Astra 1N, the latest satellite to be launched into the SES fleet, is scheduled to lift off tonight from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana on board an Ariane 5 ECA rocket.
The Ukrainian multiplex operator Zeonbud has chosen SES Astra to provide capacity at the 31.5 degrees East orbital position for its DTT network, which will start to roll out its service in September.
SES Astra has signed a capacity agreement with Telekom Srbija for the DTH transmission of the public TV channels RTS Sat and Radio Beograd in Serbia.
SES Astra is interested in supporting and participating in Romania’s transition to digital broadcasting, according to Martin Ornass-Kubacki, VP and chief regional officer, Astra CEE.
SES Astra has signed an agreement with Slovakia’s Towercom for an additional transponder on its 23.5 degrees East orbital position.
SES Astra has extended its technical reach across Europe and now serves 135 million TV homes – equivalent to half the total – across the continent and North Africa via its satellite fleet.
HD+, the SES-Astra backed platform for commercial HDTV in Germany, is making significant progress.
SES Astra has announced today that it has signed an agreement with Italian network operator Tivuitalia for capacity on its 31.5 degrees East orbital position. Tivuitalia will use the capacity for contribution services, enabling the transmission of digital TV and radio signals to its digital terrestrial network in Italy.
Bulgaria will see the launch of a new DTH platform on February 1. Operated by a company named Satellite BG AD, it will employ three transponders at the 23.5 degrees East position and mark SES Astra’s entry into the increasingly attractive Bulgarian TV marketplace.
The German public broadcaster ARD has signed agreements with Eutelsat and SES Astra to bring its main channel Das Erste to German soldiers serving in Afghanistan.