Bezeq, the Israeli telco that runs DBS Satellite Services’ Yes pay-TV platform, has warned of a reduction in services if a replacement craft for the failed Amos 6 cannot be found.
Amos 6 was destroyed during a test firing of the Space X rocket that was due to launch the Amos 6 satellite this weekend.
Along with the much-publicised Facebook internet project for Africa, Amos 6 was due to replace the ageing Amos 2.
In a statement Bezeq said broadcasts were continuing from Amos 2, including some channels that have been transferred from Amos 2 to the newer Amos 3, but warned some “low audience” channels could be switched off. “DBS is assessing, together with Spacecom, obtaining additional space segments beyond those guaranteed it in the event of the failure of the Amos 6 satellite, which would eliminate the need to reduce a limited number of channels as stated, and also the other implications arising from the loss.
Spacecom will receive $173 million in compensation for the loss of its satellite. In addition to the insurance payment it is also in line for an additional $50 million from Space X.