Electronic Newspaper Distribution System via Satellite

Kojiro Shiraishi, The Yomiuri Shimbun
Iwao Sakashita, The Yomiuri Shimbun
Satoshi Ikehama, Space Systems Division, Hitachi, Ltd.
Motohiko Kariya, Space Systems Division, Hitachi, Ltd.


Since the invention of letterpress printing, printed matter has been essential to daily life as a means of obtaining information. At the same time, the work of editing and producing publications has become increasingly computerized and electronic publications are becoming widespread on media such as CD-ROM.

In the newspaper industry, also, an investigation has begun into "electronic newspapers" to provide an electronic version of newspaper information.

The industry is also considering new multimedia-type services, which provide additional information using moving pictures and audio, as well as printed information and pictures.

The Yomiuri Shimbun and Hitachi, Ltd. have jointly developed a system enabling digitized information to be compiled as an electronic newspaper and distributed nationwide via communication satellite.

In November, 1994 the two firms began Phase I experiments to prove the concept and validate the technology. At present, Phase II is underway to add and improve functions. Through these trials, this team will acquire the know-how for the future application of this technology.

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