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Lining up for digital TV in New Mexico

Mon, 03/12/2001 - 7:00pm
Karen Kessler-Tanaka

Those famous desert sunsets apparently aren't enough entertainment in New Mexico anymore. People are lining up to get their digital television since WSNet, a provider of direct-to-home digital video programming, has paired with Socorro Satellite Systems.

"We have had an overwhelming response to WSNet's digital service," Marilyn Madrid, head of cable services for Socorro, said in a statement. "Right now we have a waiting list of more than 300 customers who want the new digital service installed, and at least 200 of those are new customers who previously were not on our wireless service."

WSNet's digital satellite television service distributes packaged basic and specialty programming to the private cable and wireless cable industries. WSNet's digital television service offers nearly 200 channels, including more than 80 basic video channels, 41 premium multiplex services, 37 channels of digital music, as well as pay-per-view and international programming.

Socorro currently passes approximately 12,000 households in its surrounding service area.

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