Prior to our L-band system over Inmsarsat, I had run down the viability of a broadcasting from non-geostationary/LEO satellites. We can say that our current service is not cheap to maintain or grow, but doing something similar on a LEO system is order of magnitude more expensive. Tens of millions of dollars for comparable service levels. One reason is due to the fact that broadcast is not an ideal delivery platform from a transmitter that is constantly in motion, even the collective of transmitters provide global coverage.
Of course, I was discussing much, much slower bitrates than what will likely be available from the new generation of LEO internet satellites. At those speeds, they could send out a high-speed blast of data for short periods of time and the content delivered would be substantial.
One thing we don’t know anything about is the requirements for reception. I don’t believe they are using anything standard, which might make receivers expensive. Maybe not, I just don’t know. In any case, I will be sure to be in touch with them once those systems have entered commercial operations. But I don’t think those discussions will take place for at least another few years.