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.”
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.
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.
SES Reaches 351 Million TV Homes Worldwide
SES increases its reach in Georgia to 562 000 TV homes
The number of video households served by SES has continued to increase, reaching 351 million TV homes in 2017 according to SES’s annual market research, Satellite Monitor. This substantial technical reach, compared with 325 million households in 2016, means that SES is now delivering video content to more than 1 billion global viewers.
Out of the 351 million TV homes, SES directly reaches 145 million, and indirectly serves another 147 million cable homes, 40 million IPTV homes, and 18 million terrestrial homes.
The Satellite Monitor study, conducted for the first time in Georgia in 2015 and providing insights into the Georgian TV market, reveals that SES has increased its reach to 562 000 TV homes in the country, which includes direct reach (DTH), and indirect reach (cable and IPTV). This represents 24% growth compared to last year. SES provides services to approximately 132 000 homes that are subscribed to the MagtiSat TV offers, up from 124 000 homes last year. In addition, the study shows that SES serves 34% of satellite HDTV homes in Georgia.
The SES Satellite Monitor YE2017 results show that satellite is by far the leading TV reception mode in Georgia, reaching 44% of TV homes directly, or over 480 000 DTH homes. This compares with 15%, 16% and 25% for cable, terrestrial and IPTV reception modes respectively.
After the digital switch-over which took place in June 2015, analogue TV signals have been rapidly replaced by digital. The survey shows that only 12 000 Georgian TV homes remain with analogue cable TV reception mode, compared to 50 000 homes last year.
The results of the study also indicate a growing uptake of HD and UHD, as 48% of homes own an HD or UHD TV set in YE2017, which compares to 38% in YE2016.
The Satellite Monitor shows that Europe continues to be a strong and resilient market where satellite broadcasting is a highly attractive platform for reliable and cost-effective video delivery to large audiences. SES now reaches 167 million TV homes in Europe, up from 156 million in 2016. This growth is mainly driven by the addition of Turkey and in the Maghreb countries, which together represent an increase of 10 million TV homes. Technical reach across the core markets in Europe was stable.
The study also shows the key role of SES in delivering HD content: today, SES delivers HD content to 107 million homes, which represents two thirds of all European TV homes enjoying HD. As the leading HD platform, SES carries 2,602 HD channels worldwide, out of 7,709 channels in total. In Europe, SES delivers 2,670 TV channels, including 798 in HD.
“With its high percentage of TV homes (97.4%), Georgia is an important developing market for us. We believe that satellite is an optimal TV reception mode in the country with its numerous remote areas. The Satellite Monitor results demonstrate once again that satellite is the central pillar of the Georgian digital broadcasting infrastructure,” said Håkan Sjödin, Vice President, Sales Nordic, Baltic and Eastern Europe at SES.
SES is a 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 16 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
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.”
O3b Satellites Now Ready to Provide More Fibre-like Connectivity
Luxembourg, 1 June 2018 – SES announced today that it is now ready to offer increased capacity across the globe through the expanded O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) constellation.
The constellation of Ka-band satellites orbits at approximately 8,000 km from Earth – four times closer to the planet than geostationary (GEO) satellites, delivering connectivity with low latency and fibre-like performance for data services virtually anywhere on the planet. The O3b fleet is the only non-geostationary (NGSO) system delivering fibre-like broadband services today.
The expanded satellite constellation enables SES Networks to bring 38% more capacity, enhancing coverage and increasing performance to market, while continuing to drive digital equality to support digital transformation worldwide. The additional capacity will also cater to the growing consumption of bandwidth in the fixed data, mobility and government markets.
“Our customers have been waiting patiently for the new satellites to enter service. As the only company operating a successful non-geostationary broadband system, we are thrilled that these new satellites will be able to connect underserved communities and to transform lives through improved broadband access, as well as be part of the enhanced connectivity experience we deliver to ships, planes and government platforms,” said John-Paul Hemingway, Chief Executive Officer at SES Networks.
The four new O3b satellites were successfully launched by an Arianespace Soyuz rocket from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana on 9 March 2018, bringing the total number of MEO satellites in the O3b fleet to 16. Four more O3b satellites are scheduled for launch in H1 2019.
The next generation of O3b satellites, O3b mPOWER, are scheduled for launch in 2021 and will bring massive scale and flexibility to the proven O3b model. The seven super-powered MEO satellites will have more than 30,000 dynamic, electronically-generated fully-shapeable and steerable beams that can be shifted and switched in real time. It will provide coverage to an area of nearly 400 million square kilometres and will be scalable to multiple terabits of throughput globally.