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Intelsat Celebrates First 20 Years of Digital HD

Sunday, March 1, 2009  
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On April 12, 1989, Intelsat delivered the first international digital HD transmission between the United States and Japan. High Definition in analog form was already introduced and tested, but never considered viable, as it required far too much bandwidth to be commercially successful. The trial was a cooperative effort between Intelsat, COMSAT, KDD, and AT&T introducing a broad, new application for satellite technology in commercial television. This date is considered the 'birth' of international digital HDTV.

Today, Intelsat delivers the brightest stars in news, entertainment and sports through its industry-leading HD neighborhoods, including: HBO HD, Cinemax HD, Fox News HD, Discovery HD, encore, HD, The Movie Channel HD, HDNet, FX HD, Outdoor Channel, A&E HD, NBA TV HD, MLB HD, Starz HD, Lifetime HD, and so many more.

During the 20 years, Intelsat has established an unmatched reputation for delivering sports programming. The company has transmitted coverage of every Olympic Games since 1968, and will be providing global video distribution of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Intelsat is highlighting its 20 Years of HD campaign during the NAB 2009 Show with an in-booth video wall, complete with live feeds and HD Cam footage from programming partners, which include: Fox Business News, HDNet, HDNet Movies, MLB HD and Wealth TV. Visit Intelsat at Indoor Booth C4937, Central Hall and Outdoor Booth OE404.

Intelsat is the leading provider of fixed satellite services worldwide. For more than 40 years, Intelsat has been delivering information and entertainment for many of the world’s leading media and network companies, multinational corporations, Internet service providers and governmental agencies. Intelsat’s satellite, teleport and fiber infrastructure is unmatched in the industry, setting the standard for transmissions of video, data and voice services. From the globalization of content and the proliferation of HD, to the expansion of cellular networks and broadband access, with Intelsat, advanced communications anywhere in the world are closer, by far.

www.intelsat.com


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