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TEE-COMM ELECTRONICS SEEKS CRTC TO RESPOND TO U.S. DEATH STAR CHALLENGE; ASKS REGULATOR TO CREATE LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR CANADIAN DTH SUPPLIER

 MILTON, Ont., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Tee-Comm Electronics (NASDAQ: TENXF) announced today that it has officially filed its support of Telesat's request for a class exemption for suppliers of direct-to- home (DTH) satellite television programming for Canada.
 "We agree with Telesat that the CRTC should issue a class exemption for Canadian DTH suppliers," said Ted Boyle, Vice President, Corporate Development. "This exemption will help provide greater regulatory certainty and allow Canadian suppliers, such as Tee-Comm, to better compete with U.S.-based direct broadcast satellite (DBS) and DTH service suppliers in a timely manner."
 In addition to supporting the Telesat application, Tee-Comm has laid out three specific proposals for the CRTC's consideration:
 -- Tee-Comm is concerned about the status of existing program services from the United States that the CRTC has allowed to be sold to the DTH market in Canada via analogue signals on U.S. satellites. Tee- Comm requests a limited exemption order to grandfather these operations.
 -- Tee-Comm requests that the CRTC reaffirm its policy of allowing companies that deliver authorized services with a network license to deliver those services on a direct-to-home basis without an additional permit. In addition, Tee-Comm also requests the CRTC to encourage the migration of these authorized services to a Canadian DTH package using a common digital video compression (DVC) standard.
 -- Canadian DTH suppliers should be allowed to provide U.S. program services on the Eligible List to the DTH market in Canada using one of Telesat's Anik E satellites. Such services should use a common DVC standard and should be compatible for use by small cable systems.
 "We're asking the CRTC to respond to the challenge of the U.S. `Death Stars' by ensuring that Telesat is positioned to be able to provide DTH satellite facilities in the same time frame," said Boyle. "We're asking the CRTC to make it possible, from a technical and regulatory standpoint, for Tee-Comm to provide Canadians with the full range of quality U.S. and Canadian programming they deserve."
 Tee-Comm is Canada's largest manufacturer of home satellite system and its TCI Home Entertainment division, launched last year, currently offers DTH programming packages to more than 26,000 subscribers across Canada. Its market-leading line of Star Trak receivers are sold through an extensive network of satellite distributors and dealers in Canada and the United States as well as Mexico, South America and Asia.
 By late 1994, Tee-Comm plans to provide Canadian consumers with a DBS offering of up to 150 channels of basic, premium and pay-per-view programming on a 24 inch satellite dish.
 Tee-Comm recently completed a share offering for $20 million of equity with the proceeds of the offering to be used to finance the continued expansion of its TCI Home Entertainment Division.
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 /CONTACT: Ted Boyle, vice-president, Corporate Development of Tee- Comm Electronics, 905-878-8181/
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