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Latest Developments / Analysis

Paris, France, July 12, 2016 - Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) today initiated the process of divesting its stake in Hispasat by exercising the put option granted in 2008 by Hispasat’s majority shareholder, the Abertis Group. Eutelsat holds a 33.69% stake in Hispasat through its subsidiary, Eutelsat Services und Beteiligungen GmbH. Under the terms of the put option agreement, the value of the Hispasat stake will be determined by an independent expert.

Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, July 8, 2016-The Kudelski Group announced today the acquisition of 100% of NexGuard Labs BV (formerly Civolution BV), a leader in digital content watermarking solutions. This move expands the Kudelski Group’s portfolio of end-to-end content protection security solutions, enriching the existing offer to content owners and pay-TV operators.

Market Trends

Paris, France, July 19, 2016 - According to Euroconsult's latest report, Trends & Prospects for Emerging Space Programs, 24 countries are identified as emerging space programs (ESPs) in 2015 having launched a total of 69 satellites in the last 20 years. As satellite technology has become more accessible and affordable, the number of countries investing in their first satellite system has increased dramatically. 2015 set an all-time record with nine satellites launched, confirming the dynamism of this market.


Hong Kong, July 19, 2016--The Asia-Pacific pay-TV industry will grow at a 5.8% average annual rate from 2016 to 2021, according to a new report, Asia Pacific Pay-TV & Broadband Markets, published by leading industry analysts Media Partners Asia (MPA). The pace of pay-TV subscriber and revenue growth is slowing, weakened by an economic slowdown and increasing competition from both legal and illegal alternatives.

Executive Moves and Views

Wuppertal, Germany, July 13, 2016—To spur further growth momentum in North American markets, Riedel Communications has appointed Dave Caulwell to oversee business development for the Eastern U.S. Caulwell joins Riedel with 16 years of experience in all aspects of event technology and production, with a heavy background in video production.

Geneva, Switzerland, July 11, 2016 – The DVB is pleased to announce that Peter MacAvock (EBU) has been elected to the role of DVB Chairman. At the 83rd meeting of the Steering Board, Peter was chosen to take over from Phil Laven who has served in the position since 2008. MacAvock, was DVB Executive Director for 14 years before taking his current position of Head of Delivery, Platforms and Services at EBU Technology & Innovation.

 

Products and Services

Profiles of products and services showcased at CommunicAsia 2016 in Singapore. To view the profiles click here. You will need Adobe Acrobat reader to view the profiles.

 

 

Immenstaad, Germany, July 20, 2016 – ND SatCom announces major SKYWAN 5G VSAT Platform Upgrade. The newest upgrade - Virtual Channel Group (VCGr) - advances the SKYWAN 5G satellite router’s Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF) function with innovative satellite bandwidth management capabilities. VCGr delivers the toolset for service providers and network operators to use valuable satellite bandwidth with utmost efficiency while maintaining service guarantees for user and application groups.

Events

Washington, DC, July 19, 2016--Produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and held November 9-10 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, the 2016 NAB Show New York will feature an enhanced show floor with new attractions, pavilions and an expanded list of exhibiting companies.

Madrid, Spain, July 18, 2016--The names of the jury members of the HISPASAT 4K International Short Film Festival have just been announced. The jury responsible for choosing the winning films of this second edition are: Film Director Fernando Colomo (La isla bonita, Al sur de Granada), Filmmaker Paula Ortiz (La novia, De tu ventana a la mía), Producer Adrián Guerra (Palmeras en la nieve, Buried), Jesús Ulled (Director of CINE365 Film), Yolanda Vicente (Content Expert at Samsung España), Guillermo Niño (Senior Manager for Broadcast, OTT and Home Video at Dolby Laboratories), Edith Martínez Odriozola (Director of Culture and Society at TVE), Miguel Ángel Doncel (CEO at SGO), Daniel Pérez (Product Manager for the Optical Devices Divisions, Photo Imaging and Recording Media at Fujifilm) and Javier Valdés (Founding Partner of Ad Hoc Studios). Ignacio Sanchis (Business Director at HISPASAT) will act as president of the jury.