DIRECTV LatAm preps new satellite
Gabriel Miramar-Garcia
| 18 October 2014
DIRECTV Latin America has launched a new satellite payload, DLA-1, to increase capacity and support for the PanAmericana division beginning in the first half of 2015.

“The launch of this new satellite will significantly enhance the entertainment experience that has transformed DIRECTV into the preferred pay-TV service in the region,” said Jacopo Bracco, president of DIRECTV PanAmericana.

“DLA-1 will also enable us to implement a long-term development plan to best meet the interests and needs of current and future customers in the region in the coming years.”

DLA-1 will be located in the same position as the existing DIRECTV PanAmericana satellite (Galaxy 3C), at 95º W. Subscribers from Argentina, Chile, Caribbean, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela will not have to make any changes in the orientation of their antenna or to their set-top boxes when the new satellite begins operating.

The DLA-1 satellite payload is hosted on the Intelsat 30 satellite, launched this month on an Ariane 5 vehicle from Kourou, French Guiana.

DIRECTV has 39 million customers in the Americas.

“DIRECTV is committed to growth by continuing to offer the best and most distinctive content, state-of-the-art technology and the best customer experience,” the company said. “With this launch, the Company is ensuring it has a roadmap of evolution and innovation for the future by investing in technology and fulfilling its promise to deliver the best entertainment experience platform, wherever, whenever and however the user wants to watch.” inShare0