Advanced Television


China: SES, Globecast switch CGTN to HD

SES says that three Chinese channels from China Global TV Network will switch to HD transmissions at the end of the year. The channels will continue broadcasting in standard definition until then. The new HD transmissions will be from the SES prime European orbital position of 19.2 degrees east. The expansion comes about because of […]

September 29, 2021By Chris Forrester

SES to broadcast FTA news channel BILD

WeltN24, a subsidiary of Axel Springer, will be launching its new free-to-air, HD news channel, BILD, in August via SES’s prime Astra neighbourhood 19.2 degrees East in a new multi-year capacity agreement. The new agreement will also see SES continue to broadcast Welt and N24 Doku, two channels that are also owned by WeltN24. Additionally, […]

July 21, 2021

Deluxe Music renews SES contract

High View, an independent Munich-based media company, has extended its partnership with SES in a new multi-year contract and secured long-term satellite capacity. High View’s Deluxe Music channel will consequently continue broadcasting on SES’s satellites in SD and HD quality at its prime TV neighbourhood at Astra 19.2 degrees East. Reaching up to four million […]

June 24, 2021By Chris Forrester

Malaysia’s Astro suffers DTH outage

Malaysia’s Astro is suffering the loss of transponder signals on certain channels. The broadcaster said only that it needed more time to fully restore its DTH transmissions. “Astro has been informed by our satellite provider [Measat] that they require more time to fully rectify the satellite signal and channels,” the company said. “Astro regrets to […]

June 23, 2021By Chris Forrester

SES decommissions Astra 2B

SES has moved Astra 2B to a graveyard orbit and well above the standard geo-stationary orbits used by the satellite industry. Launched in September 2000 and was co-located with Astra 2A at 28.2 degrees East, the craft has also served at the core SES hotspot at 19.2 degrees East and 31.5 degrees East over the […]

June 15, 2021By Chris Forrester

SES extends Bibel TV capacity

Satellite operator SES has extended its capacity agreement with German-language religious channel Bibel TV Foundation. Bibel will take extra capacity on SES Astra from its European ‘hot spot’ at 19.2 degrees East. SES says the new agreement is for a multi-year contract.  Viewers in the region will be able to receive Bibel TV’s full programming […]

June 1, 2021By Chris Forrester

Bavaria’s bmt extends SES deal

Satellite operator SES says it has signed a multi-year extension agreement with German regional public broadcaster Bayerische Medien Technik GmbH (bmt) for its 14 free-to-air channels. The agreement extends the existing relationship for HD capacity from Astra’s satellites at 19.2 degrees East. bmt is a subsidiary of the Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien (BLM), the […]

April 27, 2021By Chris Forrester

International partners and Russian partners express ongoing commitment to space activities

Twenty-five years ago, on April 9, 1996, a combined Russian, American and European team made space history with the first launch of a Western satellite onboard a Russian rocket. The Proton launch vehicle carried the ASTRA 1F satellite for SES of Luxembourg, to geosynchronous transfer orbit with an early morning liftoff from Baikonur Cosmodrome in […]

April 9, 2021

M7 brings Love Nature & Travelxp to Hungary, Romania

Luxembourg-based M7 Group, owned by Canal+, has concluded agreements with both global wildlife and nature brand Love Nature and travel channel Travelxp for distribution in Hungary and Romania. As a result, Love Nature and Travelxp are 24/7 and in HD available via the M7 platforms Direct One (Hungary) and Focus Sat (Romania) at 1 degree […]

March 22, 2021

WDR expands HD capacity with SES

German public broadcaster Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), regional member of the ARD broadcasting group operating in North Rhine-Westphalia, has expanded its partnership with SES to secure an additional transponder for HD programming on ASTRA 19.2 degrees East orbital position in a multi-year contract. Starting March 3rd, viewers in the region will be able to receive WDR’s […]

February 26, 2021