|[April 16, 2012]
NASA TV Reaches Bigger Audience with Encompass and SES
LUXEMBOURG & LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)--
SES (News - Alert) (Paris:SESG)(LuxX:SESG) announced today that Encompass Digital
Media, a leading digital media service provider, has signed a capacity
deal making NASA TV channels available to satellite TV providers and
cable outlets throughout the United States.
As part of the multi-year agreement, Encompass is utilizing a full
transponder of C-band capacity on SES' AMC-18 satellite to uplink three
full-time NASA TV channels (two in High Definition and one in Standard
Definition) to cable systems in all 50 states. Encompass is also relying
on SES Occasional Use services and bandwidth to deliver most of the
popular network's launch and special event coverage.
First created in the early 1980s to provide NASA engineers with
real-time broadcasts of space missions, NASA TV is today a widely
watched educational network for audiences of all ages. NASA TV is
focused on taking the mystery out of space through a variety of
programming, including documentaries, feature stories, astronaut
profiles and live coverage of important missions, such as the upcoming
Mars landing set for August.
"NASA TV is dedicated to providing television coverage of the Agency's
missions and activities, and, in doing so, providing a look at space and
our planet as only NASA can," said Fred Brown, NASA Television Executive
Producer. "This will offer television audiences across the country an
eye-opening, educational journey into space."
"NASA's space shuttle program may have landed for now, but NASA
continues to advance space exploration virtually every day. Encompass is
honored to play an integral role in the daily distribution of NASA TV
broadcasts to audiences in every corner of America," said Jim Schuster,
Executive Vice President and President of Encompass Atlanta. "Our
capacity dal with SES aboard the AMC-18 satellite ensures that NASA TV
will be able to reach viewers in Hawaii and Alaska with a high-quality
signal equal to those received on the mainland."
"Fittingly, in AMC-18, NASA TV is being delivered over one of the most
powerful satellites over North America," explained Steve Bunke, Vice
President of North America Sales for SES. "Navigating space is a big
part of our business at SES, and we're extremely pleased to be able to
contribute to NASA TV's important mission to educate and entertain young
and old audiences alike about the significance of space on earth."
Located at 105 degrees west, AMC-18 is optimized for digital television
distribution from the center of the North America orbital arc, and
covers all 50 states, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico.
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