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First, the bad news. There will be no drdish@tv this Friday. 
And now the good news. Dr Dish will be back on June 14 with a three hour
show. It will start at 20:00 Central European Summer Time (7 pm in the UK,
1800 UTC) and cover subjects like SCPC reception, practical experience
with MPEG transmissions, and new DX equipment. As usual, the show will be
transmitted on DFS 2, 28.5 E, 11.675 GHz horizontal, sound subcarrier
6.65 MHz (bandwidth 300 kHz.)
And remember: This is your show. What would you like to watch? Do you have
any ideas or suggestions for covering a special, satellite-related topic?
Do you have interesting satellite news you want to share with the
audience? Would you like to show off your equipment? Any input is
appreciated. Just contact Dr Dish via Email:

Nachrichten vom 23. Mai 1996

Ariane 5 delayed again
There has been a malfunction in the altitude control system of the new
Ariane 5 launcher supposed to have its maiden flight on May 30. However,
technicians will probably be able to replace the defunct component very
quickly. The new launch date has now been set to May 31.

CBS News - But not in English?
Westinghouse Electric Corp is reported to be buying the Spanish language
channel Telenoticias which broadcasts news to 21 countries. The Miami, USA
based channel claims to reach 14 million households world-wide.
Westinghouse already owns US network CBS. After the takeover, Telenoticias
is likely to become a CBS operation, as The Wall Street Journal reports.
Current Telenoticias shareholders include Reuters Television (UK, 42
percent), Telemundo Group Inc. (USA, 42 percent), Artear (Argentinia, 8
percent), and Antena 3 (Spain, 8 percent). So far, CBS has been the only
of the four major US networks not to announce an English language all-news

The Flying Coke Machine
The fight Coke v/s Pepsi has now been taken to space. Disguised as a
scientific experiment, the current space shuttle mission has a Coke
machine on board. It has been paid for by (guess who) Coca-Cola, although
NASA took over the transportation costs. However, the machine refused to
dispense the beverage and had to be repaired by the astronauts. Competitor
Pepsi Co. in the meantime taped some commercials aboard the Russian space
station Mir. Their cosmonauts present a giant replica Pepsi can and even
take a walk in space unfurling a Pepsi banner. The Russians are said to
have cashed in US$1 million for the Pepsi commercials from orbit.

EBN on the Web
European Business News has officially launched its Web site. First of all,
there is the inevitable stock ticker, and there are some financial data
for people not knowing what to do with their money. Other sections
accompany the business channel's feature programmes, such as Media Report.
Future attractions will include a personal stock portfolio manager and a
fantasy trading game.

US viewers get the hang of small dishes
America finally seems to get the taste of pizza sized satellite dishes.
Before the introduction of digital TV from direct broadcasting satellites,
enormous C band antennas had to be used for satellite reception. But now,
even the 18-inch dishes for the Digital Satellite System (DirectTV/USSB)
appear too big, and several companies offer special, invisible antennas.
They are hidden either under a fake granite boulder, sold along with some
"baby granite boulders to create a DSS rock garden". Another solution
consists of adorning one's home with a bubble-shaped skylight mounted into
the roof. While protecting the valuable dish from the elements, is still
allows satellite reception.
There already are mobile reception solutions, especially for so-called
recreational vehicles. Just push a button, and the antenna cranks out of
the roof, automatically scanning the sky for the digital signals from the
DBS satellites. The developing company Datron hopes to present a reception
system that even works while driving this summer.

Dutch Parliamentary TV
A member of the Dutch Parliament requested studying the launch of a new
channel for live broadcasts from the Dutch Parliament, just like the
Parliament Channel does in the United Kingdom. There have been some laughs
from other members of Parliament, as Nederland 3 presents short summaries
each day, and Nederland 2 offers several live broadcasts during the week.
There are only very few viewers. There is also a radio programme on cable
that is called '2e Kamer Draadomroep' transmitting all activity in
Parliament, so it's very unlikely that a '2e Kamer Televisie' will start.
Nevertheless, an investigation is under way, and digital transmission
might even be affordable. (Jitse Groen)

SIRIUS (5.2E): Radio Sweden International can now be received on 11.938
GHz rhc, subcarrier 7.38 MHz. RSI is also available on ASTRA and TELE-X.
(Richard Karlsson via Stefan Hagedorn)

INTELSAT 707 (1W): The second channel from Norways public broadcaster NRK
is believed to launch on August 31 on 11.468 GHz h. It will be scrambled
in D2MAC/Eurocrypt. (Richard Karlsson via Stefan Hagedorn)

Thanks to our contributors --
Stefan Hagedorn: 100702.350@compuserve.com 
Jitse Groen: jgl@dds.nl

Alle Angaben ohne Gewähr. Copyright 1996 by Peter C. Klanowski,
pck@LyNet.De. All rights reserved.
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