By 2018 almost 400 million homes will receive TV signals via satellite, up by almost 100 million compared to the end of 2012, representing a quarter of global TV households.According to the new Digital TV Research stats, the number of pay satellite TV (DBS or DTH) homes will reach 251 million by 2018, up from 178 million at end-2012 and 103 million at the end of 2008.Free-to-air DTH households will also rise, reaching 142.6 million households in 2018, compared to 118 million in 2012.Combined this will result in some 393.8 million homes receiving satellite TV in 2018 out of a total 1.58 billion TV households, according to the study, which looked at 97 countries.“From the 73 million pay satellite TV subscribers added between 2012 and 2018, India will provide 24.4 million, Brazil 9.2 million, Indonesia 6.8 million and Russia 5.9 million. However, the Global Satellite TV Forecasts report estimates that pay satellite TV subscriber totals will fall in 11 countries between 2012 and 2013 as subs convert to other platforms,” said Digital TV Research.In 2018 the top four pay satellite TV countries by subscribers will be India with 61.1 million subscribers, USA with 36.6 million, Brazil with 19 million and Russia with 16.7 million.The US will remain DTH market leader by revenues generated, although its share of the total will fall from 43.5% in 2012 to 38.7% in 2018.Brazil will add the most DTH revenues between 2012 and 2018, the research said, though satellite TV revenues will decline in 20 countries between 2012 and 2018, thanks mainly to greater competition, forcing satellite TV platforms to offer cheaper packages.
M7 Group-owned Czech and Slovak pay TV operator Skylink has added HBO’s TV Everywhere service HBO Go to its offerings.Skylink’s HBO Standard, HBO MaxPack and Komplet customers will be able to use the HBO Go service free-of-charge until the end of March next year.HBO Go will offer about 1,500 hours of programming to Skylink customers, available to view on smartphones, tablets and some smart TVs.
Freesat has delivered the new Saorview mobile app, web-powered TV guide and Spotlight recommendation service for RTÉ in Ireland as part of its partnership with the public broadcaster.The new services are part of an ongoing deal with RTE to deliver Saorview Connect, a forthcoming service that will let viewers access on-demand content and TV channels from a new set-top box.The Saorview app features a seven-day programme guide, Spotlight editorial recommendation service and is based on Freesat’s own TV guide app.The new services are powered by Metaphor, Freesat’s white label connected TV guide solution that is designed to let operators build a customisable connected TV offering.“It’s exciting to see the Saorview brand brought to life through Freesat’s technology. Saorview customers looking for an enhanced free TV service will enjoy a taste of what’s to come when the Saorview Connect box launches,” said RTÉ chief technology officer, Richard Waghorn.Freesat chief technology officer, Matthew Huntington, said: “Operators are looking for ways to deliver more compelling TV solutions to viewers and our Metaphor solution provides a tried and tested approach. Freesat’s latest delivery for RTÉ will give Irish audiences the chance to experience a connected TV service that rivals pay TV providers.”