Satellite Stories

The SES podcast series

Pop on your headphones and tune in to “Satellite Stories” as our host Kristina Smith-Meyer discusses what matters most to our partners and customers and explores how the services SES provide really make a difference.

Episode 14: Ethiosat Part II – TV studio to living room; Ethiosat in practice

Meet the Ethiopian television producers, presenters and viewers all benefiting from using the Ethiosat TV platform. Part two of this short series on Satellite Stories podcast explores how SES collaborated with local broadcasters and associations to provide high quality, HD content across Ethiopia.

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Episode 13: Ethiosat Part I

For decades, Ethiopians only had access to unreliable and inconsistent quality television content. Now with a new specially created platform - Ethiosat is finally enabling local broadcasters to deliver locally produced and focused content, at HD quality to viewers nationwide.
In this episode, we travel to Addis Ababa to meet local broadcasters, members of the Ethiopian Broadcast Association, trainers empowering local satellite dish installers with the skills they need, and hear first-hand how ordinary Ethiopians are finding work on and off-screen.

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Episode 12: O3b mPOWER – Cruise & Maritime

Keeping cargo crew and cruise passengers connected has become a given, not a luxury. Whether considering the welfare of officers out at sea for months and months, or holidaymakers wanting to share their photos with friends and family back home - SES is committed to developing cutting-edge solutions for connectivity aboard.
So why does SES think MEO is the right path for its maritime customers? And how will O3b mPOWER help the team up their game?

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Technology

Episode 11: O3b mPOWER – Technology

What does O3b stand for? Why is SES investing in MEO over LEO? And what inspired the engineering and technical development behind SES’s upcoming project - O3b mPOWER?

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Episode 10: O3b mPOWER: Governments

Episode 10: O3b mPOWER – Governments

From analysing firefighters health data to managing a complex election process in land-locked Burkino Faso. Satellites deliver the real time data essential to government operations. This time we look at how O3b is being used by governments across the world, and how SES’s new offering, O3b mPOWER, will offer government customers even more flexibility - on private and public networks - when it comes to staying connected.

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Episode 09: O3b mPOWER: Oil Rigs & The Energy Sector

Episode 09: O3b mPOWER – Oil Rigs & The Energy Sector

Continuing our mini series on O3b mPOWER, today we meet Morten Hansen, VP of Commercial Maritime & Energy Sales at SES.
From Skyping on a ship in Brazil, to dangling from a helicopter basket above the Norwegian Sea, Morten looks at how O3b is used by maritime businesses today and an insight into working out at sea on oil rigs, drilling platforms and vessels.

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Episode 08: O3b mPOWER: Cloud Based Partnerships

Episode 08: O3b mPOWER – Cloud Based Partnerships

The importance of offering reliable and secure public and private cloud based services is something SES is continuing to build upon. On this episode of Satellite Stories, we discuss why global strategic partnerships are key for growing our cloud-based service offerings - and why more of the services end users are relying upon are based on this mysterious thing called ‘the cloud’.

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Episode 07: A little black box to wallpaper TV & Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Episode 07: A little black box to wallpaper TV & Tokyo 2020 Olympics

What’s the future role of the TV in your living room? How big a difference does screen quality really make? And what's all the buzz about with regards to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics being filmed in 8k? Martin Feahnrich, Panasonic’s standardisation manager, explains how television tech has, and will continue to change.

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Episode 06: Football, Copa America and Broadcasting in Brazil

Episode 06: Football, Copa America and Broadcasting in Brazil

How do you make sure millions of football fans can watch their team play without having a golden ticket to the game? Join us in Brazil to see how SES's OU Flex is being used first-hand by broadcasters - and end users - during the Copa America 2019.

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Episode 05: Snow Volleyball and OU Flex

How do you live stream niche sports in the Austrian alps? Or ensure breaking news can be reported in a remote location asap? One of the many services SES offers is OU Flex. On this episode we take you on a mountain bike ride, hovercraft racing and a trip to the European Snow Volleyball Championships. Pop on your headphones to enjoy the journey!

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Episode 04: Online Video Streaming and OTT

Episode 04: Online Video Streaming and OTT

BBC iPlayer, Netflix, SkyGo - a handful of online video services we're all likely to have used in the last few months. Today, we no longer rely on viewing our favourite TV show live in our living room. On this episode Markus Placho, VP of video products at SES, runs us through why and how new video services have reshaped the way SES works, and the way our clients work with us.

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Episode 03: The Future of Inflight Entertainment

Episode 03: The Future of Inflight Entertainment

Personalised passenger experience, watching films in 4k and closing the gap between life on the ground with life in the air... Just a few of the insights offered by Gustavo Nader, head of strategy for Thales InFlyt Experience. But what role does SES play when it comes to improving connectivity in the clouds? Tune in and find out!

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Episode 02: Market Research - Why it Matters to SES

Episode 02: Market Research - Why it Matters to SES

"Applying common sense to number madness" That's how Ricardo Topham, Senior Market & Business Analyst at SES describes his job. It's a role which sees him travel the world - finding out what matters most to our customers and seeing first-hand how the solutions SES provide really make a difference. From employing locals in remote communities to empowering entrepreneurs, our host unveils the real-life stories of working at the world's largest satellite operator.

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Episode 01: The Story Behind Astra 1B

Episode 01: The Story Behind Astra 1B

On this episode we look into the history of one of SES's geostationary satellites - Astra 1B, launched in 1991. And we discover how the idea of co-location was pivotal in satellite history. Our host meets Ray Sperber - one of the SES engineers behind co-location's initial concept.

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