TNTSAT continues to see strong growthMonday, July 12th, 2010
2.3 million receivers sold by the end of June 2010
PARIS / LUXEMBOURG — SES ASTRA, an SES company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), announced today that the French digital terrestrial channel offer on satellite, TNTSAT, broadcast via ASTRA, continues to show strong growth with a total of 2.3 million receivers sold at the end of June 2010. Between June 2009 and June 2010 alone 800,000 receivers were sold. The channel offer was launched in March 2007.
“The consistently strong growth shows that French households outside the reach of terrestrial networks adopt TNTSAT as a solution to easily switch to digital television,” says Ferdinand Kayser, President and CEO of SES ASTRA. “With the ongoing transition to digital television, further growth can be expected in the second half of 2010 and in 2011.”
With TNTSAT, viewers are able to receive all programmes of the French digital terrestrial offer: 18 free-to-air programmes, France O, the 24 regional channels of France 3 as well as four free-to-air channels in High Definition.
In order to receive these programmes, households only need a satellite dish pointed to an ASTRA satellite at the orbital position of 19.2 degrees East and a TNTSAT receiver. Optimal reception of the offer is assured for the whole of France. There is no subscription or decoder rental fee for the service.