SES looks to share buyback as video business decline slows

Satellite operator SES has announced a €100 million share buyback programme on the back of its sale of C-band spectrum in the US and has reported a slowing down in the decline in its core video business in the first quarter. SES CEO Steve Collar said the buyback programme “reflects our confidence in the long-term […]

SES HD Plus integrates Babeleye EPG solution

Content metadata specialist Babeleye has announced the integration of its EPG solution with SES subsidiary SES HD PLUS Ghana. The product will be integrated with the operator’s new premium HD+ Service. Babeleye and SES HD PLUS said that they have worked with a number of the top Ghanaian local free to air TV channels to […]

SES reaches 360 million TV homes

Satellite operator SES has expanded its reach to more than 360 million TV homes worldwide. The figures were revealed as part of the operator’s annual Satellite Monitor market research, which revealed that SES delivers 8,265 channels to 361 million households worldwide. Europe continues to be the biggest market for SES, where it reaches 170 million […]

Sky and SES renew deal to 2027

Sky has extended its contract with SES for satellite capacity through to 2027. The deal will add over €90 million in secured backlog, with SES delivering Sky UK’s channels in a mix of SD, HD and UHD from the 28.2/28.5 degrees East orbital slots to the operator’s subscribers across the United Kingdom and Republic of […]

Eutelsat and SES: a tale of contrasting fortunes

Satellite operators Eutelsat and SES will experience contrasting fortunes in the near term, with Eutelsat positioned to fare better than its Luxembourg-based rival, according to analysts at Berenberg. According to Berenberg, Eutelsat and SES have diverged strategically over the last few years, with the Paris based operator focusing on generating free cash flow and cultivating […]

SES weathers pandemic to produce solid quarter

Satellite operator SES has announced solid performance for the year to date and is on course to meet its targets for 2020 in spite of the global Covid-19 pandemic. The operator has seen networks revenue increase by 7.5% year-over-year, with video revenue stable for the quarter. The company’s EBITDA was at €883 million, which represents […]

Canal+ signs long-term distribution extension with SES

Vivendi-owned Canal+ has signed a series of long-term agreements with SES for satellite capacity across three regions. The multi-transponder deal will see SES deliver Canal+’s content to more than 10 million subscribers via 9.2 degrees East, 23.5 degrees East and 22 degrees West. SES said that the new contract represents additional secured backlog of over […]

Eutelsat better placed than SES, says Berenberg

Satellite operator Eutelsat is a better bet for investors than rival player SES, according to analysts at Berenberg, who argue that the Paris-based operator’s video business and cash flow, bolstered by its recent contract renewal with anchor customer Sky Italia, place it in a stronger position than its Luxembourg-based competitor. Berenberg says that the Sky […]

SES adds C-band windfall to outlook, sees broadcast revenues drop

Satellite operator SES has included guidance on its expected C-band relocation windfall in the US in its quarterly results for the first time, with proceeds from the US$3.97 billion in accelerated payments now included in its financial projections. SES said that full execution of transition plan underway following unanimous election to accelerate clearing by satellite […]

SES taps Harmonic for upgrades for C-band transition

Satellite operator SES has turned to technology outfit Harmonic for technology upgrades associated with the C-band transition plan filed with the US FCC in June. Harmonic said the pair would work together to fast-track the deployment, to free up spectrum for 5G while enabling SES’s C-band customers to maintain the quality and resilience of video […]

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