Intelsat, China Central Television extend partnership, distribute high definition content in Americas

Network operator Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), operator of the world´s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, has signed a multi-year agreement expanding its global relationship and leveraging IntelsatOne terrestrial fiber and teleport services to distribute five high definition (HD) channels for China Central Television (CCTV), the company said.

Under the agreement, CCTV, the national broadcaster of the People´s Republic of China, expands its footprint in the Americas from its current bouquet on Intelsat 21 by distributing new HD channels on Intelsat 34. One of Intelsat´s premier distribution neighborhoods in the Americas, Intelsat 34, located at 304.5 degrees East, currently reaches more than 29 million cable subscribers and delivers distribution services for several premium and sports channels.

CCTV recently rebranded much of its channel line-up under the China Global Television Network (CGTN) moniker. As a result of the agreement, CCTV will expand its use of the HD format for its news and documentary style programming to viewers in the Americas. Three HD channels — CCTV-4, CGTN and CGTN Documentary — are available now on Intelsat 34. Two additional HD channels — CGTN-Français and CGTN Español — will also be deployed on Intelsat 34 in the future.

Intelsat operates delivers 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.