Editor ©RapidTVNews | 18-07-2011


Just as it was announcing the successful launch of the SES-3 satellite, the 45thin its fleets, SES has announced a win with Pacific Television Center moving to the SES World Skies platform.

Put into space on board an ILS Proton launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the SES-3 is now in a geostationary transfer orbit and will replace its existing AMC-1 satellite at the orbital position of 103 degrees West, a highly sought after location in the Centre of the North American arc, from where it will provide coverage of North America and the Caribbean over a design life of 15 years.

The hybrid satellite carries 24 Ku-Band transponders (36 MHz) and 24 C-Band transponders which will provide service to blue-chip US TV networks broadcasting to over 4,350 cable head-ends in the US.

Boosting further its TV business in the country, SES's World Skies division has just announced a new capacity deal on two SES satellites with transmission and live production provider Pacific Television Center aimed at expanding and enhancing the delivery of Trinity Broadcasting Networks’ Christian-based programming around the world. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) is the world’s largest religious network and America’s most watched and requested faith channel.

“We have broadened our distribution footprint and power and the introduction of MPEG-4 is enabling Trinity Broadcasting audiences to enjoy a much sharper picture”

As part of the five-year agreement, Pacific Television Center will use MPEG-4 technology and capacity on a global C-band transponder aboard SES’ NSS-9 satellite to distribute Trinity’s 4 channels of network programming to audiences across the Pacific Ocean Region. Pacific Television Center is also leveraging C-band capacity aboard the NSS-5 spacecraft, enabling Trinity to reach viewers in the Americas, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Pacific Television Center is using 24 MHz of capacity aboard the two advanced satellites.

“We are providing Trinity Broadcasting with significantly better reach, reliability and picture quality,” commented Howard Fine, Vice President of Broadcast Services, Pacific Television Center. “We have broadened our distribution footprint and power and the introduction of MPEG-4 is enabling Trinity Broadcasting audiences to enjoy a much sharper picture,” Fine added.