DirecTV Deal Doubles Documentary’s Reach

3/30/2010 7:37 AM Eastern

Nashville — The Documentary Channel, in a move
that will nearly double its subscription count, has inked
a carriage deal with DirecTV.

The pact, terms of which were not disclosed, will make
the service available to subscribers of the top DBS provider’s
Total Choice and Choice Extra packages on channel
263, beginning on March 31.

Officials at the 24-hour service, devoted exclusively to
documentary films and the independent filmmaker community,
the pact will lift
its distribution
base to some 25
million homes.
The other primary
carrier for Documentary Channel is Dish Network.

Founded in 2006 by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning
documentary filmmaker Tom Neff, the service’s
chief creative offi cer, and relaunched in 2009 as a commercial
service, the channel also has a number of deals
for part-time carriage on PBS stations, including WNYETV
in New York.

“The Documentary Channel is thrilled to make available
to DirecTV customers many of the best independent
documentary films and related programming,” said network
CEO James Ackerman. “ This agreement doubles the
total number of subscribers we now reach and will have a
meaningful impact on the bottom line.”

With the upcoming launch, DirecTV subscribers will be
able to check out the U.S. TV premiere of the five-part series
The Pyramid Code on five consecutive Fridays, beginning
April 2 at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT). From director/producer Dr.
Carmen Boulter, the series aspires to unlock the mysteries of
the ancient Egyptians relative to their technology and sacred
cosmology via the exploration of the pyramids, temples and
other ancient megalithic sites around the globe.