PanAmSat Bringing World Cup to Latin America


PanAmSat Corp. will deliver the 2006 World Cup to every major Latin American broadcaster for their standard-definition and HDTV channels across the continent, officials said Thursday.

Beginning June 9 in Germany, 31 full days of world-class matches will be beamed from Europe to soccer fans across Latin America via the PanAmSat fleet.

“PanAmSat has always played a key role in the delivery of World Cup soccerto fans in Latin America by providing an integrated, completely managed end-to-end solution to both rights holders and non-rights holders of the event,” said Carmen Gonzalez-Sanfeliu, PanAmSat’s vice president of Latin America operations.

This year, through multiple paths on the three main video-distribution satellites for the region -- PAS-9, PAS-3R and PAS-1R -- millions of viewers throughout Central and South America will view the highly anticipated games.

For coverage of the event to Latin America and the U.S. Spanish-speaking market, PanAmSat will support a number of right holders including Televisa SA, TV Azteca and Univision Communications Inc. by working directly with them to serve their specific requirements.

With more than 15,000 hours of video transmissions booked, PASport, PanAmSat’s global broadcast-services network, will use as many as 40 paths across nine satellites -- PAS-1R, PAS-2, PAS-3R, PAS-4, PAS-8, PAS-9, PAS-12, Galaxy 3C and Galaxy 4R -- to deliver standard-definition and HDTV channels of World Cup coverage.