What to expect from 2023?

After a year marked by profound changes, what to expect from 2023? If we don’t have a crystal ball, we risk some predictions in several areas.

Satellite TV reception

Let’s be honest: we don’t expect a lot of news in this sector. To everyone’s surprise, the Group TF1 continues to broadcast more or less officially all of its free-to-air satellite channels across Europe and North Africa via astra 19.2E. For audiovisual rights issues, we don’t expect it to last long.

Next to Canal+, we should see the arrival of a new decoder, but it is at the international level that we think the group will continue to bet. In France, we anticipate that Canal+ will continue to act as an aggregator of streaming offers for its offer my channel.

TNT TV reception

No changes are expected. Developing the DTT platform is not a priority in France, otherwise the country would not be so far behind its neighbors. Despite the incursions of Xavier Niel, who more or less lurks on the TF1 or M6 frequencies (end of licenses on May 5, 2023), or even on the M6 ​​as a whole, we bet that nothing will change, at least until 2024, the year of the Olympic Games, in which we could see the emergence of an Ultra HD multiplex, promised by the former CSA. Canal+, whose license to operate a DTT frequency expires on December 6, 2023, is yet to return it, unless thearcom gets involved by imposing new obligations on the chain.

Remember that all France 3 regional news will disappear in 2023.

steaming

How far does time seem from the total growth that has reached streaming platforms during the confinement. The return to normality, the proliferation of offers and, more recently, economic problems on a global scale have considerably disturbed a market that is already experiencing a concentration of platforms. If, in the spring of 2023, the merger between HBO Max and Discovery+ must be a reality, it is very likely that others will follow. These are also times, as we know, of investment rationalization (there are countless projects abandoned by the entertainment giants) and of a paradigm shift: profitability before subscriber growth.

It was also the need to retain subscribers at all costs that convinced streaming platforms like disney+ and Netflix to release an ad-supported version. With the downturn forecast to continue into the next year, it’s likely that others will follow suit or opt for free ad-based (FAST) versions.

Furthermore, 2023 could very well be the year of major sports broadcasts on streaming services, which, little by little, are taking over the rights previously reserved for the big majors (Google recently agreed to pay $2 billion a year to broadcast the NFL starting in 2023). If Netflix continues to deny any interest in the sport for lack of profitability, there’s no guarantee this will be its last word.

satellite internet

This year, star link will continue to unfold across the planet. SpaceX’s revolutionary satellite Internet access service will always work better and faster thanks to its new generation of satellites (Gen2) and the many new launches planned for 2023. Africa will be the continent that opens up to Starlink.

2023 will be the year of OneWeb. The Internet access service will finally be launched this year and will try to compete with SpaceX/Starlink in the professional field (maritime, aviation, transport, etc.). Competition is always healthy.

We will also see the first satellites of the Kuiper Project from the Amazon.

Space

Forty years after turning his back on it, man is dreaming of the moon again. And there is no shortage of candidates: we know SpaceX and the NASA immediately, as a rear base for a program aimed at Mars and beyond, but the Russians, Chinese and Indians have also promised expeditions – the latter preparing for the summer of 2023 the lunar mission Chandrayaan 3 that plans to explore the surface of the satellite Earth.

It is also this year that we should know more about staying (or not!) International Space Station (ISS) as we know it. Tensions related to the conflict in Ukraine have only reinforced Russia’s desire to now go it alone and build its own orbital laboratory; something that China did not expect, which finished setting up its station in 2022 tianngong. But the country does not intend to stop there and is already thinking about its expansion, but also about opening up to the commercial sector and the realization of tourist trips.

This last segment also concentrates many issues: travel Virgin will they finally become a reality? The society Blue Origin will she continue her private travels? Will other players join the private space travel club?

starship from SpaceX will go into space in 2023. This test flight will fully test this super launcher which will be used for interplanetary transport but also for fast passenger transport on Earth (all major capitals within 30 minutes of each other). Elon Musk expected commercial flights in 2023… It seems very likely.

And it is also this year thatAriadne 6 should make its first test flight… However, it is hard to believe that the schedule will suddenly stop falling. Let’s bet on a first test flight in the spring of 2024, which seems more realistic to us. The Ariane 6 satellite launches scheduled for 2023 are therefore also postponed… Unless they turn to competition.

One thing is certain: space, already very congested, will continue this year to receive dozens of satellites, in particular those destined for the various constellations dedicated to low-cost Internet services that should offer coverage on a global scale – starting with star linkwhich has just installed its first 2nd generation satellites.

Technology

If Apple released the function a few weeks ago satellite emergency SOS on the iPhone 14, other companies such as AST SpaceMobile are currently working on a technology that would allow a smartphone to connect directly to a satellite to make calls in areas with little or no coverage. Elon Musk has ideas on this side too, and we know he only talks about things he’s worked on enough to drop a few words. A Starlink phone would be in the boxes. No need for mobile operator, everything would be via satellite with global coverage.

Finally, after a phase with less than expected results, 2023 could finally be the advent of 5G. We should even see 5G cell phones flourish for less than 100 euros at retailers.

Barring a miracle, we are entering headlong into a year of great economic recession (the IMF announces the day as best wishes) and what accompanies it (bankruptcies, mass layoffs, crises of all kinds, price increases, interest, etc.), we don’t expect much news because the priority of companies will be to protect themselves to get through this difficult period, and several have already taken measures in this regard since 2022.

Still on the financial side, like the stock market, digital currencies (Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies) should continue to see their value drop, which will not, however, slow down their development and adoption.

On our side

As for Satellite and Digital TV, we will be launching a new version of our website in the coming weeks, and it’s about time. The new version, developed 2 years ago, is dragging on because we set very ambitious targets regarding the development time it requires, especially since everything is developed in-house. In terms of form, we are not fundamentally changing things, it is in terms of user comfort and new features that we have emphasized.

So, instead of finishing the list of new features we’ve planned, and which we’ll be expanding over the months (!!), we’re going to release this new version and continue to add new features as we go along.

Since 2021, we have removed 99% of trackers, cookies and other third-party services, the new version is already 100% free of all these. And it’s not too soon: the new Telesatellite.com is 100% mobile friendly.

Best wishes for 2023!

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