September 8th, 2011
Intelsat + DIRECTV... More For Latin America (SatBroadcasting)
Intelsat S.A. has an agreement with DIRECTV Latin America (DTVLA), an operating unit of DIRECTV, to provide Ku-band capacity for DTH services in Latin America. Intelsat will provide services on two new hybrid C- and Ku-band satellites, Intelsat 30 and Intelsat 31, each containing 82 transponders. DTVLA will use the Ku-band payloads to expand its current DTH entertainment offerings and provide backup and restoration services.
The two satellites are scheduled for launch in 2014 and 2015, respectively, and will be co-located with Intelsat's Galaxy 3C satellite at 95 degrees West. DTVLA has provided service via Galaxy 3C since the satellite was launched in 2002. DTVLA plans to use the satellites for their entire 15-year lifetime.