Event programme

Day 1 – Thursday 26th May

Industry innovation & insights


10:30   Registration and morning coffee


11:00   Welcome & Opening
Karim Michel Sabbagh (SES)



SES Update – Innovating in space and on the ground

This first session of the Industry Days will highlight how SES reacts to a changing industry landscape and continues to innovate with customers and industry partners. Our next satellite launches will significantly enhance our capability to serve traditional and emerging markets in the video, data and government markets while our extended product portfolio beyond transponder bandwidth will support our customers’ business worldwide. Hear about our upcoming launches of HTS satellites, the LuxGovSat initiative, the low latency high throughput services of O3B and how SES will collaborate with industry and customers to create innovation and business opportunities.
Edgar Milic (SES)



Focus topic

The roadmap for High Throughput Satellites (HTS)

Until 2017 SES is planning to launch 6 additional satellites of which 3 will be high throughput satellites providing 36 GHz of incremental transponder bandwidth. For realising these new high throughput satellites an excellent industry collaboration of satellite operators, launchers, manufacturers and research agencies is key. This session will present research and implementation proposals for HTS by the European Space Agency and will outline what equipment is required & available to leverage the advantages of HTS technology. Also hear about what state-of-the-art semiconductor technology does contribute to this segment with latest software defined radio (SDR) chips supporting the DVB-S2X/-RCS2 standards family.


11:45 | ESA: Delivering the path way to High Throughput Satellite systems
Nader Alagha & Domenico Mignolo (European Space Agency)

12:10 | HTS turning point – not all services are equal!
Jo De Loor (Newtec)

12:35 | How advanced silicon is shaping the future of HTS
Gil Shacham (Satixfy)


13:00   Lunch


Keynote presentation: Why the future of TV is TV

Anthony Lilley will explore the current landscape of TV delivery in the context of consumer behaviour which is increasingly driven by a demand for simplicity, immediacy and connectivity. He will use how users find, consume and interact with content to help him consider what this means for innovators in
Anthony Lilley



Focus topic

Application environments for television delivery

Today’s television sets have developed into powerful computers with an integrated large flat screen and DVB-S/C/T front ends. Most of their enhanced functionality is controlled by a software environment that allows the consumer to run applications on them. This session focuses on the increasingly popular Android TV environment that can deliver a new world of applications, content and games into our living rooms. But Android TV also is an OS that can significantly enhance the set top boxes of Pay-TV operators. Hear how a flat screen TV manufacturer has embraced Android TV and how it supports a state-of-the-art service delivery of Pay-TV operators.


14:45 | Why Android Makes a Great Application Platform for Flat screens
Volker Blume (TP Vision)

15:10 | How Pay TV operators can get the best out of Android TV
Alain Carbillet (Bouygues Telecom) / Hervé Creff (iWedia)

15:30   Coffee break


Focus topic

Ultra HD 4K – From market breakthrough to standardisation: What happens next

Ultra HD has started to take off with a plethora of content available on satellite and also via OTT. Basically two important questions are discussed among operators these days: 1. how can the data rates required for top quality delivery of 4K be reduced over time and 2. what additional improvements of the picture quality can be made to increase the “wow effect” to stimulate consumers to embrace Ultra HD more quickly? One important development in the Phase 2 standardisation of Ultra HD is the High Dynamic Range (HDR) feature as it will augment the contrast and ultimately the overall consumer experience with new flat screens having higher luminance intensity. The other development is progress in achieving efficiency improvements with HEVC encoders, a development over time that we already experienced with MPEG-2 and H.264 technology. In this session industry specialists will examine both aspects and brief you about the latest developments and achievements.


16:15 | Overview of the Hybrid Log Gamma HDR system
Richard Salmon (BBC)

16:35 | The compressor: Encoding Ultra HD TV & HDR content for delivery
Jérôme Viéron  (ATEME)

17:00 | HEVC – Big frames – low data rates
Hansgeorg Lichte (T-21 / MediaChoice)

17:20 | Offering your customers a better quality TV delivery
Emmanuel Vigot (Hisilicon)

17:40 | PayTV operators! Upgrade HD STB into a Ultra HD solution
Hyung Lim (DMT)

18:00   Closing comments


18:15    End of day


18:30   Guided bus tour of Luxembourg (optional)


19:30   Evening event hosted by SES



Day 2 – Friday 27th May

Next Generation DTH Technology


08:30   Morning coffee

09:00   Welcome
Wilfried Urner (SES Platform Services)


Focus topic

Next generation multi room implementations

Today’s prosumers request much more than just a television screen connected to a dish, an aerial or a cable service. They demand ubiquitous access to top quality content, not only in the living but throughout their living environment, including home and on the move. Our industry must react to this demand and provide WiFi access to live and Internet TV, simultaneous recording of multiple movies and a fluid changeover from watching a movie in the living room towards continue watching it on the move. Part of such in-home entertainment environment are modern implementation of media players and new concepts for content distribution using IP technology. Hear from leading experts how to design and implement such next generation user experience.


09:10 | Introduction to Sky Q and the ease of integration in any home
Martyn Lee (Sky UK)

09: 30 | Realising live TV on Digital Media Players (DMP)
Alexander Wass (Tara Systems)

09:45 | Live TV experience in hotel rooms and large buildings: SMATV Distribution 2.0
Gil Laifer (FTA Communication Technologies SARL)



Focus topic

European regulation & its impact on our industry

Since 1999 the Radio and Telecommunication Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) directive establishes a regulatory framework for placing and putting respective equipment into service on the free European market. These days industry has to anticipate a new Radio Equipment Directive (RED) which can be considered as a successor to the R&TTE directive. This time such directive will also affect satellite antennas and LNBs. This session will detail relevant aspects of the RED and also outline how SES is working within ETSI to reduce the impact of such new directive for our industry partners.


10:10 | Code RED: ETSI Harmonized Standards for Satellite Broadcast Reception Equipment
Jens Krause (SES)


10:30   Coffee break


Focus topic

SAT>IP – The 2016 agenda

Since its launch the SAT>IP project has enjoyed an exceptionally high industry momentum. Today we work with over 45 industry partners on new products and have also created together with other satellite operators a SAT>IP Alliance to increase the marketing efforts for this relevant technology for the benefits of our customers and industry partners. This session will provide an update of ongoing industry developments related to SAT>IP and showcase some ongoing product developments. Listen to how SAT>IP can enable an operator access to consumers’ portable devices in e.g. coffee shops and in other places that are WiFi enabled.


11:30 | More products & an Industry Alliance: SAT>IP beyond 2016
Tom Christophory (SES)

11:50 | Personal miniTV - Headend@Home@Cloud
Michael Decker (Geniatech)

12:10 | SAT>IP WiFi Hotspot
Malcolm Burrell (Global Invacom)


12:30   Lunch



Focus topic

Innovation and more

This session will present the results of the very first ever industrial product design competition for satellite antennas. With the help of a professional product designer SES ran a competition earlier this year among UK design students to come up with creative ideas on how to improve the form of reflector based antennas. Innovation certainly will remain a key enabler for new products and our commercial success in the market place. Hence we would also like to discuss how we jointly can accelerate innovation in our industry and what will be key topics in the coming 12 months until Industry Days 2017.


14:00 | Innovating the DTH antenna
Tom Christophory (SES)

14:20 | Accelerating access to DTH innovation
Thomas Wrede (SES)


14:45   Q&A

15:15   Closing comments & end of Industry Days 2016

15:30   Coffee and end of Industry Days 2016