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Archive: April 2016 (X)

  • The Elasticity Question

    Apr 28th, 2016 by Blaine Curcio   More from this Analyst | Profile

    One of the hottest topics in satellite telecommunications is the concept of elasticity of demand. As HTS payloads with tenfold or more increases in throughput (as compared to traditional satellites) are placed into orbit, the market will see lower prices and to a large degree, exponentially lower prices not seen in decades. This concept has been resisted but largely accepted as fact by most in the industry today.

    As such, the question of revenue and earnings growth comes down to a…

  • UltraHD has been big in the headlines recently, with its flashy new technology easily captivating the consumer tech sphere. Hype about the new TV format remains high, but how does this hype translate to revenue opportunities for satellite operators and pay TV platforms?

    Firstly, it is important to recognize the earliest UltraHD traction began online, with a number of OTT platforms such as Netflix, Ultraflix and Amazon Prime delivering UltraHD content over the Internet. For many…

  • Satellite technology has been relatively insulated from direct consumer facing markets in the past, owing to their high cost of access. But recent industry innovations, especially in Flat Panel Antenna (FPA) technology, combined with the need to remain connected on-the-move, has opened the doors to many such markets that satellite technology had been unable to address properly in the past. The Connected Car is one such market that is buzzing in the M2M/IoT sphere, promising to create new…