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DIRECT BROADCAST SATELLITE RECEIVING SYSTEM ANNOUNCED

 DIRECT BROADCAST SATELLITE RECEIVING SYSTEM ANNOUNCED
 Fully Compatible System Gives Consumers Easy Access to
 All DBS TV Services Offered by USSB, Hughes
 ST. PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Hughes Communications Inc., in cooperation with United States Satellite Broadcasting Inc. (USSB), has chosen Thomson Consumer Electronics Inc. and News Datacom as the suppliers of the Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) home receiving system. When DBS services begin in 1994, consumers can easily watch both USSB's and Hughes' DirecTv DBS television programming services by purchasing only a single home receiving system. All together, USSB and Hughes plan to offer more than 100 channels of technically compatible DBS programming.
 "USSB has done extensive market research on DBS -- more than any start-up television or entertainment system in the United States -- which projects sales of between 6 and 8 million home units at $700 each in our first year of operation," said Stanley S. Hubbard, president and chief executive officer of USSB. "Within five years, as increased production lowers the cost of each unit, we expect between 42 and 47 million U.S. television households will purchase DBS receiving systems."
 "The selection of Thomson and News Datacom achieves a major milestone for both USSB and Hughes," said Eddy W. Hartenstein, senior vice president for Hughes Communications. Thomson provides the experience and heritage of the RCA brand, along with the ability to manufacture, market and deliver a quality product at a reasonable price to consumer outlets in time for the start of our service in early 1994. In addition, News Datacom's security system will provide programmers with unprecedented protection against signal theft.
 The launch of USSB's and Hughes' respective services is scheduled for 1994. Selection of a home receiving system now ensures that the small, 18-inch antennas and the set-top decoder box will be readily available to consumers at that time. These DBS receiving systems will be sold through a variety of retail outlets, including consumer electronics stores and home satellite dish dealers. The initial retail price for the system is expected to be approximately $700.
 Thomson will provide the vital digital compression technology, satellite receiving antennas and set-top decoder boxes for the DBS entertainment and information delivery system. Digital compression allows multiple video signals to be transmitted through a single satellite channel. Access to Hughes' DirecTv and USSB's programming will be controlled by News Datacom's innovative smart card-based security technology.
 This DBS receiving system will provide consumers with unprecendented convenience and access to a wide variety of entertainment programming. Features of the system include:
 -- Digital compression ratio of four live video signals or eight
 movies per satellite transponder;
 -- Easy to install 18-inch receive antennas;
 -- High quality picture similar to S-VHS tape;
 -- CD-quality audio with multi-channel capacity;
 -- Remote control/menu-driven selection of programs by category;
 -- Virtual theft-proof scrambling and security of the television
 signals; and,
 -- Compatibility with existing and advanced television formats
 including 16-by-9 wide-screen formats and HDTV.
 Under the terms of the contract, Thomson has an exclusive agreement to manufacture this DBS receiving system for 18 months, or until 1 million units are sold. After that time, other companies can begin producing equipment under specific licensing agreements from Thomson.
 USSB, the DBS permittee of longest standing in the United States, was founded in 1981 by radio, television and satellite broadcasting pioneer Hubbard Broadcasting Inc. of St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minn. In June 1991, USSB signed a payload purchase agreement with Hughes to build and launch the nation's first Direct-to-home Broadcast Satellite. The satellite will carry 16 transponders, five owned by USSB and 11 by Hughes. Hughes is building a second DBS satellite currently scheduled for launch and operation at 101 degree West in mid-1994. The DBS receiving system developed by Thomson and News Datacomm will give consumers easy and equal access to the competing television services which will be offered by USSB and Hughes' DirecTv. All television programing at the 101 degree West orbital location, will make use of this compatible receiving system.
 Thomson Consumer Electronics, headquartered in Indianapolis and presently a unit of Thomson S.A. of France, maintains major manufacturing facilities in four states. Engineering, product development and sales and marketing activities are headquartered in Indianapolis. The Thomson corporate lineage includes RCA's consumer electronics business which pioneered television service, including the introduction of color television to the United States. Thomson, S.A. acquired RCA Consumer Electronics in 1987.
 News Datacom, a London-based company, is a subsidiary of The News Corporation Ltd., the multinational media and communications company headed by Rupert Murdoch. Under the technical supervision of Professor Adi Shamir, News Datacom applies the results of the latest academic research in cryptography to produce state-of-the-art solutions to a wide variety of data security problems.
 Hughes Communications Inc., a subsidiary of Hughes Aircraft Co. and a unit of GM Hughes Electronics (NYSE: GMH), is the world's largest commercial satellite owner and operator. Hughes Communications owns and operates five C-band Galaxy/Westar satellite and three SBS Ku-band satellite used for cable and broadcast television, audio and business data distribution.
 Hubbard Broadcasting owns nine television stations; two radio stations; two television production companies; and is the founder and managing partner of Conus Communications, which pioneered satellite news gathering and is a worldwide SNG cooperative with more than 150 members. In addition, Conus produces All News Channel, a 24-hour television news service, in a joint venture with Viacom International Inc. USSB is a Minnesota corporation and a subsidiary of Hubbard Broadcasting. Founding partners in USSB include Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. and Nationwide Communications Inc., Pittway Corp. and Burt I. Harris, a cable television pioneer.
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 /CONTACT: Stanley S. Hubbard, president and CEO, Stanley E. Hubbard II, VP, or Robert W. Hubbard, VP, 612-645-4500, all of United States Satellite Broadcasting; Thomas M. Bracken of Hughes Communications, 213-607-4003/
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