ProSiebenSat.1 Continues Transmission in SD via Astra 19.2 degrees East
ProSiebenSat.1 renews distribution agreement with SES for all its channels and relies on MX1 for technical services
Luxembourg, 15 November 2017 – German viewers will continue to have access to all ProSiebenSat.1 free-to-air channels in SD quality via SES’s prime orbital slot at 19.2 degrees East.
Under the multi-year renewal agreement, SES will provide satellite capacity for the unencrypted transmission of the channels ProSieben, Sat.1, kabel eins, sixx, Sat.1 GOLD, ProSieben MAXX and kabel eins Doku, as well as the regional programmes of Sat.1 in Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia. The contract also includes additional technical services from the SES’s subsidiary MX1, a global solution provider of media services.
“In Germany, 46% of TV viewers receive our programmes via satellite – and increasingly also in the best HD quality via the SES platform HD+. With this new agreement, we are ensuring that our free TV stations retain their high reach via satellite. I am therefore pleased to welcome the continuation of our long-term partnership with SES,” said Nicole Agudo Berbel, Chief Distribution Officer and Executive Vice President Digital Publishing ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE.
"We are very pleased to continue working with ProSiebenSat.1, one of our most important customers. However, this renewal agreement is also welcome news for all satellite TV households, which can continue to receive ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s unencrypted channels. Satellite is and remains the only transmission infrastructure that gives German viewers access to the full range of programmes at no additional cost," said Christoph Mühleib, Managing Director of Astra Deutschland.
SES Reach Grows to 355 Million Homes Worldwide
SES strengthens its position as the world’s leading video distributor via satellite as the number of TV households it serves increased by more than 4 million to over 355 million in 2018.
The results from the SES’s annual market research highlighted further growth in SES’s technical reach and underlined the important role of satellite in delivering video to large audiences directly and indirectly in a reliable and cost-effective manner.
The results showed an increase in SES’s technical reach in Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and Africa. In Africa, this included the addition of Kenya to the survey where more than 2 million TV homes across the country rely on SES for their TV content. In Europe, satellite broadcasting, and especially Direct-to-Home (DTH), remains the leading distribution technology, with SES serving 167 million TV homes across the continent. The SES fleet is also delivering video content to 72 million households across North America, mainly via the important U.S. cable neighbourhoods. Across other markets, SES continues to expand its technical reach, now serving 37 million TV homes in Asia-Pacific, 33 million in Latin America, 33 million in Africa, and 13 million TV homes in the Middle East.
The results underscore the essential value proposition of satellite broadcasting as a highly attractive platform for reliable and cost-effective video delivery to large audiences. These qualities make it ideal for distributing HD and UHD programming, and SES is today delivering nearly 2,800 HD TV channels and over 40 commercial UHD TV channels – more than any other satellite service provider.
The Satellite Monitor Study YE2018 results show that satellite is maintaining its lead in the Georgian TV market, reaching 38% of TV homes directly, which is over 410 000 DTH homes. This compares with 11%, 14% and 37% for terrestrial, cable and IPTV reception modes respectively. SES serves two-thirds of Georgian TV homes, counting 670,000 in 2018 compared to 560,000 in 2017. The results of the study also indicate that in Georgia standard definition screens are a minority and there is a growing uptake of HD and Ultra HD, as 44.4% of homes own HD and 15.3% UHD TV screens in YE2018, which compares to 40.5% and 10.6% in YE2017.
About the Satellite Monitor
2018 was the 25th year that SES has conducted the Satellite Monitor survey. The detailed data it delivers about the reach of SES and video viewing trends has proven to be a valuable tool for SES’s customers, supporting SES’s position as a trusted partner to the world’s leading broadcasters and content owners. Georgia was included into the Satellite Monitor survey 4 years ago and now the comparative data shows the main viewing trends of the Georgian population since 2015.
