Intelsat Expands North American Program Distribution for Spanish Broadcasting System
Pembroke, Bermuda, 4 October 2007
Intelsat, Ltd., the world’s leading provider of commercial satellite services, announced today the signing of a new multi-year contract with Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBSA) of Miami, Florida. Under this agreement, Spanish Broadcasting System will use Intelsat’s complete network of satellite, teleport and fiber for distribution of its Mega TV network programming to cable operators, direct-to-home (DTH) providers, and free-to-air affiliates throughout the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
SBS will transport its Mega TV content via fiber to one of Intelsat’s Miami video points-of-presence, from which the content will be backhauled via fiber to Intelsat’s Ellenwood, Georgia Teleport for encoding, multiplexing and transmission on Intelsat’s Galaxy 13 satellite at 127.0° W.
“In the global society that we live in today, it’s imperative that we have a robust network in place that provides us with strategic distribution points, in real time, allowing us to seamlessly expand into new markets,” said Cynthia Hudson-Fernandez, Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Mega TV. “Mega TV is growing at a very fast pace, and our requirements of key viewership access in the Americas, be it DTH, cable or otherwise, could only be met through Intelsat.”
“Intelsat’s satellite, teleport and fiber network offers the most comprehensive transmission platform in the industry today,” said Carmen Gonzalez-Sanfeliu, Intelsat’s Regional Vice President, Latin America and the Caribbean. “Across our network we offer broadcasters the best video neighborhoods, resulting in the most efficient programming distribution platform.”