HD+ Viewers to Enjoy Live Formula 1™ in Ultra HD with RTL UHD
RTL takes pole position in German TV market by broadcasting the motor race live for the first time in Ultra HD
Luxembourg, 25 April 2018 – Leading European entertainment network Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland will start broadcasting its Ultra HD channel “RTL UHD” to German viewers as of 28 April, via SES’s HD platform HD+.
The Ultra HD channel will begin with the live transmission of the Formula 1™ race from Baku, Azerbaijan, and will subsequently broadcast 17 races of the 2018 season, while distributing all the events simultaneously in HD.
As RTL’s partner of choice for distribution via satellite, HD+ is expanding its UHD package and bringing to its viewers even more high-quality entertainment and sports highlights in an immersive picture quality. With UHD1 and Travelxp 4K already available on HD+, RTL UHD becomes the third Ultra HD channel included in the TV package. The expanded offer is available to HD+ subscribers equipped with UHD TVs at no additional cost.
Andre Prahl, Head of Program Broadcasting Mediengruppe RTL Germany, said: "For us, UHD will become more important in the years to come, and as the leading media house we aim to constantly set new standards. This is why we are pleased to be able to expand our offering with the launch of RTL UHD and the live broadcast of Formula 1™."
Georges Agnes, Operations and Product Development Director of HD PLUS GmbH, said about the new offer: "Our commitment to Ultra HD is coming to fruition. Now that more and more broadcasters are testing the format on UHD1, providers are increasingly considering launching their own offerings. RTL is playing a pioneering role in the German TV market with the Ultra HD broadcast of Formula 1™, which is one of the most attractive TV properties in the country. Moreover, the differences between standard definition and UHD are particularly compelling for the viewer in this fast-paced sport. As 50% of TV sets sold in Germany are Ultra HD screens, the demand for more content in that format is set to rise, and we look forward to meeting that demand."
Live Pay-Per-View Sports Event to be Offered in Ultra HD by iNDEMAND and SES Video
Cheyenne, Wyoming, 1 June 2018 – Sports fans across the US will be able to watch the first Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship since 1889 in Ultra HD, which will be delivered to Cable Pay TV providers and their 4K subscribers through iNDEMAND Pay-Per-View (PPV) via the SES Ultra HD platform.
SES announced today that the event, produced by Multivision Media, will be broadcast live from the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming on 2 June at 9 pm ET. The 4K event will be available nationally to cable and IPTV providers signed on to SES’s pre-packaged 4K solution.
The 4K event will be delivered on the SES Events channel, which is part of the UHD line-up hosted on the SES Ultra HD platform. This channel is dedicated to live events and is readily available for Pay TV operators in North America who would like to broadcast in 4K. Past sporting events that were delivered in UHD on the SES Events channel include Bellator: Sonnen vs. Silva Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
The all-in-one Ultra HD offering, currently serving close to 40 Pay TV systems with a collective audience of more than 40 million subscribers, combines a growing channel line-up, satellite distribution, and reception gear. In addition to the SES channel dedicated to events, the line-up features Fashion One 4K, NASA TV UHD, 4K UNIVERSE, INSIGHT TV, C4K360, Funbox UHD, Travelxp 4K, Nature Relaxation 4K, The Country Network, UHD1, and the SES 4K channel, a developmental incubator for emerging content producers. With this bouquet of channels, SES hosts the largest single source of linear 4K content in the world.
“Events like the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship are immersive building blocks toward an exciting future in Ultra HD television,” said John Schultz, Vice President of Broadcast Operations for iNDEMAND. “The partnership between iNDEMAND and SES has been a tremendous driver behind the emergence of 4K pay-per-view sporting events, which offer up a compelling Ultra HD television viewing experience.”
“Live sports are accelerating demand for Ultra HD content like never before, as millions of consumers want to see 4K sports action on their new Ultra HD TV screens. The SES Ultra HD platform has broadcast the Olympics in 4K HDR to Pay TV providers and subscribers and now, together with iNDEMAND, SES is delivering yet another immersive event, in the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, which is bound to drive demand for 4K TV and the SES Ultra HD platform,” said Steve Corda, Vice President of Media Platforms, SES Video in North America. “The SES Events channel is readily available for live events to virtually every Pay TV operator across North America.”
SES-12 Arrives at Cape Canaveral for SpaceX Launch
SES-12, which has both traditional wide beams and high throughput capabilities, will meet diverse needs of fixed data, mobility, government and video customers across Asia-Pacific
Luxembourg, 12 April 2018 – The SES-12 spacecraft has arrived safely at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, in preparation for launch on board a flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
SES-12, which is uniquely designed with both state-of-the-art wide beams and high throughput beams, will join SES-8 at 95 degrees East to serve SES video and data customers across the Asia-Pacific region. It will replace and augment services currently provided on NSS-6.
