NAB 2011: SES World Skies Inks Multiple Agreements

It has been a busy, productive year so far for SES World Skies, which has signed multiple contracts to expand its services to both government and broadcasters. These include a capacity-extension agreement with TIBA to enable the distribution of an expanding channel lineup across Latin America through 2030 and a multiyear, multitransponder agreement that covers all 12 Ku-band transponders on the India beam of the SES-7 satellite to support the growth and expansion of India’s thriving DTH market.

The company has also been heavily involved in developing a test platform to allow its clients to experiment with a wide range of 3D-delivery variables.

Participants in the test platform contribute content and also get to share in the relevant research from other contributors. Three satellite transponders are used for the platform, and a downlink facility in Princeton, NJ, plays out the content through various encoders and transcoders. Two identical monitors are then used for comparing material.

“The test platform is designed for realistic end-to-end testing of 3D,” says Alan Young, SVP/CTO for SES World Skies. “We can simulate practically any distribution infrastructure and its impact on 3D content.”

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