“At SES, we invest in tools and services to help our customers gather information about markets they operate in so that they can be even more successful in their business. The Satellite Monitor is one such tool that demonstrates the long-term value of SES’s core video neighbourhoods and extensive reach to our customers,” said Håkan Sjödin, Vice President of Sales for Nordic, Baltic and Eastern Europe. “Regardless of the shift in consumption habits, it is clear that our business remains an essential tool in delivering a high-quality viewing experience to the world’s leading broadcasters and content owners. In Georgia the uptake in purchases of HD and Ultra HD TV sets shows us that it is set-up to develop even further.”
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SES is the world’s leading satellite operator with over 70 satellites in two different orbits, Geostationary Orbit (GEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). It provides a diverse range of customers with global video distribution and data connectivity services through two business units: SES Video and SES Networks. SES Video reaches over 355 million TV homes, through Direct-to-Home (DTH) platforms and cable, terrestrial, and IPTV networks globally. The SES Video portfolio includes MX1, a leading media service provider offering a full suite of innovative services for both linear and digital distribution, and the ASTRA satellite system, which has the largest DTH television reach in Europe. SES Networks provides global managed data services, connecting people in a variety of sectors including telecommunications, maritime, aeronautical, and energy, as well as governments and institutions across the world. The SES Networks portfolio includes GovSat, a 50/50 public-private partnership between SES and the Luxembourg government, and O3b, the only non-geostationary system delivering fibre-like broadband services today. Further information is available at: www.ses.com
New Direct-to-home Satellite TV Bouquet for the Former Yugoslavian Countries from Telekom Srbija and SES
Viewers in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro will be able to receive compelling content from SES’ orbital location at 23.5 degrees East
Luxembourg, 15 November 2018 -- Viewers in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro will soon have access to new content delivered by Telekom Srbija from SES’ key orbital location at 23.5 degrees East. SES announced today that the main telecommunication operator in Serbia has signed a multi-year and multi-transponder contract for service on its Astra satellite to launch Telekom Srbija’s new Direct-to-Home (DTH) platform which will start broadcasting in all three countries simultaneously mid-December.
The new DTH platform will enable Telekom Srbija to broadcast more than 150 channels, including up to 30 in High Definition (HD). All Serbian public television channels will also be available on the platform, bringing a complete selection of content to viewers in the market. Additional channels will be offered as Free-to-Air for viewers.
Viewers will also benefit from technology improvements in their home. Telekom Srbija has chosen cardless set-top boxes for this service, and for those that don’t have reception equipment already this platform will be accessible using a small 60cm dish.
Telekom Srbija, a long-term partner of SES, began working with SES in 2011 and earlier this year moved their complete channel bouquet to SES satellites at SES’ 23.5 degrees East orbital location, ensuring the largest possible audience reach. SES serves nearly 2.9 million DTH homes in Europe from 23.5 degrees East.
“We are pleased to be launching such an important DTH platform with SES,” said Marijana Vukasinovic, Head of Content Management at Telekom Srbija. “As we embark on our most ambitious project yet, we have complete confidence thanks to the quality of service and experience SES brings to the table. We look forward to fostering growth in the local broadcasting landscape by bringing a powerful new platform to viewers.”
“The former Yugoslavian countries are a dynamic growth market that SES has been focused on for several years, and we are glad to be strengthening our relationship with Telekom Srbija,” said Martin Ornass-Kubacki, Vice President, Central Eastern Europe, Sales at SES Video. “Our orbital location at 23.5 degrees East is SES' fastest-growing orbital position for central and eastern Europe and the Benelux countries, with many pan-European operators broadcasting their content from there.”
Marlink and SES Networks Extend Enterprise Services Partnership
Marlink adds fibre-like MEO-enabled connectivity to enterprise portfolio.
Satellite services and solutions provider Marlink has contracted SES Networks’ fibre-like connectivity to enable new low-latency services in its enterprise portfolio, SES announced today. With a highly differentiated range of satellite-based solutions, Marlink is expanding the options and value it offers to meet the evolving demands of its customers.
