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NABA MEMBERS AND ISSUES IN THE NEWS...

Univision Holds Preliminary Sale Talks with CBS and Time-Warner

The owners of Univision Communications Inc., in their search for an exit, have held preliminary discussions in recent weeks with several media companies, including CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.

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Wireless Becoming TV's Newest Nemesis

Historically, broadcast TV's biggest foes have been cable and newspapers, but now there seems to one more major adversary: wireless operators. Wireless has been lusting after broadcast spectrum, supporting the FCC's incentive auction.

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Univision Looks to Drive TV Everywhere with World Cup

Univision Communications Inc. is turning to the appeal of the World Cup to kick up its TV Everywhere push...

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AM Broadcasters Must Fight for Survival or Be Forced Over the 'Buffalo Jump'

In the days before guns and horses, Native Americans used a "buffalo jump" to harvest Bison in mass quantities. They would stampede the animals over cliffs and spear them to death when they fell upon the rocks below...

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TV's Future Hinges on DC Tech, Reg Moves

The New York upfronts are an exciting time, nothing less than a weeklong celebration of broadcasting, but they ultimately determine nothing but who will win the ratings crown for one broadcast TV season...

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CBS Plans 24-Hour Digital Network

At the fifth annual Digital Out-of-Home Awards, MediaPost honored the year’s most creative, innovative and effective advertisements in the realm of digital out-of-home media...

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AT&T Agrees to Purchase DIRECTV in $45 Billion Deal

In one of the worst kept secrets in the pay TV industry, AT&T has agreed to acquire satellite giant DirecTV in a deal worth about $48.5 billion ($95 per share) that will create a solid No. 2 with about 26 million TV customers across the country...

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UHDTV Forecast to be in 33% of US Households by 2020

The next evolutionary step in high-definition, digital television is under way, as ultra high-definition (UHD) TV sets are poised for rapid adoption in U.S. households...

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Jarl Mohn Becomes NPR President & CEO

The board of directors of NPR announced today that it had selected Jarl Mohn to become its next president and chief executive officer...

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Programs on Demand, but Just for PBS Members

As television viewers increasingly turn to video on demand to watch shows when they want, PBS and its local stations plan to follow them, but with a twist: They are creating a streaming video service that will be available only to members of local PBS stations...

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DIRECTV Announces 2012 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

DIRECTV announced it has added 761,000 net additions in its 2012 fourth quarter, driven by DIRECTV Latin America's record of 658,000. For the year, DIRECTV Latin America set a record with 4.4 million gross additions and 2.4 million net additions, while Sky Mexico added 1.1 million net new subscribers. In North America, DIRECTV U.S. added 199,000 net new customers.

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CBS Reports Higher Fourth-Quarter Earnings

CBS reported higher fourth-quarter earnings and announced plans to buy back $1 billion of its stock.

Fourth-quarter net earnings rose to $393 million, or 60 cents a share, from $351 million, or 55 cents, compared to a year ago.

Revenues rose 2% to $3.7 billion in the quarter. Ad revenues were up 3%, including political spending. Affiliate and subscription fee revenues were up 9%.

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Comcast to buy GE's 49% stake in NBCUniversal

Comcast said Tuesday that it will pay $16.7 billion to buy General Electric's remaining 49% stake in their NBCUniversal joint venture, a move that ends GE's long relationship with NBC and further underscores the cable operator's desire to expand content offerings.

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ABC/Univision Cable Net to Be Called 'Fusion'

ABC News and Univision have decided on a name for their upcoming cable network: Fusion.

The joint venture is on target for a summer launch; Cablevision, Charter, Cox AT&T U-verse and Google Fiber have cut distribution deals to carry the news and lifestyle network.

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SiriusXM Turns in Strongest Financial Performance Yet

Satellite broadcaster Sirius XM Radio turned in especially strong 2012 fourth quarter and full year financial and operating results, with double-digit growth in revenues, adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow, according to the company’s latest financial report issued Feb. 5.

Sirius XM produced a health 13 percent increase in revenue from 2011 to $3.4 million in 2012. The company’s adjusted EBITDA jumped 26 percent from its 2011 mark of $731 million to $920 million in 2012.

