SES announced today that it has signed a long-term extension of its framework agreement with Groupe Canal+, the leading French pay television operator. This agreement extends the duration of Canal+'s entire capacity of 24 transponders on the SES fleet at the prime orbital position ASTRA 19.2 degrees East. Canal+ recently contracted its 24th transponder on the ASTRA Satellite System in order to further enlarge its HD line-up. The transponder was previously utilized in the German market.

"We are delighted to reinforce our long-term partnership with Canal+ and to see their HD offer continually improved," said Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer of SES. "The SES fleet enables the delivery of the highest quality broadcast signals to millions of homes. Our ambition at SES is to support our clients like Canal+ with excellent levels of service reliability thanks to our continued investment in our fleet."