Arianespace to launch up to four satellites for DIRECTV
Arianespace announced today that it will launch two satellites for DIRECTV and has the option of launching another two satellites for one of the world’s leading providers of television entertainment services. All four satellites will weigh in at over 6 metric tons and will be a part of a fleet expansion and replenishment program. The […]
Arianespace announced today that it will launch two satellites for DIRECTV and has the option of launching another two satellites for one of the world’s leading providers of television entertainment services. All four satellites will weigh in at over 6 metric tons and will be a part of a fleet expansion and replenishment program.
The new satellites will strengthen DIRECTV’s direct-to-home (DTH) digital entertainment services across the United States and, if the options are exercised, Latin America by increasing high-definition channel capacity, adding more 3D channels, and greatly expanding the DIRECTV Cinema movies experience. The satellites will be launched on Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana in 2014.
DIRECTV-14 is currently being built by Space Systems LORAL of California. The DIRECTV-15 satellite is in the final stages of contract award. “DIRECTV is pleased to be back with Arianespace and its high performance and highly reliable ARIANE-5 launch vehicle services,” said Romulo Pontual, Chief Technology Officer of DIRECTV. “We have the utmost confidence in this system’s design and in the depth of the organization behind this rocket. We have a long standing relationship with ARIANESPACE and we are happy to build upon that foundation of success.” “It is a matter of great pride that DIRECTV has entrusted us with as many as four of their satellites,” said Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chief Executive Officer of Arianespace. “An order of this magnitude confirms Arianespace’s reputation as offering the most reliable launch service and solutions in the marketplace. We are excited to build upon a relationship that goes back nearly two decades, to the dawn of the direct-to-home revolution, when Arianespace launched DBS-1 for DIRECTV.”
DIRECTV (NASDAQ: DTV) is one of the world’s leading providers of digital television entertainment services delivering a premium video experience through state-of-the-art technology, unmatched programming and industry leading customer service to more than 30 million customers in the U.S. and Latin America. In the U.S., DIRECTV offers its 19.4 million customers access to more than 170 HD channels and Dolby-Digital® 5.1 theater-quality sound, access to exclusive sports programming such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET™, Emmy- award winning technology and higher customer satisfaction than the leading cable companies for ten years running.
DIRECTV Latin America, through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, and other Latin American countries, leads the pay-TV category in technology, programming and service, delivering an unrivaled digital television experience to more than 10.6 million customers. DIRECTV sports and entertainment properties include three Regional Sports Networks (Northwest, Rocky Mountain and Pittsburgh) as well as a 60 percent interest in Game Show Network.
Arianespace is the world’s leading launch service & solutions company, providing innovation to its customers since 1980. Backed by 21 shareholders and the European Space Agency, Arianespace offers an unrivalled family of launchers, comprising Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega, and an international workforce renowned for a culture of commitment and excellence. As of 13 September 2011, Arianespace had launched with Ariane launchers a total of 296 payloads, including more than half of all the commercial satellites now in service worldwide. It has a backlog of 18 Ariane 5 and 17 Soyuz launches, equal to more than three years of business.