Discovery Communication will use Intelsat for European HD distribution

Discovery Communications will use Intelsat’s PAS-12 satellite to provide Discovery HD, the company’s international HD network, in Europe.

The signing of Discovery Communications as an anchor tenant on PAS-12 marks the start of a high-powered distribution alternative to new channels looking to deliver HD programming across Europe, Intelsat said.

Using capacity on PAS-12, Discovery will provide distribution to Europe of Discovery HD, which will originate at its European headquarters in London. GlobeCast Europe will uplink the content at its Brookman’s Park teleport in the UK. Intelsat currently provides distribution capacity for Discovery to reach its nearly 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers worldwide.

Intelsat currently operates an HD neighborhood in the United States on its Galaxy 13 satellite. The establishment of a new HD satellite for Europe is the company’s first step at expanding full-time HD distribution to other areas of the world.

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