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EUTELSAT, one of world's largest satellite operators, today announced that its new EUROBIRD satellite has been selected to distribute gobarkingmad TV's live greyhound racing to digital TV viewers. The service, owned by innovative Internet and interactive TV gambling company Gaming Internet plc, is to target more than five million digital Direct To Home satellite homes in the UK and Ireland.

GlobeCast Northern Europe, that has two multiplexes on EUROBIRD (positioned at 28.5 degrees East), was contracted by gobarkingmad TV to provide up-linking and satellite services for the 24-hour greyhound racing service. GlobeCast Northern Europe's first multiplex, which is already live, includes EuroNews, Extreme Sports, GOD Digital and Online Classics. The second will be operational on July 1 and will include Trinity Broadcasting Network.

EUROBIRD went into full commercial service last month and is dedicated to digital broadcasting services to the UK, as well as business-to-business networks in central Europe. With EUROBIRD, EUTELSAT is participating in one of Europe’s most mature direct-to-home broadcasting markets. The company is also strengthening its foundation in the UK for the future delivery of multimedia and interactive services. Further satellite launches this year will augment EUTELSAT’s IP and data delivery capability as well as provide flexible and competitive links from the Americas direct into Europe.

The availability of EUROBIRD reinforces EUTELSAT’s position as one of the leading providers of satellite capacity for broadcasting and business services. EUTELSAT's Penetration Survey in 2000 showed that programmes from its five HOT BIRD satellites broadcast into 76 per cent of cable and satellite homes in Western Europe and 80 per cent of cable and satellite homes in Central and Eastern Europe.

EUTELSAT Director General, Giuliano Berretta, said: "EUROBIRD delivers capacity that offers high power on the ground and flexible coverage options at an orbital position of strategic importance in Europe. We are now in British homes and we look forward to expanding the range and nature of our service offerings both to British consumers and to the business market where demand for Internet-related services is particularly strong.”

Nigel Gibson, Head of TV Channel Distribution at GlobeCast Northern Europe, said: "The combination of our complete UK digital platform and EUTELSAT's EUROBIRD satellite is the simplest and most cost-effective solution for niche broadcasters who want to reach the UK's digital consumers. I look forward to GlobeCast's satellite service ensuring that the UK public goes 'barking mad' for live greyhound racing."

In Germany, EUROBIRD serves growing requirements for satellite-based infrastructure for applications that include VSAT networks for large file transfer, videoconferencing and stock control. The satellite is also used for TV channel delivery to cable headends in Germany and neighbouring countries.

EUROBIRD was launched on March 8 by Arianespace. It joins the 18 other satellites operated by EUTELSAT that provide coverage of Europe, Africa, large parts of Asia and connectivity with North America. Capacity on three additional satellites is also used by EUTELSAT according to arrangements with other operators.

About EUTELSAT

As one of the world’s leading satellite operators, Paris-based EUTELSAT enables TV and radio broadcasters, Internet service providers, telecommunications companies and corporations to transmit and receive content throughout Europe and Africa, large parts of Asia and the Americas. EUTELSAT was the first operator in Europe to deliver Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) consumer television and today broadcasts 850 channels to over 84 million satellite and cable homes, making it one of the largest TV offers to one of the largest audiences in the world. Fifty-six per cent of EUTELSAT satellite capacity is used for television broadcasting and just over 40 per cent for services that include high-speed Internet access and Internet backbone connections. EUTELSAT turnover for 2000 was €685 million, representing a 46 per cent increase over 1999.

About GlobeCast Northern Europe

GlobeCast Northern Europe is part of GlobeCast, the world's first and leading global communications provider for local, regional and world-wide broadcasting. GlobeCast specialises in the management and distribution of audio, video and data via satellite for broadcasters, businesses and communication companies worldwide. Its global resources are lent further support by parent company - France Telecom.

GlobeCast’s services, include; TV channel distribution and the provision of uplinking/downlinking services for digital and analogue channels; secure satellite Internet services, including; web caching, e-commerce, Internet and data broadcasting solutions via satellite; and the provision of television networks and services on a full-time and one-off basis.

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For more information or photography contact:

Kelly Grant or Magdalen Bush, Key Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7580 0222 email: kellyg@keycommunications.co.uk

Sophie Cleary or Sarah Williams, GlobeCast Northern Europe,
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7430 4400, Email: scleary@globecastne.com

Visit the EUTELSAT Web site at: http://www.eutelsat.com



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