NHK Chooses Intelsat for First Full-Time Satellite HDTV Contribution Link from Europe to Japan

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Intelsat

    LAS VEGAS, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Intelsat, in
 cooperation with BT and Japan Telecom, today announced that NHK, the Japanese
 broadcaster, has chosen the power and coverage of Intelsat for transmitting
 the first full-time satellite HDTV contribution link from Europe to Japan.
 The service, scheduled to start in October on the Intelsat 902 satellite at 62
 degrees E, will initially include European uplink sites in London and Paris,
 transmitting to Tokyo.
     "This path from Europe to Japan is a significant link in our HDTV
 platform," stated Akio Sano, NHK's Chief Producer, News Department.  "The
 Intelsat 902 satellite provided the coverage and power that we required for
 this HDTV application, and we were very satisfied with the high level of
 customer support we received from all parties, particularly in assisting us
 with developing the transmission plan for this service," he added.
     NHK broadcasts an HDTV channel 24 hours a day.  Japanese TV manufacturers
 estimate that NHK and commercial broadcasters currently serve a digital
 satellite TV (7 HDTV channels and 3 SDTV channels) audience of 1,620,000
 households.  NHK projects that they will be serving 10,000,000 HDTV households
 within three years.
     The Intelsat 902 satellite is scheduled for launch in August.  This
 satellite is one of ten spacecraft that Intelsat is planning to launch over
 the next two years.  These ten satellites include seven of the Intelsat IX
 generation, two Intelsat Xs and the APR-3 satellite that will serve the Asia-
 Pacific region.  The launch of these satellites will allow Intelsat to create
 five new orbital roles.
     Harry Mahon, Intelsat Group Director for Worldwide Video Services,
 speaking at the National Association of Broadcasters conference held here this
 week, commented, "We consider this a very important new service.  NHK is a
 premier broadcaster, and we are pleased that we were able to satisfy their
 requirements.  This new link also demonstrates the successful collaboration
 between Intelsat, our traditional service providers and the broadcaster
 community."
 
     About Intelsat
     Intelsat is an international communications provider that offers Internet,
 broadcast, telephony and corporate network solutions around the globe through
 its fleet of 19 satellites.  For nearly four decades, many of the world's
 leading telecommunications companies, multinational corporations and
 broadcasters in more than 200 countries and territories have relied on
 Intelsat satellites and staff for quality connections, global reach and
 reliability.  For more information, visit http://www.intelsat.com .
 
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    LAS VEGAS, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Intelsat, in
 cooperation with BT and Japan Telecom, today announced that NHK, the Japanese
 broadcaster, has chosen the power and coverage of Intelsat for transmitting
 the first full-time satellite HDTV contribution link from Europe to Japan.
 The service, scheduled to start in October on the Intelsat 902 satellite at 62
 degrees E, will initially include European uplink sites in London and Paris,
 transmitting to Tokyo.
     "This path from Europe to Japan is a significant link in our HDTV
 platform," stated Akio Sano, NHK's Chief Producer, News Department.  "The
 Intelsat 902 satellite provided the coverage and power that we required for
 this HDTV application, and we were very satisfied with the high level of
 customer support we received from all parties, particularly in assisting us
 with developing the transmission plan for this service," he added.
     NHK broadcasts an HDTV channel 24 hours a day.  Japanese TV manufacturers
 estimate that NHK and commercial broadcasters currently serve a digital
 satellite TV (7 HDTV channels and 3 SDTV channels) audience of 1,620,000
 households.  NHK projects that they will be serving 10,000,000 HDTV households
 within three years.
     The Intelsat 902 satellite is scheduled for launch in August.  This
 satellite is one of ten spacecraft that Intelsat is planning to launch over
 the next two years.  These ten satellites include seven of the Intelsat IX
 generation, two Intelsat Xs and the APR-3 satellite that will serve the Asia-
 Pacific region.  The launch of these satellites will allow Intelsat to create
 five new orbital roles.
     Harry Mahon, Intelsat Group Director for Worldwide Video Services,
 speaking at the National Association of Broadcasters conference held here this
 week, commented, "We consider this a very important new service.  NHK is a
 premier broadcaster, and we are pleased that we were able to satisfy their
 requirements.  This new link also demonstrates the successful collaboration
 between Intelsat, our traditional service providers and the broadcaster
 community."
 
     About Intelsat
     Intelsat is an international communications provider that offers Internet,
 broadcast, telephony and corporate network solutions around the globe through
 its fleet of 19 satellites.  For nearly four decades, many of the world's
 leading telecommunications companies, multinational corporations and
 broadcasters in more than 200 countries and territories have relied on
 Intelsat satellites and staff for quality connections, global reach and
 reliability.  For more information, visit http://www.intelsat.com .
 
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