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Broadband Briefs for 10/24/08

Fri, 10/24/2008 - 8:00am

DirecTV adds local HD markets
By Traci Patterson

DirecTV is now offering local high-definition (HD) programming to customers in the Colorado Springs-Pueblo, Colo., and Dayton, Ohio, designated market areas.

With the new additions, the satellite provider now offers local HD broadcast channels in 103 cities, representing nearly 85 percent of U.S. TV households.

By the end of 2008, DirecTV expects to provide local HD broadcast channels in more than 121 cities, representing approximately 88 percent of U.S. TV households.

Sprint names Nilsson to board; Whitworth resigns
By Traci Patterson

Sprint has appointed Sven-Christer Nilsson to the company’s Board of Directors. Nilsson is involved in the development of small companies as an advisor and board member. He held various leadership positions with The Ericsson Group from 1982 through 1999, including the role of president and CEO from 1998 to 1999.

Sprint also announced the resignation of Ralph V. Whitworth from the board.

Additionally, HTC Corp. has launched the HTC Touch Pro for Sprint. Priced at $299.99 with a two-year subscriber agreement, the phone offers direct access to exclusive Sprint content, including live and on-demand programming from Sprint TV, over-the-air song downloads from the Sprint Music Store, and a custom YouTube application for watching user-generated video content.

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