Satellite operator SES has renewed its multi-year capacity deal with Sky UK.
According to SES, Sky has once again extended contracts to use a number of its satellite transponders, with the contracts extended until the end of 2028.
This means that Sky will continue to use SES’s Astra 2 satellites at 28.2 and 28.5°E, for their standard definition, high definition, and ultra-high definition channels.
This is despite Sky launching a couple of internet based services such as Sky Glass and the upcoming Sky ‘puck’, both of which eliminate the need for satellite reception. And proves that satellite is still popular and the best method for mass distribution of content.
Patrick Behar, Chief Business Officer at Sky commented on the contract renewal saying:
“We have a strong, long-term partnership with SES and are pleased to extend that further with this agreement. Satellite delivery has been the foundation of our TV business and it will continue to play an important role in our future. “
Steve Collar, CEO of SES added:
Having been partners with Sky UK for almost four decades, this new multi-year, multi-transponder renewal underscores the importance of satellite in delivering premium viewing experiences amid the evolving TV landscape. As Europe’s leading media and entertainment company, Sky remains the thought-leader in our industry and we are excited to continue to support Sky in their mission to deliver the very best content at the highest levels of quality and reliability, reaching millions of subscribers sustainably and cost effectively.”
Other broadcasters, like BBC ITV C4, Five, Discovery have also signed similar carriage extensions with SES, to around 2028, which is around the time that the current batch of UK TV satellites, Astra 2e, Astra 2f and Astra 2G are scheduled to be replaced. Personally I expect there to be two replacement UK TV satellites, Astra 2H and Astra 2I, due to the fact that any of the old SD channels should be able to be closed down as more people move to HD receivers, and “+1” channels be removed due to the content being made available online.