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SUPER BOWL MANIA HITS THE HIGH SEAS

 SUPER BOWL MANIA HITS THE HIGH SEAS
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Super Bowl mania is spreading


across the United States, with football fans finalizing their plans for game day and the Skins and the Bills warming up for some fierce competition. Even COMSAT Mobile Communications has caught the fever. COMSAT, based in Redskins country, is making preparations to send the game via satellite to ships at sea. The live telecast is a demonstration of COMSAT's compressed video service.
 Football fans aboard The Regent Sea cruise ship and The Mount Mitchell, a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ship, will be among the first people ever to watch live coverage of a Super Bowl while at sea. The game also will be broadcast to many of America's servicemen and women serving on Navy vessels via the Armed Forces Radio and Television Services system.
 COMSAT's compressed video service, unlike broadcast video or cable TV, which are beamed to fixed points, is a brand new technology using a more efficient transmitting technique that makes it more economically feasible to transmit the game via satellite to moving objects such as a ship.
 Now, passengers and crew members at sea can watch live coverage of important events from anywhere in the world. The compressed video service provides near full motion quality and has been well-received for such programs as baseball, horse racing, football, other sports and entertainment features and news.
 COMSAT Mobile Communications, based in Washington, provides maritime, aeronautical and international land mobile services to customers around the world through its two land earth stations in California and Connecticut. COMSAT Corp. represents the United States in the 64-member Inmarsat and the 121-member International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT).
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 /CONTACT: Judith Del Zoppo, 202-863-6841 or 202-234-3735 (weekends); or Patricia Whalen, 202-863-6157, both of COMSAT/ CO: COMSAT Mobile Communications ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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