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Asteroid Day 2019


Viewers around the world will receive a month of programming in celebration of Asteroid Day, the official United Nations day of education and awareness about asteroids, thanks to a partnership between SES and BCE. The broadcast will feature pre-recorded and live High Definition (HD) content from Asteroid Day’s global programmes and events throughout June 2019, building to June 30 with coverage of over 2,000 events occurring in 190 countries.

As partners in the Asteroid Day initiative SES and BCE have teamed up to bring a month-long global broadcast of the related events to audiences around the world. BCE will produce the 6 hour live production out of Cercle Cité in Luxembourg city and provide all the playout services from its media centre in RTL City, for HD distribution over satellite as well as IP networks. The online distribution will be taken care of using BCE’s Freecaster Live Streaming solution, which will enable both live and VOD viewing on social networks and websites. For the satellite distribution, SES will broadcast the programming on five satellites to create a truly global footprint for Asteroid Day, a testament to the reach of SES. 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.

The programming will culminate on 28 June with Asteroid Day LIVE, a 24-hour live broadcast produced by Asteroid Day and sponsored by SES, BCE and the Government of Luxembourg.  The marathon show will be 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.”

“BCE thrives with innovation and technology,” said Xavier Thillen, Head of Digital Media Operations at BCE. “Information is in our roots; we believe that instructing the world about asteroids has become an imperative. To do so, we are enthusiastic to use our state-of-the-art IP-based playout centre to broadcast this planetary event and reach the world with SES satellites fleet.”

“At SES, we value technology as a tool to positively impact and transform lives,” said Ruy Pinto, SES Chief Technology Officer. “We are proud to be a partner in this global awareness campaign to learn about asteroids, both the impact hazards they may pose and the resources they may one day yield. By leveraging multiple satellites, we are using the power of our global reach to deliver this important programming to millions of TV homes.

Worldwide audience can receive our dedicated satellite TV channel or stream our broadcast.
How to watch the TV broadcast


Service Name: Asteroid Day 2019 HD
Service ID: 5711
Transponder: 1.068
Satellite: Astra 1M
Orbital Pos: 19.2 East
Downlink Frequency: 11778.00 MHz
Polarization: Vertical
Modulation: DVB-S2 QPSK
FEC: 9/10
SR: 27.5 MSym/s


Service Name: Asteroid Day 2019 HD
Service ID: 5930
Transponder: 4.958
Satellite: SES-5
Orbital Pos: 5.0 East
Downlink Frequency: 12053.54 MHz
Polarization: Vertical
Modulation: DVB-S2 8PSK
FEC: 3/4
SR: 30.0 MSym/s


Service Name: Asteroid Day 2019 HD
Service ID: 8010
Transponder: 22C
Satellite: SES-3
Orbital Pos: 103.0 West
Downlink Frequency: 4140.00 MHz
Polarization: Vertical
Modulation: DVB-S2 8PSK
FEC: 5/6
SR: 30.0 MSym/s


Service Name: Asteroid Day 2019 HD
Service ID: 7010
Transponder: HER18/HEL18
Satellite: SES-14
Orbital Pos: 47.5 West
Downlink Frequency: 4095.00 MHz
Polarization: Left Hand Circular
Modulation: DVB-S2 8PSK
FEC: 2/3
SR: 30.0 MSym/s



Service Name: Asteroid Day 2019 HD

How to watch the TV broadcast (Worldwide)

[Instructions to follow from 11 June]

How to watch the online stream
Stream our broadcast for free from the homepage of the Asteroid Day website

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