Why NPRDS?

At NPRDS, we combine more than 40 years of broadcasting experience with a comprehensive suite of services. NPRDS provides everything you need with easy and affordable options. Whether you’re looking to deliver programming to owned-and-operated stations, affiliates, translators, or regional and national networks, NPRDS has the expertise and resources to meet your needs.
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Our History

NPR launched the first nationwide satellite network for broadcast programming more than 40 years ago. Today, the first satellite distribution service is still first, continuing to make advancements in transmission technology that the rest of the industry recognizes as standard. Our unique array of services includes internet and satellite services, radio network distribution, equipment sales and system design. Located in NPR's headquarters in Washington, DC, NPRDS offers a 24/7 state-of-the-art Network Operations Center (NOC), Back-up NOC (BuNOC) and a Network Support Center.

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Our Satellites

Galaxy 16

Galaxy 16 is a high-power satellite with 24 C-band transponders. Owned and operated by Intelsat, Galaxy 16's orbital position is 99° west longitude. NPR Distribution Services currently has access to four of Galaxy 16's C-band transponders.

Footprint of the coverage of Galaxy 16 satellite

Galaxy 17

Galaxy 17 is a communications satellite with 24 Ku-band transponders. Owned and operated by Intelsat, Galaxy 17's orbital position is 91° west longitude. NPR Distribution Services currently has access to transponder 10 of Galaxy 17's K-band transponders.

An image showing the footprint of Galaxy 17's satellite coverage

Network Operations Center (NOC)

The Network Operations Center (NOC) is our state-of-the-art system control and routing center for audio, compressed video and data transmissions. Since many of your most important broadcasts take place at night, weekends, or even on holidays, our technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist you with any troubleshooting requirements you may have. 

Staffed by experienced, highly qualified technicians, the NOC manages every aspect of activity on NPR Distribution Services' transponders and system uplinks. The NOC also assists customers with initial access to the satellite channels and verifies power levels. NPR Distribution Services' NOC is located in the NPR headquarters in Washington, DC.

Tech monitoring controls at Network Operations Center at NPR hq in Washington, DC

Back-up NOC

NPR Distribution maintains a 24-hour hot backup in St Paul, MN. All programming for both ContentDepot and The HUB @ NPRDS is simultaneously fed to the main location in Washington, DC and St Paul, MN. This enables for seamless transition whether it be for normal maintenance and upgrades or an emergency situation.

An image of the BuNOC in St. Paul, MN

Network Support Center (NSC)

Broadcast equipment is well made, but occasionally even the best equipment needs to be serviced. NPR Distribution Services customers can count on our Network Support Center for technical assistance and repairs. Our NSC's experienced and knowledgeable staff can keep your network on the air by:

  • Assisting you with troubleshooting your installations,
  • Identifying defective equipment, and
  • Arranging for loaner equipment.

The NSC operates during normal business hours (Eastern Time). For off-the-air emergency consultation, the staff is available 24/7.

The NSC can be reached at 202.513.2650.