Like SES-14 and SES-15, which serve the Americas, SES-12’s high throughput capabilities are SES’s answer to soaring connectivity demand in the aeronautical and maritime segments in the Asia-Pacific region. SES-12 will also be pivotal in enabling governments that want to roll out connectivity programmes to bridge the digital divide and in allowing telcos, mobile network operators and internet service providers to deliver more reliable cellular backhaul and broadband services.
Together with SES-8, SES-12 will reach 18 million TV homes from its 95°E orbital position, and will provide pay-TV operators the reliability and scalability to deliver high-quality and immersive viewing experiences and address the ever-increasing audience demand for High Definition (HD) and Ultra HD content.
With six wide beams and 72 high throughput user spot beams, SES-12 is one of the largest geostationary satellites that SES has ever procured. The spacecraft also has a Digital Transparent Processor (DTP) that increases payload flexibility to provide much more customised bandwidth solutions to SES's customers. The all-electric SES-12 spacecraft was built by Airbus Defence and Space, and will rely fully on electric propulsion for orbit raising and subsequent in-orbit manoeuvres.
Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer at SES said, “SES-12 was built to meet the dynamic needs of our customers across the Asia-Pacific region, and to empower them to capture massive growth opportunities in their markets. When co-located with SES-8, it will provide incremental high performance capacity and offer greater reliability and flexibility to our video and data customers.”
The SES-12 spacecraft will join SES’s network of seven geostationary satellites and 16 MEO satellites in the Asia-Pacific region to provide unparalleled coverage to over 20 countries.
“ENTERING THE GOLDEN AGE OF VIDEO”
SES organized press meeting to highlight the importance of Linear TV and Ultra HD as a key drivers of entertainment
TBILISI, 6 December 2017 – a world-leading satellite operator SES organized a meeting for Georgian media representatives -“Entering the Golden Age of Video”, to discuss the role and position of the TV in modern entertainment industry, main tendencies of millenials in regards of TV/video viewing experience and Ultra HD. The Meeting was held at the hotel “Biltmore Tbilisi”, which was attended by up to 10 leading media representatives.
The speaker of the meeting was:
- Nils-Filip Abrahamsson - Business Development Manager, Nordic, Baltic & Eastern Europe
Major notes from the speech of SES representative, Mr. Nils-Filip Abrahamsson:
- Video market is thriving with:
- Content consumption exploding
- Increased interest in HD
- Digital TV homes yet to come
- Ericsson Consumer Lab informs that percentage of consumers that watch any type of TV/Video content in different situation on a weekly basis is increasing from year to year;
- Percentage of consumers that watch any type of TV/video at home during the day has been almost doubled since 2013 (from 39% in 2013 to 67% in 2016). The highest percentage of consumers watch TV/video at home and mostly in the evening – 93%. The overall content consumption in different situations has also increased by 13-18%;
- Linear TV is being watched by all, including Millennials – time spent on watching linear TV by millennials is about 45% of total watching time (34 hrs per week), while 35+ age people spend 65% of their total watching time (28 hrs per week;
- Based on 11 markets across Europe, USA and Brazil - TV remains Key Form of entertainment in the evening - People mostly watch TV, when home during the evening;
- Ampere Analysis show that 95% of video revenue globally is based on TV;
- Consumers look for TV packages that offer both linear TV and OTT - the winning strategy according to SES is: Offering TV packages with both linear TV and OTT – “HD drives TV revenue”;
- SES have 1 billion viewers, operates in 325 million homes with 7,741 TV channels, 2,587 HDTV channels and 31 Ultra HD channels. Also SES operates with 40+ DTH platforms;
- Since 2012 SES video TV channels increased by 39% (HD +69%; SD +39%);
- SES is a worldwide leader having 83 Ultra HD channels globally and offering 34 UHD channels via satellites all over the world;
- It is forecasted that the number of UHD channels will increase by 33.7% annually.
- SES is delivering VoD services to underserved and unserved areas with limited broadband connectivity with more capabilities at cost-efficient prices.
SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 12 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). SES focuses on value-added, end-to-end solutions in two key business units: SES Video and SES Networks. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, governments and institutions. SES’s portfolio includes ASTRA, O3b and MX1, a leading media service provider that offers a full suite of innovative digital video and media services. SES is listed on the Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange (ticker: SESG). Further information available at: www.ses.com
Ultra HD Gains Momentum in the US with 30 Pay TV Providers Testing 4K Delivery on SES’s Platform
Nine more US cable and IPTV operators have initiated Ultra HD trials using SES’s pre-packaged solution
LUXEMBOURG, 24 July 2017 – With an additional nine TV operators joining SES’s Ultra HD trials, a total of 30 US Pay TV providers, with a combined audience of more than 10 million subscribers, are now testing SES’s 4K content delivery platform across their distribution networks.
