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October 26th, 2016

SES TERNs Interactive... Delivers Interactive UHD INsight TV 

SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced an agreement that involves a strategic capacity and playout with TERN to deliver the interactive Ultra HD (UHD) channel, INsight TV, to television platforms and audiences across North America. INsight TV is the latest in a series of channels to join SES’s 4K Ultra HD distribution neighborhood aboard a trio of advanced satellites (SES-1, SES-3 and AMC-18) located at the centre of the orbital arc over the region. 

TERN launched its INsight TV Ultra HD and HD channels a year ago across Europe on SES satellites, and now the North American programming feed will originate from SES’s MX1 playout center in Munich, Germany, where it will be fibered to SES’s teleport in Woodbine, Maryland. From there the feed will be combined with other UHD channels within SES’s North America UHD multiplex, uplinked to the SES-1 satellite and distributed to cable and broadcast distribution points throughout the US, Canada and region. 

INsight TV features more than 200 hours of original content across a unique lineup, a global factual entertainment channel that creates content that takes the viewer on a journey to explore and interact with stories. The range of programming will demonstrate the best of Ultra HD: from beautiful, vivid cinematography to high-speed action. This includes new original program titles like:

  • Dracula: Escape The Castle
  • Power & …,
  • Extraordinary Humans
  • Living Stone 
  • and many more to come. 

Rian Bester, TERN CEO said, “Our European launch of INsight TV with SES has been a huge success, and our content trials have certainly indicated that our unique programming concept will be equally popular with the introduction of our 24/7 channel across North America. As the leader in global video distribution, SES has always been at the heart of our launch and growth plans for INsight TV.” 

Steve Corda, Vice President of Business Development for SES in North America noted, “Television viewers across North America are buying Ultra HD TVs at a record pace and increasingly asking for compelling UHD programming choices such as featured on INsight TV.  We are very excited to play such an integral role in TERN’s plans to reach new audiences around the world, as we help to accelerate the delivery of Ultra HD to homes throughout North America.”