37,600 sat-TV channels globally

An interesting stat emerged from the recent SES analysts’ conference which followed on from its results announcement on October 31st. Someone at SES has been number-crunching and with help from the Lyngsat web-site, counted the number of satellite TV channels on air around the world.

The end result is that – at September 30th – there were 37,608 satellite channels on air. SES used the data to claim that it is transmitting more than 17 per cent of this number (6416 channels). They add that 7313 of those channels are in HD, and SES is carrying more than 25 per cent of them (1836).

The actual number of satellite TV channels they are handling has grown by 8 per cent in the past year (from 5967 to 6416) and by almost 1200 over the past two years. In terms of HD channels carried, the number grew by 7 per cent over the past year and by more than 400 over the past two years.

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