Tuesday, January 9, 2007

DIRECTV to Offer 100 National HD Channels in 2007

DIRECTV hailed 2007 as the "Year of HD", saying it is on track to offer 100 national high-definition (HD) channels in Q3 -- three-times more HD programming than any other multi-channel distributor, according to the company.

With the launch of DIRECTV 10 and DIRECTV 11 satellites in 2007, 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 currently has signed agreements, or agreements in principle, with more than 70 major networks. It will also offer HD programming from regional sports networks (such as YES Network, Comcast Sports Net, etc.) and plans to offer an expanded line-up of HD programming available from all premium movie channels.

At this week's CES, DIRECTV also introduced a portable satellite and TV system designed for outdoor and indoor settings, including camping and hiking trips, RVing, tailgating, college dormitories, hospital rooms, hotels/motels, emergency response, and in-home as a second TV set. The DIRECTV Sat-Go (Satellite-To-Go), which is scheduled to launch in spring 2007, will feature a briefcase-like design that includes a 17-inch LCD monitor with integrated DIRECTV Receiver, flat antenna and replaceable/rechargeable laptop-style battery.


  • DIRECTV currently offers standard-definition local channels in 142 markets, covering nearly 94 percent of television households in the country, as well as local HD broadcast channels in 49 cities, representing more than 65 percent of U.S. TV households.

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