SES announced today that the new French sports channels, BeIN Sport 1 and BeIN Sport 2, are broadcast throughout France from the ASTRA 19.2 degrees East orbital position. The channels are available as an option to subscribers to CanalSat and Orange TV. SES owns and operates the ASTRA Satellite System, which reaches more than six million satellite homes in France.
The encrypted two new channels –both transmitted in High Definition (HD) and in Standard Definition (SD) – are broadcast using satellite capacity contracted by GlobeCast. GlobeCast took up additional SES capacity and uses capacity that had already been contracted. With GlobeCast as a technical partner, the prime 19.2 degrees East orbital position allows BeIN Sport to optimize its reach and deliver its new sports TV programmes and events live in high broadcast quality to millions of households across France. French households pointing their dish to 19.2 degrees East will be able to watch the full set of matches of the French soccer Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, the Champions League, the Europa League, the Liga, and also Serie A and Bundesliga, as well as many other attractive sports.
“We are proud that BeIN Sport has chosen SES satellite capacity to launch its sports channels in France. These new channels reinforce our international line-up on 19.2 degrees East and once again demonstrate that leading global broadcasters rely on SES’ expertise and fleet to reach important markets in Europe," said Norbert Hölzle, Senior Vice President Sales Europe at SES.