NHK selects Eutelsat for HDTV coverage of Winter Olympics

MUMBAI: Eutelsat and Japan's pubcaster NHK have signed a contract for a full transponder on the Atalntic Bird 3 satellite for February 2006. The capacity will be used by NHK to carry HDTV coverage of the Winter Olympic Games, which will take place in Turin, Italy from 10 to 26 February.

The satellite link will provide a permanent, fully secure means of communication between NHK production units filming in HDTV at Olympic venues and the broadcaster’s programme units located in Paris and at the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC) in Turin’s Olympic Village.

NHK serves a total audience of 40 million TV households, of which more than eight million are already equipped to receive HDTV by satellite. Since December 2003, NHK has also been distributing HDTV programming to its terrestrial channels, including general and educational channels.

Eutelsat has allotted a full 36 MHz Ku-band transponder to NHK to ensure optimum response to the specific requirements of HDTV coverage of the Games. This includes power and frequencies best suited for newsgathering (14.00-14.50 GHz) as they enable production vehicles to use equipment that can be quickly and easily deployed, with automatic pointing of 1.20 metre antennas.

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