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    Re: Satellite news 19-02-08:

    One Year for Satellite Radio Merger

    For those who want to keep tabs on the satellite radio merger, today marks the one-year anniversary when XM and Sirius announced plans to combine operations.

    When the companies first announced their intentions in February 2007, they said the transaction would amount to a tax-free, all-stock merger of equals with a combined enterprise value of about $13 billion.

    The deal is awaiting regulatory approval from antitrust staff at the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission.

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    Retrans a Big Deal for Sinclair

    How big of a deal have retransmission consent deals become for broadcasters?

    A look at one TV station owner, Sinclair Broadcast Group, provides a clear picture.

    The broadcaster -- which owns and operates, programs or provides sales services to 58 television stations in 35 markets -- says it expects revenues from retrans agreements will grow to a little more than $67 million this year. That's up from about $59 million generated by the deals in 2007.

    Of course, the retrans money comes from cable, satellite TV and telco video platforms carrying the company's broadcast stations.

    Also, Sinclair expects its FOX stations to benefit from programming such as American Idol and the Super Bowl. And the broadcaster says it is anticipating record levels of political advertising revenues this year, most of which should be realized in the second half of the year.

    Sinclair's television group reaches about 22 percent of U.S. television households and is affiliated with all major networks.

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    New Satellite Capacity for DISH


    An upcoming SES satellite launch will provide new capacity for the nation's No. 2 satellite TV company.

    SES said the AMC-14 satellite is scheduled for a March launch from Kazakhstan. EchoStar is contracting the entire payload of the satellite to support its operations and services in North America, the satellite services company said.

    As part of the push, EchoStar will discontinue its interim use of the AMC-2 satellite in late February, SES said.

    After that, the AMC-2 satellite will be co-located with the AMC-4 satellite at 101 degrees West. That satellite, SES said, will strengthen the company's service offering within its North American footprint and enable the activation of transponders serving South America

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    SES Lists Accomplishments for 2007

    Worldwide satellite giant SES Global said reported revenue for 2007 was 1.61 billion Euros ($2.35 billion U.S.), down from the 1.615 billion Euros ($2.36 billion U.S.) in revenue recorded for 2006.

    Despite the slight fall in revenue, the company said it accomplished big things last year. Among the company's achievements was securing a deal with Canal Plus for the future development of the French DTH market on its ASTRA system and overall fleet utilization standing at about 76.5 percent.

    SES also conducted a split-off transaction with GE that it said streamlined its business and removed a major share overhang.

    Romain Bausch, president and CEO of SES, said the company's operations "have been delivering good progress. Our current gearing gives us flexibility to pursue opportunities to further grow the company, whether through new satellite investments or select acquisitions."

    Stateside, SES AMERICOM's AMC-18 went into service in February, bringing additional capacity into its HD neighborhood, branded HD Prime. An anchor customer on the satellite, the Comcast Media Center, signed a long-term contract for HD capacity for its HITS network. AMC-18 satellite capacity is now fully committed, the company said.

    Also, the IP-Prime service from SES AMERICOM, which is offering IPTV feeds to telcos and other networks, was brought into commercial operation in July 2007 and is being rolled out across the nation, the satellite services provider said. The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative and its partners are using the IP-Prime service to support NRTC cooperative members that are rolling out video services.

    The company said SES AMERICOM's utilization rate at the end of 2007 was 76 percent, or 339 of 447 commercially available transponders

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