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November 18, 1993

FRANCE TELECOM’s VISIOPASS CABLE TELEVISION TERMINAL IS ENHANCED

By CBR Staff Writer

France Telecom has introduced the second generation of its Visiopass cable television terminal, which provides an interface to video recorders, two cable programme access card readers and a modem for pay-per-view access. The terminal, manufactured by Philips Electronics NV, is smaller and provides access using the Secam and D2-MAC protocols. Starting next year, says Jean-Pierre Coustel, director of the Visiopass product, some Paris cable operators will begin experimenting with providing high-quality audio programming on their cable channel, via the D2-MAC technology. France Telecom, which now counts 70,000 Visiopass terminals throughout France, expects the total to reach 100,000 by the end of the year. A Philips representative noted that the terminal will be adapted to PAL and satellite technologies for export.

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