Sat-na April 14, 1997


                                                   April, 14

                  This week in Sat-na
  ARIANESPACE Flight 95 Scheduled for April 16
  PanAmSat Tops Record
  PanAmSat-Hughes Communications Galaxy Merger
  General Instrument at the NAB
  Harris Receives $21 Million Letter of Intent
  DiviCom Partners with Tandberg
  TVN To Store and Deliver Programming
  Turner Classic Movies adds commentary
  Taiwan Broadcaster Targets Overseas Asian Audiences
  GE Spacenet expands its global commns
  CNN contracts NTL for trans-Atlantic digital link
  France Telecom Combines Broadcast Services
  Maxat Launches Bloomberg TV
  Lotte Data Communications
  Scientific-Atlanta Delivers First IRIDIUM terminals
  Vyvx Advertising Distribution Services Upgrade
  Groupe AB and Radio Nostalgie
  Upcoming Launches
  In Brief
         ARIANESPACE Flight 95 Scheduled for April 16

         All checks on the ARIANESPACE spacecraft-launcher
adapter have been satisfactorily completed in Kourou, and
the launch preparation campaign has resumed.
     Lift-off of the ARIANE 44LP, the version of the
European launcher equipped with 2 liquid and 2 solid strap-
on boosters, is now scheduled for Wednesday, April 16,

    10:59 p.m. and 11:41 p.m. GMT,
      7:59 p.m. and 8:41 p.m. Kourou time,
    12:59 a.m. and 1:41 a.m. Paris time,
      5:59 a.m. and 6:41 a.m. Bangkok time,
      7:59 a.m. and 8:41 a.m. Tokyo time,
      6:59 p.m. and 7:41 p.m. Washington time (EDT).

         ARIANESPACE Flight 95 will put into orbit the
Thaicom 3 telecommunications satellite for Thailand, and the
BSAT-1a direct broadcast satellite for Japan.
                    PanAmSat Tops Record

     PanAmSat has beamed nearly 20,000 hours of special
events and   news coverage over its global satellite system
during the first three   months of 1997. Total special
events and part-time transmission traffic for the quarter
was the highest in PanAmSat's history.
     Among the events transmitted during the quarter over
PanAmSat's global   satellite system:

"    Continuing coverage of the Peruvian hostage crisis.
 Since the hostage situation began in mid-December 1996,
 PanAmSat has provided almost 13,000 hours of service over
 its PAS-1 and PAS-3 Atlantic Ocean Region satellites for
 more than 30 broadcasters, including ABC, CBS, CNN, Fuji,
 NHK, Nippon TV, TBS and TV Asahi.

"    Live, ongoing coverage of the Cricket Tour of the West
 Indies over PAS-3 for nearly 30 Caribbean Broadcasting Union
 member stations

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