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March 25, 1999

Sony Announces New CS Digital Broadcast Receiver System
for SkyPerfecTV!

Enables high-speed download of music onto MiniDisc recorder
equipped with "i.LINKTM" interface


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Tokyo, Japan - Sony Corporation today announced plans to launch a new Communication Satellite (CS) digital broadcast receiver system, SAS-MS9SET, which enables subscribers to receive new data broadcast programming1 to be offered by SkyPerfecTV! in Japan. The system is Sony's first product in its "PlusMedia STATION"2 lineup and it comprises the DST-MS9 receiver and an antenna. The receiver will also be sold separately. The products will be released on the Japanese market this May.

ModelIntroduction
Date
MSRP*Initial
Production
CS Digital Broadcast Receiver Set
[SAS-MS9SET]

- includes DST-MS9, CS antenna
- [SAN-40DK2], and installation kit
May 20, 1999
(in Japan)
62,000 yen15,000 units
per month
CS Digital Broadcast Receiver
[DST-MS9]

- comes with AV mouse, and
- remote commander [RM-J316D]
50,000 yen500 units
per month
*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price

The DST-MS9 allows subscribers to receive music distribution services, which will be offered by "MusicLink", SkyPerfecTV!'s new data broadcast channel. The new receiver is equipped with an "i.LINKTM"3 interface, and by connecting the unit to Sony's MiniDisc player/recorder model MDS-DL1 via "i.LINK", subscribers to this channel will be able to choose and download their favorite music onto a MiniDisc. Because music will be distributed in ATRAC4 compression format and transferred to the MD recorder at high speed through the "i.LINK" cable, recording time is only a quarter of the normal recording time.

The receiver gives full play to the interoperability of the "i.LINK" interface, and is equipped with a function that allows it to control the MD recorder through the "i.LINK" cable connection. By simply using the "i.LINK" control panel on the TV screen, subscribers can easily turn the MD recorder on or off, play back music as well as enjoy editing capabilities such as reordering of songs and indexing titles. In addition, the receiver is capable of downloading software from satellite transmission to upgrade its functions to meet any future expansion of the data broadcasting specifications.



Main Specifications of the SAS-MS9SET
<DST-MS9>
Reception formatSatellite digital broadcasting format
Receiving channelsChannels available through SkyPerfecTV!
Data broadcast channels available through
SkyPerfecTV!
Input frequency950 ~ 2150 MHz
Local frequency11.2GHz / 11.3GHz / 10.5 ~ 11.5GHz
Antenna inputCS IF75 ohm, F type connector
Antenna outputBS IF75 ohm, F type connector
S-Video output4-pin mini DIN
Video outputPhono type (X2)
Audio outputStereo phono type (X2)
i.LINK terminal4-pin S200 (X2)
Optical digital audio outSingle
Telephone interfaceModular jack
Data outputPerfecTV data port
AV mouse outputMini-jack (video/MD)
Modem transfer rate2400bps
Power supplyAC 100V, 50/60Hz
Power consumption15W
External Dimensions W/H/D280 X 635 X 293mm
Unit WeightApprox. 2.1 kilograms


<SAN-40DK2>
Antenna typeOffset type parabolic antenna
Input frequency12.2 ~ 12.75 GHz
Reception satelliteJCSAT no.3 / JCSAT no.4
Antenna gain32.8 dB
Antenna size40cm (minimum radius)
CS converter noise factor0.7dB (standard)
CS converter gain55±5dB
Local frequency11.2GHz
Output frequency1000 ~1550 MHz
Output structureF type 75 ohm connector
Output VSWRLess than 2.0
Working temperature range- 30 ~ +50 °C
Wind endurance50m/s
Power consumption2.0W
Reception coverageArea from Hokkaido (excl. Nemuro and Wakkanai)
to Kyushu (excl. surrounding islands)
External Dimensions W/H/D424 X 522 X 588mm
Diameter of mounting poleØ25.4 ~Ø42.7
Unit Weight1.9 kilograms


Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its music, pictures and computer entertainment operations make Sony one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of over $51 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1998, and it employs approximately 170,000 people worldwide.
Sony's Home Page URL: http://www.sony.co.jp/

Notes:1 Sony's concept of the future set top box, which will have the capability of receiving multiple digital media and distributing contents to other AV appliances, acting as the "Home Gateway" of the digital networked era.

2 Services offered on data broadcast programming may expand in the future.

3 i.LINKTM, a trademark of Sony Corporation, refers to the IEEE1394 - 1995 specification and related expansion specifications.

4 ATRAC (Adaptive Transform Acoustic Coding) is the audio compression technology for music MD.


"MusicLink" is a data broadcast channel that will be offered in Japan by Digital Media Entertainment Corporation on SkyPerfecTV! For more information on the channel, please contact Digital Media Entertainment Corporation:
Tel: 81-3-5210-3740
Fax: 81-3-5210-3963