GlobeCast Chooses Intelsat to Power WorldTV DTH Service in Western Europe
Pembroke, Bermuda, 5 September 2007
Intelsat, Ltd., the world’s leading provider of commercial satellite services, announced that GlobeCast has signed additional channels for its WorldTV Direct-to-Home (DTH) service in Europe using prime Intelsat capacity on the Intelsat 905 satellite located at 335.5°E. GlobeCast has turned to Intelsat to offer international broadcasters a cost-effective alternative for launching programming bouquets targeted at the significant number of foreign nationals and residents of Asian origin residing in Europe.
The lineup of the WorldTV Platform now includes:
Aag – a South Asian youth-based channel
Aaj Tak – a 24-hour Hindi news channel
Channel Punjab – a Punjabi entertainment channel
Channel S – A Bangladeshi general entertainment channel
Filmy – a Bollywood entertainment channel
Geo TV – Pakistan’s leading entertainment channel
MAX – an Indian premium movies and special events channel owned by Sony Pictures International
NDTV 24×7 – India’s 24-hour news and entertainment channel
Sahara One – 24 hour general entertainment channel
Sony Entertainment Television Asia – general entertainment channel
Star Gold – a Bollywood entertainment channel
Star One – 24 hour general entertainment channel
Star Plus – Indian general entertainment channel
This DTH platform supports free-to-air and subscription channels, allowing programmers to reach home audiences via antennas as small as 60 cm. Intelsat and GlobeCast ensure seamless delivery of content from various points across the globe to the platform gateway in Europe.
“We provide an outstanding value proposition to broadcasters and programmers wishing to enter Western Europe. The Intelsat 905 satellite is ideal for a quick and economical channel launch. All broadcasters need to provide are the content and subscriber relationships,” said Juliet Bayliss, Director of Broadcast Services, GlobeCast U.K. “After that, GlobeCast provides a turnkey package including uplink, multiplex, conditional access and space segment.”
“This platform reflects our continuing interest in growing our Western European presence,” said Jean Philippe Gillet, Intelsat’s Regional Vice President, Europe & Middle East Sales. “The Intelsat 905 satellite’s Ku-band spot beam provides powerful coverage over all the countries in Western Europe and is ideally suited to allow South Asian ethnic broadcasters to establish new DTH communities in a competitive region.”
In Europe as well as in North America, WorldTV delivers more than 200 international television and radio programming channels.