Shop Latino TV Selects Intelsat for its North American Cable Distribution Platform
Pembroke, Bermuda, 8 May 2007
Intelsat Ltd., the world’s leading provider of commercial satellite services, announced today that it signed a multi-year agreement with Shop Latino TV for program distribution into the North American cable market through Intelsat’s premiere Galaxy neighborhood.
Under the agreement, Intelsat will provide complete hybrid transmission services for Shop Latino, TV’s first 24-hour Hispanic shopping network. Programming will originate from Shop Latino TV’s Miami, Florida studios and backhauled via Intelsat’s fiber network to Intelsat’s teleport in Ellenwood, Georgia. From there, Shop Latino’s signal will be uplinked to Intelsat’s Galaxy 13 satellite, providing access to thousands of cable headends throughout North America.
“We believe that the time is now for the launch of the only Hispanic shopping network serving the growing U.S. ‘Latino’ community. Intelsat provides us with the best distribution and delivery system for our new channel airing nationwide,” said Ciro Espinosa, COO Shop Latino Network. “Shop Latino TV requires a distribution platform that provides long-term business growth and reliability for our network. Without a doubt Intelsat meets both, and our distribution partners agree.”
“We are pleased that Shop Latino TV entrusted us to deliver an end-to-end solution for its new channel launch into the North American cable market,” said Carmen Gonzalez-Sanfeliu, Intelsat’s Vice President, Latin America. “Our highly coveted North American cable neighborhood is unrivaled in the industry providing access to approximately 8,500 cable headends. Likewise, our excellence in serving unique customer requirements is unparalleled enabling us to be the satellite service provider of choice for existing and emerging business opportunities. We look forward to continue building a long-term relationship with Shop Latino TV.”
Shop Latino TV joins a prestigious lineup of marquee customers on Galaxy 13 that includes HBO, TV Japan, British Broadcasting Corporation and Turner Network Television. In addition, Galaxy 13 is Intelsat’s premiere HD neighborhood.