DirecTV mulls broadband via power lines

US satellite TV operator DirecTV is looking at a plan to offer broadband services via the electricity grid. DirecTV CEO Chase Carey told a New York conference that the broadcaster was talking to power companies. "I think you will see some meaningful tests in this arena," said Carey.

The announcement comes as DirecTV and rival satellite pay-TV operator EchoStar consider their strategies amid fierce competition from cable and telecommunications operators providing digital TV, high speed internet access and telephony.

"We think it would be a good thing to have a third, a fourth or a fifth entrant in broadband and if we can be helpful in pushing that forward and if there's an opportunity for us to intelligently invest in doing so, we would," Carey told the conference.

Last year DirecTV reportedly considered a plan to offer broadband services in conjunction with EchoStar.

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