WealthTV Selects Intelsat’s Galaxy Neighborhood for HD Expansion
San Diego, California and Pembroke, Bermuda, 19 May 2008
WealthTV, the premier luxury lifestyle and entertainment network, today announced that its parent, Herring Broadcasting, Inc., has contracted for a long-term extension of its transponder service agreement with Intelsat, Ltd., the world’s leading provider of commercial satellite services. Under the terms of the agreement, Intelsat’s Galaxy 13 satellite will continue to deliver WealthTV’s digital and high definition feeds to U.S. cable, telco, and direct broadcast satellite (DBS) providers across North America.
“Intelsat’s Galaxy fleet offers the premier high definition neighborhood for cable networks transmitting into the North American region,” stated Charles Herring, President of WealthTV. “Our extension with Intelsat will let our distribution partners know that our feeds will remain available for years to come and the additional satellite capacity secured allows for future expansions.”
“WealthTV was one of Galaxy’s original HD networks when it launched its services back in June 2004. This extension demonstrates its continued confidence in the Galaxy fleet as the premier HD platform,” stated Kurt Riegelman, Intelsat’s Senior Vice President, Global Sales. “As high definition programming services continue to grow, the Galaxy fleet is the source for efficient, high value satellite distribution across North America.”
WealthTV uplinks directly to Galaxy 13 from its headquarters and high definition production studios located in San Diego, California. The on-site uplink of WealthTV provides direct control and avoids possible signal integrity loss associated with compression or transmission of the signal terrestrially over long distances.
Intelsat’s valuable, industry-leading Galaxy neighborhood offers satellite transmission services for HD and standard definition programming being distributed via cable, video, and DBS providers across North America, reaching millions of homes. Located at 127 degrees west in the U.S. cable arc, Galaxy 13 is the premier HD neighborhood, featuring many of the top HD cable programming networks in the United States.