TS News - ExpressVu Plans DTH Launch

TELE-satellit News, 1 September 1997

ExpressVu Plans DTH Launch
  OTTAWA, Canada, 97/09/01 (SatND) -- ExpressVu Inc. will introduce its
direct-to-home (DTH) satellite service to Canadian television viewers on
September 10th. The company will launch with 55 digital video channels in
the east, 37 in the west, plus more than 30 music channels, and will offer
six additional Canadian and U.S. speciality channels in each region when
they are available in mid-October.

  ExpressVu said it had the satellite capacity to offer additional channels
and was currently reviewing programming options. The company expects to
expand its program line-up to approximately 70 video channels in the east
and 50 in the west by early 1998. In the fourth quarter of 1998, following
the move to its high powered DBS satellite, ExpressVu will offer more than
200 digital video, music and information channels. The move to DBS will
make ExpressVu one of North America's largest multichannel television
services, and larger than all other cable or DTH services in Canada. 

  ExpressVu said it will have 60,000 set-top boxes and dishes in retail
distribution across Canada from launch through to December, and will
introduce additional set-top models at the end of 1997. The brand name
"Dish Network System" indicates where it all comes from: EchoStar of the U.S.

  By: Peter Klanowski
  Source: Sat-ND

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