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NPR Gets Ready to Move Into New Digs

After about 20 years on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, D.C., NPR will relocate to its new headquarters in stages starting next month. The new building is located on North Capitol Street, a designated business improvement district. Construction began three years ago and was completed in December. The final touches to the inside are being made this month. Staff will get training on new broadcast and digital equipment and the move should be complete by April.

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Glenn Reitmeier Elected ATSC Chairman of ATSC Board for 2013

NBCU tech chief will lead industry organization

CARMEL, IND. -- The board of directors of the Advanced Television Systems Committee has elected Glenn Reitmeier to serve as the Chairman of the ATSC Board for 2013, it was announced Wednesday.

Reitmeier is senior vice president of Advanced Technology at NBCUniversal, leading the company's technical efforts related to industry standards, government policy, advanced engineering and anti-piracy technical operations.

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Rogers, Shaw Ink Strategic Alliance

Rogers Communications Inc. ( RCI ), the largest cable operator in Canada has signed an agreement with Shaw Communications Inc. ( SJR ) to secure an option to purchase the latter's AWS spectrum holding in 2014 along with acquiring Shaw's Ontario-based cable business - Mountain Cablevision Limited. According to Rogers, the alliance apart from strengthening its wireless network will also bring synergies for its cable business.

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Univision to Form an Internal Advertising and Media Unit

Univision Communications, in its quest to unify the look and feel of the network and its properties, is expected to announce on Monday the creation of the company’s first internal advertising and media agency. The new unit, Univision Agency, will create promotional content for all Univision properties, including broadcast, radio and digital, and provide research and creative services for internal and external clients.

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Eutelsat Launches Europe's First Dedicated Ultra HD (4K) Channel

As the television and cinema industries accelerate their progression towards Ultra HD (4K), Eutelsat Communications (Euronext: ETL)(Paris: ETL) today announced it is launching a dedicated demonstration Ultra HD channel for Europe on the EUTELSAT 10A satellite. The first transmissions of content filmed in 4K will start on January 8. Delivering a resolution of eight million pixels, four times the resolution of HDTV, Ultra HD (4K) is poised to mark the next big leap forward in the immersive viewing experience.

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Ratings: Univision Beats English-Language Networks on Night of Repeats

Spanish-language network Univision scored a rare ratings win over all of the English-language networks Wednesday, a night when the only new show they aired was CBS' broadcast of the "Kennedy Center Honors."

Univision was first in the advertiser-cherished 18-49 demographic with a 1.7 rating/5 share. It was third in total viewers, behind CBS and NBC.

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Steering DirecTV Right: Q&A with Mike White

Since signing on as CEO of DirecTV in January 2010 – he added chairman to his title six months later – Mike White has steered the satellite TV giant through some rough economic waters. And though U.S. subscriber growth has matured, its Latin American business has soared.

White has retooled and refocused the U.S. division, honing in on improved customer service, new products and more profitable customers, while continuing to fuel the Latin American growth engine.

The reward has been robust financial growth – cash flow in the U.S. has risen at a 7% clip in the first nine months of the year – and a 24% lift in its stock price. White has also been a vocal critic of rapidly rising programming costs, and was involved in a high-profile dispute with Viacom earlier this year, where the programming giant’s 26 networks were dark for nine days. Read Q&A Transcript.

Jim Walton Sends Farewell Memo To Staff

After 31 years with the company, today is Jim Walton‘s last day as the president of CNN Worldwide. Come early next year, Jeff Zucker will step in as his replacement.

Walton sent a note to CNN staff this morning reflecting on the last three decades, and thanking those at CNN who made sacrifices–both professional and personal.

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Jim Meyer Appointed Interim CEO Of SiriusXM

SiriusXM Radio announced that James Meyer has been appointed CEO, on an interim basis, effective immediately. Meyer, SiriusXM's President of Sales and Operations, succeeds Mel Karmazin, who, as previously announced, informed the Board of Directors that he will not be renewing his current employment agreement. Meyer will also join the SiriusXM Board of Directors.

The SiriusXM Board has formed a search committee, chaired by Greg Maffei and including James Mooney and Eddy Hartenstein, to consider both internal and external candidates, including Mr. Meyer, for the company's next Chief Executive Officer.

