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Sky News to retain Astra 19.2 distribution

Sky News has renewed its agreement with satellite operator SES, enabling viewers across Europe to continue watching the channel.

The international version of Sky News is screened in hotels, resorts and homes across Europe on a free-to-air basis via the Astra 1N satellite at 19.2 E. An extension to the current carriage agreement between Sky and SES will retain that service.

Sky News International broadly simulcasts the UK version of the channel, but with UK ad breaks replaced with additional short features, reports and weather forecasts. It is broadcast in standard definition only.

Confirming the extension to the current arrangement, Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Executive Officer at SES Video said:
“We have been working together with our partner Sky News International for many years, and this new agreement strengthens our long-term relationship with UK’s first 24 hour news channel. We are delighted to continue to provide Sky News International with access to the largest viewing neighbourhood via our satellite for its distribution across the region.”

Meanswhile, the head of Sky News International, Nathan Parsons said:
“We are very pleased to extend this agreement with our long-standing partner. Working with SES Video means we can rely upon its expertise and extensive distribution solution to make Sky News International available to our viewers across Europe.”

Sky News International - free-to-air
Satellite:    Astra 1N (19.2E)
Frequency:    12604
Polarisation: Horizontal
Symbol Rate:  22000
FEC:          5/6
Service ID:   7290
Mode:         DVB-S/QPSK 

(Also carried via Eutelsat Hot Bird, but encrypted.)