Intelsat is international satellite carrier for Michael Jackson memorial service


MUMBAI: Intelsat, Ltd., a provider of fixed satellite services, provided details of the international satellite system that will distribute the signals of the 7 July memorial service for entertainer Michael Jackson from Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Intelsat, in conjunction with AEG Live, will be the exclusive satellite carrier for the live, free-to-air, worldwide distribution of the Michael Jackson Memorial Service with broadcast coverage on 7 July 2009. AEG and its partner, Coastal Media Group, approached Intelsat based upon Intelsat’s recognized, long-established capability to provide global coverage for major broadcast events such as the Olympic Games and World Cup Soccer.

In order to accommodate the worldwide interest in the memorial service, AEG, Intelsat, Coastal Media Group, The Switch and Pacific Television have agreed to provide global television broadcast access to the memorial event without charge of any kind.

The Intelsat 9, Intelsat 5, Intelsat 905 and Intelsat 904 satellites will be used to distribute the free-to-air signals to broadcasters around the world. Intelsat has dedicated Special Events personnel initially located at the Staples Center to assist regional broadcasters with unilateral requirements separate from the memorial service and will provide ongoing support as related events unfold.