Intelsat, Ascent Import Russian TV
Ascent Media Network Services (AMNS), a division of Ascent Media Group, is teaming up with Intelsat to deliver Channel One Russia Worldwide Network (formerly known as Public Russian Television) from Moscow into the United States for the first time. Channel One, 51-percent owned by the Russian government and viewed by approximately 200 million people in the former Soviet Union, is distributed to U.S. cable viewers via Centennial, Colo.-based International Channel Networks. AMNS is providing international downlink, program integration, time delay and server playout for Channel One from its London facility. Using AMNS’ transatlantic fiber, the signal is transmitted to the company’s switching center in New York, where it is routed to Intelsat’s GlobalConnex infrastructure for delivery.