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SATCOM C-3 TO CARRY DIGITAL CABLE RADIO

 SATCOM C-3 TO CARRY DIGITAL CABLE RADIO
 PRINCETON, N.J., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Cable Radio (DCR), the


nation's first satellite-delivered digital cable audio service, will soon join the SATCOM cable neighborhood.
 DCR has contracted with GE American Communications, Inc. (GE Americom) for long-term satellite transmission service on Satcom C-3, scheduled for launch in September 1992. Cable systems nationwide will have access to DCR programming through the Satcom fleet.
 DCR's 24-hour, commercial-free cable audio service features CD-quality sound transmitted digitally to home stereos via local cable television systems. The service provides 28 channels of music, special programming, and digital simulcasts of select premium paid TV and music video channels.
 "With this agreement, DCR becomes the first digital audio service to commit to the next century," said Dave Del Beccaro, president of DCR. "Our long-standing relationship with GE Americom dates back to DCR's initial test marketing efforts in 1988, and we are pleased to continue our relationship with this highly respected company."
 "We are delighted to welcome DCR as the first cable audio service in our Satcom C-3 neighborhood," said Neil Bauer, senior vice president and general manager of GE Americom.
 "GE Americom provided beta test capacity for Digital Cable Radio on Satcom 1R -- and we're glad DCR has chosen the Satcom fleet as its permanent home," he said.
 DCR joins Arts and Entertainment, Lifetime, E! Entertainment, Family Channel, Weather Channel, Home Shopping Network, and Viacom program services such as Showtime, The Movie Channel, VH-1, and MTV on Satcom C-3.
 DCR, headquartered in Hatboro, Pa., is a programming service of Digital Cable Radio Associates, a partnership between Jerrold Communications and top MSOs: Comcast Cable Communications, Continental Cablevision, Cox Cable Communications, Adelphia Cable Communications, and Times Mirror Cable Television. Launched via satellite May 21, 1990, DCR is the first digital cable audio service offered to U.S. cable television subscribers. The service is now available to more than 3 million subscribers on more than 50 cable systems across the country.
 GE Americom, located in Princeton, uses the Satcom fleet -- five C-band and two Ku-band satellites -- to service cable television, broadcast radio and television, as well as business information and government markets.
 GE Americom is a subsidiary of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE).
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