Vodafone says it aims to create a mobile network in space that would boost the signal of its 4G and 5G services back on earth.
German public broadcaster ARD will cease the satellite distribution of its TV channels in SD resolution on Astra (19.2° East) in January 2021.
Intelsat, SES and other US satellite companies are in line for a share of $14.9 billion under proposals from the FCC.
German service provider Media Broadcast has ceased marketing its HDTV platform Freenet TV for DTH satellite households on Astra (19.2° East) on February 5, 2020.
In the course of 2021, Swiss public broadcaster SRG plans to migrate the DTH satellite broadcast of its TV channels on Eutelsat Hotbird (13° East) to HEVC/H.265 in preparation for the introduction of Ultra HD.
German music TV channel Deutsches Musik Fernsehen has launched a sister channel for fans of traditional and modern German folk music.
Following Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, German media company ProSiebenSat.1 has also decided to continue broadcasting its free-TV channels unencrypted in SD resolution via the Astra satellite system (19.2 degrees East).
The free-TV channels of German commercial broadcaster Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland will continue to be available in SD quality unencrypted via Astra (19.2° East) until at least 2024.
Austrian DTH satellite platform HD Austria has added fashion channel Fashion 4K to its line-up on Astra (19.2° East).
Satellite Mediaport Services (SMS) will act as the European Gateway for the newly operational AMOS-17 communication satellite.