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DirecTV Gets FCC Approval to Move Satellite

Aug 13, 2004  •  Post A Comment

News Corp.’s satellite operator DirecTV Group on Friday cleared a regulatory hurdle in its quest to expand its local-into-local channel service when the Federal Communications Commission approved DirecTV’s request to move its satellite DirecTV 5 into a slot now controlled by Telesat Canada.

The move into Telesat’s slot will enable DirecTV to expand its local-into-local service into another 24 markets, bringing the number of DirecTV markets with local broadcast channels to 130, covering 92 percent of the nation.

The company is presently offering local-into-local in 106 markets, and will expand into the additional markets beginning in September, offering existing customers an additional 18-inch satellite dish free of charge to pick up the signal from DirecTV 5 if they sign up for a year of DirecTV Total Choice programming.

DirecTV 5 will remain in Telesat Canada’s slot until Telesat launches a new satellite sometime in the future. In the meantime, DirecTV 5 will be managed by Telesat Canada after an interim period.