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 […]

SES sees big decline in video business

Satellite operator SES’s video business continued to deteriorate in the first quarter, with analysts at Berenberg commenting that the long-term picture was worrying, despite the impact of a one-off loss in the quarter from the end of a wholesale leasing agreement with Echostar. SES’s data business on the other hand continue to perform well, particularly […]

SES extends reach to 355 million homes

Satellite operator SES has said it increased the number of TV households it serves by more than four million to over 355 million in 2018. The results showed an increase in SES’s technical reach in Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and Africa. In Europe, SES serves 167 million TV homes across the continent. The SES fleet […]

SES to distribute Benin channels in digital switchover move

Satellite operator SES has been contracted to provide 15 free-to-air channels to viewers in Benin by the government of the West African country. As part of the agreement some HD channels will be broadcast over the country, which SES says are the first HD channels to be available via digital-terrestrial TV across Africa, making an […]

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