DIRECTV is Premier Destination for FOX Sports and TBS's Division,
League Championship and World Series Coverage in HD
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 6, 2007--DIRECTV HD
fans across the country will have the best seats in the house to every
Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason game this fall. To date,
DIRECTV is the only national multichannel video provider committed to
carrying both FOX and TBS's exclusive postseason HD broadcasts.
TBS in HD is scheduled to launch on DIRECTV in September and for
the first time ever will feature exclusive broadcasts of the MLB
Division Series and National League Championship Series. DIRECTV will
also offer FOX Sports' coverage of the American League Championship
Series and the 2007 World Series in HD.
"Our goal for some time now has been to make DIRECTV the premier
destination for HD fans across the country and we are very close to
making that a reality," said Eric Shanks, executive vice president of
DIRECTV Entertainment. "Our customers are counting on us to provide
them with not only the most HD programming, but also the best quality
HD programming available. We can't think of a better way to watch the
MLB postseason on FOX and TBS than in DIRECTV's glorious HD."
TBS in HD will be added to the DIRECTV HD programming lineup,
which will be home to the up to 100 new national HD channels DIRECTV
will make available by year-end. Customers who are interested in
adding HD Access to their base programming package for $9.99 per month
can contact 1-800-DIRECTV or visit DIRECTV.com for details.
DIRECTV's industry leading lineup of HD sports programming
includes up to 10 MLB games a week in HD and DIRECTV plans to offer
all MLB games produced in HD beginning with the 2008 season. DIRECTV
also offers NBA and NHL games in HD, and through its exclusive NFL
SUNDAY TICKET(TM) Superfan subscription, DIRECTV customers have access
to more than 180 NFL games in HD.
DIRECTV announced earlier this year that it will have the capacity
to launch up to 100 national HD channels and local HD channels in up
to 75 markets by the end of 2007.
With the launch of a new satellite early next year, DIRECTV will
have the ability to deliver more than 1,500 local HD and digital
channels and 150 national HD channels, in addition to new advanced
programming services for customers.
DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading satellite television service
provider, presents the finest television experience available to more
than 16.3 million customers in the United States, through exclusive
content, industry-leading customer satisfaction (which has surpassed
cable for seven years running) and superior technologies. Each day,
DIRECTV subscribers enjoy access to over 250 channels of 100% digital
picture and sound, exclusive programming and the most comprehensive
collection of sports programming available anywhere, including NFL
SUNDAY TICKET(TM) and MLB EXTRA INNINGS(R). DIRECTV (NYSE:DTV) also
leads the digital television technology revolution with exclusives
such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET SuperFan(TM), US Open Interactive and YES
Network Interactive and will soon have the capacity to offer over 150
channels in HD. For the most up-to-date information on DIRECTV, please
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a TimeWarner company, is a major
producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the
leading provider of programming to the basic cable industry.
About FOX Sports
As America's top-rated network for sports for the 10th-straight
year (1997-2006), FOX Sports boasts rights agreements with each of the
nation's highest-rated sports. FOX Sports is the exclusive national
over-the-air television rights holder of Major League Baseball,
including the All-Star Game, alternating League Championship Series
and World Series (2007-2013); the National Football League's NFC
package, including the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowls XLII and
XLV (2006-2011); NASCAR's NEXTEL Cup racing from February through May,
including the Daytona 500 (2007-2014); the Bowl Championship Series,
featuring the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, FedEx Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar
Bowl from 2007 through 2010 and the new BCS National Championship Game
from 2007 through 2009; and the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. Since its
inception in 1994, FOX Sports has earned 71 Emmy Awards for production
excellence. David Hill and Ed Goren are the Executive Producers of FOX
CONTACT: DIRECTV, Inc.
Jade Ekstedt, 310-964-3429
SOURCE: DIRECTV, Inc.