DIRECTV HD Revolution Begins

DIRECTV,
the satellite television service provider, is now offering 72 national HD
channels – significantly more than any other television provider in the nation.
This is the first wave in DIRECTV’s unprecedented expansion of HD services that
is building towards up to 100 HD channels by year-end(a).

“If you
own a high-definition television, or are thinking about buying one, you can now
watch your favorite channels in crystal-clear DIRECTV HD,” said Derek Chang,
executive vice president, Content Strategy and Development, DIRECTV, Inc. “The
DIRECTV HD programming expansion that consumers have been waiting for has
become a reality. We overwhelmingly lead the industry in terms of both quantity
and quality of HD programming. There simply isn’t a better television
experience on the planet.”

The full
DIRECTV HD programming lineup, including the new channels, and details on
receiving equipment needed for the new DIRECTV HD services, are available by
calling 1-800-DIRECTV or visiting directv.com.

DIRECTV’s
current HD lineup includes:

A&E HD

The
History Channel HD

Animal
Planet HD
HGTV-HD

ABC HD NY
(b)
MGM HD

ABC HD LA
(b)
MHD

Big Ten
Network HD
National
Geographic Channel HD

Bravo HD
NBC HD NY (b)

Cartoon
Network HD
NBC HD LA (b)

CBS HD NY
(b)
NESN HD

CBS HD LA
(b)
NFL Network
HD

Cinemax HD
East
Sci-Fi Channel HD

Cinemax HD

West
SHO
Too HD

CSN

Chicago HD
Showtime HD

CSN
Mid-Atlantic HD
Showtime
HD West

CNBC HD+
Smithsonian
Channel HD

CNN HD
Speed
Channel HD

Discovery
Channel HD
SportsNet

New York HD

ESPN HD
Starz Comedy
HD

ESPN2 HD
Starz Edge HD

Food
Network HD
Starz HD
East

Fox HD NY
(b)
Starz HD
West

Fox HD LA
(b)
Starz Kids
& Family HD

Fox
Business Network HD
TBS in HD

FSN

Detroit HD
The Movie Channel East
HD

FSN Prime
Ticket HD
The Science
Channel HD

FSN
Southwest HD
The Weather
Channel HD

FSN West
HD
TLC HD

Fuel TV HD
TNT HD

FX HD
Universal
HD

HBO HD
East

USA Network HD

HBO HD
West
Versus
HD/Golf Channel HD

HD Theater
YES HD

HDNet
HD PPV (8)

HDNet
Movies

DIRECTV HD
customers will continue to pay only a $9.99 access fee, allowing them to
receive DIRECTV’s premier HD technology and all channels broadcast in HD that
are tied to their particular base programming package.

Customers
who want the ultimate HD experience can subscribe to the DIRECTV HD EXTRA PACK
for an additional $4.99 per month. This new addition of HD-only channels is for
the true HD fan and includes: HDNet, HDNet Movies, Universal HD, MHD,
Smithsonian HD and MGM HD.

In
addition to the national HD channels listed above, DIRECTV also offers 245
local HD channels across 61 cities, representing more than 70 percent of U.S.
TV Households.

The
DIRECTV 11 satellite will be launched early next year to support further HD
expansion. With the two satellites, DIRECTV will have the ability to deliver
150 national HD channels and 1,500 local HD and digital channels in addition to
new advanced programming services for customers.

(a) Number
of HD channels subject to available HD programming and varies by base package
selection.

(b) Eligibility required.