TS News - Intelsat Details Olympics Network

TELE-satellit News, 16 July 1996

Intelsat Details Olympics Network
  WASHINGTON, DC, USA, 96/07/16 (TS) -- Thirteen of Intelsat's 25 satellites
will provide live television coverage around the world for the 1996 Olympic
Games being held in Atlanta. To date over 27,000 transmit and receive hours
of television service have been ordered on the Intelsat system to provide
minute-to-minute live coverage of the Games.

  Intelsat spacecraft providing coverage in the Atlanta Ocean Region include
satellites located at 310E, 325.5E, 332.5E, 335.5E, 338.5E, 338.7E, 342E and
359E (50W, 34.5W, 27.5W, 24.5W, 21.5W, 21.3W, 18W and 1W). Covering Asia and
the Pacific regions will be the INTELSAT satellites at 174E, 177E and 180E.
Audiences in Eastern Europe and the Middle East will receive coverage via
the Intelsat satellites at 60E and 63E.

  With more than 10,000 athletes from 197 countries competing in over 270
events, Intelsat's global satellite system will provide service to virtually
every nation represented at the Games. Two million spectators will enjoy
watching many of the events from grandstand seats, but most of the world
will watch the events on television live via Intelsat. The estimated
worldwide television audience for the 1996 Olympic Games is 3.5 billion.

  More information on the network came from Comsat, the US signatory to
Intelsat. It announced international broadcasters have signed agreements for
10 one-month leases, nine three-week leases (representing 26.5 36 MHz units
of full-period lease service) and nearly 1,000 hours of occasional-use
broadcast services.

  To provide service for international broadcasters such as the Asia-Pacific
Broadcasting Union, the European Broadcast Union, SABC of South Africa,
Artear of Argentina, Globo of Brazil and KBS of Korea, Comsat has developed
transmission plans and tested and coordinated the technical aspects of the
transmission. Comsat has also worked closely with broadcasters and earth
station providers to determine which international gateways have the
connectivity, power, redundancy and steerability of antennas best suited to
meet broadcasters needs.

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