THE OUTDOOR CHANNEL STAKES CLAIM ON
Hughes Communications' Galaxy X satellite
Business Editors/High Tech Writers
TEMECULA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 12, 1996--Management of Global Outdoors Inc. (NASDAQ:GLRS) Thursday announced it acquired satellite capacity from Hughes Communications Inc. (HCI) to distribute The Outdoor Channel to more than 14,000 cable television head-ends across the United States.
The Outdoor Channel will transmit from a C-band transponder on HCI's new Galaxy X satellite, following its launch in 1998.
"The Outdoor Channel delivers an exciting and extremely high-quality niche programming service, and we're delighted that Galaxy X will be its satellite cable neighborhood of choice," said Carl A. Brown, senior vice president Galaxy Satellite Services for Hughes Communications. "With The Outdoor Channel on-board, Galaxy X offers cable systems a programming lineup of great diversity -- and even greater profit potential."
Among the other cable networks committed to Galaxy X are The Movie Channel, MTV, Nickelodeon, Showtime, Sundance Channel, Computer Television Network and others pending.
"We're very happy to be joining the other networks on Hughes' new cable bird," said Christopher B. Forgy, president and chief executive officer of The Outdoor Channel. "As more and more operators add us to their lineups, it's appropriate that we be located in a first-class cable neighborhood."
Based in Temecula, The Outdoor Channel has been on the air full-time since April 1994. It presently reaches more than 7 million homes through satellite dishes, broadcast syndication and cable subscriptions. The channel is growing at a rate of approximately 100,000 new viewing homes per month. For more information, visit The Outdoor Channel's Web page at http://www.outdoorchannel.com .
Hughes Communications is the United States' leading provider of cable and broadcast television satellite distribution services, and a pioneer in the fields of direct-to-home entertainment distribution, mobile communications and high data rate transmission.
For more information, visit HCI's Web page at http://www.hcisat.com .