HDNet Strikes Deal with PanAmSat


High-definition outlet HDNet has inked a deal with satellite-transmission
provider PanAmSat Corp. to beam its content to cable and direct-broadcast
satellite providers in North America.

The HD network -- which has a long-standing deal with Hughes Network
Services' DirecTV Inc. and which recently signed on to deliver programming to
Charter Communications Inc. -- will use PanAmSat's Galaxy IX satellite located
in the 127-degrees-west orbital slot.

It will later move over to the new Galaxy XIII bird set to launch in the
second half of this year.

The PanAmSat link will allow HDNet's programming to reach almost 10,000 cable
headends nationwide.

"We are delighted to have formed this association with PanAmSat as it shares
in our vision of the future of this technology," said Mark Cuban, cofounder and
president of HDNet, in a release.

"This initiative will ultimately provide more choice to consumers by making a
greater variety of content accessible for delivery to the home," he