FIRST UP Satcom | SmartSky raises $104M • SES picks Halliwell successor • Netflix tops satellite, cable in US
SmartSky has raised close to $350 million. Its network of towers across the United States is scheduled to begin commercial service later this year.
FIRST UP Satcom | First OneWeb satellites shipped for launch • Laser ground stations linked to Facebook
OneWeb and its manufacturing partner Airbus Defence and Space have shipped the first six satellites of OneWeb’s broadband smallsat constellation from Toulouse, France, to French Guiana.
Eutelsat Chief Executive Officer Rodolphe Belmer is taking a contrary view on short-term capacity leases and the explosive growth of video streaming — two disruptive video trends causing angst among satellite operators with substantial television broadcast business.
Satellite fleet operator Eutelsat says it sees “absolutely no impact” from British broadcaster Sky’s new satellite-free U.K. television product, and that it is GEO, not LEO, that will prove to be the most effective means of connecting underserved populations today.
Television broadcasters in Asia on Oct. 4 said their linear-TV business is not under immediate threat from over-the-top (OTT) Internet delivery services such as Netflix and Hulu.
Satellite fleet operator Intelsat says it has seen no impact of Over-The-Top Internet video streaming services like Netflix on its business, in part because Intelsat’s broadcast customers are locked into long-term leases.