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GENERAL INSTRUMENT/MIT AND ZENITH/AT&T TEAMS SIGN AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE FOR HDTV COOPERATION

 GENERAL INSTRUMENT/MIT AND ZENITH/AT&T TEAMS
 SIGN AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE FOR HDTV COOPERATION
 NEW YORK AND CHICAGO, May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Four leaders in the development of high-definition television (HDTV) technology have signed an agreement in principle to share the risks and rewards for their interests in their respective HDTV systems proposed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
 AT&T, General Instrument Corp., the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Zenith Electronics Corp. have agreed that, if any of their entries is selected by the FCC, they would share future royalty income. The parties also have agreed that they would work with each other, as appropriate, to enhance the system selected as the standard by the FCC to assure the best technology for the country.
 Specific terms were not disclosed. The agreement in principle is subject to the negotiation and execution of a definitive agreement.
 The General Instrument/MIT and Zenith/AT&T teams represent three of the four all-digital systems being tested by the Federal Communications Commission. Testing is expected to be completed later this year. The FCC's Advisory Committee is expected to recommend a system in early 1993 and the FCC is expected to select the U.S. HDTV broadcast standard in mid 1993.
 The agreement would not involve enhancing or merging any of the parties' current proposed HDTV systems; however, it would create a framework for the parties to work together to optimize any of their systems selected by the FCC.
 At the same time, GI/MIT and Zenith/AT&T will continue to promote adoption of their respective HDTV systems. This arrangement would maintain the competitive environment fostered by the FCC standard- setting process, allowing the FCC to evaluate each system on its own technical merits.
 ''This agreement underscores the fact that HDTV in America is close at hand,'' said Robert E. Allen, AT&T chairman and chief executive officer. ''The all-digital approach was pioneered in the U.S. and will eventually set the standard not only here but throughout the world.''
 ''General Instrument has entered this collaboration, because we believe strongly that a cooperative American approach to all-digital HDTV is in the public interest,'' said Donald Rumsfeld, chairman and chief executive officer of General Instrument.
 ''We are pleased to be part of an alliance whose goal is to help ensure that the finest HDTV technology is developed and selected,'' said Dr. Jae Lim, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of MIT's Advanced Television Research Program.
 ''Our agreement in principle, which would provide unique advantages to each of the parties, allows four leaders in HDTV technology to reduce the risks and share benefits associated with the HDTV broadcast standard race,'' said Jerry K. Pearlman, Zenith chairman, president and chief executive officer.
 The GI/MIT team's ''DigiCipher HDTV'' system in test slot three has successfully completed testing at the Advanced Television Test Center in Alexandria, Va. The Zenith/AT&T ''Digital Spectrum Compatible'' HDTV system is currently undergoing ATTC testing in test slot four. The MIT/GI system, ''Channel Compatible DigiCipher,'' will undergo testing later this year in test slot six.
 AT&T, the communications and computer company, provides communications services, equipment, computer systems and technology to consumers, businesses and communications companies around the world.
 General Instrument Corporation, acquired by Forstmann Little & Co. in 1990, is a world leader in broadband transmission, distribution and access control technologies for cable, satellite, and terrestrial broadcasting applications.
 MIT, founded in 1861, is a leading research university in Cambridge, Mass., with a strong focus on education in engineering and science.
 Zenith Electronics Corp., the only independent American color television, picture tube and display tube producer, has been a leader in electronics technologies for 74 years.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Lou Ambrus of AT&T, 908-771-2825, or home, 908-707-1147; Bernie Windon of GI, 312-541-5030, or home, 708-234-3241; John Taylor of Zenith, 708-391-8181, or home, 708-234-8483; or Jae S. Lim of MIT, 617-253-8143, or home, 617-729-1224/
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