NHL Network hits the ice with Intelsat

Intelsat has signed a contract with the National Hockey League (NHL) Network for distribution services of its new HD channel. The NHL Network transmission agreement is for full-time Intelsat capacity throughout the continental United States.

The NHL Network, the League’s 24-hour HD sports network, will transmit via Intelsat’s Galaxy 15 satellite, located at 133 W. Intelsat’s Galaxy 15 satellite resides within Intelsat’s Galaxy neighborhood, and reaches thousands of cable headends, making it ideal for this channel launch.

“Key cable distribution access is paramount for us as we begin the launch campaign for our HD channel,” said Patti Fallick, NHL Group Vice President of Media Operations and Planning. “Intelsat’s flexible network, market access and in-orbit redundancy helps ensure near- and long-term business growth for our new channel.”

“High Definition is truly at its tipping point and its growth continues to be fueled by sports programming,” said Ron Rosenthal, Intelsat’s Regional Vice President, Broadcast Solutions. “Our ability to tailor customized solutions for both full-time and occasional use HD and SD video services is what continues to set us apart from other operators.”

The NHL Network joins a list of anchor tenants, such as FOX, ESPN and HBO, who rely on Intelsat’s Galaxy neighborhood for transmission of their HD programming. Globally, Intelsat currently supports more than 26 HD channels.

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