Further satellite capacity at ASTRA 19.2° East
SES ASTRA, an SES GLOBAL company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), has announced today an agreement with TV Vlaanderen for further capacity on ASTRA`s prime orbital position 19.2° East to accommodate the official launch of Belgium’s first direct-to-home (DTH) bouquet. In addition to the channels of Flemish public broadcaster VRT, the bouquet of TV Vlaanderen now consists of all Flemish private channels including VTM, Kanaal2, JIM, VT4, VIJFtv, Vitaya, and KanaalZ.
Alexander Oudendijk, Chief Commercial Officer of SES ASTRA, said: “We are very pleased to be working closely with TV Vlaanderen for the roll-out of Belgium’s first DTH bouquet. By signing-up both the Flemish public and private channels, TV Vlaanderen has a strong base for further growth. We are confident that Flemish viewers will appreciate the benefits of the ASTRA satellite system as the most attractive reception mode for digital TV.”
Kurt Pauwels, Managing Director of TV Vlaanderen, added: “For the first time, Flemish viewers can watch Flemish public and commercial channels via satellite at low cost. Thanks to our collaboration with SES ASTRA, our subscribers will have access to more than 400 radio and TV channels on ASTRA and will benefit from the reliability and the quality of the ASTRA satellite transmission”.
About SES ASTRA
The ASTRA Satellite System is the leading Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite system in Europe, delivering services to some 107 million Direct-to-Home and cable households. The ASTRA satellite fleet currently comprises 13 satellites, transmitting in excess of 1600 analogue and digital television and radio channels as well as multimedia and Internet services. ASTRA's two prime orbital positions for DTH services are 19.2° East and 28.2° East. Professional services such as Direct-to cable (DTC), Satellite Newsgathering (SNG) and Occasional Use are offered from the orbital position of 23.5° East.
SES ASTRA is an SES GLOBAL company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG). SES GLOBAL wholly owns three market-leading satellite operators, SES ASTRA in Europe, SES AMERICOM in the US and New Skies Satellites in regions other than North America and Europe. The Company also holds strategic participations in AsiaSat in Asia, Star One in Latin America, SES Sirius in Europe, Ciel in Canada and Quetzsat in Mexico. Americom Government Services provides network solutions and bandwidth to the US government and its contractors. SES GLOBAL provides outstanding satellite communications solutions via a fleet of 43 satellites across the globe.
About TV VLAANDEREN
TV-VLAANDEREN is a new digital TV platform exclusively targeting the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders in Northern Belgium. TV-VLAANDEREN offers a mix of Flemish and International channels that viewers receive in the highest digital quality throughout the region with an easy to install satellite set. An extensive dealer network distributes the necessary equipment. TV-VLAANDEREN is associated to CANALDIGITAAL, ASTRA’s DTH platform for the Netherlands providing already over 600.000 TV homes with a bouquet of Dutch and international channels.
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