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SES, BCE partner to beam Asteroid Day around the world

24-hour live broadcast to take place on 28th June

SES and Broadcasting Centre Europe are working together on a month of programming in celebration of Asteroid Day, the official United Nations day of education and awareness about asteroids.

The broadcast will feature pre-recorded and live HD content from Asteroid Day’s global programmes and events throughout June 2019.

BCE will produce the six hour live production from Cercle Cité in Luxembourg city as well as provide all the playout services from its media centre in RTL City, for HD distribution over satellite as well as IP networks.

BCE’s Freecaster Live Streaming solution will produce online streaming, enabling both live and VoD viewing on social networks and websites. For the satellite distribution, SES will broadcast the programming on five satellites. In Europe, Africa, and Asia the programming will be delivered Free-to-Air via satellite to Direct-to-Home (DTH) viewers, while in Latin and North America it will be integrated into the packages of multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) via satellite.

On Asteroid Day itself (28th June), SBS, BCE and the Government of Luxembourg will sponsor a 24-hour live broadcast hosted by prominent journalists from the BBC and CNN, who will be joined in studio and around the world by renowned astronauts, expert scientists, technologists, and researchers in planetary science.

“Luxembourg is home to a space industry and satellite telecoms infrastructure connecting Europe and the world,” said Marc Serres, CEO of the Luxembourg Space Agency. “The expertise and valuable support of leading companies such as SES and BCE play a key role in making Asteroid Day an international success and enable all of us to have a truly global conversation about space and asteroids.”