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NAB's Smith Defends Broadcast Future

Says mobile architecture fails as real-time video delivery system; stands up for decency regs as product differentiator and lobbying too.

National Association of Broadcasters president Gordon Smith says that as the original wireless service, broadcasting remains "highly relevant," particularly given what he says is mobile's limitations on video delivery and the indecency regs that keep it a family viewing destination.

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Canadian Supreme Court nixes 'fee for carriage' broadcast plan

Canada's highest court has struck down a fee for carriage system that could have seen cable companies required to pay TV stations for their signals, a cost that could have been passed on to consumers.

On Thursday morning, the Supreme Court of Canada weighed in on a long-running dispute between cable companies and private television networks.

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NBC Peacock Spreads Wings Over Comcast

The media conglomerate unveiled a new corporate logo Monday that incorporates the trademark bird long associated with the NBC broadcast network, which it now controls.

The logo, which also includes the Comcast name in all-capital letters, replaces one that features a red crescent and the Comcast name. The logo was showcased in an internally broadcast staff meeting Monday led by Comcast Chief Executive Brian Roberts, "NBC Nightly News" host Brian Williams and Comcast Cable President Neil Smit—from the set of "Saturday Night Live," according to a Comcast spokeswoman.

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Intelsat Chooses New Location for Headquarters

Intelsat has chosen to move its headquarters from Washington, D.C. to the upcoming Tysons Tower in Virginia. The move will transfer 430 jobs to the 188,000 square feet location in Fairfax County. The company is expected to move in by mid-2014.

Intelsat received a $1.3 million grant from Virginia’s Governor’s Opportunity Fund to motivate it to choose this location. According to company officials, access to the upcoming Metro Silver Line and to recreational areas was an important factor for their decision.

Local government officials are expecting that the move will motivate more companies to relocate to Fairfax County.... Read More | Full Story

SiriusXM Canada welcomes CRTC decision for six year licence renewal

TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. ("SiriusXM Canada") (TSX: XSR), the country's leading audio entertainment company, today provided the following statement regarding today's CRTC decision.

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Sirius FM-4 Broadcasting Satellite Donated to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

One of the first satellites designed to provide space-based digital radio service to consumers in the United States and Canada was donated by SiriusXM Radio and Space Systems/Loral to the Smithsonian. The Sirius FM-4 broadcasting satellite was built as a flight-ready back-up for a constellation of three satellites developed by SiriusXM and manufactured by Space Systems/Loral. The FM-4 satellite will be on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar of the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

"We are honored that our FM-4 satellite will help the National Air and Space Museum tell the story of modern satellite communications and its powerful impact on everyday life," said Robert Briskman, SiriusXM co-founder and technical executive. Read More.

Leslie Moonves to Remain With CBS Through 2017

CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves has re-upped his agreement with the company, extending his term with CBS through June 30, 2017.

Moonves' prior agreement was due to expire in 2015. Under the new deal, Moonves' salary will remain the same, with an additional annual performance-based bonus and equity-based compensation. Moonves will also become eligible to act as an executive advisor for another four years, and will have the option to create a production company under CBS.

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ABC/Univision Cable News Network To Be Based in Miami

The upcoming cable news channel from ABC News and Univision will be based in Miami. Gov. Rick Scott was scheduled to announce the decision at the October 10 annual meeting of the Beacon Council, Miami-Dade’s economic development agency. The organization helped the joint venture secure about $3.5 million in local subsidies for the new network over the next five years.

“If there is a place to have a 24-hour network for Hispanics, it’s Miami,’’ said Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, who added he will be attending the announcement. “I think it’s fantastic, and I think it’s a natural.” Read More.

CBC Five Year Plan Still in Place Despite Funding Woes

CBC/Radio-Canada plans to continue on its path towards new online and digital media services as part of its five year strategic plan to expand its regional footprint and increase regional news and programming.

The strategy, called Everyone, Every way, sets out in general terms what the public broadcaster has planned for the next five years – despite the on-going budgetary restrictions and funding cutbacks it faces.

