Intelsat to Deliver NHL in HD to North America

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Intelsat, the world’s largest provider of commercial satellite services, signed a deal with the National Hockey League Network to distribute its new HDTV channel, officials said Tuesday.

The NHL Network transmission agreement is for full-time Intelsat capacity throughout the continental United States.

The NHL Network, the League’s 24-hour HD sports network, will transmit via Intelsat’s Galaxy 15 satellite, located at 133° W. Intelsat’s Galaxy 15 satellite resides within Intelsat’s Galaxy neighborhood, and reaches thousands of cable headends, making it ideal for this channel launch.

“Key cable distribution access is paramount for us as we begin the launch campaign for our HD channel,” Patti Fallick, NHL group vice president of media operations and planning, said in a prepared statement. “Intelsat’s flexible network, market access and in-orbit redundancy helps ensure near- and long-term business growth for our new channel.”

The NHL Network joins a list of anchor tenants, such as Fox, ESPN and HBO, who rely on Intelsat’s Galaxy neighborhood for transmission of their HD programming. Globally, Intelsat currently supports more than 26 HD channels.

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