SES has added two Turkish channels from Istanbul media company Istanbul FM. The new customer will use SES satellite capacity at 31.5 degrees East for the free-to-air transmission of the two TV channels plus two radio services. They can all be received in Turkey with standard Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite dishes.
“The agreement is a significant step into the fast growing Turkish market,” said Ferdinand Kayser, CCO of SES. “This market has become increasingly important for us. At the same time, our new partnership confirms the attractiveness of 31.5 degrees East for customers in growth markets. We will continue to extend our presence in Turkey and create an attractive neighbourhood for our broadcasting customers.”
The deal is an important one for SES, given that both Eutelsat and TurkSat traditionally dominate the supply of channels into the country.