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Archive: February 2014 (X)

  • A recent study of American news programming by the Pew Charitable Trust found that on the three large 24/7 U.S. cable news networks (Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC) 2007 – 2012 saw a steady decline in the overall amount of ‘live event’ coverage for daytime TV.  Instead, packaged content such as footage recorded from a remote crew transmitted back to the news room saw a steady increase.  Meanwhile, amateur footage from YouTube captured on mobile phones with grainy, shaky video have come to…

  • In early 2013 Thuraya released the SatSleeve for iPhone, which gained significant interest both within and outside the satellite industry. Although compelling in terms of market needs, NSR commented in its research study Land Mobile and Handheld Satellite Markets that the SatSleeve was promising but ultimately limited in terms of the addressable market given it was tied to a single phone model. There was a much larger installed base of smartphones such that Thuraya may be missing a large…

  • One of the biggest concerns in the satellite industry today is that new HTS and MEO-HTS (i.e. O3b Networks) capacity will severely undercut existing FSS C- and Ku-band transponder demand for a gamut of broadband satellite markets. Already numerous operators are claiming severe price pressure on satellite capacity in different parts of the world and are linking this to the arrival of new HTS services. Plus more than one operator is dreading the day they will need to go head-to-head with…