2015 was yet another momentous year for television in Sub-Saharan Africa. Most countries missed the ITU’s analogue switch-off deadline of June, but DTT, especially pay DTT, made huge gains.
Huawei has partnered with Etisalat to introduce the first 4K Ultra HD TV service in the Middle East and Africa (MEA).
The new Russian communications and broadcasting satellite Express-AMU1 satellite has been launched into geosynchronous transfer orbit.
German DTH platform HD+ and its parent company SES will open their joint Ultra HD showcase channel UHD1 to all DTH satellite households on Astra (19,2° East) during the Christmas holiday period.
German commercial broadcaster Tele 5 has a special Christmas present for its viewers: The high-definition version of the channel will become freely accessible for 66 hours.
Three weeks after its transponders went dark, Spacecom is preparing to declare the Amos 5 satellite a total loss.
Telenor Norway has reorganised its products and services for fixed broadband and TV into a single division.
Humax has become the first supplier of the Freesat Freetime set-top boxes to add Netflix to the customer offer.
The German media authorities have granted Discovery Communications Deutschland a licence for the operation and nationwide distribution of a teleshopping service under the working title D-Shop for eight years.
SES Techcom Services, the technical services subsidiary of satellite operator SES, and Solarkiosk, a German energy and business gateway provider targeting underserved communities, have entered into a two-year partnership to deliver internet connectivity to remote and isolated areas worldwide.