said by lutful:
I just implied that Viasat-1 has more beams than typical broadband satellites.
Beams or more precisely beam shaping is an old technology that allow the designers to aim power where it is desired versus just blanketing a continent and are nothing more than precise modifications of the downlink antenna reflector.
As for Viasat1 if you look into the company it becomes clear they are the remnants of WildBlue cobbled together hoping this one will make them profitable, but I wouldnt hold my breath waiting for that to happen.
And as for PCMA it is really nothing more than carrier within carrier versus the standard single carrier per channel and is a technology that was developed back in 2010 so it's really not breaking news either.