BBC Renews Contract with Intelsat for Global News Channel
Intelsat claims to have the world’s first satellite network with full global coverage.
BBC World News, one of the most popular global news TV channels, has expanded its existing contract with Luxembourg based satellite operator Intelsat for delivery across Europe, the Americas and Asia. The contract covers use of multiple Intelsat premier video neighborhoods and also the IntelsatOne terrestrial network, for distribution of both standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) content.
Under the multi-year agreement, BBC World News will be delivered to viewers in the Americas and Asia via four of Intelsat’s premier video neighborhoods. These are:
- Galaxy 13 at 127˚ West for HD distribution to cable net6works in North America.
- Intelsat 19 at 166˚ East for Pacific Rim cable distribution and South Pacific Direct-to-Home (DTH).
- Intelsat 20 at 68.5˚ East, for cable and DTH distribution spanning Europe to East Asia, and the number one video neighbourhood serving India.
- Intelsat 21 at 302˚ East, covering Latin America cable distribution, which Intelsat claims has the highest cable head-end penetration on that continent.
The IntelsatOne terrestrial network, with more than 36,000 miles of leased fiber and eight strategically located teleports around the globe, will provide the uplink services for the distribution network. IntelsatOne will also provide dual and geographically diverse fiber routing from the BBC World News playout facilities.
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