Arqiva delivers HD service to S4C viewers

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 in AIB News Feed

 Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company, has today announced a partnership with Welsh free-to-air TV channel S4C, enabling its delivery in High Definition (HD).   Delivered by Arqiva’s spot-beam satellite technology, S4C HD launched on 7 June 2016 – three days prior to coverage of the UEFA Euro 2016 Championships, which saw the Welsh national team reach the semi-finals and attracted an audience of over 416,000 football fans throughout the course of the competition.   The channel – available on Sky and Freesat 104 in Wales (and Sky 134 and Freesat 120 in the rest of the...

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Arabsat launches Mauritania TV bouquet -exclusively- across the Middle East & North Africa

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 in AIB News Feed

The Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) announced the launch of the Mauritanian TV bouquet -exclusively- in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe on board of its satellite Arabsat Badr-4. This will contribute to the delivery of the Mauritanian broadcasting to its large sector of viewers in Europe, as Arabsat BADR-4’s footprint covers the entire Middle East, North Africa and Europe on the same frequency and only a small dish is required for reception. Khalid Balkheyour, CEO of Arabsat said that this initiative is considered another remarkable milestone in the company’s partnership with the Arabic broadcasting television bodies. “We...

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New BBC+ app

Posted on Jul 18, 2016 in AIB News Feed

From today, the brand new BBC+ app is available to download, putting the things you care about from across the BBC at your fingertips.   Whether it is the big moments of the day, talking points on a wide range of topics or bringing you customisable content collections that matter to you, the easy-to-use app is available to download for free on both iOS and Android mobiles in the UK.   BBC+ is designed to put you in control of the information you receive. After signing-in, you can get up to the minute information about what’s happening in the...

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Killing the Messenger 2016

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 in AIB News Feed

Afghanistan was the most dangerous country for media workers during the first six months of 2016, according to the International News Safety Institute’s (INSI) biannual report of media casualties, Killing the Messenger. Two separate attacks by the Taliban in Afghanistan claimed the lives of 10 media workers between January and June 2016, including eight from Tolo TV, one of Afghanistan’s largest entertainment channels, in a direct attack on press freedom. Veteran US journalist David Gilkey and Afghan journalist Zabihullah Tamanna were also killed by Taliban militants in June when the armoured vehicle they were travelling in was struck by a...

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NHK’S 24/7 English-language news channel is now in HD on ASTRA 19.2 degrees East

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 in AIB News Feed

SES S.A. announced today that Japan International Broadcasting Inc. (JIB), the official distributor of NHK WORLD TV for Japanese public broadcaster NHK, has signed a long-term agreement to broadcast the 24/7 English-language news and information channel free-to-air in High Definition (HD) across Europe. The transmission of NHK WORLD TV in HD has already started via ASTRA 1KR at 19.2 degrees East, and the SD channel is currently simulcast to allow for a smooth transition from SD to HD quality. The number of HDTV homes in Europe has tripled over the past five years, and 78% of European satellite HDTV...

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U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors Chair denied access to Russia

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 in AIB News Feed

Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Chairman Jeff Shell was denied entry into Russia and detained at Moscow’s Sheremetevo Airport last night after arriving shortly before midnight on a flight from Prague. Shell was denied entry into the country despite having a valid passport and Russian visa, and subsequently detained in a locked room for several hours, before being accompanied by Russian security officials to board a flight to Amsterdam. No explanation has yet been given to Shell, or the BBG, for his detention.   Shell told colleagues with whom he was traveling that airport security authorities told him the...

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