Leading programmers use Intelsat to televise 2014 FIFA World Cup

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Leading news and sports programmers are making use of Intelsat’s global satellite services and IntelsatOne terrestrial network to broadcast the 2014 World Cup, which takes place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014.

Televisa, TV Azteca, OTI, Univision, DIRECTV Latin America, TV Globo, ESPN Brazil, Fox Brasil, Megavision, Andina de Radiodifusion, Globecast, Overon America, Canal 13, Arsat TVN Chile, FF Work, Softbank for TV Asahi and British Media Communications for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) are depending on Intelsat’s satellite network infrastructure to deliver the World Cup to their audiences. In addition, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is using Intelsat 805 capacity to distribute the World Feed to the Americas.

Contribution, distribution and fibre back-up demands of sports and news organisations in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa will also be supported by Intelsat on an ad-hoc basis using the company’s occasional use service pool. The satellite services provided complement existing full-time capacity arrangements used by sports and news organisations for news coverage emanating from the region.

Peter Ostapiuk, Intelsat’s Vice President of Media Product Management said that the Intelsat network has delivered many of Latin America’s most exciting sporting events to the rest of the world, “Intelsat excels at bringing the world together to share in some of the most exciting moments in modern history. From the 1968 Olympics in Mexico to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. As we mark our 50th anniversary in 2014, we are proud once again to support the world’s leading sports and news programmers as we connect billions of people from around the globe with what promises to be some of this summer’s most exciting television.’

In order to execute full-time services for the duration of the games, 500 MHz of capacity has been reserved for programmers on seven satellites: Galaxy 19 located at 97.0° West; Intelsat 1R located at 310° East; Intelsat 11 located at 317° East; Intelsat 805 located at 304.5° East; Intelsat 901 located at 342° East; Intelsat 23 at 307° East and Intelsat 21 at 302° East.

The IntelsatOne terrestrial network provides teleport services and fibre connectivity in the US and Brazil through its association with BT’s GMN fibre network and media PoP in Rio de Janeiro.

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