03.28.2002 12:00 AM
Northpoint Plans DBS, Internet Service
Potentially offering competition to satellite TV powerhouses EchoStar and DirecTV, Northpoint Technology Ltd. has asked FCC permission to launch two DBS satellites that promise 300 channels of video programming and 2 Mbps Internet service.

The "Compass" will allow broadcast of local stations by a terrestrial component of the system, the company said. It will also offer a modular $99 basic set-top box as a video-on-demand gateway, plus an optional digital video recorder. The company would not say what manufacturers it is working with to produce the hardware.

EchoStar, DirecTV and the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association said they had not yet reviewed Northpoint's FCC application, but have long opposed Northpoint's terrestrial system, which they say would cause interference for current DBS subscribers.

"If the Commission decides to ignore the proven interference that Northpoint's proposed terrestrial wireless cable service would cause to DBS consumers, the law still requires that the Commission auction the publicly owned spectrum," said SBCA President Andy Wright.


Comments
Post New Comment
If you are already a member, or would like to receive email alerts as new comments are
made, please login or register.

Enter the code shown above:

(Note: If you cannot read the numbers in the above
image, reload the page to generate a new one.)

No Comments Found




Thursday 10:05 AM
NAB Requests Expedited Review of Spectrum Auction Lawsuit
“Broadcasters assigned to new channels following the auction could be forced to accept reductions in their coverage area and population served, with no practical remedy.” ~NAB


 
Featured Articles
Exhibitions & Events
Discover TV Technology