SES S.A. announced today that MX1, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, has signed a multi-year agreement with Discovery Networks Germany, Eurosport’s parent company, to handle technical services and satellite transmission of the Eurosport 1HD channel on HD+, SES’s German HD platform. MX1’s services include encoding, uplink and delivery in HD via an ASTRA satellite at 19.2 degrees East. The Eurosport 1HD channel was added to the HD+ package on 1 December 2016, increasing its encrypted HDTV offering to 23 channels, in addition to 35 free-to-air HD channels.
“We are very pleased to support Discovery Networks Germany in making Eurosport 1HD available for HD+ customers via satellite. Satellite dissemination offers networks such as Discovery a reliable way to reach a large number of eyeballs throughout Germany. MX1 services contribute to broadcasters being able to present their content in the best possible quality and on every screen,” said Christoph Mühleib, Vice President Sales and Marketing DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) at SES.
“Our viewers want programmes rich in content and delivered in top quality. By incorporating Eurosport 1HD into the HD+ offer, we now provide our satellite customers with another channel in our portfolio, thanks to our longtime partner MX1. MX1 is a one-stop shop that offers us a comprehensive range of highly optimized media services, as well as unrivalled distribution services for our video content,” said Alberto Horta, acting CEO and Vice President Strategy & Commercial Development Discovery Networks Deutschland.