DirecTV Beefs Up HD, DVR Offerings


DirecTV Inc. signaled a drive to strengthen its high-definition-TV and
digital-video-recorder offerings this week, showing off a set of new boxes and
unveiling a new HD video channel at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las

Hughes Network Services' DBS subsidiary kicked off the show with debut of its
fourth HD pay-per-view channel offering titles from New Line Cinema, DreamWorks
SKG and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Launched on channel 198, the new HD channel
offers PPV movies for $4.99.

It joins the trio of DirecTV HDTV PPV channels -- Home Box Office, Showtime
and HDNet.

In addition, DirecTV announced that it plans to offer high-definition
telecasts of National Football League games during the 2003 regular season.

DirecTV also announced that by year's end, TiVo Inc. will supply it with a
new DVR able to record and play back HD signals.

The unit will sport familiar TiVo functions -- including the ability to
record, pause and replay live television -- but it will add a larger recording
capacity and component and digital-video outputs to improve audio and video
quality. No price or manufacturer has been announced.

The DBS provider also unveiled new receivers from Philips Consumer
Electronics Co. and Samsung Electronics America Inc. that both combine DVR
function with TiVo service.

The Philips "DSR7000" box will be available this spring, while the Samsung
"SDR-S350" will be available in the second quarter.