Ińaki Ferreras ©RapidTVNews | 04-08-2011

SES World Skies, a division of satellite company SES, recently announced a new capacity deal with ESPN Brazil sports channel to deliver HD sports content from around the world to homes across the region.

As part of the strategic agreement, ESPN Brazil is utilizing 18MHz of C-band capacity on SES WORLD SKIES’ NSS-806 satellite to distribute one HD and one SD sports channel to cable television transmission stations throughout Latin America. ESPN Brazil now delivers three key channels into Latin America over a combined 27MHz of capacity on NSS-806. ESPN Brazil’s programming will move to the advanced SES-6 satellite, which is scheduled for launch in 2013.

“Our latest agreement with SES World Skies represents a strategic, long-term commitment aimed at consolidating ESPN Brazil’s programming distribution platform with the best satellite operator and spacecraft in the industry,” said Victor Hannoun, Operations and Engineering Director for ESPN Brazil. “SES World Skies’ expertise, reach and reliability is enabling ESPN Brazil to serve virtually every cable household in Latin America.”

“ESPN Brazil’s expanding presence and strategic consolidation aboard NSS-806 reinforces the important role our video neighbourhood is playing throughout Latin America,” said Dolores Martos, Vice President of Sales in Latin America and the Caribbean for SES World Skies. “The great community and reach of NSS-806 and the upcoming advanced SES-6 satellite enables ESPN Brazil to seamlessly distribute their key HD content throughout Brazil, Latin America, the U.S. and Europe.”

The SES-6 satellite, scheduled for launch in 2013, will replace the NSS-806 spacecraft at the core orbital location at 319.5° East and provide a significant capacity expansion. The expanded Ku-band payload of SES-6 will offer substantially enhanced coverage and capacity in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean.

SES World Skies is the global SES division that operates a fleet of 28 satellites - part of the 44 spacecraft of the SES group - delivering services as diverse as television distribution and broadcast, Internet access, data transmission and business and government communications to customers worldwide. The company offers satellite solutions for a host of business and government requirements. SES World Skies comprises a team of customer care and technical professionals located in Princeton (NJ), The Hague, Washington, D.C., Singapore, London, Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Sydney, Accra and Johannesburg.
SES wholly owns the market-leading satellite operators SES Astra and SES World Skies and participations in Ciel in Canada and QuetzSat in Mexico, as well as a strategic participation in satellite infrastructure start-up O3b Networks.