It means the news channel will continue to be available from the Astra neighbourhood at 19.2 degrees East position for distribution across Europe.
“We have been working together with our partner Sky News International for many years, and this new agreement strengthens our long-term relationship with UK’s first 24-hour news channel,” said Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Executive Officer, SES Video, SES’s newly-created business unit. “We are delighted to continue to provide Sky News International with access to the largest viewing neighbourhood via our satellite for its distribution across the region.”
The prime orbital position of 19.2 degrees East is a key location for video distribution across Europe. With four satellites at this orbital slot, SES Video broadcasts more than 900 channels to 116 million TV households.
“We are very pleased to extend this agreement with our long-standing partner,” Nathan Parsons, Head of Sky News International. “Working with SES Video means we can rely upon its expertise and extensive distribution solution to make Sky News International available to our viewers across Europe.”
Last month it emerged Fox News was to pull out of the UK market amid disappointing audiences.