ASTRA is the common name given to both the SES ASTRA company and the satellites it operates.
What does ASTRA do?
ASTRA owns and operates a fleet of communications satellites in geostationary orbit, primarily used for broadcasting digital TV, radio and multimedia services to cable networks and direct to homes in Europe and surrounding areas. >Learn more about the advantages of TV via ASTRA
What is digital television?
Digital satellite TV uses a completely different format to the old analogue broadcasts, providing a better picture and sound for the viewer and the capacity for more channels for the broadcaster.
Who owns ASTRA?
SES ASTRA is wholly owned by SES SA, a public listed company based in Betzdorf in Luxembourg.
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Astra is the brand name for a number of geostationary communication satellites, both individually and as a group, which are owned and operated by SES S.A., a global satellite operator based in Betzdorf, in eastern Luxembourg. The name is also used to describe the pan-European broadcasting system provided by these satellites, the channels carried on them, and even the reception equipment.
From the launch of Astra 1A in 1988 the Astra satellites were owned and operated by Société Européenne des Satellites (SES). In 2001 SES Astra, a newly formed subsidiary of SES, operated the Astra satellites and in September 2011, SES Astra was consolidated back into the parent company.
Astra satellites broadcast nearly 2,400 digital television and radio channels via five main satellite orbital positions to households across Europe and North Africa. The satellites have been instrumental in the establishment of satellite TV and the introduction of digital TV, HDTV, 3D TV, and HbbTV in Europe.
A book, High Above, telling the story of the creation and development of the Astra satellites and their contribution to developments in the European TV and media industry, was published in April 2010 to mark the 25th Anniversary of SES.