ShowNet unleashes Sat internet on Egypt

Showtime has premiered its satellite Internet broadcasting service in Egypt. The new service, ShowNet Broadcast pushes Web content direct from a satellite to a home PC.

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By  Peter Conmy Published  August 5, 2000

Showtime has premiered its satellite Internet broadcasting service in Egypt. The new service, ShowNet Broadcast, developed by the Dubai based Western Entertainment company, pushes Web content direct from a satellite to a home PC connected to a satellite receiver.

Users don't need an Internet connection to retrieve the sites. The information is instead cashed on the hard drive of a PC.

"The ShowNet Broadcast service has been introduced in Egypt before any other Arab country because the country has a large market," Showtime CEO and president Peter Einstein told digital studio.

"We have an established customer base here, we have facilities to cater to the market via Media Production City (MPC) and access to Internet is relatively unencumbered here."

Main parts of popular web sites can be sent early each morning from Showtime HQ in London, via NileSat. By the time a user returns from morning prayers or an early morning jog, the morning's 'electronic' papers could have been delivered to the PC.

Should a user want to connect to the Internet, ShowNet also offers a high-speed Internet-via-satellite service which is up to ten times faster than terrestrial connections.

To receive the Web cast, subscribers to Showtime's pay-TV package only need to hook up a PC to their satellite dish.

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