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DirecTV HD package includes ESPN

Tue, 06/03/2003 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

DirecTV Inc. unveiled its anticipated high-definition television (HDTV) plans this week, announcing it will offer a package that will include ESPN HD, Discovery HD Theater, HDNet and HDNet Movies.

Set for a July 1 launch, DirecTV's HDTV subscription package will go for $10.99 per month.

The package will also provide access to special broadcasts in HD. Recent examples have included some NBA games and USA Networks' coverage of the Masters golf tournament. As part of its NFL Sunday Ticket agreement, DirecTV also plans to show an undetermined number of games in HD during the 2003 season.

DirecTV, which has more than 11.4 million subscribers, already offers HD versions of HBO and Showtime and HD PPV titles for $4.99 each.

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