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DBS TV Growth Helped by Telcos

Ironically, more than one in 10 new DirecTV additions are coming from its telco deals with Verizon Communications, BellSouth and Qwest Communications International. On its third-quarter earnings call, DirecTV said it generated 180,000 new additions from its telco alliances out of 1.1 million total additions -- the seventh consecutive quarter of telco-addition increase. Telco DBS TV Q3 2005 Subscriber adds were as follows.

BellSouth (DirecTV): 460,000
SBC (Dish): 419,000
Verizon (DirecTV): 300,000
Qwest (DirecTV): 95,000

TOTAL: 1,274,000

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