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ABC News, Univision Launch Website - English-language website replaces Tumblr page

Univision and ABC News launched a cobranded web page on Wednesday, a first step towards launching a full-fledged cable and digital network in the second or third quarter of 2013.

The new English-language website replaces a Tumblr page that Univision launched several months ago to tap into the growing demographic of English-speaking Latinos.

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Globecomm Branches Out Across the Pond

On September 6 in Amsterdam, Globecomm will introduce its new business unit, Globecomm Europe, at a welcoming party on the day before the opening of the IBC exhibition floor.

Globecomm Europe represents the integration of European-based companies C2C and Mach6, two long-time European leaders in managed satellite communication services and solutions that were acquired by Globecomm in the past 36 months. Read More.

NBC Broke Even on London Olympic Games, Head of Sports Says

Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)’s NBC Universal broke even on its broadcast of the London Olympic Games, according to Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group, who cited strong ratings for the telecast.

“We were fortunate many U.S. teams and athletes performed very well, and that was good for our ratings,” Lazarus said today at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit hosted by Bloomberg Link in New York.

Advertising sales for the games soared to about $1.25 billion, exceeding NBC’s forecast and rising almost 50 percent from the Beijing Olympics four years ago. Lazarus said on Aug. 2 the network had a “small chance” for a profit after initially projecting a $200 million loss. NBC Universal paid about $1.18 billion for U.S. TV rights to the Olympics. Read More.

SES to Lauch Ka-band Satellite Braodband Service in November

SES will launch its Ka-band SES Broadband satellite service in November, pending the launch and beginning of operations of its Astra 2F satellite, the operator confirmed Sept. 6.

Astra 2F is currently scheduled for launch on Sept. 21 and will be located at the 28.2 degrees East orbital slot. The service will offer download speeds of up to 20 megabits-per-second (Mbps) and upload speeds of up to 2 Mbps and be marketed through SES partners NordNet, Vivéole and WIBOX to end-consumers in France.

SES also signed a cooperation agreement with Gilat Satellite Technologies and Newtec to set up the hub infrastructure and to deliver the end-user terminals for the Ka-band service to its customers. Read More.

Intelsat Inks New Agreements with Major Programmers (IBC 2012)

Intelsat S.A. has announced several new agreements with media customers utilizing Intelsat's video distribution neighborhoods.

The multiyear agreements included deals with Grupo Televisa and TV Azteca in Mexico, RRsat Global Communications Network and Overon America in North America and Discovery Communications in Asia.

Other recent deals include one with Madrid-based Telefonica Global Solutions, which inked a multi-year agreement on Intelsat 905 to distribute its Chello Multicanal package of programming to cable headends across Spain and Portugal. Read More.

Ericsson Unveils HEVC Live-TV Encoder for Mobile Devices

Ericsson is set to launch a new HEVC/H.265 encoder that aims to deliver live and linear TV to mobile networks and devices in real-time with resolutions up to HD quality, the technology developer announced Aug. 22.

The Ericsson SVP 5500 HEVC encoder was designed to reduce bandwidth requirements for current and future services and enable operators to deliver consistent, high-quality TV experiences on mobile devices in the home or on the move... Read More.



NBC Already Has 100 Affiliates

As we continue to look at the upcoming sports talk radio battle gearing up to begin after Labor Day, we focus today on the NBC Sports Network. If all goes according to plan, both NBC and CBS will be launching their update products September 4th.

CBS will go into 24 hour mode early in 2013, NBC later that year. NBC - with help from Dial Global - says it already has 100 affiliate stations ready to take the udpate product, which is pretty good being neither company owns any radio stations.

When CBS launches it will not only have its own signals to cherry pick from, with Cumulus as a partner, there will be hundreds more to choose from... Read More.

Inmarsat to Launch U.S.-Based Global Pre-paid Satellite Voice, Data Service

MSS operator Inmarsat has unveiled global pre-paid satellite services for both voice and data through its pre-pay platform with the introduction of support for voice calls originating in the United States and its territories, the company announced Aug. 21.

Inmarsat Pre-pay voice will be available Sept. 1 for all existing Inmarsat land and maritime services including IsatPhone Pro, BGAN, FleetBroadband and FleetPhone. Inmarsat said its recently signed agreement with Freedom Wireless Holdings makes the company the first mobile satellite provider in the world licensed to offer pre-paid voice services from the United States... Read More.

