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Channel 4 and SES extend satellite carriage contract

A "multi-year" extension secures the availability of Channel 4 services on satellite.

British and Irish viewers will continue to enjoy reliable reception of Channel 4 programmes following a multi-year extension agreement at 28.2/28.5°East with SES.

Under the agreement, Channel 4 will renew transponder capacity on SES’s ASTRA 2E and 2G satellites to transmit a "full line-up of services" for the British and Irish markets.

Keith Underwood, Chief Operating Officer of Channel 4 said:
"We have been relying on SES’s services for 20 years and are very pleased to extend our partnership. This is an important element in our strategy to enable high quality, reliable broadcast entertainment for our viewers across the UK and Ireland.”

Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Executive Officer of SES Video, added:
"We are committed to supporting Channel 4’s DTH strategy and business in the UK and Ireland for the long term. The orbital position of 28.2/28.5 degrees East is our prime neighbourhood to provide programming to this key market area, where we serve over 19 million TV homes in the UK and Ireland. We are delighted to continue delivering Channel 4’s content from this location.”

Signals from Channel 4 on SES Astra satellites are used by Sky and Freesat EPGs. Unfortunately, unlike many continental broadcasters, there's no indication of any longer term plan to migrate to HD only broadcasts: incidentally all new Sky and Freesat receivers would support an HD only environment, with any older non-HD TVs able to benefit from a downscaled image.