DTH satellite TV is the most used reception method for TV content in Germany, according to the Astra TV-Monitor 2020.
Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES is bundling its activities in the German-language market and placing its B2B and B2C business with the operational brands Astra Deutschland and HD+ under the leadership of long-time SES manager Norbert Hölzle.
There’s been a fall in the number of Ultra High Definition services broadcast over SES satellites.
German public broadcaster WDR will transmit all regional windows of its TV channel WDR Fernsehen in HD quality on Astra (19.2° East) from March 3, 2021.
Sky UK has extended its contract with SES for satellite capacity in a new agreement that will add over €90 million in secured backlog.
SES has announced that the Ethiosat platform is now broadcasting all channels of the Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters (AEB) and the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) exclusively.
Japan International Broadcasting (JIB), a subsidiary of the Japanese pubcaster NHK and official distributor of NHK World-Japan, has renewed its multi-year contract with SES for satellite capacity.
SES has signed multi-year capacity agreements totalling over €66 million in backlog with multiple public broadcasters in Europe throughout 2020.
Industry group SAT>IP Alliance has put its activities on hold, a spokesman confirmed to Broadband TV News.
Ethiopia has unveiled 1 January 2021 as date for majority of satellite TV channels to migrate to 57 degrees East.