SAT-MidEast 98.02.06

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The Galaxis Group, a German-based manufacturer of digital satellite
reception hardware, has signed a multi-million dollar deal with
Showtime, the fastest growing satellite TV network in the Middle East.
The three year agreement includes the delivery of tens of thousands MPEG
2 DVB compliant digital IRDs, common interface technology, Irdeto™
conditional access modules and digital antenna technology within in the
first months of 1998. The deal represents a significant commitment by
Showtime to the Middle East market. 

Peter Einstein, Showtime president and chief executive, said: "We have
chosen Galaxis because it is the world leader in common interface
technology. These new IRDs will support current and future technology
and should instil great consumer confidence in making a hardware
decision." Galaxis chairman Winfried M. Klimek said: "This deal puts
Galaxis in the unique position of establishing Showtime as the prime
digital programme provider in the Middle East. We are proud of having
outdone all major players in the digital decoder market and that makes
us look forward confidently to the future discussions with European
programme providers".

The receiver-decoders will also be used to develop the Showtime leasing
scheme: "The hardware leasing scheme, combined with a choice of
programming options, makes the Showtime package a very attractive pay-TV
proposition" commented Peter Einstein. "Hardware leasing removes a
significant barrier to entry without compromising programming value, and
I am confident that Showtime will be the largest pay-TV provider in the
Middle East by the end of 1998."

The Galaxis IRDs readily surf between different digital bouquets. Steve
Edgell, Galaxis manager of digital products, said: "These boxes offer a
transparent interface between the Showtime bouquet on PAS-4 and the
1stNet platform on ArabSat 2A. Common Interface technology is also a
legal requirement for the introduction of digital boxes into the
Egyptian market.

Without doubt Showtime will continue to establish itself as the most
important provider of television entertainment to the to the Middle East
and Galaxis is extremely excited to be involved in this project."
Initial shipments of Galaxis IRDs will commenced in December 1997. They
were delivered with Irdeto™ conditional access modules and will be
OpenTV™  compatible. Extensive software testing and field trials have
been conducted by MultiChoice Middle East, and Galaxis is in the process
in setting up service centred in each territory in the region. Galaxis
forms a strategic alliance with the Korean Samsung Corporation and has
supplied MPEG-2, DVB compliant IRDs to broadcasters throughout Europe
including Telepiù in Italy, and Canal Plus Benelux where it has a
predominating market share.

© Copyright 1997 by Sat-ND

LAUNCH INFORMATION,  http://www.satcodx.com/launches.shtml
The construction of Laostar 1/2 and M2A has stopped due to the current
financial crisis in Asia.

Ariane V105 had a successful lift-off at 23:29 UTC on 4 February, after
the laucnh had being postponed for several times since January 30th due
to continuous high altitude winds.

On February 4, 1998, Arianespace successfully launched two
telecommunications satellites: Brasilsat B3 for the Brazilian company
Embratel, and Inmarsat-3F5 for the international organization, Inmarsat.

Flight 105 was carried out by an Ariane 44LP, the version of the
European launcher with two solid and two liquid strap-on boosters. It
used the 75th Ariane 4 launcher out of the 116 ordered to date from the
European space industry.

Brasilsat B3 was designed and built for the Brazilian company Embratel
by the U.S. firm Hughes Space and Communications in El Segundo,
California. Weighing 1,760 kg (3,880 lb) at launch, it is equipped with
28 C-band transponders and one X-band transponder. Positioned at 65
degrees West, over the Atlantic Ocean, it will ensure the continuity of
telecommunications services that Embratel provides for Brazil and the
Mercosur countries. Brasilsat B3 is Arianespace's fifth launch for

The Inmarsat 3F5 satellite was built by Lockheed Martin
Telecommunications, East Windsor, New Jersey, and is the sixth Inmarsat
satellite to be launched by Arianespace. It will provide mobile
communication services above and on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
Weighing 2,000 kg (4,400 lb) at launch, it will offer a 150-channel
capacity in the 30 GHz band.

The next launch, Flight 106, is scheduled for February 27. An Ariane 42P
launch vehicle will be used to place into orbit the Hotbird 4 satellite
for the European Telecommunications Satellite Organisation, Eutelsat.

