`S' Checks Pulse for Multiniche Pays


Sovereign Media Group Ltd. is expected to flip the
switch on S Network, its pay, multiniche venture, by week's end over Galaxy IX,
transponder 1.

The New York-based company transmitted a prototype version of the channel
last May and kept it running for several months for MSOs to take a look.

Now, with more funding in the bank and programming collected from various
sources, Sovereign is poised to bow S Network. Carriage discussions are under way
with various cable and direct-broadcast satellite providers, although no prelaunch agreements had been
struck by press time.