CCTV Renews Intelsat Pact

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China Central Television, the national broadcaster of the People’s Republic of China, renewed a multiyear contract for the global distribution of its programming with Intelsat, officials said Friday.

CCTV is also using Intelsat for its international backhaul transmission of the Asian Games -- which started Friday and run through Dec. 15 -- from Doha, Qatar, back to Beijing.

A long-standing customer since the launch of PAS-2 in 1994, CCTV became the world’s first global Mandarin Chinese television service when it expanded its services internationally via the PAS-3 satellite in 1995.

Intelsat currently provides full-time program distribution services for CCTV via its PAS-1R Atlantic Ocean Region satellite, PAS-9 Atlantic Ocean Region satellite and PAS-10 Indian Ocean Region satellite. Intelsat also provides CCTV with capacity on its Galaxy 3C satellite for direct-to-home services in the United States.

The renewal contract also expands CCTV’s C- and Ku-band capacity agreement.

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