SES announced that German broadcaster Deutsche Welle has signed a new long-term capacity agreement on three SES satellites to broadcast two channels in Eastern Europe and Africa. Deutsche Welle will be broadcasting its German-language TV channel DW via the Astra 4A satellite, allowing more than six million direct-to-home households in Eastern Europe and 40 million cable and IPTV households in Europe to receive the channel directly and indirectly. Deutsche Welle will also broadcast its new English-language channel across Eastern Europe and Africa via the Astra 4B and SES-5 satellites. The 24-hour news and information channel, which broadcasts events from Germany and around the world, was already launched on 22 June via Astra 19.2 degrees East.