Motorola Supports DIRECTV's Local TV Efforts

Motorola said it is working with DIRECTV on a technology deployment that will help the satellite TV service deliver local channels to viewers using multiplexing and video compression technology. Specifically, DIRECTV has implemented Motorola's encoders in seven cities to receive signals from local TV stations. Each encoder has a terrestrial receiver so TV signals are received and converted to MPEG-4 in a single unit. The encoder transmits signals to a Motorola multiplexer in DIRECTV's Broadcast Center, where the signals are packaged and dispersed via satellite to DIRECTV's customers, the companies said.

PEOPLE - Collins Stewart, an independent investment banking group, said Thomas Eagan has joined the firm as a senior research analyst and will manage media research, a new area of coverage at the firm.

PROGRAMMING - SES AMERICOM said the State University of New York (SUNY) has renewed its multi-year contract using the AMC-5 satellite for its SUNYSAT network. The network delivers the university's New York Network and distance learning applications to campuses throughout New York State, as well as state and government agencies and the media nationwide.