Luxembourg – Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) announced on June 11 that the world’s leading news and sports programmers are using Intelsat’s global satellite services and IntelsatOneSM terrestrial network to televise the 2014 World Cup being held in Brazil beginning June 12 through July 13.

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 using Intelsat’s occasional use service pool. The satellite services provided complement existing full-time capacity arrangements used by sports and news organisations for news coverage emanating from the region. 

Programmers have also committed to approximately 500 MHz 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. The seven satellites include: Galaxy 19 located at  97.0° West; Intelsat 1R located at 310° East; Intelsat 11 located at 317° East; Intelsat 805 located at 304.5° East; Intelsat 901 located at 342° East; Intelsat 23 at 307° East and Intelsat 21 at 302° East. These satellites offer optimal coverage and power to meet the diverse requirements of media customers from around the world who are covering this event.

The global media companies, programmers, direct-to-home (DTH) providers and content distribution partners that are relying on Intelsat’s satellite network infrastructure to deliver the World Cup to their viewers include Televisa, TV Azteca, OTI, Univision, DIRECTV Latin America, TV Globo, ESPN Brazil, Fox Brasil, Megavision, Andina de Radiodifusion, Globecast, Overon America, Canal 13, Arsat TVN Chile, FF Work, Softbank for TV Asahi, British Media Communications for the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), and in addition the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is using Intelsat 805 capacity to distribute the World Feed to the Americas.