Inmarsat Names New President of Global Government Business Unit

MSS satellite services provider Inmarsat has appointed Andy Start president of the company’s global government business unit, Inmarsat announced Aug. 13.

Start will work with the global government market outside of the United States, directing all sales, marketing and delivery of services for government customers. He also will be responsible for customer-driven product and service innovation, determining both wholesale and retail strategies, and driving the distribution of Inmarsat services to such government customers.

Start previously served as president of international RF communications at Harris Corp., as well as managing director and vice president of BAE Systems Platform Solutions. He also was director of the military space business unit at Astrium where he was instrumental in the creation of its Paradigm service business. Read More.

SiriusXM Launches Online On-Demand Service

Sirius XM Radio is enabling subscribers to personalize their online version of the service with the launch of SiriusXM On-Demand.

With the new capability, subscribers listening via the company’s online media player and on Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, can choose what to listen to from a catalog of more than 200 shows and 2,000 hours of content.

SiriusXM Internet Radio subscribers listening on Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch will also be able to store select on-demand shows for a period of time on their devices and listen to content when not connected to the Internet. This allows offline listening while traveling on planes, for example, or elsewhere without a wireless connection... Read More.

SES Expands Eurovision Capacity Deal

SES has signed a multi-year capacity deal with Eurovision, the premium sports and news events and department of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), to provide live transmission of international sporting events originating in, or broadcast to, North America, Latin America and Europe, SES announced Aug. 6.

Eurovision will increase its capacity to 54 MHz and use the SES teleport and the NSS-806 satellite to broadcast the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to TV audiences across Latin America. NSS-806 is among several SES satellites providing extensive coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games to the EBU, BBC and other broadcasters.

The capacity also will be utilized for the contribution and distribution of major 2013-2014 sporting events in HD, including 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.... Read More.

CBC wins rights to 2014, 2016 Olympic Games

CBC/Radio-Canada has won the Canadian media rights for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

"We thought it was very important for the national public broadcaster whose strategy is signature events," CBC president Hubert Lacroix said. "And there's nothing more significant, more signature and more of an event that brings Canadians together."

Speaking in London, England with CBC's Heather Hiscox, Lacroix said he couldn't comment on the costs but the deal was based on a "very financially and fiscally responsible bid."... Read More.

ABC, Univision seal deal on joint channel

ABC News and Univision News have officially closed the deal on their new joint 24-hour news channel.

The two networks officially announced the channel in May, following a Wall Street Journal report three months earlier that the two were in talks. The definitive agreement reached today means that ABC and Univision will charge ahead on what will become the first 24-hour, English-language channel aimed toward the fast-growing U.S. Hispanic audience. (By 2050, Hispanics are expected to make up a third of the U.S. population.)

An ABC spokesperson confirms: the ABC News-Univision website will launch this fall; the channel will launch in mid-2013... Read More.

ViaSat Celebrates $35 Million Award It's A G'Day, Mate, For Sure!

The Commonwealth of Australia Department of Defence (ADF) has selected ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT) to supply the UHF Satellite Communication (Satcom) Mission System for its recently-launched UHF capacity on Intelsat IS-22. The system is designed to provide voice and data military satcom covering a region from the west coast of Africa to the east coast of Australia. The value of the award to ViaSat is approximately $35 million.

The IS-22 satellite launched March 26 with a hosted UHF payload—representing about 30 percent of the satellite’s total capacity—dedicated to ADF communications. The ability to serve small, mobile terminals used by ground, sea, and air forces in all types of terrain make UHF especially suited to military satcom... Read More.

SES Inks Two Broadcast Capacity Lease Extensions in France, U.K.

SES signed a long-term extension of its framework agreement with French pay-TV operator Groupe Canal Plus for the entire capacity of 24 transponders on the SES fleet at the 19.2 degrees East orbital slot, SES announced July 26... Read More.

Silver To Program New NBC Sports Radio Network

Veteran programmer Jack Silver has been picked by Dial Global and NBC Sports Group as the PD for NBC Sports Radio Network, due to launch in the fall. Silver most recently programmed KABC and KLOS in Los Angeles and was earlier VP/PD of CBS Radio's KLSX/L.A. He's also consulted a number of sports radio hosts, anchors, and shows.

