ARTE TO BROADCAST ITS FIRST GERMAN HIGH DEFINITION PROGRAMME ON ASTRA
05.07.2006

SES ASTRA, an SES GLOBAL company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), has announced that the German-French public channel Arte will broadcast for the first time in High Definition (HD) quality in Germany. Arte will show Georges Bizet’s famous opera “Carmen” from the national opera-house in Berlin today at 7 pm.

”We are very pleased that our partner Arte has chosen SES ASTRA to broadcast its first HD programme in German”, said Alexander Oudendijk, Chief Commercial Officer of SES ASTRA. “We have played a major role in the creation and the development of HDTV and we will keep on promoting and supporting our partners for the great benefit of the TV viewers. Today, SES ASTRA is the leading delivery platform for HDTV in Europe.”

“We recently succeeded in showing some important HDTV events in France, but it is the first time that Arte provides the German TV viewers with such a high quality programme”, explains Dr. Gottfried Langenstein, Vice-President of Arte. “We are very happy to share this exciting moment with our long-term partner SES ASTRA and we hope to be able to provide more HD programmes to our viewers in the near future”.