MLB International Connects On Intelstat Pact

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Intelsat, the world’s largest provider of commercial satellite services, has done a deal with Major League Baseball International to distribute games to rights holders in Asia, Europe and Latin America, providing local viewing access to games and highlights of the upcoming season, officials said Tuesday.

Standard and high-definition feeds of MLB games will be transmitted into Asia, Europe and Latin America using five Intelsat satellites. Intelsat will pick up the signals via its major video switch interconnects, transport the programming to its teleport facility in Ellenwood, Ga., and uplink the games to the Intelsat satellites for transmission to the broadcast receive sites in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

In addition to regular-season contests, the contract also calls for the transmission of the American League Championship Series, the World Series and The World Baseball Classic in March 2009.

“Major League Baseball enjoys an avid fan base around the world, and we are continually seeking ways to increase the profile of the franchise. As we continue to increase our distribution, we chose Intelsat because it offered us a seamless, one-platform solution for our international broadcasting needs,” Russell Gabay, vice president and executive producer of International Broadcasting, said in a statement. “The Intelsat satellites provide coverage and access to video neighborhoods that help us expand distribution of our programs.”

Broadcast in 229 countries and territories, Major League Baseball game telecasts are re-transmitted in 13 different languages.

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