FOX moves all U.S. programming to the PanAmSat fleet

PanAmSat announced a multi-year, multi-satellite, multi-transponder agreement with FOX Entertainment Group.

Under the agreement, FOX will consolidate its entire suite of U.S. programming onto PanAmSat’s global fleet for the next 15 years and move a significant portion of its international traffic onto the fleet for the next decade.

“This agreement with PanAmSat will provide FOX with unparalleled global coverage,” said Joe Wright, president and CEO, PanAmSat. “By consolidating its distribution on our fleet, FOX is utilizing our satellites in every region of the world to broadcast its programming.”

The domestic agreement calls for a 15-year cable contract for 10 transponders and a 15-year broadcast agreement for four transponders. Internationally, FOX has signed a 10-year agreement for three transponders. In addition, PanAmSat is now the provider of choice for FOX’s domestic and international satellite requirements.

FOX’s cable group currently has six channels on Galaxy 11 at 91 degrees west longitude and will migrate four additional channels to the satellite in the second and third quarter of 2004. The 10-channel programming bouquet includes its regional sports networks, news, movies and general entertainment programming, and will anchor and solidify the cable neighborhood at this prime orbital slot.

Also in July, FOX Broadcasting will move to Galaxy 4R at 99 degrees west longitude and Galaxy 3C at 95 degrees west longitude, joining ABC, Buena Vista, NPR, Televisa and WB among others. FOX international channels will consolidate its programming on the PAS-2 and PAS-8 Pacific Ocean Region satellites and the PAS-3R and PAS-9 Atlantic Ocean Region satellites.

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