Fox Pan American Sports Establishes Its First HD Platform on the Intelsat Network
Pembroke, Bermuda, 16 April 2009
Intelsat, Ltd., the world’s leading provider of fixed satellite services and the first global satellite operator to provide international digital transmissions of High-Definition (HD) content, announced today that Fox Pan American Sports, one of the world’s largest Spanish-language sports programming ventures, will launch its new HD channel on the Intelsat network. Fox Pan American Sports signed a multi-year contract for capacity on Intelsat’s IS-805 satellite, located at 55.5° W, to distribute its HD programming throughout Latin America.
Fox Pan American Sports delivers Fox Sports in Latin America and Fox Sports en Español reaching over 37 million households throughout the Americas. These networks transmit first-class live event programming that includes the NFL, MLB, Formula 1, Barclays English Premier League, FIFA Club World Cup, and the two largest and most prestigious soccer tournaments in Latin America – the Copa Santander Libertadores and the Copa Nissan Sudamericana.
“Latin America is a large territory with passionate sports fans who demand to watch their favorite local and international teams throughout the year. We are committed to finding new ways to deliver the best and most diverse sports programming to our loyal viewers. Our single platform HD rollout through Intelsat’s IS-805 satellite will set a new standard in live event sports programming in Latin America that will significantly benefit all our viewers,” said Jim Ganley, COO for Fox Pan American Sports. “We have enjoyed a long relationship with Intelsat and we are confident that its heritage in HD delivery will ensure our loyal viewers receive the highest quality programming from Fox Sports.”
“Sports continue to lead in the proliferation of HD and we are now witnessing a growing demand for such HD programming in Latin America,” said Carmen Gonzalez-Sanfeliu, Intelsat’s Vice President, Latin America & Caribbean. “We will continue to build our HD neighborhoods in order to ensure efficient, high value distribution for our customers, meeting their business growth objectives.”
On 12 April 1989, Intelsat delivered the first digital HD transmission between the United States and Japan. Today, Intelsat delivers more than 115 HD channels, brining the brightest stars in news, entertainment and sports to millions of homes throughout the world.
Intelsat will be celebrating its “20 years of HD” with an exhibition at NAB 2009 in Hall C, Booth #4937 and in the Outdoor Pavilion, Booth #E404. NAB 2009 is the tradeshow for professionals involved in the creation, management and delivery of content for the broadcasting industry, which is being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, 20-23 April.