ViewSat Selects Intelsat for Expansion to the United States
Luxembourg, 5 February 2014 – Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), the world’s leading provider of satellite services, today announced that, ViewSat, a global provider of broadcast and transmission services for television and radio channels, is utilizing Intelsat capacity to facilitate and successfully enhance ViewSat’s distribution service to the North American, direct-to-home (DTH) market. The service has been previously disclosed and live to new and existing ViewSat customers since November 2013.
As part of the agreement, ViewSat is utilizing the power of the Intelsat’s Galaxy 19 video neighborhood. Located at 97° West, Galaxy 19 serves as the premier U.S. neighborhood for free-to-air multicultural programming, distributing content originating from 66 countries around the world in more than 40 different languages. The satellite offers a Ku-band DTH platform that serves customers in the United States and Caribbean. Intelsat is also providing an uplink via the IntelsatOne℠PoP in London and transporting the signal via IntelsatOne℠fiber to the company’s Mountainside Teleport in Maryland. At the Mountainside Teleport, the signal is being uplinked to Galaxy 19 for the DTH application.
“ViewSat’s programming lineup includes some of the world’s most diversified content,” stated Safia Rana, Head of Sales and Marketing at ViewSat. “As we looked to expand our geographic footprint to North America, it was only natural that we would work with Intelsat, which has been our partner in serving the sub-Saharan African market on Intelsat 20 for many years. The Galaxy 19 video neighborhood will allow us to deliver high quality, regionalized content, allowing us to increase our client’s audience and meet the unique demands of the North American market.”
“Maximizing viewership through global content distribution drives increased performance for content owners,” said Jean Phillipe Gillet, Intelsat’s regional vice president of sales for Europe and the Middle East. “Galaxy 19 is the perfect neighborhood for programmers and distributors, such as ViewSat seeking multicultural audiences.”
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