Satellite firms are busy Tuesday distributing coverage of the memorial service for pop icon Michael Jackson from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Intelsat, in partnership with AEG Live, Coastal Media Group, The Switch and Pacific Television, is serving as the exclusive satellite carrier for the live, free-to-air, worldwide distribution of the service and will provide global television broadcast access to the memorial event without charge of any kind.
The Intelsat 9, Intelsat 5, Intelsat 905 and Intelsat 904 satellites are being used to distribute the free-to-air signals to broadcasters around the world, and Intelsat has placed additional support staff onsite at the Staples Center.
Meanwhile, Cinedigm Digital Cinema has teamed with AEG Network Live to bring a live high-definition feed of the service to Cinedigm digital cinema-equipped theatres in 31 states. Limited tickets to attend are free and are being distributed online for most locations on a first-come-first-serve basis.
"We are truly honored to use Cinedigm's national digital cinema network to acknowledge and share this momentous event with moviegoers across the nation," said Cinedigm Chairman and CEO Bud Mayo in a statement. "Our deepest sympathies go to the Jackson family and to the millions of mourners who will join us in saying farewell to a great icon."
"Bringing fans together in cinemas allows them to participate in the historic passing of Michael Jackson as part of a community," added John Rubey, president of AEG Network Live, in a statement. "We are pleased to be providing that opportunity. We appreciate the permission of AEG Network Live and the Jackson family to bring the service to theatres."
The current list of confirmed theaters is as follows:
ST City Theatre Street Address
AL Mobile Wynnsong 16 725 Schillinger Road
AR Little Rock Rave Colonel Glenn 18 18 Colonel Glenn Plaza Drive
CA Los Angeles Mann Chinese 6 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
CA Monrovia Krikorian 12-Monrovia 410 South Myrtle Ave
CA Tulare Galaxy 10-Tulare 1575 Retherford Street
CO Colorado Springs Chapel Hills 15 1710 Briargate Blvd.
FL Pensacola Rave Bayou 15 5149 Bayou Blvd.
GA Columbus Carmike 15 5555 Whitlesey Parkway
GA Conyers Carmike Conyers Crossroads 16 1536 Dogwood Dr SE
GA Savannah Carmike Wynnsong 11-Savannah 1150 Shawnee St.
IA Johnston Carmike Wynnsong 16-Johnston 5233 NW 84th St.
IL Champaign Beverly Center 18 910 Meijers Drive
IL Dekalb Carmike Market Square 10 2160 Sycamore Rd
IN Evansville East 18 Evansville 4250 W Jefferson Blvd
KS Manhattan Seth Childs 12 2610 Farm Bureau
MI Lansing NCG Lansing Eastwood 2500 Showtime Drive
MO Warrensburg Carmike University 8-Warrensburg 727 N. Charles
MT Missoula Carmike 10-Missoula 3640 Mullan Road
NC Asheville Carmike 10-Asheville 299-1 Swannanoa River Road
NC Fayetteville Carmike Market Fair 15 1916 Skibo Road
NC Jacksonville Carmike 16-Jacksonville 350 Western Blvd.
NC Raleigh Marquee Wakefield 12 10600 Common Oak Drive
NM Las Cruces Telshor 12 (Las Cruces, NM) 2811 North Telshore Blvd.
NV Las Vegas Rave Town Square 18 6857 Las Vegas Blvd South
NY Brooklyn Pavillion Digital Showcase Theatre 188 Prospect Park W
NY New York Chelsea 260 West 23rd Street
NY New Hartford Marquee Orchard 14-New Hartford 20 Ellinwood Drive.
TN Franklin Thoroughbred 20 636 Frazier Drive
TN Johnson City Johnson City 14 1805 North Roan Street
TN Dyersburg Carmike 9-Dyersburg 528 Green Village Shopping Ctr.
TN Knoxville Carmike Wynnsong 16-Knoxville 200 North Peters Road
TX Austin Galaxy Highland 10 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd
TX Edinburg Carmike 20 3003 S. Expressway 281
TX Hurst RMP North East Mall 18 1101 Melbourne Rd
VA Roanoke Carmike 10 4494 Electric Road
VA Fredericksburg Marquee Southpoint 9 5800 Southpoint Boulevard
WV Charleston Marquee Southridge 12 331 Southridge Boulevard