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U.S. Satellite Broadcaster Growth Results

EchoStar and DirecTV, the two competing satellite broadcasters in the United States, have both announced increases in their number of subscribers -- EchoStar added around 325,000 new subscribers to its Dish Network in the first quarter of the 2005, bringing its total number of satellite customers to 11.23 million. DirecTV added over half a million subscribers in the United States in the same period, an increase of over 20 percent on the previous year. At the end of March, DirecTV had a total of 14.45 million customers, a 14 percent increase on a year previously. Chase Carey, president and chief executive of DirecTV, said the company is moving quickly to enhance its service, launching three new satellites to allow it to introduce compelling new programming services. At the end of the year the company will also introduce a Home Media Center.

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