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Boeing Announces Major Commercial Satellite Contract

St Louis MO (SPX) Sep 09, 2004
Boeing announced Wednesday it received a contract by DirecTV to build three Boeing 702 model satellites. These spacecraft will provide DirecTV with unprecedented national and local broadcast coverage in High Definition Television (HDTV).

Three 702 satellites, dubbed DirecTV 10 and DirecTV 11, an on-ground spare and six KA band uplink sites will enable DirecTV to significantly expand broadcasting to their customers across the continental United States, Hawaii, and Alaska.

In addition to expanded national HDTV broadcasting, standard definition television broadcasting, and interactive television, DirecTV 10 and DirecTV 11 will provide the capability for DirecTV to broadcast local HDTV to 90 percent of their customers.

"This contract is a testament to our relationship with DirecTV, and to the value, service and robust technology we continually provide," said Dave Ryan, vice president and general manager, Boeing Satellite Systems.

"It is a validation of Boeing's world leadership in the development of satellites with unsurpassed capacity, performance and cost-efficiency - the 702."

This year, Boeing Satellite Systems received recommendation by an independent auditor for IS0 9001 certification. Coupled with achieving CMMI Level 5 and through implementing aggressive quality and cost saving initiatives, the company continues to provide customers with reliable satellite systems.

"Over the course of our decade-long relationship with Boeing, we have continually been impressed with the caliber and value of satellites they build," said Chase Carey, president and CEO of The DirecTV Group.

"These powerful satellites will enable us to expand our broadcast of comprehensive programming throughout the United States."

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Thomson Extends Satellite Set-Top Box Agreement With DirectTV Latin America
Indianapolis IN (SPX) Sep 08, 2004
Thomson, a manufacturer of integrated solutions for the entertainment and media industries, Tuesday announced it has extended its agreement with DirectTV Latin America for the manufacture of digital set-top boxes that will deliver digital satellite television throughout all of DirectTV Latin America's service territories.

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