Intelsat and STN sign deal to distribute Middle East content in North America

Intelsat and STN sign deal to distribute Middle East content in North America
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Published: 10 April 2018 - 7:30 a.m.
By: Pranav Vadehra

Intelsat today announced that STN, a leading teleport provider have signed a multi-year extension with Intelsat for satellite services supporting direct-to-home (DTH) and media distribution services in North America via the Galaxy 19 satellite. As part of the agreement, STN is utilising the power of the Intelsat’s Galaxy 19 video neighbourhood to reliably distribute premium programming and deliver regionalised content from the Middle East to millions of homes across North America

Located at 97° West, Galaxy 19 serves as the premier U.S. neighbourhood for free-to-air multicultural programming, distributing content originating from 60 countries around the world in more than 30 different languages. The satellite offers a Ku-band DTH platform that serves customers in the continental United States as well as Canada, Alaska and Hawaii. Intelsat is also providing an uplink via the IntelsatOne PoP in London and transporting the signal via IntelsatOne fiber to the company’s Mountainside Teleport in Maryland. At the Mountainside Teleport, the signal is being uplinked to Galaxy 19 for the DTH application.

“Intelsat’s Galaxy 19 satellite enables us to reliably distribute premium programming and deliver regionalized content from the Middle East and Asia to millions of homes across North America”, said Mitja Lovsin, Chief Commercial Officer of STN. “The quality, unparalleled coverage and efficiency provided by Galaxy 19 have spurred the rapid growth of our media distribution services in North America. Our continued partnership with Intelsat will enable us to further build our subscriber base and deliver more compelling programming and services to our customers”

“Galaxy 19 enables service providers such as STN to reliably and cost-efficiently deliver programming to millions of homes across the continental United States, the Caribbean, Alaska and Hawaii and Mexico,” said Rob Cerbone, Intelsat’s Vice President and General Manager, Media. “Its premier multicultural video neighbourhood provides a perfect venue for STN to distribute content, grow their subscriber base and achieve a strong return on their investment.”

Intelsat, in collaboration with partners STN, Globecast, MX1 and PSSI, distributes nearly 300 multicultural and faith-based television and radio channels through its premier satellite direct-to-home (DTH) community, Galaxy Postcards, with prominent programming from the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Delivering speciality content from 60 countries in 30 languages, this community has the largest concentration of faith-based programming with around 90
channels. According to figures from Intelsat, the Galaxy 19 content is watched by 33% of all Farsi speakers and 28% of all Arabic speakers in the U.S.


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