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DirecTV ups Fox to HD

Tue, 12/21/2004 - 7:00pm
Karen Brown

Cable competitor DirecTV Inc. is continuing its HD programming drive, announcing today that it is now beaming two channels from Fox Television Stations Inc. in high-definition format in 26 market areas.

The local channels now offered in HD include WNYW in New York and KTTV in Los Angeles. They will be available in markets where the News Corp. subsidiary owns and operates stations, including New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Philadelphia; Boston; Dallas-Forth Worth; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; Detroit; Houston; Tampa, Fla.; Minneapolis; Cleveland; Phoenix; Denver; Orlando, Fla.; St. Louis; Baltimore; Milwaukee; Kansas City, Mo.; Salt Lake City; Birmingham, Ala.; Memphis, Tenn.; Greensboro, N.C.; Austin, Texas and Gainesville, Fla.

Customers in those markets who subscribe to DirecTV's local programming package will receive the HD content at no additional charge. If they live in the Pacific and Mountain Time zones, they will have access to L.A.'s KTTV, while those in the Central and Eastern Time zones will receive WNYW. In all, the channels will reach 45 percent of U.S. television homes.

"We are excited to continue expanding the lineup of HD programming available on DirecTV with Fox HD channels," said Stephanie Campbell, executive vice president, Programming, DirecTV Inc. "The addition of Fox HD on a 24/7 basis enhances our already robust lineup of HD content and heightens our competitive advantage in each market where Fox owns and operates stations."

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