Asia-Pacific

Asia-Pacific Region: IPStar Seeks Growth Beyond Broadband Connectivity

Roughly a year after launching its satellite broadband service in Southeast Asia, Shin Satellite plc expects its new Thaicom 5 satellite to be 60 percent used as it begins commercial operations this month, said Dumrong Kasemset, the company’s CEO. The $101 million Thaicom 5 satellite, placed into orbit in May by an Ariane 5 rocket, […]

By | July 10, 2006

Voom Hopes Korea HD Launch Will Lead To More International Deals

In a significant high-definition (HD) TV deal, Rainbow Media Holdings LLC has signed a deal with Sky HD to launch a number of Voom HD programming brands in Korea. The deal is the first one for Voom outside of the United States and Canada. Greg Moyer, general manager of Voom HD Networks, told Satellite News […]

By | June 26, 2006

Multimedia Matters: Asian Partnerships Old And New

With the exception of the frequent Proton launches at Baikonur, Central Asia does not often draw much attention in terms of satellite activities. In Kazakhstan, the countdown should soon begin for the launch of the first Kazakh domestic communications satellite, Kazsat, according to the Federal Space Agency of Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan is one of nine countries […]

By | June 1, 2006

Asia Pacific Satellite Driving New Services

By Peter J. Brown In the Asian Pacific region, there are new opportunities for direct-to-home (DTH) service providers and other entrepreneurs. High-definition television (HDTV) is coming to the region slowly, and cellular phone backhauling, Internet protocol (IP) broadband and enterprise sector activities are picking up. Add it all up and one can see why the […]

By | June 1, 2006

Worldspace Adds Subscribers, Plans Service Launch In Italy

Worldspace Inc. reported revenues of $3.5 million in the first quarter of 2006, up 35 percent from revenues of $2.6 million in the 2005 first quarter due to increased subscriber numbers, the company announced May 9. Subscription revenue doubled to $1.6 million for the first quarter of 2006, compared with $800,000 for the first quarter […]

By | May 15, 2006

Global Regulations: Indian Satellite Broadcasting

By Gerry Oberst Combining one of the world’s largest untapped markets for satellite broadcasting with national instincts for bureaucracy and home-grown solutions, the Indian direct-to-home (DTH) market presents both a challenge and an opportunity. Throughout the last year, the churn in regulatory approaches shows an unsettled situation that is hard to read. Figures from the […]

By | April 1, 2006

Zee Aiming To Exploit Early Mover Advantage

Zee Telefilms continues to see huge growth for its direct-to-home (DTH) platform, DishTV in India, and Chairman Subhash Chandra sees predictss another strong year in 2006. "In the last year alone, 12 new television channels have been launched," Chandra said. "There is segmentation, and television audiences are becoming particular about what they want to watch. […]

By | February 27, 2006

Piracy Robbing From Satellite Broadcasting Revenues

One of the biggest threats that satellite pay-TV operators face is the threat of piracy. People accessing content through an illegal smart card and not paying the operator for the service is a billion dollar industry, according to industry analysts. Smart card piracy is big business and conditional access (CA) vendors who provide security systems […]

By | February 20, 2006

Proven Solutions: African Services Grow With Satellite

For government operations, satellite technology has empowered local and multinational African organizations to establish a significant foothold in today’s communication’s arena. Moving forward, expanding applications will predominantly drive Africa’s satellite-enabled businesses. Today, falling prices for equipment and bandwidth have lead to greater penetration in the large, medium and small office/home office market segments. In turn, […]

By | February 15, 2006

Satellite Imagery: Saving Time And Money For Corporate Applications

Satellite imagery, long the domain of governments and militaries around the globe, is finding its way into the commercial marketplace. Commercial satellite operators had hoped that the launch of several spacecraft in the late 1990s and the early part of this decade would jump-start the spread of imagery as an everyday business tool. But many […]

By | February 1, 2006

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