Bell ExpressVu announced today that the leading digital home entertainment company will light up the sky in the first quarter of 2003 by adding a second satellite, Nimiq 2, to its satellite broadcast service. The company has signed an agreement with Telesat Canada to use the full capacity of Telesat’s 32-transponder satellite. Three of the DBS transponders will be available for resale to Canadian broadcasters.
In addition to providing broadcast services, Nimiq 2 will have a Ka-band payload to support and facilitate new developments in Internet service via satellite, and emerging multimedia opportunities.
Originally posted on June 28th, 2001
This second satellite is a clear signal of the exceptional growth Bell ExpressVu has been enjoying since it launched in 1997, and supports our ongoing commitment to provide customers with the ultimate in choice and control, says David McLennan, President and COO, Bell ExpressVu. For our customers, this satellite means continued reliability and back-up with a 32-transponder satellite, as well as providing us with additional capacity to offer new programming.
More and more Canadians are signing up to take advantage of the choice and quality available through satellite television, and ncreasing numbers of customers are coming from urban areas. With Nimiq 2, we can continue to deliver the choice, control and commitment to customer satisfaction that are driving the switch to satellite, says Mr. McLennan. Satellite television is a phenomenal success story. In under four years, we’ve acquired over 800,000
subscribers. Customers are attracted to satellite because the technology supports the distribution of over 200 video channels combined with crystal- clear digital quality picture and audio. As well, we offer a great selection of pay-per-view movies and live action sports, and every month we’re adding to our line-up of high-definition programming. With the new satellite, we can continue to offer more of what our customers like to watch.
Nimiq 1 was launched by Telesat in 1999 when Bell ExpressVu introduced Canada’s largest television programming line-up, broadcast to a small 18-inch dish. When Nimiq 2 is launched into the 91 degree WL orbital slot, Nimiq 1 will be redeployed to 82 degrees WL in a seamless transfer. Bell ExpressVu’s core services will remain at 91 degrees WL and will operate on the new satellite. No repointing of dishes will be required. Both DBS slots provide national coverage. The nine degrees of spacing between the two satellites means that in the future, customers will be able to access over 200 video channels using their current 18-inch dish, or can upgrade to a slightly larger
20-inch dual satellite dish. This allows them to enjoy the programming
available on both satellites.