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Dish Calls Comcast-TWC Merger ‘Eerily Similar’ to Primestar

[Via Satellite 08-28-2014] Satellite pay-TV provider Dish Network has filed a petition to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) against the proposed $45.2 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, arguing that the combined cable company would irreparably hinder competition for video. The petition, which spans more than 200 pages, claims the merger bears [...]

By | August 28, 2014

Ultra HD Interactive Opener

Ultra-HD: Coming to a Screen Near You (Interactive Feature)

In a time when trends, fads and “viral” topics take the spotlight, it is easy to wonder if 4K would become more than another buzzword. 4K leaves impressions on consumers that last longer than the few

By | August 26, 2014

Via Satellite September 2014

One of Satellite’s Most Enduring Stories

Intelsat's teleport in Fuchsstadt, Germany. Photo courtesy of Intelsat. Intelsat top executives (from left to right): Stephen Spengler, president and CCO, Thierry Guillemin, EVP and CTO, and David McGlade

By | August 26, 2014

A Panasonic 4KTV. Photo: Panasonic

New NSR Report Forecasts 820 Ultra-HD Channels by 2025

[Via Satellite 08-20-2014] NSR analysts predict satellites will distribute 820 Ultra-HD channels through Direct to Home (DTH), IPTV and satellite-to-cable headends in their newest report “Ultra-HD via Satellite, 2nd Edition.” DTH broadcasts comprise the majority of channels with an estimated 560 in 4K and 8K broadcast in this manner 11 years from now. NSR predicts [...]

By | August 20, 2014

SES Anatel Brazil

SES Nabs Rights for Two Brazilian Orbital Slots

[Via Satellite 08-19-2014] After an auction held in May, Anatel, Brazil’s national telecommunications agency, has approved satellite exploitation rights to SES-subsidiary SES DTH do Brasil’s for orbital positions at 48 degrees west and 64 degrees west. SES invested more than $26 million for the locations, which the company now has rights to for 15 years [...]

By | August 19, 2014

SES 4 Coverage

SES Inks Multi-Year Customer for Two Transponders

[Via Satellite 08-18-2014] In a new agreement with the Africable and Media Plus-led consortium of West African broadcasters, SES will provide satellite capacity on two transponders for Direct-to-Home (DTH) television. SES will offer a bouquet of 80 Free-to-Air (FTA) channels to the West African Economic and Monetary Union (also known by the French acronym UEMOA). [...]

By | August 18, 2014

Novelsat

NovelSat Completes Freeband Field Trial in Brazil

[Via Satellite 08-12-2014] NovelSat conducted a successful trial of its “free bandwidth” product, NovelSat Freeband at the Rede Novo Tempo de Comunicação broadcast center in Brazil. The trial was conducted with Hope Channel, the broadcasting arm of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. NovelSat reports 56 percent of extra bandwidth resulted from the trial, enabling the customer [...]

By | August 12, 2014

Azerspace 1 Azercosmos

Azercosmos Signs First TV Channel for Azerspace 1 Satellite

[Via Satellite 08-11-2014] Azercosmos Open Joint Stock Company, the state-owned satellite operator of Azerbaijan, has signed an agreement with Afghan Paiwastoon Media Communication (APMC) to broadcast Batur TV. The Free-to-Air (FTA) channel will broadcast over Azerspace 1 at 46 degrees east. APMC  began using Azercosmos’ satellite on an occassional use basis during Afghanistan’s 2014 presidential [...]

By | August 11, 2014

NHK 8K IBC

NHK to Debut 8K ‘Super Hi-Vision’ Technology

[Via Satellite 08-11-2014] Japanese Public Broadcaster NHK plans to demonstrate its latest achievement with 8K Super Hi-Vision television: a complete end-to-end high frame system. The very high-resolution system runs at a frame rate of 120 frames per second (fps) — nearly double that of current 4K Ultra-HD technology —and has 16 times the resolution of [...]

By | August 11, 2014

Hawley Teleport America

RRSat Grows Sales Team in the Americas

[Via Satellite 08-08-2014] RRSat Global Communications Network has expanded its sales team in North and South America. Rick Phelps has been appointed U.S. director of sales, where he is tasked with overseeing new business and client relationships. Dante Neyra was selected as head of commercial services and development for Latin America and Hispanic markets. He [...]

By | August 8, 2014

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