Intelsat and Norway’s Telenor share the 1 degree West orbital position. The pair say they will expand their UHD 4K offerings to serve Scandinavian and Central Eastern European (CEE) viewers.
The service has the potential to reach 18 million pay-TV viewers.
The two channels on offer are from NASA and WOW TV “with new channels coming soon”, according to their press statement.
The Intelsat-Telenor Satellite partnership at 1° West is already helping broadcasters in the region reach a much larger audience, across a broader geographic area, when broadcasting 4K channels. The new 4K channels will be broadcast to CEE and Nordic viewers on the Intelsat 10-02 satellite and Telenor Satellite’s THOR 7.
“We are delighted to welcome broadcast channels such as Wow 4K and NASA 4K to be distributed via our 1° West satellite fleet, with 4K content enhancing the viewing experience even more,” said Ole Ledang, Director of Broadcasting Division at Telenor Satellite.
“We know that viewers’ expectations are growing when it comes to user experience. They are looking for a high-quality, high-resolution image, and they also want access to more diversified content. Working with Telenor Satellite, we are making it possible for broadcasters to meet their viewers’ needs in the Nordics, the CEE regions and neighbourhoods that we are already addressing through 1° West,” said Olivier Herson, Managing Sales Director at Intelsat.
Intelsat’s 1°West media distribution solution hosts 5 pay-TV operators with nearly 900 TV and radio channels, plus over 400 HD channels.