The Star One C4 satellite of the Brazilian Telecommunications Company (Embratel), owned by America Movil (AM), started broadcasting 30 new channels in high definition (HD) and six in standard quality (SD) of Claro TV’s (AM) Pay-TV packages in Central America and the Caribbean, reported Brazilian website Telesintese.
The satellite, launched in mid-July 2015 and located at the 70º West orbital position, already provides coverage for Claro HDTV DTH operator in Brazil as well as for Claro TV in areas of Colombia where their cable TV service is not available. Now, satellite TV packages of Claro TV in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic will have a wider range of channels.
In addition, Embratel aims to double the number of signals throughout its coverage area as of 2017. “With this, local operators will be able to create more flexible and advantageous packages for their customers”, said the Executive Director of Embratel, Gustavo Silbert, to Telesintese.
Star One C4 is part of the third generation of satellites of the company and the first of a fourth one is expected to be launched in 2017. The Star One D1, which will use mainly Ka-band to cover much of Latin America will be the largest satellite built by Embratel.