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BellSouth IPTV Trial Advances With Satellite Deal

Reuters News Wire (
Wed, 4 Jan 2006 14:55:00 -0600

BellSouth, the No. 3 U.S. local telephone company, said on Wednesday
it signed a deal to receive satellite video services from SES Global
as it moves ahead with test plans to deliver television over the

The deal with SES Global's U.S. arm, SES Americom, expands on a trial
BellSouth began last year with Microsoft Corp to launch a new
Internet-based TV system in mid-2006.

"SES Americom enables us to make additional content available to
BellSouth's IPTV trial participants as we continue our analysis of
this technology," said Don Granger, president of BellSouth
Entertainment, in a statement.

SES Americom, the largest provider of satellite services in the United
States, said it would provide BellSouth with video aggregation,
encoding, monitoring and transport.

Atlanta-based BellSouth has been more cautious than its rivals about
embracing IPTV as telecoms providers join a heated battle with cable
operators, which have been offering low-cost phone calls over the

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

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