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DirecTV Rolls Out Local Channels In Hawaii


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#1 OFFLINE   Chris Blount

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Posted 08 December 2005 - 02:10 PM

DIRECTV Now Offers Local Channels in Hawaii; Local Honolulu Stations Roll Out Today; Will be Available to Customers Throughout the Hawaiian Islands

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 8, 2005--DIRECTV customers in Hawaii now have access to their local news, weather, sports and prime-time network programming - all in digital-quality picture and sound - as DIRECTV rolls out local Honolulu broadcast stations, including ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, throughout the Hawaiian islands beginning today.

With the launch of local channels in Hawaii and three other markets later this month, DIRECTV will offer local channels in 142 markets, representing more than 93 percent of U.S. TV households.

"Many customers in Hawaii who have had few options for the reception of local programming, are now able to view their favorite local news and entertainment programming via DIRECTV," said Dan Fawcett, executive vice president, Programming Acquisition, DIRECTV, Inc. "New satellites and advanced technology have enabled us to provide most viewers in Hawaii with a complete lineup of DIRECTV® programming for the first time."

DIRECTV customers will be able to access their national DIRECTV programming and local channels in Hawaii by using a new DIRECTV H20 receiver and a 1.2-meter dish. DIRECTV receiving equipment is available at independent retailers and can also be ordered directly from DIRECTV by calling a dedicated toll free number at 1-877-897-8131.

Information on how to order equipment is also available at Blockbuster stores, and beginning next year, the new DIRECTV receiving equipment can also be ordered at Best Buy and Wal-Mart locations.

The new receiving equipment and live local channel feeds can be viewed at The Satellite Guy, an independent DIRECTV dealer in Honolulu beginning Dec. 12.

The following local channels are available via DIRECTV in Hawaii:

KHON (FOX)/Channel 2 KHET (PBS)/Channel 11

KITV (ABC)/Channel 4 KHNL (NBC)/Channel 13

KFVE (WB)/Channel 5 KIKU (IND/UPN)/Channel 20

KGMB (CBS/UPN)/Channel 9

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#2 OFFLINE   gor88

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Posted 08 December 2005 - 11:00 PM

With this announcement, this means that DirecTV beat Dish Network in being the first to serve every DMA in the Nielsen Top 100. DirecTV only lacked Honolulu, while Dish Network still lacks Baton Rouge, LA.

Congrats to DirecTV. Hopefully, they will get aggressive in releasing more of the smaller market locals in the coming year.




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