Discovery Communications Selects Intelsat 19 for Expansion across Asia-Pacific Region
Luxembourg, 15 September 2013 – Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), the world’s leading provider of satellite services, announced today that Discovery Communications, the world’s #1 nonfiction media company, has signed an agreement for capacity on Intelsat 19. As part of the multi-transponder agreement, Silver Spring, Md.,-based Discovery will utilize the distribution power of the
Intelsat 19 video neighborhood to expand the reach of its more than 190 worldwide television networks, including its portfolio in the Asia-Pacific region.
Located at 166° East, Intelsat 19 hosts the leading video neighborhood in the Pacific Ocean region, and reaches more than 37 million Pay TV subscribers. The satellite offers primary C-band distribution for many of the world’s leading programmers, and a Ku-band DTH platform that serves customers in Australia and New Zealand.
“With more than two billion cumulative subscribers in over 220 countries and territories, Discovery continually seeks to provide compelling programming to our customers in every corner of the globe,” said John Miller, SVP, technology and distribution at Discovery. “With its satellite infrastructure and regional support, Intelsat was uniquely capable of providing us the reach and penetration in Asia, Australia and New Zealand that Discovery requires to meet the needs of our customers.”
“We work closely with premier media companies such as Discovery to assist them in expanding and strengthening their global content delivery,” said Mark Rasmussen, Intelsat’s regional vice president of sales for North America. “Intelsat 19 will enable Discovery to broaden its reach and penetration in the Asia Pacific region, helping it to meet its expansion requirements over the long-term.”