An official release informs that using Intelsat's capacity and
Japan Telecom's antenna facilities, NHK has set up their HDTV "Hi-Vision"
Broadcasting Center in the Antarctic and is using the Intelsat 904
satellite located at 60șE to carry a variety of environmentally-themed
programmes aimed at increasing public awareness of the global environment.
The first HD feed from the Showa base in Antarctica occurred at
200 p.m. on 1 February to commemorate the exact time when Japanese
TV broadcasting was launched 50 years earlier on NHK, and in conjunction
with the launch of Intelsat's Occasional Video Services network.
The release states that Japan Telecom is utilising a series of
short-term video leases from Intelsat, receiving the content at
their Kamiyamaguchi earth station in Japan and forwarding it to
NHK's studios in Tokyo. They consulted with Intelsat engineers extensively
and conducted over 30 hours of testing on the satellite to ensure
a high-quality signal. Additionally, they supplied a flyaway antenna
suitable for operation in harsh environments and secured over 100
hours of transmission time on the 904 satellite.