[Satellite TODAY 08-07-12] SES has signed a multi-year capacity deal with Eurovision, the premium sports and news events and department of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), to provide live transmission of international sporting events originating in, or broadcast to, North America, Latin America and Europe, SES announced Aug. 6.
Eurovision will increase its capacity to 54 MHz and use the SES teleport and the NSS-806 satellite to broadcast the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to TV audiences across Latin America. NSS-806 is among several SES satellites providing extensive coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games to the EBU, BBC and other broadcasters.
The capacity also will be utilized for the contribution and distribution of major 2013-2014 sporting events in HD, including 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
“Eurovision has more than 60 years experience in delivering premium live content in a seamless, reliable and cost-effective way,” Eurovision Head of Procurement Paolo Pusterla said in a statement. “The prime orbital location of NSS-806, with its comprehensive coverage over Latin America and Western Europe, is an ideal fit when it comes to broadcasting international sporting events in both SD and HD to enthusiastic sport fans in the region.”