SES has signed a long-term renewal with Channel 5 for one transponder that it is using on the ASTRA Satellite System at 28.2 degrees East. SES owns and operates the ASTRA Satellite System.
As a key UK public service broadcaster, Channel 5 broadcasts a wide variety of programming, from its own news service to current affairs, sport and children’s programmes, as well as documentaries and lifestyle programmes, reality television and American drama. Channel 5 regularly attracts 45 million viewers a month and is available through Astra 28.2 degrees East on both the pay-TV platform Sky and the free-TV offer Freesat.
SES has also signed a long-term extension of its framework agreement with Groupe Canal+, the leading French pay television operator. This agreement extends the duration of Canal+’s entire capacity of 24 transponders on the SES fleet at the prime orbital position Astra 19.2 degrees East. Canal+ recently contracted its 24th transponder on the Astra Satellite System in order to further enlarge its HD line-up. The transponder was previously utilised in the German market.