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Sat-Na March 3rd 1997




Sat-na
                                                March, 3
                                                        1997



                              

DTH SERVICE FINALLY AVAILABLE TO CANADIANS
------------------------------------------

     AlphaStar Canada Inc. has won the race to become
Canada's first market-ready provider of digital direct-to-
home (DTH) satellite television service. The Canadian Radio-
television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced
that it has awarded AlphaStar Canada broadcast and pay-per-
view licenses.
     Company officials said the AlphaStar Canada
broadcasting network is already on-the-air, and starting
immediately, Canadian viewers will be able to purchase
hardware and subscribe to the service.
     ``We have begun shipping digital set-top receivers and
satellite dishes to dealers across Canada,'' said David
Lewis, President of AlphaStar Canada, ``and customers will
be able to access up to 45 channels as soon as their
equipment is installed.''
     By the end of March, AlphaStar subscribers will be able
to choose from a line-up of 75 channels (35 video, 30 audio,
and 10 pay-per-view), including both English and French
services. By mid-Summer, when the network begins
broadcasting from AT&T's new Telstar 5 satellite, up to 120
channels will be available. The video broadcast line-up will
include all major Canadian television networks, as well as
most approved American services and several international
networks.
The AlphaStar Canada package_which consists of a digital set-
top receiver ``box'' and a 75-centimetre diameter satellite
dish_will sell for $499.00 when purchased with an annual
$300.00 basic programming package.

AlphaStar CANADA

    English Channels                            French
Channels

    CBC                                           CBC
    SRC                                           SRC
    CTV                                           CTV
    MUCHMUSIC                                     MUSIQUE
PLUS
    SHOWCASE                                      TV-5
    CPAC                                          CPAC
    YTV                                           CANAL
FAMILLE
    NEWSWORLD                                  RDI
    CNN                                           CANAL D
    CNN-HLN                                       TVA
    ABC                                           30 DMX
channels
    CBS
    NBC
    FOX
    PBS
    30 DMX channels

    Expanded service English                 Expanded
service French

    CBC                                           CBC
    SRC                                           SRC
    CTV                                           CTV
    MUSIQUE PLUS                             CANAL-D
    YTV                                           RDS
    TSN                                           RDI
    DISCOVERY                                MUSIQUE PLUS
    MUCHMUSIC                                TV-5
    SHOWCASE                                 CPAC
    CPAC                                          SUPER
ECRAN
    NEWSWORLD                                TVA
    CANAL-D                                  CANAL FAMILLE
    CANAL FAMILLE                            30 DMX channels
    RDS
    RDI
    CNBC
    A&E
    TNN
    CNN
    CNN-HLN
    TLC
    ABC
    CBS
    NBC
    FOX
    PBS
    30 DMX

                      Bi-lingual services

    CBC                                      MUSIQUE PLUS
    SRC                                      TV-5
    CTV                                      A&E
    TVA                                      TNN

    YTV                                      CNBC
    TSN                                      CNN
    DISCOVERY                           CNN-HLN
    MUCHMUSIC                           TLC
    SHOWCASE                            ABC
    CPAC                                     CBS
    NEWSWORLD                           NBC
    CANAL-D                                  FOX
    CANAL FAMILLE                       PBS
    RDS                                      30 DMX channels
    RDI

                       PAY SERVICES/A LA CARTE

                         MUSIQUE NUMERIQUE
                           FAMILY CHANNEL
                      FAMILY CHANNEL + WGN + WTBS
                     ASIAN TELEVISION NETWORK (ATN)
                           ATN + WGN + WTBS
                              SUPER ECRAN
                       SUPER ECRAN + WGN + WTBS
                                  PPV


