Scientific-Atlanta's PowerVu Technology Helping AFRTS Expand the Delivery of A Touch of Home to Military Abroad

2002 Program to Provide Access to TV Programming From Major US Networks

For Troops in Japan, Okinawa And Korea Follows 1998 Launch of Service to

Troops In Europe

Nov 27, 2002, 00:00 ET from Scientific-Atlanta

    ATLANTA, Nov. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Fast, reliable access to news
 and information for those serving in America's armed forces overseas has never
 been more important.  Scientific-Atlanta is helping the American Forces Radio
 and Television Service (AFRTS) make US military and Department of Defense
 personnel stationed in Japan and Korea feel more at home and better informed
 by supplying PowerVu(R) satellite receiver/decoders that will allow troops to
 enjoy US programming in their homes, even if they live off-base.
     AFRTS operates one of the world's largest television networks, with
 PowerVu digital receivers in 177 countries and US territories, and on board US
 Navy ships.  The service is designed to "bring a touch of home" to the
 thousands of military personnel, Department of Defense (DoD) civilians and
 their families stationed overseas.  AFRTS is using a special version of the
 PowerVu Business Satellite Receiver in Japan and Korea, where troops can lease
 them at low cost from their local base exchange store.
     "Scientific-Atlanta has been a reliable partner since the early 1980s in
 helping us keep the troops informed and entertained in many areas throughout
 the world, and we're confident that our personnel in Japan and Korea will feel
 more at home because of this technology," said Mel Russell, director of AFRTS.
 "This service is vital to the morale and situational awareness of our
     To facilitate the rapid deployment and authorization of AFRTS receivers,
 Scientific-Atlanta's SciCare(TM) Broadband Services is providing a suite of
 PowerVu receiver deployment and database management solutions.  The
 centerpiece of this solution is PowerVu Connect(TM), an integrated, Web-based
 system that automates the process of authorizing the receiver to receive the
 AFRTS signal and providing an on-line status for each unit.  This system is
 designed to automate the receivers' implementation process, allowing a user to
 quickly authorize a receiver for reception of AFRTS-provided programming
 anywhere in the world.
     The PowerVu Connect system will enable the deployment of a large volume of
 receivers rapidly by AFRTS with minimum impact on their current operations.
 PowerVu Connect will also provide AFRTS the ability to synchronize their
 receiver databases around the world and simplify the day-to-day management and
 tracking of their receivers.
     "We have already made it possible for thousands of our troops stationed in
 Europe to receive AFRTS services in their homes via satellite receivers, so
 this is the next step in offering this service to military personnel in Japan
 and Korea," said Dean Rockwell, vice president and general manager of Media
 Networks at Scientific-Atlanta.  "Combining the performance of the PowerVu
 receivers with the convenience and control provided by the PowerVu Connect
 system gives AFRTS an effective solution for rapid, secure authorization of
 the equipment needed to provide valuable entertainment and information to US
 troops and Department of Defense employees around the world."
     Scientific-Atlanta has supplied satellite broadcast systems to AFRTS since
 the early 1980s, first through the company's analog B-MAC products and, then,
 in 1996-97 with the broadcaster's shift to digital transmissions with PowerVu
 products.  As AFRTS needed to expand and enhance their transmission
 capabilities, Scientific-Atlanta helped them design and deploy one of the
 largest digital satellite network distribution systems in the world.
     According to Russell, AFRTS made the receivers available first in Europe
 (in 1998) because AFRTS service to the European area already used a direct-to-
 home satellite.  The Japan and Korea phase of the rollout is now underway.
 AFRTS delivers selected US network programs, cable programming, sports and
 news at no charge via four American Forces Network (AFN) services.
 The prime entertainment service is time-shifted for convenient viewing in the
 European, Japan and Korea service areas.
     About AFRTS
     The American Forces Radio and Television Service is part of the Office of
 the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, and is headquartered in
 Alexandria, Virginia.   AFRTS communicates Department of Defense policies,
 priorities, programs, goals and initiatives, and provides stateside radio and
 television programming to U.S. service men and women, DoD civilians, and their
 families serving outside the continental United States, to include sailors and
 Marines serving on-board U.S. Navy ships at sea.
     About Scientific-Atlanta
     Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. (NYSE:   SFA) ( )
 is a leading supplier of digital content distribution systems, transmission
 networks for broadband access to the home, digital interactive set-tops and
 subscriber systems designed for video, high-speed Internet and voice over IP
 (VoIP) networks, and worldwide customer service and support.
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 variety of factors could cause Scientific-Atlanta's actual results to differ
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 Investors are referred to Scientific-Atlanta's Cautionary Statements (Exhibit
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