Friendly match on 15 February to benefit Tsunami victims will be broadcast via satellite on GlobeCast Direct-To-Home Satellite platforms worldwide

Paris, 10 February 2005 – GlobeCast, the world’s leading satellite services company, is honoured to announce that it will be collaborating in the “Football for Hope” FIFA / UEFA Friendly Match to be held between Ronaldinho XI and Shevchenko XI on 15 February 2005 at the Nou Camp Stadium in Barcelona, Spain.  The entire proceeds of this charity event will be donated to the FIFA / AFC Tsunami Solidarity Fund.  GlobeCast will be on site in Barcelona to provide transmission, encryption and uplink to its broadcast platforms worldwide.

The top footballers in the world, led by FIFA World Player 2004 Ronaldinho and European Footballer of the Year 2004 Andriy Shevchenko, will compete in this friendly but fierce competition for a good cause.  In response, GlobeCast’s broadcast professionals around the globe will work together to deliver coverage of this historic match to millions of potential viewers on every continent.

GlobeCast’s Direct-to-Home platforms will carry the game live from Barcelona t

Ø Africa, via NSS-7 (C-band) and HOT BIRD 6 (Ku-band)
Ø Americas, via Hispasat 1C (Ku-band)
Ø Asia/Oceania, via AsiaSat 2 (C-band)
Ø Europe and Middle East, via HOT BIRD 6 (Ku-band)

This truly global coverage has been donated by GlobeCast as a token of solidarity with the victims of this terrible catastrophe.  Coverage over Asia and Oceania is being provided courtesy of Asiasat, with uplink provided by Satlink.

About GlobeCast
GlobeCast (http://www.globecast.com/) – a France Telecom subsidiary – is the world’s leading satellite services company, operating a global network of satellite distribution platforms for broadcast and advanced content delivery. The company is present on five continents, accessible through 15 teleports and technical operation centres in the world’s leading media hubs.


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