Land of Pay-TV Opportunity

With accelerated mobile penetration and more OTT offerings coming to market, the future for satellite is far from assured in Africa. Pay-TV could develop in some interesting ways over the next few years.

By | November 4, 2015

PT. Graha Pratama Sejahtera

AsiaSat to Broadcast 14 Channels for PT Graha Pratama Sejahtera

[Via Satellite 11-02-2015] PT. Graha Pratama Sejahtera (GPS), a leading system integrator based in Indonesia, has launched a bouquet of 14 television channels on AsiaSat 4 at 122 degrees east. The services, uplinked by GPS’s facilities in Jakarta, are distributed via AsiaSat 4 in C-band to satellite television operators in Indonesia. The 14 channels include [...]

By | November 2, 2015

Entel Bolivia Selects Harmonic Bandwidth Solution for DBS Service

[Via Satellite 10-29-2015] Telecommunications operator Entel Bolivia has deployed an integrated headend solution from Harmonic to power its Direct-Broadcast Satellite (DBS) service. Harmonic is supplying its Electra encoders for MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding (AVC) encoding and DiviTrackIP statistical multiplexing of SD and HD video content. Using Harmonic’s high-density, scalable video infrastructure solutions, Entel Bolivia can [...]

By | October 29, 2015

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