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DirecTV drops more broadband hints, sets plans for broadband VOD

Thu, 02/23/2006 - 6:15am
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

DirecTV once again acknowledged it has plans to launch a wireless broadband service, perhaps in cahoots with DBS rival EchoStar Communications

Speaking in New York Wednesday, DirecTV CEO Chase Carey said plans are underway, but declined to outline the details, though most observers believe the company will pursue a wireless network based on WiMAX.

That effort will dovetail with DirecTV's plans for video-on-demand, presently a key differentiator for the cable industry. In addition to a "push DVR" service that leverages receivers with built-in hard drives, the DBS giant is also exploring a VOD platform that uses set-tops outfitted to handle high-speed Internet downloads.

DirecTV reportedly plans to launch its broadband video service in Q4 with about 2,000 movies and other titles.

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