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CINECANAL COMMENCES SERVICE IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA

 CURACAO, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- CINECANAL, the newly launched Latin American movie service, announced today the commencement of sales to cable operators in Central and South America. The service will be carried on the PanAmSat satellite located at 45 degrees West Longitude.
 "This is a historic moment in the development of cable TV in Latin America," said Alejandro Massot of Sociedad Argentina de Cable Communication (SACSA), the Argentine partner in CINECANAL. SACSA will assist in distributing the service to more than 700 cable systems currently operating in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Bolivia and Peru.
 Alberto Ravell of Cablecinema, the Venezuelan partner in CINECANAL, stated, "We are very pleased to be able to offer the CINECANAL service to the cable operators in Central America, the Spanish-speaking Caribbean markets, and the northern countries of South America."
 Since its launch in Mexico on April 1, CINECANAL has been received with great enthusiasm, signing up nearly 300,000 subscribers. Sales of the CINECANAL service in Mexico are handled by MVS/Multivision, the Mexican partner in the venture.
 Drew Kaza, president of UIP Pay TV, and James Gianopulos, president of Twentieth Century Fox International Television, jointly stated, "We are delighted to be a part of this revolutionary venture. The `southern feed' launch will further establish CINECANAL as the preeminent movie service in Latin America by delivering the best of Hollywood entertainment in partnership with local cable operators."
 CINECANAL is a Spanish-language movie service featuring exclusive product from UIP's three studio partners (Paramount, MGM, and Universal) and films from Twentieth Century Fox. The service transmits subtitled motion pictures 24 hours a day without commercial interruptions.
 CINECANAL is a joint venture of United International Pictures (UIP), Twentieth Century Fox, MVS/Multivision, SACSA and Cablecinema.
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 /CONTACT: Drew Kaza, president of UIP Pay TV (London), (phone) 44-81-563-4164 or (fax) 44-81-748-4464; James Gianopulos, president of Twentieth Century Fox International Television (Los Angeles), (phone) 310-203-4400 or (fax) 310-203-4353; Alejandro Massot of SACSA (Argentina), (phone) 54-1-326-0536 or (fax) 54-1-381-0080; Ernesto Vargas of MVS/Multivision (Mexico), (phone) 52-5-254-1584 or (fax) 52-5-255-1570; or Alberto Ravell of Cablecinema (Venezuela), (phone) 58-2-263-0566 or (fax) 58-2-263-0429/


CO: CINECANAL; Sociedad Argentina de Cable Communication;
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