Tuesday, April 18, 2006

PAS-8 shifts Ku Beam

SYDNEY -- PanAmSat (NYSE: PA - News) says it has re-jigged a PAS-8 Pacific Ocean satellite Ku beam to effectively reach every corner of New Zealand, New Caledonia and Fiji.

This followed the recent decision by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission redirect the PAS-8 Southeast Asia beam to cover the southwest Pacific instead.

David Ball, vice president, Asia Pacific said PanAmSat was responding to customer needs citing the many multi-cultural transmissions on the PanGlobal TV DTH platform already serving Australia.

PAS-8 is home to some of the best-known broadcasting and cable television networks including: TVB, ABS-CBN, Turner Broadcasting, ESPN, CCTV, CNBC Asia, Discovery Networks Asia and NHK. In addition, the spacecraft is the delivery platform for PanGlobal TV, which provides programmers immediate access to an established and growing Australian DTH neighborhood. PanGlobal TV is a joint marketing alliance between PanAmSat and GlobeCast Australia.

PAS-8 provides video, telecommunications and Internet access throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including a high-power C-band beam that stretches from Bangladesh to the western United States. The satellite also contains high-power Ku-band spot beams that cover Australian, Northeast Asia and now the Southwest Pacific, C-band and Ku-band customers are both able to use the PanAmSat teleport in Napa, Calif. to send signals directly to Asia or to receive PAS-8 signals in the United States for onward transmission over other PanAmSat satellites worldwide.

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