Five days ahead of a government-mandated deadline, DirecTV Inc. Thursday
added the remaining full-power local broadcast channels in the 39 markets where
it already had been providing local network packages.
In 15 of those markets, that means DirecTV and DirecTV Para Todos subscribers
can now access local Spanish-language channels for the first time. In Los
Angeles, for example, DirecTV now offers five local Spanish-language
The other markets offering at least one local channel targeting Hispanics are
San Francisco and Sacramento, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; Cleveland; San Antonio;
Houston; Dallas; New York; Boston; Denver; Miami and Tampa, Fla.; Chicago; and
Many of the 15 markets next month will also add TeleFutura, Univision
Communications Inc.'s second broadcast network, which is slated to launch Jan.
Starting Thursday morning, all of DirecTV's local channels were transitioned
to a spot-beam satellite that was launched to the 101 degrees west longitude
orbital slot in November.
Because all of the local channels are broadcast from DirecTV's core orbital
slot, no new equipment is needed to pull in the local signals.
Other DirecTV markets with new local broadcast channels include: Atlanta;
Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio; Detroit; Seattle; Nashville and Memphis, Tenn.;
Kansas City, Kan; Salt Lake City; Orlando and West Palm Beach, Fla.; Birmingham,
Ala; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Greenville, S.C.; Charlotte, Greensboro and
Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; Austin, Texas; St. Louis; Milwaukee; Indianapolis;
Portland, Ore.; and Minneapolis.