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.
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.
Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. (NYSE: SFA) (http://www.scientificatlanta.com )
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
from the anticipated results expressed in such forward-looking statements.
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