Echostar/News Corp.
------------------
     The News Corporation Limited and EchoStar
Communications Corporation have formed a new Direct
Broadcast Satellite alliance designed to mount vigorous
competition  in the subscription television market.
     News Corporation will contribute to EchoStar cash,
satellites and other assets of News Corporation's American
Sky Broadcasting having a total value of $1 billion in
return for 50% of the equity of EchoStar.  MCI
Communications Corporation will own 20% of  News
Corporation's 50% interest, or 10% of EchoStar.
     The DBS transponder capacity at the orbital slots
currently  licensed by EchoStar (which includes the use of
91 transponders at  61.5 degrees, 110 degrees, 119 degrees,
148 degrees and 175 degrees  Western Longitude orbital
locations) and MCI (which includes the use  of 28
transponders at 110 degrees West Longitude orbital location)
will be made available for use by EchoStar.  The EchoStar
DBS  business will continue to be headquartered in
Englewood, Colorado and will operate under the trade name
Sky, which is utilised by News  Corporation's DBS services
around the world.  EchoStar is expected to spin off to
existing shareholders certain assets, including its
manufacturing and international businesses.
     Charles W. Ergen will continue to serve as the Chief
Executive  Officer of EchoStar.  Rupert Murdoch, Chairman
and Chief Executive of News Corporation, will serve as
Chairman of EchoStar.  Carl Vogel  will serve as Executive
Vice President of EchoStar.  Paul Haggerty,  currently the
Chief Financial Officer of ASkyB, will be named Chief
Financial Officer of EchoStar.
     Preston Padden, Chief Executive Officer, of ASkyB has
been named  President, Worldwide Satellite Operations for
News Corporation.  In  this capacity, Mr. Padden together
with Mr. Murdoch, will oversee  News Corporation's
investment in EchoStar and Mr. Padden will have  primary
responsibility for co-ordination of News Corporation's DBS
systems around the world.  Mr. Padden will report to Chase
Carey,  Co-Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation.
The new Sky service is expected to include 7 satellites,
more  than 500 channels, advanced technology, retransmission
of local TV  stations in markets representing more than 75%
of all U.S.   television households, low consumer entry cost
and superior customer  service.

Regional Sat Broadcasting Network
---------------------------------
     DBS Asia, the satellite TV broadcast subsidiary of Asia
Broadcasting and Communications Network Ltd., (ABCN), has
awarded a management contract to Favorlangh Communication
Corporation (FCC) to establish and to manage its operational
centre in Taiwan, to be known as DBS Asia :Taiwan.  ABCN is
an affiliate of Thailand's The M Group.
     Favorlangh's management contract is for an exclusive,
multi-year agreement to establish DBS Asia's operational
base in Taipei, including the recruitment and training of
personnel, marketing and distribution, acquisition of local
programming and driving sales efforts.
     Attending the launch ceremony in Taipei were
representatives of the strategic partners in the ABCN
venture, including International Engineering Company (IEC)
and other Thai shareholders in the venture, Itochu
Corporation of Japan and Echostar Communications of the US.
     ABCN announced its plans to establish a satellite based
multi-media information superhighway in the sky over Asia
Pacific in March 1996.  The satellite program will provide
digital broadcast and telecommunications services to this
rapidly developing region.  DBS Asia will use about 75% of
the capacity of the first L-Star satellite, planned for
launch in December 1997.
     The first satellite in the L-STAR Program will be L-
STAR 1, a super-high-powered satellite to be launched into
geostationary orbit at 116  E in a slot granted to the Lao
People's Democratic Republic (Lao P.D.R.).  When it enters
commercial service, L-STAR 1 will be able to broadcast 100
channels to Taiwanese viewers with a clear signal to 45 cm
dishes.
The L-STAR 1 footprint will reach over 16 countries and will
be divided into three beams :  the central (Lao P.D.R,
Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore and
Vietnam); the west (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and
Sri Lanka); and the east (Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and
Korea).

General Instrument $13.7 Million Contract
----------------------------------------
     Magnitude compression Systems, Inc. (MCS) a subsidiary
of General Instrument Corporation has signed a $13.7 million
contract with Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd (MEI)
to supply Magnitude MPEG-2/DVB Encoding Systems, comprised
of 160 channels, to DIRECTV JAPAN, Inc. (DTVJ).
     The systems are currently being shipped to DTVJ, which
is scheduled to launch its direct-to-home (DTH) service in
the third quarter of 1997. DTVJ will be one of the largest
DTH satellite systems in the Asia Pacific region.
     The Magnitude Encoding System is currently the only
MPEG system used for the successful DTH services such as
DIRECTV, inc. and USSB in the United States and Galaxy Latin
America, the company delivering the DIRECTV service in Latin
America.
     The Magnitude system is compliant with both the Moving
Pictures Experts Group (MPEG-2) standards, which govern the
digital processing and transmission of audio and video
information, and the Digital Video Broadcast (DVB)
standards, which define the broadcasting of digital video
and audio signals.  The DTVJ system will be supplied with
the MCS StatMux feature and the MovieMaster advanced
detelecine process. StatMux is a statistical multiplexing
process which allows multiple digital video channels to
dynamically share the entire bandwidth of a satellite
transponder according to the instantaneous demand for
bandwidth from each channel. This process allows the
programmer to hold picture quality constant regardless of
the degree of difficulty of the material being encoded.
The MovieMasrer advanced detelecine process automatically
detects the redundant fields present in all original film-
based material and deletes them for more efficient
compression.


