Altitude Sports & Entertainment Joins Intelsat’s Galaxy Sports Neighborhood
Pembroke, Bermuda, 14 October 2009
Intelsat, Ltd., the world’s leading provider of fixed satellite services, today announced that Altitude Sports & Entertainment (Altitude) has signed a multi-year contract for satellite capacity to distribute its regional sports programming to viewers across the United States in standard and high definition.
Utilizing capacity on Intelsat’s Galaxy 17 (G-17) satellite, located at 91º W, Altitude will broadcast regional hockey, basketball, lacrosse and soccer to millions of sports fans. G-17 is the premier sports neighborhood within Intelsat’s valuable Galaxy fleet, with marquee sports programming including the MLB Network, Versus, Speed, Fuel, FOX Sports and the Big Ten Network among others, transmitted to cable headends throughout North America.
Altitude is among the most watched regional sports networks in the 10-state Rocky Mountain Region. It is the official broadcaster of the Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Denver Nuggets (NBA), Colorado Mammoth (National Lacrosse League) and Colorado Rapids (MLS). Many college sports in the Big 12, Big Sky and Big East conferences are also carried on the network. In addition, Altitude offers music and theatrical programming, as well as boxing, rodeo, auto racing, golf, skiing and extreme sports.
“By joining Intelsat’s premier Galaxy neighborhood, we benefit from a superior distribution platform that is expected to help us grow our viewership,” said Matthew Hutchings, Altitude’s Chief Operating Officer. “Intelsat’s operational and technical expertise will enable us to provide the highest signal quality to viewers.”
“With Altitude on board, G-17 hosts more than 35 channels devoted to sports coverage, further strengthening our neighborhood and reinforcing Intelsat’s leadership in the distribution of sports programming,” said Peter Ostapiuk, Intelsat’s Regional Vice President, Cable & Emerging Media.
Intelsat will be exhibiting at SATCON 2009 in booth #401. SATCON 2009 is a conference and exhibition focusing on satellite communications and content delivery, which is being held at the Javits Convention Center in New York, 14-15 October.