NBA Keeps Intelsat in the Game


Intelsat renewed and expanded its agreement with the National Basketball Association for international distribution of the league’s games, officials said Monday.

The NBA distribution network will now include full-time and upgraded Intelsat capacity in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

NBA games and NBA TV, the league’s 24-hour television network, will be backhauled from New York and transmitted from three of Intelsat’s teleports to four satellites in its global fleet; IS-901 and IS-907 for Europe and the Middle East, the IS-805 for Latin America and the IS-902 for Asia.

The NBA programming carried on the network will be received and retransmitted by rights holders and pay TV networks around the world.

Intelsat also transmits NBA live game coverage in both standard and HDTV from most game venues to NBA Entertainment headquarters in Secaucus, N.J., using its U.S. terrestrial fiber network.