--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DIRECTV, Inc. (NYSE:DTV):
WHAT: DIRECTV, Inc. (NYSE:DTV), the nation's leading digital
television service provider, announced today that it has begun
offering local HD channels via satellite to customers in the
Indianapolis DMA. The following local TV channels are
available: WRTV/ABC and WXIN/FOX.
DIRECTV is in discussions with the owners of the NBC and CBS
affiliates and hopes to add these stations to the DIRECTV
lineup in the near future.
DIRECTV's roll-out of local HD channels in Indianapolis is
part of a nationwide expansion of HD programming that will
culminate in 2007, when DIRECTV will have the ability to
deliver more than 1,500 local HD channels and more than 150
national HD channels, establishing DIRECTV as a leading
provider of HD programming. DIRECTV customers today have
access to more than 900 hours of HD programming each week, as
well as hundreds of hours of special event, movie and sports
DIRECTV offers local HD broadcast channels in 26 cities with
plans to launch in an additional 24 cities later this year,
offering access to DIRECTV-delivered local HD channels in more
than 65 percent of U.S. television households.
WHEN: Beginning today, Wednesday, May 31, 2006
HOW: Customers who subscribe to a programming package that
includes local channels receive both the standard and HD
signals at no extra monthly charge. Indianapolis customers can
receive local HD channels by purchasing a new H20 HD receiver
and satellite dish. Existing HD customers can upgrade their HD
receiver and dish for $99 per receiver. New residential
customers can take advantage of a $100 Advanced Product Rebate
through July 1, 2006. Receiving equipment is available at
major consumer electronics retailers like Best Buy or Circuit
City, and through DIRECTV.
Eligibility for local channels is based on service address within
certain designated market areas as defined by Nielsen Media Research,
Inc. Visit DIRECTV.com for more information.
CONTACT: DIRECTV, Inc.
Robert Mercer, 310-964-4683
PainePR for DIRECTV
Danielle Kowalski, 212-613-4912
SOURCE: DIRECTV, Inc.