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DIRECTV Activates HD Local Channel Service in the Indianapolis DMA; Local Channels in HD Have More Vivid Colors, Wider Images and Clearer, Crisper High-Resolution Digital-Quality Pictures


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.

Robert Mercer, 310-964-4683
Danielle Kowalski, 212-613-4912


"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding DIRECTV's business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.