Discovery Communications Inc. has inked a long-term, multi-transponder deal to gain capacity on SES Americom 's next-gen C-band AMC-10 and AMC-11 satellites.
Beginning in 2003, those birds — the successors to the Satcom C-3 and C-4 satellites — will form Americom's "cable satellite neighborhood." Discovery will use the new satellites to distribute its family of U.S. programming networks, including its flagship Discovery Channel, as well as TLC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery Kids, Discovery Times Channel, The Science Channel, Discovery Wings Channel, Discovery HomeLeisure Channel, Discovery en Espanol, HD Theater and The Health Network.
Americom said AMC-10 and AMC-11 satellites will support multiple transmission formats, including digital multiplex, high definition and analog. They will each house 24 transponders and rest at 135 degrees and 131 degrees West Longitude, respectively.