DIRECTV and Mariners, Intelsat and Latin America

DIRECTV reached an agreement that results in the satellite TV service delivering regular season Seattle Mariners game during the current season thanks to an agreement between the company and FSN Northwest. The deal adds 45 games to the schedule, DIRECTV said.

INTERNATIONAL - Last week, Intelsat said its IS 10-02 satellite has been authorized for services to Brazil. Launched in 2004, the bird has been providing services on its C- and Ku-band transponders, with coverage of Europe, Africa, the Americas and the Middle East. With the new authorization, the Intelsat 10-02 spacecraft will join another 13 satellites within Intelsat's fleet serving Brazil, the company said.

INTERNATIONAL - Also, Intelsat said Bogota-based Elite Entertainment Television has contracted a multi-year, multi-transponder deal with the company to distribute DTH content to customers in Colombia. Elite is the 28th DTH platform hosted on the Intelsat global network, the satellite services provider said.