The contract enables Marlink to leverage SES’ O3b medium earth orbit (MEO) constellation for big data applications that require fibre-like performance. With round-trip latencies below 150 milliseconds, the performance of MEO-enabled networks is equivalent to that of standard fibre connections, while also providing greater reach and faster deployment times. These high throughput services will complement Marlink’s existing portfolio of geostationary (GEO) services for utilities, renewable energy, oil and gas, civilian governments and other industries.
“This new agreement contributes to the continuous expansion of capacity and diversity in Marlink’s hybrid network solutions and smart routing, with the low-latency link on the O3b fleet especially attractive as we develop certified and future-proof integrated services for our diverse enterprise customer base,” said Olivier Gommes, Director Technology & Innovation – Enterprise at Marlink.
“The O3b high-speed connectivity we have been providing for the last four years has been extremely successful in meeting the needs of big data applications. By adding the O3b services to its portfolio, Marlink will now be able to reap the benefits of MEO and offer more differentiated solutions for its customers’ digital transformation plans,” said Simon Gatty Saunt, Vice President, Sales Fixed Data, EMEA at SES Networks.
Channel 4 Secures Continued DTH Coverage of the British Isles with SES
Channel 4 extends satellite capacity agreement with SES for Direct-to-Home broadcast services in the UK and Ireland
Luxembourg, 11 September 2018 -- British and Irish viewers will continue to enjoy reliable Channel 4 programmes on direct-to-home (DTH) platforms following a multi-year extension agreement at 28.2/28.5 degrees East with SES.
Under the agreement, Channel 4 will renew capacity on SES’s ASTRA 2E and 2G satellites to transmit a full line-up of services for the British and Irish markets.
DTH is a key technology ensuring high quality video for viewers in the British Isles, and the long-term renewal with SES of the transponders on the ASTRA fleet highlights the value both companies place on their relationship.
“We have been relying on SES’s services for 20 years and are very pleased to extend our partnership,” said Keith Underwood, Chief Operating Officer of Channel 4. “This is an important element in our strategy to enable high quality, reliable broadcast entertainment for our viewers across the UK and Ireland.”
"We are committed to supporting Channel 4’s DTH strategy and business in the UK and Ireland for the long term,” said Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Executive Officer of SES Video. “The orbital position of 28.2/28.5 degrees East is our prime neighbourhood to provide programming to this key market area, where we serve over 19 million TV homes in the UK and Ireland. We are delighted to continue delivering Channel 4’s content from this location.”
SES Government Solutions Joins FAA’s COMSTAC
SES GS will represent the satellite communications industry on the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
Reston, VA, 18 July 2018 – The U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has appointed SES Government Solutions’ Senior Director of Business Development Paul E. Damphousse to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC), SES announced today. The COMSTAC provides executive-level observations, findings and recommendations to the FAA Administrator regarding critical issues within the commercial space industry. Damphousse will serve as a senior industry representative and member of COMSTAC on behalf of SES GS, wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, and will advise the government during bi-annual COMSTAC meetings and through participation on the COMSTAC working groups.
SES GS’ current role in the satellite communications market is to provide satellite end-to-end services to U.S. Government customers. Should the U.S. Government pursue more non-traditional commercial space capabilities in lieu of government purpose-built satellites, COMSTAC can rely on SES GS to provide recommendations for new and innovative techniques that increase speed and affordability for government end-users.
“Seismic shifts are occurring within the commercial space sector, including changes in how non-traditional space activities are regulated. Spacecraft servicing, space traffic management, and hosted payloads are a few of these activities and are of great interest to SES GS,” said Damphousse. “My goal is to ensure that the U.S. Government is fully informed from a commercial space perspective regarding new consensus standards and regulatory decisions.”
Damphousse was chosen based on his long-standing relationship with the U.S. Department of Transportation, industry experience and leadership through high-level executive engagement. Prior to joining SES, Damphousse was CEO and Founder of General Astronautics, LLC. Damphousse retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in December 2011 after 22 years of service as a combat pilot and space operations officer. He will join eight newly appointed members, as well as 17 re-appointed members, as part of COMSTAC.