PanAmSat to Bring Brazil’s Grand Prix to Europe on Newly Authorized PAS-3 Capacity
Broadcasters Can Now Cross Strap on PAS-3 to Uplink and Downlink Events between Brazil and Europe
Wilton, CT, 10 September 2005
PanAmSat (NYSE: PA) announced today that it will transmit the 2005 Brazil Grand Prix to Germany using cross-strap technology on the PAS-3 Atlantic Ocean region satellite. A PASport services transmitted event, the September 23-25 international car race will reach Europe by uplinking in South America in C-band and downlinking in Germany in Ku-band.
“The recent authorization of PAS-3 cross-strap capacity in Brazil has maximized the use of this premium video satellite. PAS-3 has unique routes configured between Latin America and Europe that enable local and international broadcasters to uplink in South America in C-band and downlink in Ku-band in Europe. These are widely used bands in both continents making this option convenient and accessible,” said Catherine A. Palaia, vice president, PASport Services, PanAmSat. “Major events such as soccer games, breaking news and live events can now be easily broadcast from Brazil on these cross-strap satellite paths, utilizing the full potential of PAS-3. We are very excited to be part of the Grand Prix experience bringing it to the homes of its European fans.”
PanAmSat’s PASport is a global one-stop-shopping option where, with a single point of contact, customers can manage a full broadcast solution including all production and transmission services. With over 400 satellite paths on 14 global satellites and 22,000 miles of fiber, PanAmSat has the world’s largest and most complete broadcast contribution network. Its PASport on-the-spot broadcasting service for the transmission of breaking news and live events provides seamless, high-quality global transmission solutions to its over 400 broadcast services customers.
PAS-3 is a Boeing 601 model spacecraft with a communications payload consisting of 16 C-band and 16 Ku-band transponders. The spacecraft offers comprehensive coverage spanning four continents. Launched on January 12, 1996, it employs its 32 transponders to offer expanded and enhanced video and data broadcasting as well as broadband Internet services throughout the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa.