Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland to Continue Broadcasting in SD with SES on ASTRA 19.2
Viewers across Germany will continue receiving all standard definition channels from RTL Deutschland
Luxembourg, 9 January 2020 – Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland GmbH, one of the leading private broadcasters in Germany, has renewed its standard definition (SD) distribution agreement with the satellite operator SES, SES announced today.
The complete free TV channel package of the Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland will continue to be available via SES’s ASTRA satellites at the prime orbital location of 19.2 degrees East, which reaches 118 million TV homes across Europe. The channel line-up includes RTL, VOX, ntv, NITRO, RTLplus, SUPER RTL, TOGGO plus and RTLZWEI, as well as the regional programmes. The new channel VOXup, which was launched on 1 December 2019, is also part of the agreement. All broadcasts will be transmitted in the MPEG-2 SD format till 2024.
Andre Prahl, Head of Programme Distribution of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland said, “With this new agreement, we are ensuring that our free TV stations retain their high reach via satellite and can continue to offer the free-to-air programme portfolio in SD quality via satellite to our viewers.”
“This agreement reemphasises that SD is an important distribution platform for the foreseeable future in German,” said Christoph Mühleib, Managing Director of ASTRA Deutschland GmbH. “We are pleased to continue supporting Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland to deliver this service.”
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SES is the world’s leading satellite operator with over 70 satellites in two different orbits, Geostationary Orbit (GEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). It provides a diverse range of customers with global video distribution and data connectivity services through two business units: SES Video and SES Networks. SES Video reaches over 355 million TV homes, through Direct-to-Home (DTH) platforms and cable, terrestrial, and IPTV networks globally. SES Video delivers a full suite of innovative end-to-end value-added services for both linear and digital distribution, and includes the ASTRA satellite system, which has the largest DTH television reach in Europe. SES Networks provides global managed data services, connecting people in a variety of sectors including telecommunications, maritime, aeronautical, and energy, as well as governments and institutions across the world. The SES Networks portfolio includes GovSat, a 50/50 public-private partnership between SES and the Luxembourg government, and O3b, the only non-geostationary system delivering fibre-like broadband services today. Further information is available at: www.ses.com