Dial Global is teaming with NBC Sports Group to create the new NBC Sports Radio Network. Due to launch in September, the network will be distributed to stations nationwide by Dial Global... Read More.

Globecomm Wins U.S. Navy SPAWAR Satellite Equipment Contract

Globecomm Systems has been awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract from the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems (SPAWAR) Center to provide commercial-off-the-shelf satellite network and communications equipment and other services, the company announced July 24.

The deal has a base year value of up to $17 million, including four option years, which could bring the combined cumulative value of the multiple award contracts to an estimated $85 million, to be shared among the pool of awardees if exercised.

Globecomm Chairman and CEO David Hershberg said his company would compete with two other companies that were awarded similar contracts for individual delivery orders... Read More.

Ericsson Completes Technicolor Broadcast Services Acquisition

Ericsson has completed its acquisition of Technicolor’s Broadcast Services Division based in France, the companies confirmed July 3. The acquisition was initially announced March 13. Ericsson agreed to pay... Read More.

SES claims leadership over Asia-Pacific

Satellite operator SES has claimed it leads the market in Asia-Pacific in meeting the increasing popularity of direct-to-home (DTH) satellite television across the region, where SES currently operates a fleet of five satellites (NSS-12, NSS-6, NSS-11, SES-7 and NSS-9).

It says it is now the leading satellite operator, carrying the highest number of pay DTH channels in the region, with nearly 650 DTH channels. It also reaches 20 million pay-TV homes in the region via DTH, or one in three DTH subscribers in Asia... Read More.

CBS Launching Massive Sports Radio Network

CBS Corp., taking advantage of a rising interest in sports across all media, and its ownership of top sports-talk radio station WFAN in New York, is launching CBS Sports Radio, the company announced Thursday.

The new 24/7 network, which will combine the resources of CBS Radio and CBS Sports, will debut in January and have a national footprint through CBS properties and its syndication partner, Cumulus Radio. Cumulus will make the programming available on 67 of its stations.

Sports updates from the network will be heard on affiliate stations starting Sept. 4... Read More.

Inmarsat Appoints Martin Turner as Director of Media Business

Inmarsat , the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has appointed Martin Turner as Director of Media Business.

With many media organisations all over the world already relying on Inmarsat's market-leading mobile satellite services, Turner will spearhead further development of Inmarsat's customer-driven solutions and strengthen the company's relationship with broadcasters. A long perspective of the television industry means Turner will bring strong customer insight into the heart of Inmarsat's approach to this fast-growing sector, helping to ensure that both new and existing solutions continue to deliver real value and the highest possible performance to media customers.... Read More.

Eutelsat Acquires Asia-Pacific Satellite for $228 Million

Eutelsat Communications has acquired the GE-23 satellite from GE Capital for $228 million, the operator announced June 20. The GE-23 satellite will be renamed Eutelsat 172A. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2012, subject to regulatory approvals. Eutelsat said that the purchase would be financed through its existing liquidity and that it expects the deal to add to earnings per share and EBITDA margin in the first year following the deal.

GE-23 was built by Thales Alenia Space and launched in December 2005 to serve the Asia-Pacific region from the 172 degrees East orbital slot. The satellite provides Eutelsat with a payload of 20 Ku-band transponders accessing five interconnecting beams and 18 C-band transponders connected to a trans-Pacific beam. GE-23 also offers a broad range of telecom services to a diverse base of blue chip customers that will be integrated into the Eutelsat fleet... Read More.

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Founded in 1972 and headquartered in Toronto, Canada, NABA is a non-profit association of broadcasting organizations in Canada, United States and Mexico committed to advancing the interests of broadcasters locally and internationally.

NABA provides a forum for North American broadcasters to:
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As a member of the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU), the coordinating body for broadcasting unions around the world, NABA is the voice of North American broadcasters in the international broadcasting community.

As the only North American broadcast association with official status as a non-governmental organization (NGO) at the International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), NABA plays an important global, leadership role in representing the North American perspective in these high-profile international forums.

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