Digital Broadcasters Vendor News has learned that Hong Kong - based, Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co Ltd (NYSE:SAT)(1135.HK)has renewed its agreement with China Broadcasting Film Television Satellite Co. Ltd. (CBSat) to lease C-band transponder capacity on the AsiaSat 3S satellite. The 3S footprint covers most of Asia.
The 3S transponder capacity is used for distributing 11 television digital channels from 11 provincial level Radio and Television Bureaux and Television Stations in China including Anhui Radio and Television Transmission-Relay; Fujian Media Group's South East Television Station; Radio, Film & Television Bureau of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region; Heilongjiang Television Station; Henan Television Station; Hubei Television Station; Radio & Television Bureau of Hunan Province; Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation; Jiangxi Television Station, Radio & Television Bureau of Liaoning Province and Shaanxi Television Station.
CBSat is a wholly-owned company of the China's State Administration of Radio Film & Television (SARFT).
Under separate lease agreements, CBSat also leases AsiaSat 3S C-band capacity for satellite television and radio services of six other provinces and municipalities in China.
In an unrelated renewal, Cosmos Satellite TV Company Limited of Macau SAR of China renewed its C-band transponder lease on the AsiaSat 2 satellite to continue to distribute satellite television services across Asia and Australasia.
The capacity is currently delivering three Cosmos Satellite digital TV channels including the 'East Asia Channel', 'Lotus Satellite Channel' and 'Macau Asia TV Channel' that are all available free to air to viewers across AsiaSat 2's wide C-band coverage footprint.