HD+ Viewers to Enjoy Live Formula 1™ in Ultra HD with RTL UHD

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 14:59

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."

MX1 Guarantees the Continuity of Sky’s Broadcasting Operations

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Friday, 20 January 2017 10:47

Global Media Service Provider MX1 and Pay TV provider Sky Deutschland Sign Business Continuity Contract to Ensure Full Scale Back-up services

LUXEMBOURG, 19 January 2017 -- SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced today that Sky Deutschland has signed a multi-year contract extension for back-up services with MX1, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES.

The contract ensures that, in case of any technical issues with Sky Deutschland’s main signal, the broadcaster’s programming will be restored in a short time-frame, from the MX1 Broadcasting Centre in Unterfoehring, Germany.

The agreement includes playout and turnaround services, such as encoding, multiplexing and encryption, and uplink services. To support these services, the MX1 Broadcast Centre will concurrently receive all necessary data and video transmission material from the Sky channels.

“The signing of the contract with Sky is good news for movie fans and sports enthusiasts,” said Christoph Muehleib, SES Vice President Sales and Marketing responsible for ASTRA and MX1 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. “This new agreement with Sky confirms the trend that business continuity is becoming more and more important, even in the broadcasting industry. All our existing customers, new customers as well as other stand-alone broadcast channels can benefit from these continuity services,” Christoph concluded.

Stefan Kunz, Vice President Broadcast Services at Sky Deutschland: “The absolute reliability of our services for our broadcasting operations is very important to us. With the solution provided by MX1, we are able to sustain our broadcasting operation and the service availability in case of critical issues in our main site as seamlessly as possible.”

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SES AND ARTE TO BROADCAST LE CORSAIRE BALLET LIVE IN ULTRA HD VIA ASTRA 19.2

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Tuesday, 29 March 2016 18:44

LUXEMBOURG, 29 March 2016 -- SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), in collaboration with European Culture Channel ARTE, announced today that they will be broadcasting the Le Corsaire ballet live in Ultra HD from the Vienna State Opera via the orbital position Astra 19.2 degrees East. The Ultra HD live broadcast will begin at 19:00 CET on 2 April.
The ballet will be broadcast free-to-air on UHD1 by Astra/HD+. The Ultra HD demo channel was launched jointly by HD+ and ASTRA in September 2015. The show can be received with Ultra HD screens equipped with HEVC decoders. SES Platform Services, a subsidiary of SES, will manage the live-encoding and satellite uplink.
“Broadcasting in Ultra HD is becoming increasingly relevant for broadcasters, and we are delighted that ARTE has approached us to broadcast the Le Corsaire Ballet live in Ultra HD,” said Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer at SES. “The SES group is the ideal one-stop-shop for broadcasters when it comes to Ultra HD initiatives, because we can provide both premium satellite capacity and solutions such as a seamless end-to-end Ultra HD playout service.”
“The high resolution of Ultra HD emphasises the visual quality of the ballet. The sets, the dancers’ movements and their costumes look very vivid from every angle. With this pilot project, ARTE underlines its position as an innovative broadcaster, delivering programmes in the highest quality available to a wide audience,” said Alain Le Diberder, Programme Director at ARTE.

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