As a result, millions of satellite TV households across the continent will continue to watch SD and HD content. The public broadcasters that have signed contracts directly with SES include ARD and ZDF in Germany, BBC in the UK, BVN in the Netherlands, as well as TV5Monde and France 24 from France via its partner Globecast.
SES’s satellites at the prime orbital slots of 19.2 degrees East and 28.2 degrees East currently reach more than 89 million satellite TV homes.
Commenting on the agreements, Steve Collar, CEO at SES, said: “Delivering TV programmes with reliable information and quality entertainment is important, especially in times of crisis. We are very pleased to help ARD, ZDF, BBC, TV5Monde, France 24 and BVN — some of the biggest names in European broadcasting — reach as many people as possible with their public service offering.
“Satellite is an invaluable distribution resource today and it will remain so in the future, providing broadcasters with the largest reach, unmatched reliability, bandwidth efficiency and the ability to deliver superior content quality to millions of TV households in Europe”.