Sunday, August 20, 2006

SES AMERICOM to Expand HD-PRIME Service for MSOs

SES AMERICOM announced that Comcast, Bresnan Communications, Brighthouse Networks, and Metrocast are among the first group of domestic U.S. cable MSOs to participate in its new triple-feed antenna program, offering access to the next generation of HD channels.

New triple-feed antennas, produced and delivered by Patriot Antenna Systems, enable MSOs to receive programming over three SES AMERICOM satellites. Cable operators, many who already get programming from SES AMERICOM's Americom2Cable neighborhood (AMC-1 at 101 degrees WL and AMC-4 at 103 degrees WL), will able to access the next wave of HD content carried on AMC-18 (at 105 degrees WL). The newest addition to SES AMERICOM's HD-PRIME neighborhood is scheduled to be operational early next year following a planned launch this fall.

Depending on the geographic location of their U.S. headends, operators will be equipped with a 3.8 meter, 4.5 meter or 5.0 meter PATRIOT antenna fitted with the triple-feed receiving assembly.

"Our first two HD-PRIME satellites are nearing capacity, as leading programmers rely heavily on AMC-10 and AMC-11 to launch cable subscriber favorites and brand new programming in HD," said Bryan McGuirk, president of media solutions for SES AMERICOM.