SES signs Eurovision sports deal
By...Julian Clover

SES has signed a multi-year capacity deal to provide live transmission of international sports events for Eurovision.

The contract with the sports and news events distribution department of the European Broadcasting Union will provide live coverage of events from and to North America, Latin America and Europe.

Eurovision is increasing capacity to 54 MHz and using the SES teleport and the NSS-806 satellite to broadcast the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (which begin August 29) to TV audiences across Latin America.

Located at 40.5 degrees West, NSS-806 is among several SES satellites providing the EBU, BBC and other broadcasters, extensive coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games into North America, Latin America and throughout Europe.

The capacity will also be used for the contribution and distribution of major 2013-2014 sporting events in high-definition (HD) such as Tour de France, Formula One, European and Latin American Football including 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. This will enable sports fans in three continents to watch all races and matches live.