SES renews €1.2bn credit line; starts Brazil DTH
June 27, 2019
By Chris Forrester
SES has renewed its €1.2 billion line of credit in a 5-year agreement (extendable to 2026) with its existing lenders and at a lower rate of interest.
SES has also announced that it has started serving DTH viewers across Brazil and now receive some of the country’s most popular channels such as TV Cultura via SES’s new Ku-band free-to-air solution on the SES-10 satellite located at 67 degrees West.
To ensure that TV viewers can easily access these channels, broadcasters can send their content to SES’s teleport in the city of Hortolândia and uplink to the satellite’s Ku-band capacity. Regional channel affiliates and TV viewers will only need to buy an easily available DVB-S2 compatible set top box to receive the signals from SES-10 and can use more affordable and easier-to-install 60cm to 75cm antennas.
SES said in a press release: “TV Cultura, among other channels and content owners, have been testing SES’s newest Ku-band uplink and are reaping the benefits of getting to market faster and being able to broadcast to millions of viewers at a lower investment cost. Broadcasters and radio operators will also be able to leverage the Ku-band distribution solution.”