SES ASTRA, an SES company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), announced that its 100 percent owned subsidiary ASTRA Platform Services (APS) has opened a new playout centre in Unterföhring near Munich. With the new centre, one of the most important and modern technical hubs of its kind in Europe, APS will significantly expand its capabilities to provide broadcasters and production houses around the world with state-of-the-art playout and platform services. Within the past years, APS has significantly extended its portfolio with additional services such as Digital Asset Management and has expanded outside Europe. The company today serves the operation of 290 TV programs with 37 in HD, 42 radio channels and 59 data services. The new playout centre will complement the existing premises, which continues to operate as a physical back-up.