EBU launches aid
----------------
     Public service broadcasting in Bosnia-Herzegovina must
be supported and protected, according to a decision by the
Directors General of the EBU member broadcasting
organisations, who have launched an extensive assistance
plan for their fellow-broadcaster RTVBiH.
     Apart from wiping out RTVBiH's debts towards the EBU,
the other members of the Union are to provide it with free
programming for a year and are to look into the possibility
of setting up joint productions.
The EBU has appointed two special representatives: Richard
Dill (former Head of International Relations in the German
broadcasting organisation ARD) and Sven Olof Ekholm (former
Director of Engineering at the Swedish SVT). Their job will
be to seek out sponsors among film distributors, to have
them grant broadcasting licences to RTVBiH for a limited
period, and among manufacturers, to help with re-equipping
the studios. The EBU itself will ensure that RTVBiH remains
linked to its international satellite programme distribution
network (Eurovision) and continues to receive all the
assistance necessary to promote its technological
development, such as training seminars.

Pearson Television to sell stake in TVB
---------------------------------------
     Pearson Television, part of Pearson plc has agreed to
sell its entire 10% interest in Television Broadcasts
Limited ("TVB"), Hong Kong's leading television broadcaster,
for 111.1 m.
     The purchasers of the shares are Shaw Brothers (Hong
Kong) Limited and an associated party. Pearson acquired the
stake in TVB in February 1995 for 106.2m (HK$31 per share),
and received dividends during the period of 3.5m.  The
final sale price was HK$33.25 per share.

FCC Chairman Wants an Auction
----------------------------
     Federal Communications Commission Chairman (FCC) Reed
Hundt said he wants to hold an open auction of the two
available licenses to provide a nation-wide radio service
beamed via satellite.
     Digital Audio Radio Services (DARS) promises nation-
wide radio broadcasts that are transmitted via satellite.
The FCC must determine how to allocate the two available
licenses that offer transmission throughout the country.
     Hundt said the license holders should have broad
flexibility to use the permits in the manner they best deem
fit, and that any broadcaster should be able to participate
in the auction by either bidding individually or through a
joint venture.

GE Americom Invests In Nahuelsat
-------------------------------
     GE Americom has increased its equity investment in
Nahuelsat S.A., the Argentine regional communication
satellite system for the Americas, to 28.75 percent of the
company's $100-million from 17.25 percent, acquired in
December 1996.
     Nahuelsat S.A. was founded in 1993 with an initial
capital of $20 million by the three European aerospace
companies Daimler-Benz Aerospace (Germany), Aerospatiale
(France) and Alenia Spazio (Italy).  Since then the equity
has grown to $100 million through the integration of
strategic partners such as IFC (World Bank Group), the local
partners Telecom Argentina and Antel (Uruguay) as well as
major Argentinian banks and investment funds:  the Banco de
la Provincia de Buenos Aires and BISA (Bemberg Group).
     Nahuelsat, holder of a long-term operating license from
the Argentine government, will shortly provide multipurpose
satellite telecommunication services through its NAHUEL-1 Ku-
band satellite specifically designed for Latin America,
following the successful launch of the satellite on January
30, 1997. Three beams will cover Argentina, Chile, Uruguay
and Paraguay (Region 1), Brazil (Region 2) and all Spanish-
speaking countries of South and Central America from Tierra
del Fuego to Mexico and the Southern U.S. (Region 3).

NSAB Signs Deal With GE For Service On Sirius 2
-----------------------------------------------
     Nordiska Satellitaktiebolaget (NSAB) of Sweden has
signed an agreement with GE Americom, for transmission
service on the Sirius 2 European satellite.  GE will offer
pan-European satellite communications services via 16
transponders on the Aerospatiale-built spacecraft, which is
currently scheduled for launch in July 1997.  NSAB will use
this capacity to complement services provided via 16 other
NSAB-owned transponders on the satellite.

Samsung DSR 2000
----------------
          Samsung Electro-Mechanics announced the first
delivery of its Samsung-brand DSR 2000 satellite receiver.
     Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co. Ltd. of Suwon, Korea, is
a licensee of Tee-Comm Electronics' DTH satellite television
technology. The Samsung brand name will be prominently
displayed on every unit.
     The Samsung DSR 2000 utilises MPEG-2, DVB-compliant
engineering and technology and has been tested on the
AlphaStar Network.

