CANAL+ Overseas adds DTH capacity with Intelsat for HD in the Caribbean

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
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CANAL+ OVERSEAS Expands Capacity with Intelsat to Enable High Definition DTH Programming in the Caribbean

LUXEMBOURG — Intelsat S.A., (NYSE: I), the world’s leading provider of satellite services, and CANAL+ OVERSEAS, the largest French-speaking pay-TV operator in the French Overseas Territories, renewed and expanded a multi-transponder, long-term agreement on Intelsat 903 at Intelsat’s 325.5°E video neighborhood. CANAL+ OVERSEAS will use the high power Ku-band satellite capacity to further expand its high definition, direct-to-home (DTH) programming in the Caribbean.

Under the agreement, CANAL+ OVERSEAS will continue to use multiple transponders on the Intelsat 903 satellite premier video neighborhood. Beginning in 2017, CANAL+ OVERSEAS will transition its capacity to the follow-on satellite at that location, Intelsat 35e. With over 160 SD and HD channels, Intelsat 903 at 325.5°E is the leading DTH neighborhood serving the French Caribbean territories.

“Intelsat worked closely with us to understand our long-term business requirements for serving the Caribbean region, “said CANAL+ OVERSEAS” CTO Bruno Cattan. “As a result, Intelsat designed and customized a spot beam on Intelsat 35e, resulting in an optimized DTH distribution platform that will deliver greater DTH power to a broader coverage area. With more efficient distribution, the solution will better enable us to expand our service offerings and growth opportunities to all French territories in the region.”

“We continue to focus on helping our media customers find the right capacity on video neighborhoods that will allow them to expand their subscriber base,” said Jean-Philippe Gillet, vice president, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) sales at Intelsat. “The Intelsat 903 video neighborhood will enable CANAL+ OVERSEAS to further expand their services and deliver unique programming to their customers in new and exciting ways.”

Intelsat will be exhibiting at the NABSHOW 2014, the world’s largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums on April 7-10, 2014. You can visit Intelsat at the Las Vegas Convention Center in the South Upper Hall, Booth SU 3110.