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SES renews Canal Plus deal

Satellite operator SES has signed a long-term extension of its agreement with French pay TV operator Canal Plus.

The agreement extends the duration of Canal Plus’s entire capacity of 24 transponders on the SES fleet at the orbital position of 19.2 degrees East. Canal Plus recently contracted its 24th transponder on the Astra Satellite System in order to enlarge its HD line-up. The transponder was previously utilised in the German market.

“We are delighted to reinforce our long-term partnership with Canal plus and to see their HD offer continually improved,” said Ferdinand Kayser, chief commercial officer of SES. “The SES fleet enables the delivery of the highest quality broadcast signals to millions of homes. Our ambition at SES is to support our clients like Canal Plus with excellent levels of service reliability thanks to our continued investment in our fleet.”

Separately, SES has signed a long-term renewal with UK broadcaster Channel 5 for one transponder that it is using on the Astra Satellite System at 28.2 degrees East.