SES has signed multi-year capacity agreements totalling more than €75 million in backlog with several German private and public broadcasters.
The majority of renewals span several years and will enable millions of satellite TV households across Germany to continue watching SD and HD content.
The deals include:
• QVC Germany – the live shopping broadcaster is renewing both SD and HD channels
• Seven.One Entertainment Group – the broadcaster’s channel offering continues to be available in SD
• Media Broadcast Satellite GmbH (MBS) – the provider of global satellite and terrestrial communications services is renewing capacity for SD channels
• ZDF – the public broadcaster is renewing its HD offering
• High View – recently signed an extension with SES and has just launched additional channels
According to SES, the latest video contract extensions illustrate how both private and public broadcasters across Germany are leveraging its satellites at the prime 19.2 degrees East orbital slot to directly reach more than 17 million satellite TV homes, surpassing other satellite or terrestrial operators in the country.
Commenting on the extensions, Norbert Hölzle, global head of media at SES, said: “Whether for news, entertainment, live sports, shopping or public service, audiences continue to demand access to a wide range of high-quality video content.
“The size of these deals and length of the contracts highlight that for both private and public broadcasters the most efficient way to reach millions of households and build the biggest audience is through satellite – today and well into the future”.