SES Astra, DISH and HBO

European satellite operator SES Astra said it will serve as a major hub for content delivery and distribution of the UEFA EURO 2008, which will take place in Austria and Switzerland in June. SES Astra said it will help facilitate TV coverage of the tournament for a number of European broadcasters, helping with signal delivery, temporary satellite transponder capacity for standard definition and HD transmission as well as uplink and downlink services.

According to press reports, HBO has taken DISH Network to federal court in New York concerning allegations that the satellite TV company owes the premium content provider fees and interest for carriage of its programming. There was no comment from DISH on the litigation.