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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) --Satellite television broadcaster DirecTV Group Inc. said Wednesday its third-quarter profit nearly quadrupled, driven by higher revenue and a lower rate of customer defection.

Shares of the company controlled by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. rose 48 cents, or 2.2 percent, to $22.32 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

Its earnings surged to $370 million, or 30 cents per share, in the three months ended Sept. 30, up from $95 million, or 7 cents per share, in the year-ago period.

Revenue rose 13 percent to $3.67 billion from $3.23 billion last year.

The results surpassed Wall Street's consensus estimates of 27 cents per share on revenue of $3.61 billion, according to Thomson Financial.

DirecTV added 165,000 net subscribers at its core U.S. unit in the period. Gross subscriber additions fell 9 percent. Average monthly churn rate, a measurement of the pace of customer defection, edged lower to 1.8 percent from 1.89 percent last year.

Average monthly revenue per subscriber rose to $72.74 from $68.65. Last year, DirecTV began targeting customers less likely to miss their monthly payments and more likely to purchase extra services such as high definition and pay-per-view broadcasts.

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Maybe they will take some of those profits and hire some management, developers and QA professionals who know what they are doing.
 

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I'm sure that financial information will go a long in making all the people with defective HR20s (or more than one in many cases) feel a lot better.
 

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Inkeyes said:
They won't do this well next quarter if they have to replace 50,000 defective HR20's.
I haven't listened to the WebCast yet...

Where did you get 50,000 defective HR20's ?
 
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