UHD TV penetration seeing ‘phenomenal’ growth in UK, says SES

UHD TV set penetration is growing phenomenally fast in the UK, according to satellite operator SES’s latest Satellite Monitor survey, an online presentation of which was webcast this morning. Satellite remains the leading platform in the UK, surveyed for the first time since 2016. Some 12.9 million homes use OTT TV as a complement to […]

SES results in line with expectations, but crisis presents challenges

Satellite operator SES has posted Q1 results broadly in line with expectations, but remains vulnerable to the coronavirus-related slowdown, according to analysts. SES posted revenues of € 478.9 million, in line with prior period on a reported basis but down 1.9% at constant currency. Underlying revenue was down 2.2%, with core video revenue down 7.8% […]

SES satellites grow their reach

The number of homes reached directly or indirectly by satellite operator SES grew by 12 million last year to 367 million, according to the operator’s latest Satellite Monitor market research. Direct-to-home satellite and cable reception grew by nine million in 2019 to 153 million and 149 million homes respectively. IPTV and terrestrial TV distribution via […]

SES names new chairman as Bausch steps down

Satellite operator SES has named Frank Esser as chairman, replacing the company’s one-time CEO Romain Bausch. Bausch, chairman of the SES Board and former President and CEO, told shareholders that he would not seek a new mandate as chairman, but will remain on the Board as an independent director. In its meeting following the AGM, […]

C-band plan presents risks and rewards for satellite operators

Satellite operators with C-band rights stand to share about US$9.7 billion (€8.9 billion) to clear 300MHz of spectrum for reallocation to 5G mobile under proposals outlined by the FCC at the end of last week – which places the allocation in the middle of expectations about how much the operators stood to gain.   Analysts […]

Ethiosat launches as Ethiopia’s first dedicated TV platform

Ethiosat has launched the country’s first dedicated TV platform dedicated to the country’s most popular channels. Ethiosat has been launched as a result of agreements between the Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters (AEB), the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), satellite operator SES. Ethiosat is hosted on SES’s NSS-12 satellite at 57 degrees East and delivers over 30 […]

SES hit by declining video business

Satellite operator SES last week reported first half revenues of €961.4 million, down 5.1% at constant currency, with video revenues plummeting by 9.9% to €658.5 million in what the company admitted was a “challenging” market for video services. EBITDA was €584.5 million, down 8.4% at constant currency. Despite the headline figures, CEO Steve Collar described […]

SES ‘too optimistic’ on future prospects

Satellite operator SES’s full-year financial guidance is “too optimistic” and the operator faces further challenges to its video business and has been over-bullish about the projected upside from re-farming C-band spectrum in the US, according to an assessment by analysts at investment bank Berenberg. Berenberg has cut its estimates for SES revenues this year by […]

Sky Deutschland and MX1 expand collaboration

SES subsidiary and global solutions provider of media services MX1 has announced that Sky Deutschland has agreed to a new service agreement extension with the company. The agreement will see the scope of MX1’s contingency service expanded to include Sky Deutschland’s OTT signals as well as its main broadcasts. The MX1 Broadcast Centre will simultaneously […]

HD Plus hails ‘positive’ consumer response to HbbTV Op App

Consumer feedback from the recent launch of German satellite platform HD Plus’s HbbTV Op App solution had been “really positive” so far, according to Wilfried Urner, the SES-owned outfit’s CEO. Speaking on a panel at ANGA COM in Germany, Urner said that the introduction of the operator app had given HD Plus a chance to […]

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