Only 7% growth in HD channels last year
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- 02-02-17, 11:39 AM #1
Only 7% growth in HD channels last yearSatellite operator SES has confirmed a 7% growth in the number of HD channels being carried on its satellite over the course of the past year.
In total, 33% of all TV channels carried on SES satellites are now in high definition. SES satellite include the Astra satellites serving Europe, such as the Astra 2 satellite cluster providing Sky and Freesat homes in the UK and Ireland with television and radio services.
Globally, SES now carries 27% of all HD channels. In addition, over 60% of all channels on SESís fleet are now broadcast in the newer MPEG-4 compression standard.
The on-going trend of increasing HDTV penetration in Europe was the key driver of SESís overall HDTV development, where the number of HDTV channels grew by 14% to more than 750 channels. This performance was complemented by the growth in HDTV across the Americas.
SES is also continuing to maintain its strong momentum in the introduction of commercial agreements now secured for 21 UHD channels, compared with eight channels a year ago. Today, SES is broadcasting nearly 50% of all the UHD channels carried over satellite globally.
Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer of SES said:
Through the growth of its channels portfolio and through major acquisitions in 2016, SES is exceptionally well placed to leverage major growth opportunities, especially in new and emerging markets. Our current launch programme is a dynamic engine for this future growth. With more and more channels being broadcast in HD and Ultra HD, 2017 and beyond will see continued growth and accelerated development for SESís video segment.
- 03-02-17, 06:05 PM #2
Re: Only 7% growth in HD channels last year
I haven't counted them for a while, but the number of HD channels available through Sky has gradually grown too. Admittedly we've lost the Box Office channels, but they've been replaced with the on-line service 'Sky Store' instead.
So how many HD channels does Sky now have on their EPG? 94.
Where I am there are 14 on Freeview (Sky News is only available in SD on Freeview ). On FreeSat I could only count 13.
These figures don't include the regional variations which are on the Satellite planners, not RB HD which wasn't available at this moment.
PlusNet Fibre since Jan 2021
Previously Sky Fibre & Sky BB since 2010.