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Hughes Launches Helius Business IPTV Solutions in Europe


Digital Media and Training Solutions Expand HughesNet Enterprise Offerings

Griesheim, Germany, Hughes Network Systems, LLS (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, announced today that its European operating unit has launched an expanded portfolio of HughesNet® enterprise offerings based on Hughes’ recently-acquired Helius Business IPTV solutions. The expanded portfolio includes comprehensive digital signage and on-line training applications, which are imperative for today’s enterprises of any size to drive sales and improve customer loyalty.

“eLearning and Digital Signage are two of the fastest growing areas within our HughesNet solutions portfolio,” said Mike Darcy, president of Hughes Europe. “We are excited to add the Helius solutions to our line-up, offering our customers the choice of a proven, high performance platform for both Internet and broadcast-based eLearning and digital signage.”

The Helius Business IPTV solutions are comprised of the following:

* Helius MediaAuthor
A simple, yet powerful application designed to support small-scale, digital signage installations in retail outlets—MediaAuthor is easy to install and manage, as a fully integrated plug-in to Microsoft® PowerPoint.

* Helius Portal and Presenter
A fully-featured, cost-effective eLearning platform, Helius Portal enables management to provide on-line training, monitor compliance, and automatically issue certifications for internal and external users. On-line reports track which users have taken each course and how they scored; and as a hosted service it can be deployed at individual sites or globally. Helius Presenter allows organizations to quickly convert Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into trackable, on-line training packages, complete with audio visuals and interactivity.

* Helius MediaGate Router and the MediaGate Software Suite
Together, these products comprise a unique platform to support large-scale digital signage and eLearning solutions for global enterprises, enabling the central management of multiple, localised programmes which can be delivered live and as video-on-demand.

“These products are designed for rapid deployment and can be simply and quickly added to existing HughesNet solutions,” said Mike Tippets, president of Helius. “Customers such as General Motors, Safeway, JCPenney, Raytheon, General Dynamics, and others have benefited from the power and flexibility of Helius applications—and we are implementing pilot installations of these products and services with customers of Hughes today.”

Helius was acquired by Hughes Communications, Inc. in early 2008.

About Helius
Founded in 1995, Helius is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hughes and provides digital media and training solutions for business. Helius’ patented expertise helps organizations implement applications such as digital signage, distance learning, and corporate communications. For additional information, please visit

About Hughes Network Systems
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) is the global leader in providing broadband satellite networks and services for large enterprises, governments, small businesses, and consumers. HughesNet encompasses all broadband solutions and managed services from Hughes, bridging the best of satellite and terrestrial technologies. Its broadband satellite products are based on global standards approved by the TIA, ETSI and ITU standards organisations, including IPoS/DVBS2, RSMA and GMR1. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 1.5 million systems to customers in over 100 countries. Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes maintains sales and support offices worldwide. Hughes is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hughes Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: HUGH).

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