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PBS Selects International Datacasting Corporation for its Next-Generation Broadband Wirelesss Satellite Video Distribution Network

1/31/09 - International Datacasting Corporation (TSX:IDC) a global leader in providing advanced solutions for the distribution of broadband multimedia content via satellite, announced today that it has been selected by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) to provide infrastructure for a next-generation satellite network to deliver non-real-time HD and SD video programming to PBS member stations across the US.

PBS and IDC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) launching the "alpha" phase of the project which includes the installation and configuration of head-end transmission equipment and deployment of an initial group of receive sites. The next phase, roll-out to the 177 Public TV downlinks in the field, is expected to move forward in the first quarter of 2009. Content, including file-based HDTV programming, will be distributed using IDC's SuperFlex broadband DVB/S2-IP satellite datacasting system and the Datacast XD Content Management and Distribution software. IDC will also be providing expanded Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers as part of the receive site kits.

"This network is the culmination of years of research and work. It will enable PBS to meet the rapidly growing demand for high-quality HD programming and introduce efficiencies to make the system significantly more flexible and cost-effective," said John McCoskey, Chief Technology Officer of PBS.

"IDC was selected after a long and thorough competition which included extensive technical testing. IDC's strong technical platform and technical team make the company a good partner for us as we take this important step," added Jerry Butler, Senior Director for PBS' NGIS.

"We are delighted to be associated with this prestigious network. PBS' reputation for technology leadership and thoroughness makes this a particular honor and reflects well on our products and team. Video content delivery is an important market for us and this helps underscore that we have the right products as the revolution in advanced video distribution picks up momentum," said IDC President and CEO Ron Clifton.

By Robert Hoskins

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