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PanAmSat Demonstrates New Satellite Service

PanAmSat Corp. unveiled its satellite transport service Thursday, which is designed to give cable companies another way to provide high-speed Internet access and multimedia content to their customers.

The service, SPOTcast for Cable, supports two separate segments of the cable industry, content providers and cable systems. SPOTcast was demonstrated this week at the California Cable Television Association's Western Show.

SPOTcast for Cable offers content providers a delivery method for high-bandwidth information including digital ads, digital movie files and electronic program guides to multiple cable systems.

In addition, the service also allows high-speed Internet access to cable systems, enabling more efficient use of digital infrastructure and the high speeds of cable modems. SPOTcast also gives cable systems a cost efficient method to distribute to multiple head-ends any kind of multimedia content, such as high-bandwidth files including real-time video and audio feeds.

"As the TV and PC become interchangeable, home users will demand more complex, high-bandwidth information from content providers and cable systems," said Robert Bednarek, PanAmSat's senior vice president and chief technology officer.

"Our SPOTcast for Cable service provides an economical, efficient transport method that combines high-bandwidth digital information such as video and Internet content into a single package. It is then multicast to multiple head-ends in one satellite transmission," Bedmarel said.