Burgeoning video business bedrock for boom in satellite demand

Editor ©RapidTVNews | 02-11-2011

Huge growth in DTH and video distribution is driving new transponder demand and helping operators buck the global economic malaise according to research from SFR.
In its Global Assessment of Satellite Supply & Demand, 8th Edition study, SFR calculates that 2010 global satellite operators saw a strong revenue increase of over $550 million, derived from the lease of commercial satellite capacity. NSR projects that capacity leasing revenues will reach US$17.2 billion by 2020, up by $7 billion over a ten-year period.

The survey shows that DTH and is leading the demand for new transponders, followed by VSAT networking and commercial mobility services.
"While growing transponder demand and increased pricing are certainly good news for satellite operators, broadcasters and end users are taking advantage of new technology to get more utility and revenue from each leased MHz," explained Patrick M. French, Senior Analyst for NSR and report author.
"Maintaining this critical value proposition will drive the addition of over 17,000 SD, 5,000 HD and 200 3D channels for carriage on the world's DTH and distribution platforms, along with other development, in the coming ten years," French adds.