Satellite takes centre stage at World Cup

Intelsat has revealed details of the news and sports programmers using its global satellite services and terrestrial network to televise the 2014 World Cup, which starts today in Brazil.

Intelsat's global satellite fleet will support contribution services within Brazil and distribution of the “World Feed” to the Americas.

Intelsat will also support the contribution, distribution and fibre back-up demands of sports and news organisations in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa on an ad hoc basis. The satellite services are said to complement existing full-time capacity arrangements used by sports and news organisations for news coverage originating from the region.

Programmers have also committed to approximately 500MHz of capacity reserved on seven satellites for full-time services for the duration of the games, which will be used to distribute the World Cup matches throughout the Americas and Europe.

In a recent report on the Latin American market, Capacity highlighted the connectivity concerns ahead of the World Cup in Brazil, with a leading carrier in the region predicting satellite connectivity would become essential to broadcast customers. To read more, click here.

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