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Reliance's Bluemagic to use Measat-3 satellite for DTH

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Reliance-Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group's Bluemagic will use Measat-3 satellite and is planning to launch its direct-to-home (DTH) service in the last quarter of this year.

Reliance has signed a deal with the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) for using the foreign satellite from the Astro Group, a source close to the company says. Measat had made its Ku-band transponders available and Isro was studying it technically to make an internal evaluation.

Isro has in principle agreed to allow Measat offer its Ku-band transponders to Indian DTH operators, the source confirms. Reliance wants Measat's eight Ku-band transponders, he adds.

Reliance's Bluemagic will be using MPEG-4 compression technology which will allow it to pack in more channels per transponder.