Intelsat has signed a 15-year agreement with Encompass Digital Media, which provides media capture, management and distribution services, for capacity on Intelsat 34, one of the three satellites in the video neighbourhoods serving Latin America.

Encompass will transition from Intelsat 805 at 304.5 East to its replacement satellite, Intelsat 34, in late 2015, and lease additional C-band capacity to expand its SD and HD video distribution feeds throughout Latin America.

"Intelsat's premier video neighbourhood at 304.5 East delivers high cable headend penetration throughout Latin America which will allow us to meet the increased demand for HD and regionalised content distribution," said Juan Salleras, executive vice president and general manager at Encompass Latin America. "The premium transponders on Intelsat 34 will allow us to operate more efficiently and provide programmers with the ability to deliver higher quality and differentiated content to their viewers."

Added Carmen Gonzalez-Sanfeliu, regional vice president for Latin America and Caribbean sales at Intelsat: "Starting with the global distribution of the Mexico Olympic Games in 1968, Intelsat has been the leading provider of satellite services to the Latin America media market, delivering the region's most-watched channels to more cable head-ends than any other satellite operator."

She added: "The Intelsat 34 satellite, and our related investments in ground infrastructure in the region, will further support Encompass' growth plans, enhancing its highly respected distribution platform for the region."