DirecTV Names Two Local Markets


DirecTV Inc. said Wednesday that it plans to deliver local broadcast signals
to Buffalo, N.Y., and Oklahoma City by the middle of this year.

The direct-broadcast satellite company already offers local-into-local
service in 41 markets. With the two cities named Wednesday, DirecTV has
announced plans for service to 46 markets.

By May 15, the company plans to add local channels in Hartford, Conn., and
Las Vegas, with Providence, R.I., coming on board in mid-July.

DirecTV will send local signals to the new markets from satellites at the 119
degrees west orbital location. Satellites at its core orbital slot, 101 degrees
west, serve existing markets.

DirecTV said it plans to offer local channels in 51 markets by the end of
this year.

If EchoStar Communications Corp. succeeds in its plans to merge with DirecTV
parent Hughes Electronics Corp., it has said it intends to deliver local
broadcast channels to all 210 U.S. television markets.