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By | November 8, 2004
      • Cincinnati Bell and DirecTV [DTV] formed a strategic marketing alliance that will enable Cincinnati Bell to offer its residential customers DirecTV service along with its other telecom offerings. Cincinnati Bell customers who bundle the direct-to-home satellite television service with other offering will receive a discount on their bills.
      • The Canal+ Group acquired a 66-percent stake in the Cuisine TV theme channel through its MultiThématiques subsidiary. The channel provides various tips from leading chefs as well as recipes and broad cooking information for viewers. RF2K, the channel’s original shareholder, will maintain a 34-percent stake in the channel. Cuisine TV was launched in 2001, and it is broadcast exclusively via CanalSatellite and on cable systems.
      • Globecomm Systems Inc. [GCOM] was awarded multiple contracts from an existing unidentified multinational customer valued at approximately $1.7 million. Globecomm announced the receipt of an initial $8.3 million contract from the customer on July 1, 2003, for fixed and transportable earth-station terminals. The deal also included $26.7 million in follow-on options.
      • Longmont, Colo.-based DigitalGlobe announced that the Department of Urban Services in Canberra, Australia, is using imagery from the company’s QuickBird satellite. The imagery will aid an Internet mapping service, called Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Locate. Urban planners, developers and resource managers use the mapping tool for spatial information applications involving Australia’s capital, Canberra.

        The Department of Urban Services’ Geographic Information Management Unit purchased QuickBird imagery from Sinclair Knight Merz, a DigitalGlobe business partner, for incorporation into ACT Locate. The interactive mapping interface allows visitors to the Web site ( to search for and locate map features; to create customized maps that display user-specified layers of information; to retrieve such information as the classification of a road or heritage site; to measure distances; to undertake spatial analysis queries; and to print maps.

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