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Nachrichten vom 14. Mai 1996

New Home for Murdoch's Latin America Pay TV
Finally, Latin America knows where to tune in for some digital TV. Rupert
Murdoch, US cable company TCI, Mexico's Grupo Televisa and Brazil's Globo
wanted to broadcast on INTELSAT 708 but changed their minds after the loss
of the satellite during an attempt to put it in orbit with a Chinese
booster. 708 could have simply been replaced by INTELSAT 707, but Murdoch
& Co. seized the opportunity to do one of their partners good. Grupo
Televisa is a major shareholder of PanAmSat, which might readily explain
the fact that the Latin American pay TV will instead use a total of 48
transponders on PAS 5 and 6, both due for launch during the next twelve
months. Before that, PAS 3R will be used to broadcast a subset of the
planned package on a few transponders. 
Today, PanAmSat announced the success of first digital broadcasts on a
single PAS 3R transponder which were picked up in Brazil with 60 cm
dishes. Brazil obviously is Murdoch/TCI's first target area.
http://www.panamsat.com/docs/satinfo.htm

Dubious Russian Satellite Got Lost
Under normal circumstances, nobody would have taken notice of the
Russian-American satellite project SPIN-2 that should have started today.
But circumstances couldn't be called normal anymore when ground control
lost contact with the Soyuz-U booster and the KOSMOS satellite six minutes
into the flight. Experts from the launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan,
blamed a gust of wind that had ripped off some of the rocket's ceramic
coating.
It's pretty clear that the satellite is lost, even though it just should
have been put into an 250 to 300 km orbit around the earth. It's also
known that the KOSMOS bird should have stayed there for 45 days to take
high-resolution photographs of the earth's surface. There are
contradicting reports on what territories were involved, although the
United States seem to have been the main target. Russia's Sovinformsputnik
signed a contract with a company called US Aerial Images last summer, but
that obviously was just a part of the mission. According to the Russian
news ageny ITAR-TASS, the KOSMOS satellite was due to "make photos of
three million square kilometers of the Earth's surface on orders from
American firms, companies and private persons." This comes more or less
close to the DIY spy satellite deals recently revealed by TELE-satellite.
Satellite Imagery: http://www.geog.nott.ac.uk/remote/satfaq.html

Sports, News, Sports and News, and... Uh?
There are new news channels, and there are new sports channels. Soon,
there will be at least two new sports news channels in the USA. CNN has
already teamed up with Sports Illustrated to create a channel called
CNNI/SI (guess what that means.) Now, sports channel ESPN strikes back. In
addition to its cable channels ESPN (which reaches 68 million households)
and ESPN 2 (32 million households,) it plans to launch ESPN as early as
October. The new channel will initially provide 5 to 10 million households
with sports news around the clock. It won't be easy, though,  since there
are already many other news and theme channels queuing for a place in the
country's cable systems. 
ESPN: http://web1.starwave.com/

Branson's Oracle
Richard Branson has discovered the Internet. No, I'm not speaking of his
Virgin Radio's Internet site, which by the way is quite nicely done. Mr
Branson, or rather: his Virgin group, will soon become an Internet access
provider. Targeting home and small office users, both telephone lines and
broadband systems will be used to link up customers in the UK to the
Internet. Besides, there will also be so-called content on Virgin Net:
online shopping, entertainment, news. But Branson wouldn't be Branson, if 
there wasn't at least a slight difference to other providers. In this
case, it's the browser that users get when they sign up with the service.
It's not Netscape Navigator, and it's not Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Instead, users will have to cope with Oracle's Power Browser  so far, the
only browser apart from Netscape that copes with frames. Recently, it was
available only in a developer version, which is more or less just a stable
beta. Nonetheless, it has a lot of features other browsers are missing,
such as extended database support and a built-in personal web server.
Oracle: http://www.oracle.com/
Virgin Radio: http://www.virginradio.co.uk/
Interested in some more radio and TV links? Search no more, just have a
look at Holger Zeissler's extensive link collection:
http://www.sat-net.com/sat-ger/links.html

...It's Just a State of Mind (cf. "Rain", The Beatles)
Oh yeah, great. The Weather Channel (active not only in the USA but also
in Europe) has found the first two advertisers for its Web site. Congrats!
And of course, it's "interactive" advertising. But how do a weather
channel and the Chemical Bank get together? To experience this exciting
new co-operation, you need Netscape 2.0 and the Shockwave plugin. Then,
you have to live in New York or New Jersey to make use of the information
offered. And above all, you have to be patient, because the download of
the truly shocking page needs at least two minutes. But what do you get,
just in case you are that patient? A weather map, okay. And besides?
"After clicking on a green shaded area, that region's weather conditions
will display in the bottom window, while nearby bank locations will be
shown on the right." Truly exciting. In fact, so exciting that I just
don't want to try what The Weather Channel's other advertiser, Delta
Airlines, has in store for me. I'm just too shocked.
http://www.weather.com/

Tribunal auf EUTELSAT
Über EUTELSAT II-F3 (16 Grad Ost) gab es auf 11,638 GHz, h, wie an den
vorangegangenen Tagen, zwischen 10 und 18 Uhr Liveberichte von der
Verhandlung am internationalen Gerichtshof in Den Haag, Kroatisch
6,60/7,02/7,56, Englisch 7,20 und Französisch auf 7,38 MHz. (Norbert
Schlammer)

Point of Sale weiter "on air" 
Die Ladenfunksender von "Point of Sale" werden weiterhin auf DFS
Kopernikus 3 (23,5 Grad Ost) zu empfangen sein. Wie die
Landesmedienanstalt Schleswig-Holstein mitteilte, wird der in Kiel
ansässige Sender künftig eine vierte Tonunterträgerfrequenz nutzen. Point
of Sale belegt derzeit auf Transponder 11,525 GHz h die Unterträger 7,38
MHz, 7,74 MHz und 7,92 MHz, auf 7,56 MHz wird Nonstop-Musik als
Rahmenprogramm ausgestrahlt. Welcher Mono-Tonunterträger zusätzlich
genutzt werden soll, ist noch nicht bekannt. In den letzten Monaten waren
mehrfach Gerüchte über die Einstellung des Ladenfunks aufgrund der
angespannten Finanzsituation aufgekommen. (Stefan Hagedorn)

Thanks to our contributors --
Stefan Hagedorn: 100702.350@compuserve.com 
Norbert Schlammer: 100415.3560@compuserve.com

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