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TS News - ABC to triple feed capacity on OPTUS B1




TELE-satellit News, 19 July 1996

ABC to triple feed capacity on OPTUS B1
  MELBOURNE, Australia (Sat-ND) -- The Australian Broadcasting Corporation
(ABC) has selected Scientific-Atlanta's PowerVu(TM) digital video
compression system to distribute programming across Australia. The
Scientific-Atlanta MPEG-2/DVB system lets ABC increase its domestic
satellite transmission capacity without leasing additional transponder space.

  The ABC currently uses a half transponder on the OPTUS B1 satellite
(160E) to transmit an analogue video signal. Once PowerVu is installed, ABC
will transmit three high-quality digital video signals using the same bandwidth.

  All three digital video channels will be used for the ABC's interchange
network. One channel will also be used part time to replace an existing
regional microwave video network in the southern Australian state of
Victoria. The entire PowerVu digital compression network is scheduled for
completion by mid-November 1996.

  PowerVu was selected ahead of other competitors after an extensive testing
program conducted by the ABC's senior broadcast engineers. In particular,
engineers rated PowerVu, "the digital compression system with the best
overall quality" after a series of blind tests with rival products.

  By: Peter Klanowski
  Source: Sat-ND

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