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Intelsat, a global provider of satellite services, has signed a 15-year agreement with Encompass Digital Media, a global player in mission-critical media capture, management and distribution services, for capacity on Intelsat 34, one of the three satellites comprising Intelsat’s premier video neighborhoods serving Latin America.
Encompass will transition from Intelsat 805 at 304.5° East to its replacement satellite, Intelsat 34, in late 2015, and lease additional C-band capacity to expand its SD and HD video distribution feeds throughout Latin America.
“Intelsat’s premier video neighborhood at 304.5°E delivers high cable head-end penetration throughout Latin America which will allow us to meet the increased demand for HD and regionalized content distribution,” said Juan Salleras, executive vice president and general manager, Encompass Latin America. “The premium transponders on Intelsat 34 will allow us to operate more efficiently and provide programmers with the ability to deliver higher quality and differentiated content to their viewers.”
“Starting with the global distribution of the Mexico Olympic Games in 1968, Intelsat has been the leading provider of satellite services to the Latin America media market, delivering the region’s most-watched channels to more cable head-ends than any other satellite operator,” said Carmen Gonzalez-Sanfeliu, regional vice president, Latin America and Caribbean sales, Intelsat. “The Intelsat 34 satellite, and our related investments in ground infrastructure in the region, will further support Encompass’ growth plans, enhancing its highly respected distribution platform for the region.”