US satellite broadcaster DirecTV has hailed 2007 'the year of HD' and says it plans to offer subscribers 100 high-definition channels. DirecTV, which is now controlled by Liberty Media following an asset-swap with News Corporation just before Christmas, said its service would provide "three-times more HD programming than any other multi-channel distributor".
DirecTV also announced it had signed HD agreements, or agreements in principle, with more than 70 major networks including: A&E, National Geographic, Bravo, NFL Network, Cartoon Network, SciFi Channel and The Weather Channel.
"This is DirecTV's break-out year for HD," said Chase Carey, DirecTV president and CEO.
"The launch of our two new satellites will complete the largest capacity expansion in DirecTV history, and no other video service will be able to match the sheer volume and quality of our HD programming.
With HD adoption now reaching critical mass in the US, and 40m homes projected to have HD-capable TVs this year, DIRECTV will be uniquely positioned as the best choice for HD programming."
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