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AT&T AND ZENITH TO CAPTURE CONVENTION ON HIGH-DEFINITION 'HDTV' CAMERAS

AT&T AND ZENITH TO CAPTURE CONVENTION ON HIGH-DEFINITION 'HDTV' CAMERAS
 NEW YORK, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Delegates to the Democratic National Convention will have the clearest picture ever of a presidential candidate -- and at the same time see the future of visual communications.
 Using the new technology known as digital high-definition television (HDTV), AT&T (NYSE: T) and Zenith Electronics Corporation (NYSE: ZE) will capture convention events on specially designed HDTV cameras. The theater-quality images and sound will be piped live to prototype wide- screen monitors in viewing areas within Madison Square Garden.
 Zenith and AT&T are high-tech partners whose Digital Spectrum Compatible HDTV system is one of four digital systems now vying for selection by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the U.S. HDTV transmission standard. HDTV is expected to be commercially available by 1995.
 The Zenith/AT&T system has successfully completed FCC testing at the Advanced Television Test Center in Virginia, and the companies recently conducted the first long-distance, over-the-air field test of an all- digital HDTV signal. The experimental broadcast was sent 75 miles from Milwaukee to Zenith headquarters in Glenview, Ill., or some 25 miles beyond the primary broadcast area for conventional analog TV signals.
 The two companies have been developing all-digital HDTV technologies since 1990. Zenith is responsible for system definition and transmission technology, AT&T Bell Laboratories for the design and implementation of a new video compression technique, and AT&T Microelectronics for the digital signal processing technology.
 AT&T is the official technology and long-distance provider for the Democratic Convention, and is installing an Electronic Voting System with ATM-like touch screens that will expedite the voting process.
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 /CONTACT: Robert Ford of AT&T Bell Labs, 201-564-4260; John Taylor of Zenith, 708-391-8181; or Mary Lou Ambrus of AT&T Microelectronics, 908-771-2825/
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