Hughes Spaceway Birds Switching to TV

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DirecTV Inc. parent Hughes Electronics Corp. is switching gears with plans for some of its new satellites.

Hughes said Tuesday that satellites originally targeted toward its Spaceway high-speed-data service will now be used to provide additional bandwidth for advanced television services.

The move means the direct-broadcast satellite provider is focusing on services such as local television channels in HDTV format, rather than on consumer Internet access.