Agreement Expands VOOM's High Definition Capacity

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  1. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 22, 2001
    PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 9, 2004--SES AMERICOM, an SES GLOBAL company (Euronext Paris, Luxembourg and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges: SESG), today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Rainbow DBS, Cablevision System Corporation's satellite division, to lease 16 transponders over the next ten years to augment the capacity of VOOM, its High-Definition (HD) television service. VOOM, which offers more HD programming than any cable or satellite provider, will lease the Ku-band transponders aboard AMC-6 satellite to deliver even more HD programming to customers. The agreement, scheduled to start October 1, 2004, firmly establishes AMERICOM2Home(R) as the "go to" provider for DTH capacity having secured bandwidth commitments for four FSS and BSS satellite payloads since its inception in April 2002. At the same time, the VOOM contract reinforces AMERICOM's leadership as the U.S. carrier of choice for HD programming, leadership established with AMERICOM's two-satellite HD-PRIME(TM) neighborhood.

    SES AMERICOM, as part of its AMERICOM2Home(R) (A2H) residential satellite services initiative, worked with VOOM to develop the capability for a single dish solution, which would provide VOOM subscribers the option to enjoy a wide range of exciting offerings delivered over its existing, proprietary satellite Rainbow 1, and soon over AMC-6. VOOM's expanded programming capability will be further enhanced through the planned application of its MPEG-4 compression technology, which will be phased in over the next two years.

    AMERICOM2Home(R) is focused on providing technical and bandwidth solutions to direct-to-home providers. A2H demonstrated an innovative dual feed (Ku FSS and Ku BSS) elliptical dish antenna system for the VOOM technical team that was both technically efficient and cost effective. The dish, which has since been adopted by VOOM, enables the subscriber to receive quality signals from both satellites even though they are more than 10 degrees apart and operate in different bands.

    "We are pleased that VOOM has selected SES AMERICOM as part of an important step towards expanding bandwidth and enhancing its HD programming," said Bryan McGuirk, senior vice president of domestic satellite services for SES AMERICOM. "SES AMERICOM's AMC-6 satellite provides VOOM with additional opportunities to increase its customer program offerings, which already consist of more than 35 HD channels and 80 standard-definition channels."

    "Partnering with SES AMERICOM is part of VOOM's long-term strategy to maintain our competitive edge in HD programming," said Mickey Alpert, chief operating officer for Rainbow DBS. "On the basis of their satellite platform, experience and technical know-how, we look forward to working with SES AMERICOM as we continue to move forward to meet the demands of a growing but underserved HDTV market."


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