C-Span uplinks with Intelsat Galaxy 14 | Satellite | News | Rapid TV News
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The Washington DC-based suite of public affairs networks known for providing a video feed of congressional activity, C-SPAN, has inked a long-term contract for C-band satellite services on Intelsat’s Galaxy 14 satellite.

cspan 10 august 2018The highly-penetrated Galaxy 14 neighbourhood is located at 125° West, from which it distributes more than 200 channels in North America (half of them in HD). Intelsat will transport the signals from C-SPAN’s headquarters via IntelsatOne fibre, and provide an uplink to Galaxy 14 for distribution to cable head-ends via the Intelsat teleport in Ellenwood, Ga.

Intelsat’s Riverside teleport in California will provide an additional disaster recovery uplink.

C-SPAN is expected to transition its programming to Galaxy 30, a next-generation Intelsat satellite, after Galaxy 30’s planned launch in 2020.

“The breadth and depth of Intelsat’s satellite solutions will enable C-SPAN to efficiently provide our affiliates with reliable, high-quality feeds of our standard- and high-definition television signals,” said Roxane Kerr, vice president of technology, C-SPAN. “We chose Intelsat’s Galaxy 14 satellite because of the strong video neighbourhood, robust protection programme, cost-effectiveness, and long-term commitment to cable distribution, demonstrated by the Galaxy 30 replacement satellite programme ordered by Intelsat earlier this year.”

Rob Cerbone, vice president and GM of media at Intelsat, added: “The unprecedented reach of Galaxy 14 enables media customers to cost-effectively reach millions of viewers and, consequently, grow their business. Our hybrid satellite and fibre network, coupled with our disaster-recovery programme, will provide C-SPAN with the availability, resiliency and reliability needed to ensure their high-quality programming is distributed without interruption. C-SPAN’s long-term commitment to Intelsat is an example of the value that our video neighbourhoods deliver and the advantage of the end-to-end solutions that we provide.”