AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat's latest broadcast satellite for the China market, has received a permit to provide video services in mainland China.
The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of The People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT) has recently given permission for AsiaSat 6 to serve Chinese broadcasters for video distribution to cable headends in China.
Also, Shanghai Interactive Television, a subsidiary of Shanghai Oriental Pearl Media, has signed a contract with CITICSat, which holds the exclusive right to market AsiaSat 6 capacity in China to broadcast 10 HD pay TV channels.
"This new permit marks a major breakthrough for AsiaSat with our re-entry into the video services market in China,” said William Wade, president and CEO of AsiaSat.
Wade said SiTV is the first in a list of future Chinese broadcast customers. “With their service launch later in January, AsiaSat 6 is able to provide strong support for the development of HD broadcasting in China."
AsiaSat 6, an advanced Space Systems/Loral 1300 series satellite, is designed to provide excellent power and region-wide coverage at its nominal orbital location of 120 degrees East.
With its high-powered C-band transponders and a design life of 15 years, AsiaSat 6 offers high quality capacity to the growing China video market.