CMC, SES Americom Re-up

Comcast Media Center signs multi-year agreement with SES Americom

February 7, 2008

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Denver -- Colorado and Princeton, New Jersey, February 7, 2008 – As part of its commitment to provide the next generation of video services for cable operators, the Comcast Media Center (CMC), a business unit of Comcast Cable, has expanded its relationship with SES AMERICOM by signing a multi-year, multi-transponder contract. Eventually, the CMC will use 29 C-band transponders in SES AMERICOM's HD-PRIME® satellite neighborhood to deliver the current HITS Quantum platform plus additional services to HITS affiliates. The move to C-band from Ku-band will enhance service reliability and provide easier access to more programming and advanced service offerings such as HD and VOD.

With the signing of this deal, SES AMERICOM has executed agreements with customers for all AMC-18 capacity, the newest satellite in the AMERICOM fleet. SES AMERICOM’s HD-PRIME® neighborhood is the industry’s only five-satellite-strong platform for the ubiquitous delivery of HD programming to cable television headends nationwide. Beginning this spring, the majority of video services offered by HITS Quantum including standard and high definition linear and non-linear programming will be available on three satellites in SES AMERICOM’s HD-PRIME® neighborhood: AMC-1, AMC-4 and AMC-18.

Initially, the CMC will use fifteen of the twenty-one AMC-18 transponders to continue the delivery of HITS Quantum HD channels, expand the HD lineup and for offering the HITS Quantum Classic lineup, which currently includes over 150 linear SD channels and 38 digital audio services. The HITS Quantum SD lineup, which is available on AMC 4, currently includes digital feeds for 68 widely carried “basic and expanded basic” channels. Video-on-demand programming, including the CMC’s “VOD In a Box” service, is available on the AMC-1 satellite.

HITS affiliates can receive these HITS Quantum services from all three satellites with one antenna by retrofitting an existing antenna that is already looking at one of these satellites or receive a new one through SES AMERICOM’s popular triple-feed antenna program. Access to multiple services via one antenna allows affiliates to efficiently deliver more programming choices and advanced services to their customers by maximizing bandwidth without comprising quality.

“This expansion of the CMC’s relationship with SES AMERICOM allows our HITS affiliates to deploy a highly competitive lineup of advanced video services while realizing a substantial savings in cost and bandwidth without sacrificing quality,” said Gary Traver, COO of Comcast Media Center. “Our new satellite agreement joins several other developments that, all told, represent the largest commitment by the CMC or its predecessors, to HITS in the service’s entire 15-year history.”

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