The public distribution of the free software to receive the Sat@Once service started in April 2002 on an European scale. In February 2004, the audience is more than 86,000 registered users. Due to the popular success, Sat@Once is now transmitting more than 200 different contents simultaneously in one parallel channel dedicated to Italian contents, one parallel channel dedicated to German contents and a third parallel channel for the rest of Europe (French, English, Polish, Czech, Spanish).
A parallel experiment was launched at the beginning of the school year 2002-2003 with the Piemontese schools under the responsibility of CSP. The overall reaction has been very positive and it has been decided to continue the trials into the school year 2003-2004. A real community is settled with a high degree of interaction. Both users and content providers agree on the service potential and benefit from sharing contents between each others by satellite multicast and using a standard technology.
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the BBI (DVB-RCS) terminals have been installed in 3 locations in Piemonte and Val d'Aosta and applications are being experimented, with some administrative difficulties inherent to a new telecom medium. training activities to community content providers have been running since September 2002. At the moment, they have involved 10 Public Administrations and 12 schools distributed on the Piedmont territory CSP is a non-profit ICT Research Centre, recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Scientific Research. CSP helps local government, schools and private clients to implement innovative ICT services on the territory in order to support local development facing global competition.
In 2004, an CCN extension has been made to the initial project to continue supporting the Piemontese schools, and to add contents management functions to the original Sat@Once