DENVER, March 1, 1999 ? Turner Broadcasting System Inc., owner of Cable News Network television news, has selected Qwest Communications International Inc. and Triumph Communications Inc. to provide a dedicated network for the world?s first all digital MPEG-2 fiber video service. The new service will have the highest level of video quality, speed and security available for CNN and will be provided early next year to other Turner/Time Warner networks.
Qwest and Triumph will be the first to provide a fiber video service using the Moving Pictures Experts Group (MPEG) standard ? MPEG-2 ? which is designed for the latest advances in video transmission, such as high quality digital TV broadcasts.
Qwest will provide high-speed network capacity between CNN?s broadcast facilities in Atlanta, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. In combination with Triumph?s integrated compression services that provide all digital, 15 Mbit transmission channels throughout the United States, all TBS divisions will receive a superior, flexible service with a secure architecture at a competitive price. TBS and the Turner Network will specifically use the Qwest/Triumph network for sports and entertainment products. CNN will be able to collect text and images from its major news bureaus and send them back to the master control center in Atlanta without any degradation in the signal.
?The time between getting the news and delivering it to our audience is growing shorter and shorter, and we simply can?t afford any breaks in programming. We chose the combination of Qwest and Triumph because they are industry leaders. They have the most advanced network available for the delivery of crucial, time-sensitive video broadcasts,? said Dick Tauber, vice president, Satellites and Circuits for CNN.
?We?re pleased to work with Triumph to deliver cutting-edge video broadcasting capabilities to TBS ? the most watched cable network in the world,? said Gregory M. Casey, senior vice president of broadband markets for Qwest. ?Seconds in the broadcast industry translate into thousands of advertising revenues, and with Qwest?s unmatched service level agreements, TBS can be confident that they will achieve maximum up-time on Qwest?s network.?
?By combining the strengths of Triumph and Qwest, the broadcast industry is now provided an advanced communications network to transmit time-sensitive content to their audiences,? said Paul Dujardin, president of Triumph Communications. ?By integrating a state of the art digital hierarchy on fiber optics facilities, Triumph is able to provide quality digital, 15 mbps transmission service from customer premises to customer premises at competitive prices.?
Triumph Communications is a design engineering company and a provider of video transmission services, including both satellite and fiber capabilities and is most noted for its migration from analog to digital transmission. Triumph provides transmission services in varying bandwidths to accommodate all methods of video service at competitive rates. Services are available for full time and occasional use. www.triumphco.com
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry. TBS runs several national/international cable channels, including CNN, CNN Headline News, TBS SuperStation, Turner Network Television ("TNT"), and The Cartoon Network.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (Nasdaq: QWST) is a leader in reliable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. Headquartered in Denver, Qwest has more than 8,000 employees and 80 sales offices in North America, Europe and Mexico. The Qwest Macro Capacity (SM) Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking, will span more than 18,500 route miles in the United States when it is completed by mid-1999, and the additional 315-mile network route recently announced will be complete by the end of the year. In addition, Qwest and KPN, the Dutch telecommunications company, are forming a venture to build and operate a high-capacity European fiber optic, Internet Protocol-based network that has 2,100 miles and will span 9,100 miles when it is completed in 2001. Qwest also has nearly completed a 1,400-mile network in Mexico. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.
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