SES Reaches 312 Million TV Homes Worldwide, 1.1 Billion People
SES has increased its reach in 2014 to 312 million TV homes worldwide and thus reaches 1.1 billion people worldwide with its services. This represents an increase of 7 percent compared to the previous year.
SES’s annual market research, including the detailed Satellite Monitor studies in Europe, shows that the growth is coming from emerging markets of Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America, where SES reaches 7 million, 44 million and 24 million homes respectively. In Europe, the household reach has increased to 154 million, and in North America to 84 million.
The direct reach from the SES fleet to satellites TV homes grew from 106 million in 2013 to 125 million worldwide in 2014. While the reach in cable slightly decreased (- 3 percent), the number of IPTV homes fed from SES satellites increased by 21 percent to 38 million.
The SES Satellite Monitor results also illustrate the important role of satellite as an infrastructure and of SES in Europe. Satellite remains the most widespread mode of TV reception in this region, now reaching over 90 million homes directly. With over 64 million SES satellite homes, SES is serving the vast majority of these homes. Europe therefore remains the strongest SES market in terms of direct reach. Germany remains the largest DTH market for SES, with 18 million homes reached by ASTRA, while France remains by far the biggest IPTV market – with now almost 11 million homes, of which 9 million are indirectly served by ASTRA.
The reach figures have also confirmed the HD expansion in Europe, with 47 million satellite homes watching HD in 2014, compared to 38 million the previous year. Of these, 77 percent of the European satellites homes are watching HD from SES satellites. At the end of 2014, SES transmitted more than 6,500 TV channels, over 1,800 of them in HD globally.
“The results of SES’s annual market research and Satellite Monitor studies confirm SES’s leading role as a TV broadcasting infrastructure,” says Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of SES. “We are continuously investing to better serve the broadcasting industry, especially in the emerging markets. As an example, SES-9, scheduled to be launched this year, will expand SES’s capabilities to provide DTH broadcasting in Northeast Asia, South Asia and Indonesia. On the other hand, the results show that the African market is full of opportunities, and we will continue to develop our services to support TV operators and help them grow new audiences. Of course, we also keep our eyes on mature markets such as North America and Europe, where SES will play a key role in Next Generation Video.”
Global Eagle Entertainment and SES sign major capacity deals on three HTS satellites as part of global in-flight connectivity pact
SES and Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) have signed important capacity deals for services on three SES satellites. These agreements are part of a strategic partnership to deliver in-flight connectivity and services to airline passengers around the world.
Under the latest agreements, GEE will utilize Ku-band wide beam and High Throughput Satellite (HTS) spot beam capacity aboard the SES-12, SES-14 and SES-15 satellites. The three spacecraft, currently under construction, are scheduled for launch in 2017.
SES-14 and SES-15 offer a complementary coverage over busy air travel routes across the Americas and North Atlantic regions, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, while SES-12 will serve the burgeoning aeronautical market across Asia and the Middle East. As GEE expands its services to new airlines and regions, it can quickly and seamlessly leverage capacity across the global SES fleet of more than 50 satellites.
“SES continues to make major investments in the expansion and innovation of our global satellite fleet. This helps to ensure that our high-powered spacecraft and coverage are tailored to meet the exciting growth in in-flight connectivity and other mobility markets around the world,” says Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer of SES. “Our collaborative work with GEE is aimed at enabling this in-flight connectivity solutions leader to go anywhere it wants to grow and innovate to meet the needs of airlines and the connectivity demands for passengers on the move.”
SES: Satellites are on the rise
SES sees significant progress in the spacecraft and launch technology as a strong catalyst for the role that satellite plays in global digitization and the roll-out of next generation video and data networks.
In the new White Paper “Creating Space – The Satellite Revolution” published by SES, the satellite operator summarizes satellite as “a proven technology that has built a stunning track record over more than a generation and is now making another quantum leap into a new era of connectivity”.
The White Paper describes three key elements of the “new mantra for satellites”: lightness in weight, efficiency in beams and speed to market, and details how electric propulsion, digital on-board processors and modular production of satellites will benefit the industry.
This new thinking — the design and manufacture of satellites, coupled with the recent revamp of the satellite launch industry — has already resulted in the first benefits for the satellite industry. With Orbital Transfer Vehicles set to be commercially feasible in the near future, “the upside potential to play a key role in the world´s ongoing digitization is dramatic”, concludes SES.