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Satellite Firms Jump on Jackson Memorial Service

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:

STCityTheatreStreet Address
ALMobileWynnsong 16725 Schillinger Road
AR Little RockRave Colonel Glenn 1818 Colonel Glenn Plaza Drive
CALos AngelesMann Chinese 66801 Hollywood Blvd.
CA MonroviaKrikorian 12-Monrovia410 South Myrtle Ave
CA TulareGalaxy 10-Tulare1575 Retherford Street
COColorado SpringsChapel Hills 151710 Briargate Blvd.
FL PensacolaRave Bayou 155149 Bayou Blvd.
GAColumbusCarmike 155555 Whitlesey Parkway
GAConyersCarmike Conyers Crossroads 161536 Dogwood Dr SE
GA SavannahCarmike Wynnsong 11-Savannah1150 Shawnee St.
IA JohnstonCarmike Wynnsong 16-Johnston5233 NW 84th St.
ILChampaignBeverly Center 18910 Meijers Drive
ILDekalbCarmike Market Square 102160 Sycamore Rd
INEvansvilleEast 18 Evansville4250 W Jefferson Blvd
KSManhattanSeth Childs 122610 Farm Bureau
MILansingNCG Lansing Eastwood2500 Showtime Drive
MO WarrensburgCarmike University 8-Warrensburg727 N. Charles
MT MissoulaCarmike 10-Missoula3640 Mullan Road
NC AshevilleCarmike 10-Asheville299-1 Swannanoa River Road
NC FayettevilleCarmike Market Fair 151916 Skibo Road
NC JacksonvilleCarmike 16-Jacksonville350 Western Blvd.
NC RaleighMarquee Wakefield 1210600 Common Oak Drive
NMLas CrucesTelshor 12 (Las Cruces, NM)2811 North Telshore Blvd.
NV Las VegasRave Town Square 186857 Las Vegas Blvd South
NYBrooklynPavillion Digital Showcase Theatre188 Prospect Park W
NYNew YorkChelsea260 West 23rd Street
NY New HartfordMarquee Orchard 14-New Hartford20 Ellinwood Drive.
TNFranklinThoroughbred 20636 Frazier Drive
TNJohnson CityJohnson City 141805 North Roan Street
TN DyersburgCarmike 9-Dyersburg528 Green Village Shopping Ctr.
TN KnoxvilleCarmike Wynnsong 16-Knoxville200 North Peters Road
TXAustinGalaxy Highland 106700 Middle Fiskville Rd
TXEdinburgCarmike 203003 S. Expressway 281
TXHurstRMP North East Mall 181101 Melbourne Rd
VARoanokeCarmike 104494 Electric Road
VA FredericksburgMarquee Southpoint 95800 Southpoint Boulevard
WV CharlestonMarquee Southridge 12331 Southridge Boulevard