Telesat hosts advanced HDTV technology tests at Ottawa R&D lab

Real-time interoperability testing of latest MPEG-4 technology will
    ensure high-quality programming for viewers around the worldOTTAWA, June 17 /CNW/ - Telesat, the world's fourth-largest fixed
satellite services operator, announced today that it is working with the World
Broadcasting Union and leading manufacturers to test advancements in
high-definition television and work towards global interoperability of MPEG-4
hardware standards.
    Telesat hosted 12 leading video codec manufacturers from around the globe
at its research and development lab in Ottawa under a project sponsored by
World Broadcasting Union's International Satellite Operations Group
(WBU-ISOG). At the meeting, the participants conducted real-time testing
involving high-definition MPEG-4 formats at bit rates between 38 and 10.3
megabits per second.
    "The improvements in picture quality we've seen over the years are
reshaping the video industry, and Telesat is proud to help make these types of
improvements possible," said Paul Bush, Telesat's Vice President, North
American Sales. "Telesat's satellite fleet serves broadcasters and cable
networks globally, and we understand the importance of assuring
interoperability and high-quality distribution of programming for viewers
around the world."
    "Last year, we selected Telesat as the Test Contractor for this project
knowing their capabilities and expertise in video transmission," said Dick
Tauber, Chairman of the WBU-ISOG and Vice President, Transmission Systems &
New Technologies for the CNN News Group. "We have had a very productive week
in Canada that will help drive even greater improvements in efficiency and
quality for all forms of video programming including HDTV."
    The testing occurred at Telesat's R&D Lab under the WBU-ISOG's MPEG-4 AVC
(H.264) Contribution 1080i/720p Codec Interoperability Program. Test results
will be published on the WBU-ISOG website after review by the participating
broadcasters and manufacturers involved in the tests. The Communications
Research Centre (CRC), the Canadian government's primary laboratory for R&D in
advanced telecommunications, provided support to Telesat and the manufacturers
throughout the testing.

    About Telesat (www.telesat.com)

    Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the
world, Telesat is the fourth-largest fixed satellite services operator. The
company provides reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications
solutions to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Telesat
has a global state-of-the-art fleet of 12 satellites, and one additional
satellite under construction, and manages the operations of 13 additional
satellites for third parties. Telesat is privately held. Its principal
shareholders are Canada's Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral
Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL).

    About WBU (www.worldbroadcastingunions.org)

    The World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) is the coordinating body for
broadcasting unions who represent broadcaster networks across the globe. It
was established in 1992 as a coordinating body at the international
broadcasting level. Since then, the WBU has provided global recommendations
and industry solutions on key issues for its member unions. The North American
Broadcasters Association (NABA) acts as secretariat for the WBU.
    The broadcasting unions who belong to the WBU are the Asia-Pacific
Broadcasting Union (ABU), the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), the
International Association of Broadcasting (IAB/AIR), the Caribbean
Broadcasting Union (CBU), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the North
American Broadcasters Association (NABA), the Organización de
Telecomunicaciones Iberoamericanas (OTI), and the African Union of
Broadcasting (AUB).

    About the Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC)(www.crc.gc.ca)

    The Communications Research Centre (CRC) is the Canadian government's
primary laboratory for research and development (R&D) in telecommunications.
    CRC's Advanced Video Systems group conducts research on various aspects
of television broadcasting, including video processing and compression,
picture quality assessments, 3D TV and Mobile TV. In January 2009, the CRC
received an Emmy award for its contribution to the standardization of the ATSC
DTV Standard at the National Academy of Arts & Sciences annual Technology &
Engineering Awards.
    CRC contributes to the growth of Canada's information and communications
technology (ICT) sector by partnering with industry, building technical
intelligence, supporting high-technology enterprises and working with other
research organizations across Canada and around the world.




For further information: Vanessa Brûlé, Telesat, (613) 748-8700 ext.
2407, (vbrule@telesat.com)