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August 18, 2006

Local News Stations Join the Front Line in News Serving Their Communities with Live, Instantaneous Remote Broadcasts


ORANGE COUNTY, CA and WILTON, CT, April 18, 2006: PanAmSat (NYSE:PA) and On Call Communications today announced the development of a new satellite-based communications solution to enable the coverage of breaking news and live events by local and independent news stations. By using PanAmSat's QuickSPOT on-demand satellite technology and On Call's OnSPOT auto-deploying broadband satellite communications systems, broadcasters can now report on breaking news events as they happen and then transmit the coverage to viewers in real time with unrivaled simplicity, mobility and cost-efficiency.


KOCE, a PBS-affiliate based in Huntington Beach, CA., is using the new system to provide live news coverage to viewers of events that previously could only be pre-recorded. "The QuickSPOT/OnSPOT solution gives us the opportunity to deliver live remote broadcasts at far lower costs and convenience than anything we had been able to do in the past," said Michael Taylor, news director, KOCE's evening newscast, Real Orange. "Being live on the scene gives us a new dimension, covering the news as it happens, making the story much more ‘real' to our viewers. The recent fires in Southern California exemplified this as we reported from the field, delivering the latest updates from fire officials, what areas were being evacuated and what schools remained open. Our news was much more relevant to our viewers compared to something written and broadcast from the studio."


The QuickSPOT/OnSPOT solution provides a powerful, cost-effective broadcast delivery system making it possible for smaller broadcasters, such as KOCE, to access the formerly cost-prohibitive world of live broadcasts. These stations can now avoid the expense of dedicated satellite space by paying only for their on-air time. And, no technical knowledge is required to operate the auto-deploying terminals.


"Through our work with OnCall, we've developed a truly game-changing broadcasting solution that transforms the world of satellite news gathering," said Mike Antonovich, executive vice president, Global Sales and Marketing for PanAmSat. "By using smaller auto-pointing antennas in conjunction with the latest generation of digital encoding and compression and our bandwidth-on-demand provisioning service, live news coverage is now simpler, smarter and smaller then ever before. These lower-cost systems can now affordably be made available to support everyone from major market television stations to local community cable channels. Smaller communities benefit by getting up-to-the-minute reports on local weather, storm conditions and developing news events. And, independent stations can provide a wider variety of coverage and perspectives as they serve up their own live reports. It is a win-win for everyone-the broadcaster and the viewer."


About OnCall


On Call Communications, headquartered in Orange County, CA specializes in providing quick deployments of mobile satellite telecommunications systems for broadcasting, disaster recovery & government applications. They design, integrate and install custom satellite communications networks. On Call also owns and operates teleports in Hawaii and Miami as well as switched voice facilities in Hawaii, Miami, New York and Madrid.


About PanAmSat


Through its owned and operated fleet of 23 satellites, PanAmSat (NYSE: PA) is a leading global provider of video, broadcasting and network distribution and delivery services. It transmits nearly 2,000 television channels worldwide and, as such, is the leading carrier of standard and high-definition signals. In total, the Company's in-orbit fleet is capable of reaching over 98 percent of the world's population through cable television systems, broadcast affiliates, direct-to-home operators, Internet service providers and telecommunications companies. In addition, PanAmSat supports the largest concentration of satellite-based business networks in the U.S., as well as specialized communications services in remote areas throughout the world. For more information, visit the Company's Web site at

WEAU-TV (Eau Claire, WI) Showcases their new QuickSPOT system to SBE Chapter December-16-2013 December-16-2013

Society of Broadcast Engineers Picnic featuring QuickSPOT SNG satellite system
On September 3rd, Todd Ritchie and Ron Viste of WEAU (Eau Claire, WI) hosted Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) Chapter 112 of Western Wisconsin for their annual steak picnic, which provided a great opportunity for the station to showcase their new QuickSPOT vehicle.  

Tim Jackson from On Call Communications was on hand to describe the system and provide an overview of the On Call QuickSPOT product, which greatly simplifies the process and increases affordability for satellite news gathering.  SBE members representing other stations from the LaCrosse/Eau Claire DMA were able to see for the first time how a hybrid TVU/satellite on-demand system can increase news coverage capabilities at a fraction of the cost of a traditional satellite news gathering vehicle.Get reliable, dedicated  high speed satellite Internet uplinks anywhere with QuickSPOT  

“We are thrilled to have recently rolled out our new QuickSPOT vehicle and look forward to getting our news crews comfortable with the simplicity and flexibility of the hybrid TVU/satellite system.  We are the only station in the market that won’t be limited by cellular and microwave limitations,” says Ron Viste of WEAU.  

Society Broadcast Engineers learns how to use their bonded cellular backpack over an IP satellite linkOn Call’s Tim Jackson states, “we were pleased to be part of SBE Chapter 112’s meeting and to show others in the market the features, benefits and simplicity of the QuickSPOT system.  We’re proud to support WEAU as the market leader in the LaCrosse-Eau Claire market as they greatly expand their newsgathering capabilities.”

On Call Supports CBS News Teams Live in Haiti Using QuickSPOT Satellite News Gathering Systems June-15-2010

On Call Communications sprung into action again in support of CBS News in Haiti providing live and taped video feeds, internet access and phone lines for their news teams covering the earthquake using the QuickSPOT satellite news gathering system.


 CBS News In Haiti uses QuickSPOT satellite news gathering system



On Call used the very portable QuickSPOT 96 centimeter fly and drive satellite news gathering antenna to establish a high speed internet pipe which CBS News crews used for their video and communications needs. The system transmitted both live and edited standard definition MPEG-4 video feeds for the producers in addition to establishing a mobile office complete with direct dial in/out phone lines and wireless internet access for email, web browsing and corporate communications .