Luxembourg -- Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, announced that leading global media and entertainment company, Starz has extended its service commitment for distribution services on the Intelsat Galaxy satellites.
Under the agreement, Intelsat will provide a combination of broadcast and IntelsatOne services for Starz, which currently distributes 49 channels/feeds on the Intelsat fleet. This includes content distribution via the Intelsat Galaxy 13, Galaxy 14 and Galaxy 15 satellites. Intelsat will also provide disaster recovery services through a secondary uplink chain from Intelsat’s teleport in Castle Rock, Colorado.
“The reliability of the Intelsat Galaxy fleet supports our goal of maximizing our audience and maintaining the delivery quality of the Starz programming,” said Ray Milius, EVP, Programming Operations at Starz. “Starz will also see additional cost-effective operational efficiencies by using Intelsat’s facilities for our disaster recovery planning.”
“As the number two premium pay TV provider in terms of subscribers, Starz relies on Intelsat to deliver a wide variety of content to millions of homes around the country,” said Randy Anders, Intelsat’s Head of North America Sales. “In addition, our disaster recovery solutions complement the distribution strength of the Intelsat Galaxy satellite neighborhoods. We developed a solution that supports Starz’s introduction of additional high definition services, while improving operational efficiency. Our Galaxy fleet is the clear choice for programmers and content distributors that want to reach as many customers as possible.”
Starz (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is a leading global media and entertainment company that provides premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television networks and produces and distributes content for worldwide audiences, including its investment in the STARZ PLAY Arabia OTT service. Starz is home to the flagship STARZ® brand with 24.3 million subscribers in the United States as of December 31, 2016, with the STARZ ENCORESM network at 31 million subscribers. Starz provides high-quality, entertaining premium subscription video programming with 17 premium pay TV channels and associated on-demand and online services, including the STARZ app. Sold through U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms, Starz offers subscribers more than 5,000 distinct premium television episodes and feature films every year and up to 1,500 every month, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular movie and television programming.
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) operates the world’s first Globalized Network, delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Intelsat’s Globalized Network combines the world’s largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network services. Thousands of organizations serving billions of people worldwide rely on Intelsat to provide ubiquitous broadband connectivity, multi-format video broadcasting, secure satellite communications and seamless mobility services. The end result is an entirely new world, one that allows us to envision the impossible, connect without boundaries and transform the ways in which we live. For more information, visit www.intelsat.com.