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Murdoch Happy with DirecTV...

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#1 OFFLINE   Nick


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Posted 10 January 2006 - 04:43 AM

Top exec "delighted" with DirecTV progress

During an investor conference Monday, News Corp. Chairman and
Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch heaped praise on DirecTV, which
is controlled by the international media giant, but also admitted
there have been challenges for the satellite TV service.

Murdoch, speaking before the Citigroup Entertainment, Media and
Telecommunications Conference in Arizona, said DirecTV "has
grown very fast ... maybe too fast," referring to record subscriber
additions but also high churn for the DBS service. "We have learned
the hard way about churn," Murdoch said. To address churn,
DirecTV is putting (new) customers though credit checks, he said.

Also, Murdoch admitted DirecTV "is under attack in some places,"
including the packaging of broadband with other services by cable.
However, Murdoch said News Corp., and presumably DirecTV, are
looking at broadband alternatives, including potential partnerships
and new technology. He wouldn't offer details.

"We have a lot of people working on this full time," said Murdoch on
the company's broadband plans. He said details on a broadband
strategy could be revealed by the company within two months.

Despite challenges, the top exec said he's "delighted" with DirecTV's
progress since News Corp. took it over in December 2003.

In addition to commenting on DirecTV, Murdoch spoke about TV in
general, saying "local television is going to stay very strong." To
keep up that pace, Fox-owned stations across the country are
expanding the number of hours devoted to local coverage, he said.

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 06:11 AM

Well, I'm glad he's happy since most of his HD customers are not happy at this time.

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 06:39 AM

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