DirecTV Adds Local Markets


DirecTV Inc. said Tuesday that it would add three new local-broadcast markets
Wednesday: Grand Rapids, Mich.; Oklahoma City; and Buffalo, N.Y.

In each of the three new markets, the local broadcast channels are delivered
from the 119 degrees west orbital location, apart from DirecTV's core
programming at 101 degrees. To pull in the local broadcast stations, subscribers
need newer DirecTV systems capable of seeing multiple orbital locations. The
dishes in such systems measure 18 inches by 24 inches.

DirecTV is promoting a bundled 'Total Choice Plus' programming package,
including local channels, for $39.99 per month.

In Buffalo and Grand Rapids, DirecTV is still negotiating with the local PBS
affiliates for retransmission consent. In Oklahoma City, the direct-broadcast
satellite provider is still in discussions to carry local CBS station KWTV. The
company said it would begin carrying each of the channels in question once
agreements are reached.