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Outage On Sky Satellite Service

SKY Network Television Limited
Media Release: 30 March 2006
OUTAGE ON SKY SATELLITE SERVICE

SKY apologises for loss of SKY satellite services resulting from an outage on the Optus B1 Satellite that provides SKY’s signal.

The satellite signal was lost after a routine positioning procedure to the satellite by Optus. This effectively meant that the SKY transmission signal was lost to New Zealand and to Australian customers. Optus immediately acknowledged the problem and set about its correction. The satellite is communicating correctly with Optus ground stations. Optus has commenced a “re-pointing” manoeuvre to correct the signal, a procedure likely to take approximately 3 hours.

SKY satellite customers can continue to access the New Zealand Cricket Awards to be broadcast on SKY Sport 1 now unencrypted on UHF Sports Channel at 8.30p.m. Other satellite programming will be restored as soon as Optus has realigned the signal. UHF services are unaffected.

Updates will be posted on www.skytv.co.nz

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