Tag: Satellite

  • Starlink Drops Hardware Prices to $299 in Select States

    Starlink Drops Hardware Prices to $299 in Select States

    Starlink, the satellite internet service from SpaceX, has introduced a significant price reduction for its satellite dish in 28 U.S. states. For a limited time, residents in these areas can purchase the Starlink hardware for $299, down from the usual $499. This discount is available due to excess network capacity in these regions. Pricing History…

  • FCC Proposes New Rules to Protect Consumers Against Cable And Streaming Blackouts

    FCC Proposes New Rules to Protect Consumers Against Cable And Streaming Blackouts

    Today, the Federal Communications Commission proposed mandatory rebates for consumers facing blackouts through cable or satellite television subscriptions.  The Commission is seeking public comment on the Customer Rebates for Undelivered Video Programming During Blackouts, which addresses a growing number of programming blackouts affecting consumers. These blackouts result from cable operators and satellite television providers who…

  • SpaceX Gets Full FCC Approval to Test Phone Calls From Space

    SpaceX Gets Full FCC Approval to Test Phone Calls From Space

    SpaceX finally got the green light to conduct full tests of voice calls and data transfers between its satellites in space and unmodified smartphones on the ground. The Elon Musk-owned rocket company received “experimental special temporary authorization” to conduct the test, which will used T-Mobile phones on the ground, PC Mag first reported. This follows…

  • Amazon Wants to Deliver  Satellite-Based Broadband to India

    Amazon Wants to Deliver Satellite-Based Broadband to India

    Amazon is seeking regulatory approval from the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Center, or IN-SPACe, to launch its Project Kuiper satellite-based broadband services in India, according to The Economic Times. “Project Kuiper will bring fast, affordable broadband to unserved and underserved communities around the world, including rural and remote places in India,” an Amazon…

  • AT&T Successfully Made a 5G Phone Call From Space

    AT&T Successfully Made a 5G Phone Call From Space

    AT&T phone home? Well, sort of. AST SpaceMobile, the cellular satellite company backed by the mobile carrier, placed a satellite call over 5G. It’s the “first ever” 5G connection between an unmodified smartphone and a space satellite. On September 8, AST SpaceMobile used a Samsung Galaxy S22 smartphone in a wireless dead zone in Maui,…

  • Google Messages With Satellite Support May Be On its Way Via Garmin

    After Apple unveiled its satellite-based Emergency SOS capability on the iPhone 14 last year, it wouldn’t be long before Google followed suit. The company said earlier in the year that its next version of Android would support satellite capability, and now we may know at least one place where it’ll play a role. Eagle-eyed developer…

  • There is a New Internet Provider That Wants to Compete With SpaceX’s Starlink

    The European Union requested help establishing said constellation to provide secure connections for government and military services from low-Earth orbit.

  • DIRECTV is Increasing Prices & Changing RSN Fees on January 23

    DIRECTV is Increasing Prices & Changing RSN Fees on January 23

    Yesterday, we shared details about a price hike for most DIRECTV STREAM packages. Along with its streaming service, DIRECTV is also raising the prices of most of its satellite TV packages. “We’re making several adjustments to pricing for DIRECTV packages starting January 23, 2022. You’ll see the new pricing on your bill,” the company wrote…

  • Orby TV’s Fall Sale Starts Today

    Orby TV’s Fall Sale Starts Today

    If you’ve been thinking about trying Orby TV’s no contract satellite TV service but missed the last $99 sale, you’re in luck. Orby TV brought back the sale for a standard dish receiver, dish, digital local antenna, and professional installation for $99 for three more days this month. The Fall Sale starts today, September 14,…

  • Orby TV is Offering a Labor Day Sale for New Customers

    Orby TV is Offering a Labor Day Sale for New Customers

    Orby TV is bringing back its three-day weekend deal, beginning today, September 4 through Monday, September 7. With the deal, you’ll get a standard dish receiver, dish, digital local antenna, and professional installation, all for $99. Orby TV service costs $40/month with no taxes or extra fees and comes with free local channels. You can…