First New Titan IVB Rocket Launched
----------------------------------
     The first upgraded Titan IVB space launch vehicle
thundered into the Florida skies this week carrying a
Defense Support Program (DSP) satellite that will provide
early warning of missile launches throughout the world.
Transfer of the satellite to its final orbit was
accomplished by the inertial upper stage (IUS).  The launch
was from complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla.
     The Titan IVB is an upgraded configuration of the Titan
IVA.  It is the nation's largest, most powerful expendable
launch vehicle and is built by Lockheed Martin Astronautics
near Denver, Colo.  The Titan IVB is capable of boosting up
to 47,800 pounds into low-Earth orbit or more than 12,700
pounds into geosynchronous orbit 22,300 miles above Earth --
25 percent larger than payloads carried by the standard
Titan IVA.  This new configuration features upgraded solid
rocket motors; a more accurate guidance system based on ring
laser gyros; a new, more efficient programmable aerospace
ground equipment (PAGE) system used to checkout the vehicle
on the ground and standardised mechanical and electrical
interfaces to the payload.
     This was the first of four Titan IV launches scheduled
this year.  It was the 20th Titan IV launched, the
thirteenth from Cape Canaveral.  Seven Titan IVs have been
launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
     Lockheed Martin Astronautics is under contract to the
U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Centre to build and
launch 41 Titan IV expendable launch vehicles, of which 19
will be the new Titan IVB configuration.  As prime
contractor and systems integrator, the company provides
overall program management, builds the first and second
stages and the Centaur upper stage and provides launch
services.  Titan IV is the nation's primary heavy-lift
expendable space launch vehicle, providing the principal
access to space for critical national security payloads
launched from both coasts.  The next Titan IVB will launch
the Cassini spacecraft on its mission to Saturn for the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration in October.

Discovery Communications, Inc.
-----------------------------
     Discovery Communications, Inc. (DCI), the privately
held, Bethesda, Maryland-based parent company of cable
television's popular Discovery Channel and The Learning
Channel, announced unaudited, consolidated 1996 calendar
year revenues of $661.8 million, with an operating cash flow
(earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and
amortisation, but including program content amortisation) of
$70.2 million.

     DCI's developing assets, for which specific revenue
figures were not released, include the company's new cable
networks in the U.S._Animal Planet, Discovery Science
Network, Discovery Civilisation Network, Discovery Travel &
Living Network and Discovery Kids; its developing cable
networks in Latin America, Asia, India and Africa; its part-
ownership of networks in Germany, Japan and Canada; its 50%
share of a time-shifting television service in the U.S.,
Your Choice TV; its brand-extension businesses in online,
multimedia and home video; its unit for production and
distribution of theatrical and large-format motion pictures;
its programming library; and its nascent "Discovery On
Demand" service, yet another DCI business readying itself
for the emerging digital platform.

    Financial Performance Summary

Developed Assets
      1. Discovery Channel: U.S.
      2. The Learning Channel: U.S.
      3. Discovery Channel: Europe
      4. Discovery Retail & Theme (The Nature Company)

    1996 Developed Assets, Total Revenue: $603.3 M
    1996 Developed Assets, Operating Cash Flow: $203.8 M

                              Developing Assets
             Current Snapshot (Feb. '97) of Distribution
Progress
                                    Current Distribution
    Animal Planet                       15 million
    Discovery Science                   TCI Digital Auto-
pack
    Discovery Civilisation              "
    Discovery Travel & Living           "
    Discovery Kids                      "
    Discovery Latin America             6.6 million
    Discovery Asia (includes India)     13.9 million
    Discovery Kids -- Latin America     Recent Launch
    Discovery Germany                   Recent Launch
    Discovery Italy/Africa              Recent Launch
    Discovery Canada                    4.2 million


      Upcoming Launches
Next Atlas Launch
"    Tempo 2  --March 5th , 1997 1.02 - 2.01 am ET Video:
 Galaxy 7 Transponder 8

Next Ariane Launch
"    Ariane 4/Thaicom --Apr 4, 1997



    Malaysia decided that  its first micro-satellite will
 be launched by a Russian company at the end of the year. The
 decision was made by the Cabinet which also agreed to award
 Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. of Britain the contract to
 jointly design and build the micro-satellite with
 Malaysians.

    Myanmar's Myawaddy TV will lease a transponder from the
 Asia Satellite Telecommunication Co Ltd of Hong Kong to
 extend its regular services. Myawaddy TV will use the
 transponder of Asiasat Satellite-2 in its morning  and
 evening services. The Myawaddy TV started its regular
 morning telecast in March of 1995 via Asiasat Satellite-1.
                              

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