Spotlight: Inspiration Networks Turns To PanAmSat
The Inspiration Networks (INSP), a Christian content programmer, has agreed to use PanAmSat [Nasdaq: SPOT] to deliver its message nationwide.
The Charlotte, N.C.-based programmer has signed a long-term transponder lease for its analog and digital networks with Wilton, Conn.-based PanAmSat. Inspiration Networks will initially use an existing PanAmSat satellite. INSP then intends to switch capacity to the satellite operator’s new Galaxy IRR satellite, scheduled for launch in 2006.
Under the new contract, The Inspiration Networks will lease satellite capacity for 15 years, with options to extend the term for the operational lifetime of the Galaxy IRR.
“This agreement is the culmination of more than a year of research during which we explored every possible option,” said David Cerullo, CEO and president of The Inspiration Networks.
The Inspiration Networks use a range of satellite distribution platforms. La Familia Network (LFN), its channel aimed at Hispanic families, has been distributed through SES Americom’s AMC 4 to cable operators since the network’s May 2002 launch.
INSP features original music programs, children’s shows, teens programs, and a variety of ministry programming. Its i-Lifetv is an adult TV network, launched in June 1998, that serves 5 million subscribers. It is distinct from INSP and features programming on marriage and family, finances, and life-enriching programs. –Paul Dykewicz
(John Roos, The Inspiration Networks, 704/561-7728)