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Telesat Leads Global FSS Operators in Distribution of High Definition Television Channels

OTTAWA, CANADA, NOVEMBER 10, 2009 – Telesat, the world’s fourth largest fixed satellite services operator, announced today that as a result of capacity it provides to premiere direct-to-home platform operators in North America and to other customers creating and distributing video services, Telesat is the leading distributor of high definition television channels among global fixed satellite services operators.

Interest in HD programming has never been higher and the satellite industry has responded with advanced distribution solutions to meet the needs of content providers and viewers around the world. Telesat now delivers nearly 220 HD channels – more than any other global fixed satellite services operator based on an evaluation of publicly available information.

“Telesat has a growing lineup of HD channels on our Anik and Nimiq satellites that serve North America, and also on our Telstar satellites that serve international markets,” said Dan Goldberg, President and CEO of Telesat. “Demand for HD programming continues to accelerate and it is gratifying to see that our relationships with companies like Bell TV, Shaw Direct, and EchoStar, as well as leading broadcasters like HBO Asia and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, have made Telesat a leader in HD channel delivery. We will be starting construction of a new satellite, Nimiq 6, for Bell TV in early 2010 to help meet this demand and anticipate additional capacity being required as Telesat’s customers continue to expand their HD channel distribution.”

About Telesat (

Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, Telesat is the fourth largest fixed satellite services operator. The company provides reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Telesat has a global state-of-the-art fleet of 12 satellites, with one under construction and another planned to start construction early 2010, and manages the operations of 13 additional satellites for third parties. Telesat is privately held. Its principal shareholders are Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc.

Forward-Looking Statements Safe Harbour

This news release contains statements that are not based on historical fact and are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements as a result of known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Detailed information about some of the known risks and uncertainties is included in the “Risk Factors” section of Telesat Canada’s final prospectus filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on June 29, 2009 as well as Telesat Canada’s other filings with the SEC which can be obtained on the SEC’s website at The information contained in this news release reflects Telesat’s beliefs, assumptions, intentions, plans and expectations as of the date of this news release and Telesat disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise such information.

For further information: Vanessa Brûlé, Telesat, +1 613 748-8700 ext. 2407 (

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