ABC Signs With PanAmSat For Three Digital Channels

ABC Signs With PanAmSat For Three Digital Channels

Tokyo, Japan, 16 February 1997 (TS-ASIA) -- The Australian Broadcasting
Corporation has signed a contract with PanAmSat to use the company's PAS-2
satellite for distribution of news and programming to its studios and some
transmitters throughout Australia. ABC is one of the first broadcasters to
use PanAmSat for video services within Australia since the domestic
satellite services market was opened to international competition in July

ABC will use 27-megahertz of space on the PAS-2 ku-band Australia/New
Zealand beam. It will carry three digital channels on the transponder, to
be used for distribution of original and post-produced programming material
to its television studios throughout Australia and its transmitters in
Victoria. The ABC will also use the digital channels to send programming
from Asia and the West Coast of the United States back to Australia.

ABC's service is expected to migrated to the PAS-8 Pacific Ocean Region
satellite later this year. PAS-8, which contains 24 C-band and 24 Ku-band
transponders, is scheduled for launch during the third quarter of 1998 on a
Proton rocket. It will be located at 166 degrees east.

PAS-2, which contains 16 C-band and 16 ku-band transponders, was launched
in July 1994 and is located at 169 degrees east. In addition to ABC,
PanAmSat has several Australian customers - including Telstra, AAPT
Sat-Tel, Internet Group, Ourworld Global Network and NetConnect.

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