MLB Network to Launch via the Intelsat System
Pembroke, Bermuda, 20 November 2008
Intelsat, Ltd., the world’s leading provider of fixed satellite services, announced that MLB Network – the new 24-hour cable network devoted to Major League Baseball and other baseball programming – has signed a multi-year contract for capacity on Intelsat’s Galaxy 17 satellite, a leading cable distribution platform within Intelsat’s global fleet, located at 91º West. The capacity will be used to transmit standard and high definition programming for MLB Network, which will launch in approximately 50 million cable and satellite homes in the U.S. on January 1, 2009.
The Galaxy 17 satellite is a part of Intelsat’s coveted North American Galaxy fleet, comprised of 16 other satellites that operate within the cable and broadcast communities in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
“It’s very important to us that MLB Network reach as many baseball fans as possible,” said Mark Haden, Vice President, Engineering & IT, MLB Network. “We chose Intelsat for our launch based on its heritage of resilient service and strategic market presence. Through this partnership, our fans will receive the ultimate in baseball coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
“MLB Network is one of the most exciting sports programming introductions in recent history, and Intelsat is proud to be part of the service launch. MLB Network joins a list of anchor tenants such as FOX, ESPN and the NHL Network that rely on Intelsat’s Galaxy fleet to seamlessly transmit programming into the most in-demand cable neighborhoods throughout the Americas,” said Ron Rosenthal, Intelsat’s Regional Vice President, Broadcast Solutions. “Intelsat continues to lead in the delivery of sports events to sports fans whether in the U.S. or around the globe.”
Intelsat announced in September that Major League Baseball International signed a contract for international distribution of its season’s games and highlights to its broadcast rights-holders in Asia, Europe and Latin America. With the launch of the MLB Network via the Intelsat system, Intelsat’s platform will be transmitting baseball programming into four continents.