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Viasat launches unlimited satellite internet service in US
Viasat launched what it calls the fastest satellite-based home internet service across the US with speeds up to 100 Mbps. On top of that, the new Viasat service will offer unlimited data plans, giving customers more freedom and access to more online services, without the need to pay overage charges. The new service is powered by the ViaSat-2 satellite system
Arianespace has confirmed the launch date of the four new O3b satellites operated by SES that are scheduled to go into orbit on Flight VS18, Arianespace's second mission this year. The Soyuz vehicle is set to lift off on 06 March from the launch complex in Sinnamary, French Guiana.
SFR is considering a change of brand name for its sports TV offering, which could soon become RMC Sport, according to information gathered by Les Echos. Speculation on a possible rebranding were fuelled by a recent press interview given by Orange CEO Stephane Richard, in which he stated that he was hopeful of a wholesale distribution deal enabling Orange TV customers to access SFR's exclusive sports content. As a condition, the current SFR Sport (or future Altice Sport) branding must be replaced, said Richard, although he remained secretive over the options on the table.
Increasingly, cyber-criminals are trying to divert airplanes with false GPS signals or by hijacking drones via GPS. The Swiss Federal Office for Armaments (Armasuisse) now wants to protect against such attacks by crowdsourcing information, reported CEToday.

Armasuisse wants to use crowdsourcing to protect aircraft, helicopters and drones from cyber-attacks. Currently a prototype of the system called Crowd-GPS-Sec constantly monitors the airspace and uses digital air traffic signals from aircraft and drones. False GPS signals can be recognised within a few seconds. The attacker is located within fifteen minutes. The signals are monitored by a group of volunteers via the internet. This would allow affected organisations to benefit without building their own surveillance infrastructure.

Crowd-GPS-Sec was developed by Armasuisse and researchers from the ETH Zurich, the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, the Ruhr University Bochum and the New York University Abu Dhabi.
Sky is to add music service Spotify to its Sky Q box as part of its latest series of innovation.

Spotify will launch on Sky Q in the UK and Ireland in the spring. It’s Sky’s latest move towards the premium audio market following the recent launch of the Sky Soundbox device. Customers will be able to use the ad-supported Spotify service free-of-charge or log in to their premium account.

Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive, Sky commented: “Sky Q keeps getting better and better. With this suite of innovation, we are taking the user experience to another level – and we won’t stop there. We will continue enhancing Sky Q and finding new ways to bring customers more of what they love, and in so doing ensure we appeal to every household and every one in that household. With Spotify joining our Sky Q platform, we are giving customers the best home entertainment experience in Europe.”

From the beginning of March new features will be introduced that include a further enhancement to Sky Q’s Voice functionality with personalised recommendations such as “show movies for me”.

There will also be a new widescreen user interface and a doubling of the amount of Ultra HD content. This includes content in the HDR format, a bonus for subscribers with 4K television displays. A newly designed homepage will feature ‘Most Recent Recordings’ and ‘Favourite Channels’ along with editorially curated selections of Box Sets, Movies, and Catch-Up TV

A new kids mode will also be introduced running in tandem with the existing Sky Kids app and a Sky Q app will be introduced on Smart TV and third party devices.

Along with Sky Soundbox, customers will be able to augment their existing Sky Q audio services, including the ability to stream to TV speakers via AirPlay or Bluetooth.
Scripps Networks Interactive had consolidated revenues of $3.6 billion in 2017, or 4.7% more than a year earlier.

Ad revenues amounted to $2.5 billion (+3.7%) and distribution revenues $955.4 million (+6.8%). Its consolidated adjusted net income was $752.6 million (16.9%), reflecting an increase in operating revenues, higher foreign currency transaction gains and lower interest expense compared with 2016.

Looking at Scripps’ international operations, the company notes that in Q4 operating revenues were $203.7 million (+23.2%) and those at the Polish commercial broadcaster TVN 11.7% higher in local currency compared to the previous year. It also says that in Q4 TVN was the number one media company for the 16-49 demographic for the fourth quarter, growing its audience share by 2%.

Commenting on the results, Kenneth W. Lowe, chairman, president and CEO, said, “Scripps Networks Interactive finished a pivotal 2017 year with a strong fourth quarter, executing on our strategic objectives and delivering financially with record revenue and growing segment profit. We reached new consumers through the thousands of compelling experiences created by Scripps Lifestyle Studios. We invested in our core business as well as our fast-growing digital offerings, allowing us to capitalise on the popularity of our powerful lifestyle brands across the globe. And, of course, we announced our merger with Discovery Communications, creating an unmatched opportunity to deliver our real-life content to a greater number of audiences.”

He added: “We have great momentum as we head into 2018. Our incredible teams remain intently focused on doing what we do best: creating great lifestyle content that connects with audiences through ideas, information and inspiration. We are excited about the prospects for the combination with Discovery and are diligently working toward finalising the transaction to bring these two great companies together.”
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