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PanAmSat to provide HD, SD World Cup satellite backhaul
5/2/2006

PanAmSat has booked more than 15,000 hours of video transmission time for more than 15 global customers for the 2006 World Cup.

Taking place in Germany June 9 - July 9, the World Cup will be beamed around the world by PASport, PanAmSat's global broadcast services network. The company sees the event as a way to leverage its HDTV offerings on a global scale, according to PASport Broadcast Services vice president Catherine Palaia.

PanAmSat's PASport network offers a completely integrated and managed network of global satellite capacity, dedicated terrestrial fiber and on-site special event support services.

The PASport team will use nine satellites — PAS-1R, PAS-2, PAS-3R, PAS-4, PAS-8, PAS-9, PAS-12, Galaxy 3C and Galaxy 4R — to deliver 34 standard-definition channels and five high-definition channels of World Cup coverage. Through these satellites, PanAmSat will deliver the games to fans in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa.

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