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GE AMERICOM TO LAUNCH SECOND OF TWO CABLE SATELLITES; SATCOM C-3 WILL BEAM CABLE PROGRAMMING THROUGHOUT COUNTRY

 GE AMERICOM TO LAUNCH SECOND OF TWO CABLE SATELLITES;
 SATCOM C-3 WILL BEAM CABLE PROGRAMMING THROUGHOUT COUNTRY
 PRINCETON, N.J., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The second of two advanced cable television satellites is scheduled to rocket skyward next week.
 GE American Communications, Inc. (GE Americom) will launch SATCOM C-3, one of the company's two new-generation cable satellites, on Sept. 10, from Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite will be launched aboard an Ariane 4 rocket.
 The first of these two satellites, SATCOM C-4, was launched successfully on Aug. 31, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
 SATCOM C-3 will carry cable TV programming exclusively to more than 10,000 cable systems nationwide.
 The satellite will carry the following popular services:
 -- Showtime
 -- MTV
 -- Nickelodeon
 -- The Weather Channel
 -- Arts and Entertainment
 -- Lifetime
 -- C-Span
 -- Home Shopping Network
 -- The Movie Channel
 -- Family Channel
 -- E! Entertainment
 -- The Learning Channel
 -- Viewer's Choice
 -- Vision Interfaith
 -- Court TV
 -- QVC Fashion Channel
 -- Digital Cable Radio
 -- Prime Network
 -- New England Sports Network
 -- Jones Intercable
 -- Comedy Central
 "The launch of SATCOM C-3 reaffirms our strong commitment to the cable television industry," said John F. Connelly, chairman and chief executive officer for GE Americom.
 "This new satellite completes the replacement of our cable fleet, providing both advanced technical design and a prime cable neighborhood for our customers," he said.
 Developed and built by GE Astro-Space Division, East Windsor, N.J., SATCOM C-3 will be placed into geosynchronous orbit at 131-degrees W.L. This advanced, 3-axis-stabilized satellite will replace SATCOM 1R more than 23,500 miles above the equator.
 SATCOM C-3 is designed to provide a 12-year service life and carries 24 C-band transponders, each with 17 watts of output power.
 GE Americom, located in Princeton, uses the SATCOM fleet -- five C-band and two Ku-band satellites -- to service cable television, broadcast radio and television as well as business information and government markets. GE Americom is a subsidiary of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE).
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 /CONTACT: Paul Manuele, 609-987-4200, or Susan Bennett, 609-987-4202, both of GE Americom/
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