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DIRECTV to Offer Free HDTV Upgrade

Monty Solomon (
Wed, 7 Sep 2005 00:00:34 -0400

The switch will likely require a programming commitment.
By Phillip Swann

Washington D.C. (September 6, 2005) -- DIRECTV revealed tonight that
it will offer a free system upgrade for High-Definition TV owners so
they can get local high-def channels later this year.

DIRECTV is expected to begin offering local HD in 12 markets by
year's end. However, the channels will only be available on new
DIRECTV MPEG-4 receivers and dishes, which have yet to go on sale.

Until now, it was uncertain if current HDTV owners would have to pay
up to $300 to buy a new receiver to get the local high-def signals.

However, Robert Mercer, a DIRECTV spokesman, told
Tuesday night that current HDTV owners would be offered a free
upgrade. An estimated 600,000 DIRECTV subscribers have high-def sets.

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