SOURCE: Pittsburgh International Telecommunications

Pittsburgh International Telecommunications

April 21, 2011 13:21 ET

Hispasat Group and Pittsburgh International Telecommunications, Inc., Launch "New Winds," a DTH Platform on Amazonas-2 Satellite

PITTSBURGH, PA--(Marketwire - Apr 21, 2011) - Hispasat Group, the leading DTH satellite provider in Spanish and Portuguese speaking markets, and Pittsburgh International Telecommunications, Inc. (PIT), one of the world's largest privately-owned and operated teleports and global distributors of audio and video signals, announced today a partnership to launch a new DTH (direct-to-home) platform on Amazonas-2 satellite titled New Winds.

New Winds, an alternative for the North American DTH market, provides an MCPC platform focusing on content providers from around the world. The platform, uplinked from the Pittsburgh International Telecommunications teleport, has launched with nine channels from Europe and the Middle East, with additional channels forthcoming from the Americas.

"The Hispasat Group has already achieved a strong presence in the DTH market in Europe and Latin America and our goal is to extend this presence in the North American market," said Miguel Angel Redondo, Commercial and Services Director at Hispasat. "The initiative with Pittsburgh International Telecommunications will allow us to position Amazonas-2 as the ideal spacecraft to broadcast content to the North American Market."

"We are excited about the business partnership with the Hispasat Group and are eager to cultivate our relationship," said Floyd Ganassi, Chairman of Pittsburgh International Telecommunications, Inc. "Partnering with Hispasat on the New Winds platform will enable them to further their penetration into the North American DTH market."

For customers needing backhaul services, LTN Global Communications, Inc., the only SmartCloud service for professional broadcast video delivery, will offer connectivity to PIT's teleport via their SmartCloud technology. According to Malik Khan, Co-Founder and Chairman of LTN Global Communications, Inc., "PIT is currently a node on our SmartCloud network which will provide New Winds customers with a cost-effective solution for contribution services."

Amazonas-2, a geosynchronous satellite with a life span of 15 years, which launched in October of 2009 by the Hispasat Group, is equipped with 64 transponders consisting of 54 Ku-Band (36 MHz) and 10 C-Band (54 MHz) transponders. The Amazonas-2 satellite, co-located with the Amazonas-1 satellite, is situated at 61 Degrees West Longitude and covers the Americas.

About Hispasat Group

HISPASAT is the seventh company in the world by revenue in its sector, and the leader in the dissemination and distribution of content in Spanish and Portuguese. With more than 1,150 television and radio channels, including the contents of major digital platforms of direct-to-home television (DTH) and high definition television (HDTV), the Group is the leading technological and cultural bridge between Europe and America. www.hispasat.com

About Pittsburgh International Telecommunications, Inc.

Pittsburgh International Telecommunications, Inc. (PIT), a 28-year old full-service transmission company, specializes in the Christian and Ethnic DTH broadcast markets. From its Teleport, and by means of satellite, fiber and IP, PIT provides global transmission of analog and digital content, uplink/downlink/turnaround, and disaster recovery services. In addition, PIT owns and operates a Ku-Band, dual-path, mobile Uplink Truck and the Pittsburgh Videotech Center -- a full-service production company specializing in studio and remote live news network feeds, satellite media tours, webcasts, corporate announcements, and HD videoconferencing services. www.pitcomm.com

About LTN Global Communications, Inc.

LTN was founded in 2007 with the vision to transform the video transport industry. Today, LTN's SmartCloud service is the media industry's catalyst for change. This network, via a broadband Internet connection, allows SmartCloud service to deliver flawless quality, five 9's of reliability, and secure video transport from and to anywhere in the world instantaneously. www.LTNGlobal.com

Contact Information

  • For more informaion, contact:

    Ruben Levcovitz
    International Commercial Director
    Hispamar Satellites
    [301] 881-1558
    Email Contact

    Missy Gralish
    Director Business Development
    Pittsburgh International Telecommunications
    [412] 565-3471
    Email Contact

    Jeffrey D. Wateska
    Vice President, Business Development
    LTN Global Communications
    [412] 427-5236
    Email Contact