© Copyright 1997 by Sat-ND

The launch date of Intelsat 806 with Atlas is changed from 3 March to 27
(SATCO-DX, source: Intelsat)

The launch of ST 1 with Ariane is scheduled for 26 May.

ASIASAT 2, 100.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/asia2.shtml
STAR News started regular transmissions on 3.740 GHz, V, in PAL/clear in
February, with mainly Indian news.

THAICOM 3, 78.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/thai78.shtml
The digital package on 3.640 GHz, H has moved to 3.600 GHz, H, still
identical with 3.480 GHz, H.
Occasional feeds can be seen on 3.480 GHz, H, and 3.640 GHz, H, PIDs
resp.: 0204{516}/0290{656} and 0205{517}/0294{660}.

At 00:00 Bangkok time on 4 February (18:00 CAT on 3 February), VTV 4
started on 3.649 GHz, H, PAL/clear, with audio on both 6.60 and 7.02

PANAMSAT 4, 68.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/pas4.shtml
CNBC and ABN on 3,785 H have merged and is now called CNBC ABN (CNBC
Asia ?).

INTELSAT 804, 64 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i804.shtml
Intelsat 804 replaced Intelsat 801 on February 1st.

COUPON 1, 55 East, http://www.satcodx.com/coupon1.shtml
This satellite is added to the SATCO-DX chart service. It has 16 Ku tps
in 10,950-11,200 and 11,450-11,700 GHz. Initially it was said to only be
used for "data transmissions", but maybe even Business-TV transmissions
will be seen there.

TURKSAT 1C, 42 East, http://www.satcodx.com/turk1c.shtml
Samanyolu TV occasional feeds on 11.146 H, MPEG-2/clear, SR 4557, FEC
5/6, PIDs 0021{33}/0022{34}.

ARABSAT 2A, 26 East, http://www.satcodx.com/arab2a.shtml
Ajman TV has replaced Abu Dhabi TV on 3.898 GHz, L, PAL, with audio on
6.60 MHz, medium power C-Band beam.

Occasional feeds could be observed on 12.720 GHz,H, PAL/encrypted.

EUTELSAT II-f3, 16 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f3.shtml
AgVision and TelePace have both left transponder 37, 11.575 GHz, V.

HOT BIRD 2, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb2.shtml
Almost all TV channels in The D+ package are in clear since Monday
morning, and some since Sunday afternoon. All the music channels are in
clear as well.

ART "Ala Keyfak" started on 12.015 GHz, H, in the Arabesque package
today, MPEG-2/clear, PIDs 00A7{167}/006C{108}, most represented by a
test dia, with ART 5 music.

Ecclesia in the RAI package on 11.804 GHz, V has changed its name to Sat

HOT BIRD 3, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb3.shtml
At 13:00 CAT on January 30, Mreza Sat started testing on 12.303 GHz, V,
MPEG-2/clear, PIDs 006B{107}/006C{108}. Regular transmissions of the new
channel in the Croatian/Slovenian package was taken up a few days later.

The RTBF tests on 12.111 GHz, V: 0119/011A have ceased.

There is a Thai TV 5 Global Network test card on 12,380 V,

On February 2nd, Acasa TV started regular transmissions on 12.201 GHz,
H, MPEG-2/clear, SR 5632, FEC 7/8, PIDs 0488{1160}/0460{1120}.

Thai TV 5 Global Network started in the TeleSpazio package today on
12.111 GHz, V, MPEG-2/clear, with PIDs: 00F0{240}/00F1{241}.

EUTELSAT II-f4-M, 7 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f4.shtml
The EBU will cease with analog transmissions on EBU Channel A-C, E-G, W,
Y and Z towards the end of July. From August 1st, there will be only
digital transmissions, probably non-DVB compatible. Testing is scheduled
for June and July.

AMOS 1, 4 West, http://www.satcodx.com/amos1.shtml
The correct radio channel line-up on the IBA tp:
	10.968 GHz, V:	7.38 MHz:	Reshet Bet	
	10.968 GHz, V:	7.56 Mhz:	Reshet Gimel
	11.012 GHz, V:	7.38 MHz:	Reshet Dalet
	11.012 GHz, V:	7.56 MHz:	Kol Ha Musica
Channel 2 has stereo audio on 11.598 GHz, V: 7.56:7.74 MHz.

Best regards,

Henk C. Room / Sat-MidEast / Cairo - Egypt
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