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SatLink and Telesat Partner on New DVB-S2 Platform into Latin America


August 20, 2012


SatLink Communications Ltd., announced its partnership with Telesat, a premiere global satellite services operator, to deliver TV programming to Latin America on a new Ku-band MCPC DVB-S2 platform utilising Telesat’s Telstar 12 satellite. This new service will provide international broadcasters the means to cost effectively distribute HD & SD channels from EMEA directly to the growing Latin American Pay TV market and to North American East Coast media ports.

Located at 15 degrees West, Telstar 12 is one of the most sought after satellites for connecting Europe and the Middle East to the Americas. It supports Latin American Pay TV platforms and also carries local and international TV channels directly to broadcast markets in the Americas. The new DVB-S2 platform offers powerful wide beam coverage to Latin America and the East Coast of North America enabling a cost-effective solution for video contribution to these regions.

As a global provider of satellite transmission and broadcast services, SatLink offers full end-to-end solutions to broadcasters including channel localisation, content management and encryption (conditional access) solutions. SatLink also works with local partners in Latin America to assist clients with studios, editing rooms, dubbing, local content rights, and regulations.

“The launch of this DVB-S2 platform on Telstar 12 is an exciting development for our customers and an example of the types of innovative approaches Telesat is using to serve the Latin American market,” said Nigel Gibson, Vice President International Sales for Telesat. “The partnership between SatLink and Telesat offers broadcasters a number of key advantages for delivering SD and HD content to the region’s rapidly growing Pay-TV markets. We are very pleased to have completed this agreement with SatLink and look forward to establishing our new platform as a premiere solution for Latin America.”

David Hochner, SatLink’s CEO commented: “The Latin American market is growing at a rapid rate and as a result broadcasters and TV Channels within the region are seeking more HD content directly from European and Middle Eastern sources to enrich the viewer’s experience. By building this new DVB-S2 platform on Telstar 12, SatLink is able to cost effectively transmit and distribute content from Europe and the Middle East directly into Latin American Pay-TV markets, expanding both revenues and audience reach. This is a new route to high growth markets that broadcasters and channel content providers should consider today.”