The latest wave of Pay TV system operators to ink Ultra HD trial agreements with SES includes:
- Alliance Communications, an Internet, phone and cable TV operator serving subscribers in South Dakota and Minnesota;
- Cincinnati Bell, a leading telco in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky;
- Douglas County Community Network, an ultra-high-speed broadband and IPTV provider in the state of Washington;
- Hotwire, a national telecom provider;
- Midco, a regional provider of triple play services in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Kansas;
- Midwest Video Solutions (MVS), a multi-service provider in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois;
- Oneida Telephone Exchange, a triple play service provider operating in Oneida, Illinois and Rio, Illinois;
- Skitter TV, a national IPTV systems innovator; and
- South Dakota Networks (SDN), an enabler of IPTV for 19 telcos in South Dakota.
Among the 30 operators on SES’s 4K platform, three have already initiated commercial linear Ultra HD services in subscriber homes via SES’s end-to-end solution: Marquette-Adams Communications in Wisconsin, Highlands Cable Group in North Carolina, and, most recently, EPB Fiber Optics in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
SES’s all-in-one Ultra HD platform combines satellite distribution services, reception gear, and the world’s largest 4K Ultra HD channel line-up, featuring Fashion One 4K, Travelxp 4K, 4KUNIVERSE, NASA TV UHD, INSIGHT TV, UHD1, C4K360, Funbox UHD, Nature Relaxation 4K and SES’s UHD demonstration channel.
“The turnkey SES Ultra HD platform is home to some of the largest and smallest cable and IPTV providers in the region, who are leveraging the scalability and reliability of satellite to differentiate themselves in a competitive market with the ultimate television experience.” said Steve Corda, Vice President of Business Development at SES Video, SES’s global media business unit. “Momentum continues to build as SES accelerates the delivery and commercial availability of Ultra HD services throughout North America, and we expect more cable and IPTV providers to join the trio of operators who have already launched their commercial Ultra HD services using our platform.”
“Hotwire is well positioned to be the first to market with exciting new Ultra HD services later this year, as a result of our Ultra HD trials with SES,” said Jonathan Bullock, Vice President of Corporate Development and Government at Hotwire Communications. “The SES Ultra HD platform is easy and fast to deploy on our all-fiber network, allowing us to provide the best 4K channel line-up virtually overnight.”
“SES’s Ultra HD solution is tailor-made to meet our subscribers’ demand for the best television experience available and our strong desire to be among the first to market with the world’s leading 4K offering,” said Michael Agostinelli, CEO at Skitter. “Skitter now has a clear competitive advantage as we make an exciting leap toward a commercial launch of Ultra HD services in our customers’ homes.”
SES Restores Capacity from AMC-9 Satellite
SES draws on its extensive satellite fleet to rapidly restore customer services
LUXEMBOURG, 27 June 2017 - SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced that it has been able to draw on its global satellite fleet of over 50 geostationary satellites to rapidly restore customers capacity following a significant anomaly affecting the AMC-9 satellite on Saturday 17 June 2017.
SES immediately engaged with customers and was able to quickly offer a restoration capacity plan to transfer services to alternative satellites and minimise disruption. By late evening on Sunday 18 June 2017, the majority of the traffic had already been restored.
With the benefit of its global satellite network, SES was able to adjust its fleet deployment plan and offer solutions to affected customers with the use of existing assets. SES is currently taking steps to relocate additional assets to 83 degrees West, to support customers’ requirements.
SES continues to work with the manufacturer to identify the root cause of the anomaly, as well as any possible options to recover the spacecraft. Thanks to the restoration plan, the potential impact on SES’s full year 2017 group revenue is expected to be lower than EUR 20 million, which includes the potential reduction in available fleet transponders for future commercialisation. The one-off impairment charge is expected to be EUR 38 million.
“SES wishes to thank all of its affected customers for their understanding and cooperation. In addition, SES wishes to thank the FCC for its support over the weekend, by providing the necessary approvals to help put in effect the needed solutions” said Martin Halliwell, SES Chief Technology Officer. “Beyond AMC-9 status, SES continues to work towards a long term plan of capacity replacement.”
“The AMC-9 restoration strategy demonstrates one of the many benefits of working with a satellite operator with a large global fleet,” said Anand Chari, Gogo Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. “All networks, satellite and terrestrial, can occasionally suffer such rare mishaps. SES’s ability to recover so quickly and effectively is a compelling testament to the size and flexibility of its fleet, the professionalism of its people, and the operational processes in place to ensure the resiliency needed to keep businesses, such as Gogo, running seamlessly.”