During the two-day period of November 6 and 7, a record number of 16 SES satellites provided global coverage of the US presidential elections. SES customers made over 1800 bookings and used SES satellites to dispatch reports to TV stations all around the world.
The SES satellites AMC-9, SES-1, AMC-1, and SES-2 were prime carriers of election coverage in the Americas, as were ASTRA 3B, NSS-7, SES-4 and NSS-806 internationally. Due to the enormous demand, SES brought into use an inclined orbit satellite, AMC-5, to help broadcasters who were unable to find capacity at the last minute.
Samantha McCloskey, Vice-President Global Occasional Use at SES, commented: “The demand for SES occasional use satellite capacity to cover the final showdown between President Barack Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney was phenomenal – and truly global! SES satellites carried live election coverage across the world as we registered over 1500 individual accesses from TV stations across the globe. I would like to thank our customers for entrusting SES with their live coverage, as well as all SES staff who ensured flawless, high-quality transmissions to every corner of the earth with more than 1,200 MHz of satellite capacity simultaneously in use for election coverage at one point.”
To find out more, read the full press release here.