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SES sees revenue drop

Satellite operator SES saw its revenues drop by 5.2% on a like-for-like basis last year, posting revenue of €2.035 billion for the full year. The company reported EBITDA of €1.324 billion, down 7.6% on a like-for-like basis. SES is suffering from many of the problems that have affected the satellite business as a whole. Video […]

1+1 to broadcast eight channels on Astra platform

Ukrainian broadcaster 1+1 Media Group is to use capacity on SES’s satellite at 5 degrees East to broadcast eight channels. Under a long-term agreement between the pair, 1+1 will lease of one transponder on the Astra 4A satellite positioned at 5 degrees East. The capacity contracted by 1+1 Media will enable the group to host […]

Eurovision taps SES for Rio Olympics

The EBU’s Eurovision network has signed a capacity deal with satellite operator SES to broadcast coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics.  As part of the agreement, Eurovision will lease several transponders on the NSS-806 satellite between July and August 2016 to enable broadcasters across the globe to provide coverage of the Olympics in Rio and […]

German shopping channel set for UHD first

A German shopping channel is set to become Europe’s first free-to-air Ultra HD service, launching in September on the Astra satellite platform at 19.2° East. Existing teleshopping service Pearl.tv’s owner Enstyle will lease additional capacity to launch the new channel and will also contract SES Platform Services, a subsidiary of SES, to manage the technical […]

Germany’s Ebru TV becomes QLAR

German free-to-air entertainment channel Ebru TV has rebranded as QLAR.  The Offenbach-based channel airs a mix of movies, series, documentaries, magazine shows and tele-shopping windows. The channel is available via the Astra satellite position at 19.2° East and is carried by cable operators Tele Columbus and Wilhelm.tel. it is also available on OTT service Zattoo, […]

BBC Global News to launch in HD on Astra

BBC Global News has signed a deal with satellite operator SES to make its news channel available in HD across Europe from the 19.2° East position.  The channel, an HD version of BBC World News in English, will be broadcast from toda on a multiplex operated and uplinked by SES from its HQ in Betzdord, […]

Czech and Slovak public broadcasters begin UHD tests

Czech Republic public TV provider Ceska Televize (CT) and Slovakian public broadcaster RTVS are due to begin test broadcasts of Ultra HD content. CT and RTVS, in partnership with Czech digital infrastructure provider Ceske Radiokomunikace, will lead the first Ultra HD broadcast trial via SES’s Astra 3B satellite at the orbital slot of 23.5 degrees […]

Fashion TV stages European rollout

Fashion Television has launching its European feed on Astra satellites at orbital position 19.2 degrees, as well as on Intelsat’s Hotbird. The broadcaster took over the frequencies formerly occupied by New York-based Fashion One as a result of an agreement between the two networks. “Fashion Television is excited about its launch in Europe, especially on an existing […]

TurkShow goes live in Western Europe via Astra

Germany-based TV channel TurkShow is now broadcasting across Western Europe via Astra at the 19.2 degrees East orbital position. The channel aims to cater to the 6.5 million Turkish people living in Europe and delivers films, series, and lifestyle programmes that reflect the Turkish culture. The free-to-air channel mainly consists of Turkish-language programmes and some […]

M7 ups SES capacity to boost Czech and Slovakian HD output

Luxembourg-based satellite TV provider M7 Group has extended its existing capacity contract with SES to expand the HD channel offering in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. M7 has taken additional capacity on Astra’s 23.5° East position and will use this to up the HD output of its Skylink DTH platform, which reaches more than two […]

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