SES Astra

NHK World now available on Astra in HD

Channel distributor Japan International Broadcasting has signed a long-term deal with satellite operator SES to broadcast Japanese international channel NHK World TV in HD on the Astra 1KR satellite at the 19.2° East orbital slot. The channel is now available via the satellite, with standard-definition version currently simulcast to allow a transition from SD to […]

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, […]

Sky Deutschland to test Ultra HD via satellite

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland is to launch test transmissions of Ultra HD via satellite in partnership with satellite operator SES Astra to coincide with the forthcoming IFA and IBC trade shows.  Sky will air a test broadcast at 3,840 x 2,160 pixels resolution. The move follows a trial recording of a Bundesliga football match […]

MagtiCom to launch Georgia’s first DTH platform

Georgia’s first domestic DTH platform will launch in January. Telco MagtiCom will use SES Astra satellite capacity at 31.5° East to launch a pay TV service offering SD and HD channels on January 1 2012. David Lee, general director of MagtiCom said: “Together with SES we will accelerate the digitalisation in Georgia. With the excellent […]

Satellite homes pass 17 million in Germany

The number of German households receiving satellite TV services has passed 17 million for the first time, according to satellite operator SES. SES said the number of satellite households in Germany increased to 17.1 million during the first half of the year, while cable homes fell by 260,000 to 17.8 million and DTT homes fell […]

SES and Gazprom boost Russian satellite capacity

The amount of satellite capacity available for Russia has increased thanks to a deal signed between satellite operator SES and Russian fixed satellite service operator Gazprom Space System (GSS). SES has re-located its Astra 1F satellite, previously positioned at 51° East, to the orbital location 55° East. GSS will use 16 Ku-band FSS transponders on […]