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DIRECTV to Offer Family Programming Package; New Tier Offers More Than 40 Channels of Family-Friendly Programming Including Boomerang, Disney, Noggin, PBS Kids Sprout and a Wide Variety of Public Interest Channels

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 18, 2006--DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading digital television service provider, will offer a new family-friendly programming package in mid-April.

The DIRECTV TOTAL CHOICE(R) Family package will include more than 40 channels of programming suitable for family and younger viewers, including some of the most popular family-oriented channels like Boomerang, Disney, PBS Kids Sprout, National Geographic and Noggin, and 12 Public Interest channels that provide a wide array of programming including NASA, National Religious Broadcast Network, Link TV and World Harvest TV.

"The new DIRECTV TOTAL CHOICE Family programming package is appropriate for viewing by family members of all ages and includes popular children's, religious and general family entertainment programming," said Dan Fawcett, executive vice president, Programming, DIRECTV, Inc. "We have answered the call from concerned parents and policymakers and have designed a programming package to meet the needs of DIRECTV families."

In addition to providing a new tier of family-friendly programming, DIRECTV continues to offer free parental locks and limits features on all of its systems/receivers that enable parents to lock out entire channels, block access to specific programs based on TV or MPAA rating, or restrict TV viewing hours.

Consistent with other DIRECTV programming offers, the TOTAL CHOICE(R) Family programming package will offer consumers more family channels at the best value. The TOTAL CHOICE Family package will be available nationwide for $34.99 a month and will include local broadcast channels and the following programming services:

- Bloomberg
- National Geographic Channel
- Boomerang
- Nickelodeon/Nick at Night East
- BYU TV
- Nickelodeon/Nick at Night West
- CNN Headline News
- Nicktoons
- C-SPAN 1
- Noggin/The N
- C-SPAN 2
- NRB Network
- Daystar
- Once TV
- Discovery Kids
- PBS Kids Sprout
- Disney East
- QVC
- Disney West
- RFD TV
- DIY Network
- Shop at Home
- EWTN
- Shop NBC
- Fit-TV
- TCT Network
- Food Network
- The Science Channel
- Hallmark Channel
- The Weather Channel
- HGTV
- Toon Disney
- HITN
- Trinity Broadcasting Network
- HSN
- Word Network
- Link TV
- World Harvest Network
- NASA TV
- XM Disney Radio
- XM Kids

About DIRECTV, Inc.

DIRECTV, Inc. is the nation's leading digital television service provider with more than 15 million customers. DIRECTV and the Cyclone Design logo are registered trademarks of DIRECTV, Inc. DIRECTV (NYSE:DTV) is a world-leading provider of digital multichannel television entertainment services. DIRECTV is approximately 34 percent owned by News Corporation.

CONTACT: DIRECTV, Inc.
Robert Mercer, 310-726-4683

SOURCE: DIRECTV, Inc.
No Discovery Channel or TLC??

Ok, show your cards, Dish Network...what do you got for $10 less??
 

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If DirecTV wants to increase their subscriber base, they need an even lower priced tier. Something along the line of old Select Choice, which is now Total Choice Limited. But, it isn't advertised. And, yes I do know about the spanish package.
 

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I don't think DirecTV wants to increase their subscriber base if it means having people pay lower than the base price of $41.99 per month. Monthly revenue per customer is a big deal for them. Their aquisition cost per customer is over $600, so signing people up for under $40 per month is not attractive to them. Adding this package is only a response to religious right led groups asking for a la carte channel choices under the guise of family friendly programming.
 

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You may not have to wait until April. I called them to cancel my service today and they offered to go ahead and switch me to that package. I declined and cancelled anyway, but I thought it was interesting that they offered me that package today when I actually cancelled, but the other day when I called them to find out what they could offer me, they told me the best they could do was the total choice for $41.99/mo.
No doubt this is in direct response to the new USDTV that is showing up in certain areas.
 

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Ive been seeing commercials for USDTV. I was sorta curious but not really interested then I saw it was going thru Wal- Mart and now Im REALLY not interested.
 

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General thoughts and comments:

Nothing promotes Family more that the ultra violence of those older cartoons on Boomerang !

There's a definite need to put all the shopping and religious channels in there. Let the evil folk live without these.

As for the other channels, anything even remotely about sex and that channel should be thrown out of the Family Pack.

Perhaps those that want something like this should wait till there's a PTC seal of approval ?
 

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Dmon4u said:
Perhaps those that want somehting like this should wait till there's a PTC seal of approval ?
Alternatively, they could just think for themselves. ;) ;) ;)
 

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Shouldn't there be a Poll on who would want this ?
 

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Basically, I want a package with all those DC "Family" channels excised from it. I don't watch a single one of those channels. Give me Discovery, Comedy Central, and FX, and I'd be in good shape.
 

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does this ADD anything to the total choice package? Or just remove Court TV and the other channels I notice are missing?
 

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Dmon4u said:
As for the other channels, anything even remotely about sex and that channel should be thrown out of the Family Pack.
Does that mean that Animal Planet, Discovery, and the Science channels are excluded?

Additional Edit:

Just saw the list, CNN (Headline News) was included, how can that be, they mostly cover political corruption with money, sex, and ethical and moral abuses, violence (like murder, wars, and genocide), and all type of crimes of passion.
 

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does this ADD anything to the total choice package? Or just remove Court TV and the other channels I notice are missing?
For $7 a month less then Total Choice you lose:

A&E
ABC Family (So a channel with Family in the name doesn't make it to the family package?)
AMC
Animal Planet
BBC America
BET
Bravo
BYU TV
Cartoon Network
The Church channel
CNBC
CNBC World
CNN
Comedy Central
CMT
Court TV
Current TV
Discovery
Discovery Health
E!
ESPN
ESPN Classic
ESPN2
ESPN News
Fine Living
Fox Movie Channel
Fox News Channel
Fox Reality
Fuse
FX
G4
Galavision
GSN
History Channel
i Independent TV
IFC
The Learning Channel
MSNBC
MTV
MTV2
NFL Network
OLN
Oxygen
Sci-FI
SoapNet
Speed
Spike TV
Superstation WGN
TBS
TNT
Travel Channel
TCM
TV Guide
TV Land
TV One
Univision
USA Networks
VH1
WE
A bunch of XM channels
Your local RSN channel

Kinda a lame package, IMO...I say pay the additional $7, and just use the parental features of your receiver (all D* receivers have them...).

tbeckner: The Science Channel IS provided...but not The Discovery Channel.
 

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disco said:
For $7 a month less then Total Choice you lose:

HUGE LIST

Kinda a lame package, IMO...I say pay the additional $7, and just use the parental features of your receiver (all D* receivers have them...).

tbeckner: The Science Channel IS provided...but not The Discovery Channel.
I agree completely, a VERY LAME package, buy "TOTAL CHOICE" do as Disco recommends and use the parental control feature.
 

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JimSpence said:
So it seems that the news channels aren't family friendly. :)
Some of the so called religious channels apparently aren't either. Plus they left off Speed which misses the Church of Nascar. :rolleyes:
 

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JimSpence said:
So it seems that the news channels aren't family friendly. :)
Gee. I would have thought that FOX News would have been essential to the Christian Right. How will they get their Sean Hannity fix? :D

Oh, oh! Here comes the controversy. :)
 

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and no TV Land? I want my classics... The english channels in the old lowest spanish package was a really good deal for $29.99 before they raised the price $10. And that had TV Land.

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Im waiting for Dtv to come out with "Guys Pack" thats nothing but sports and porn.
Isn't that what we all watch anyways ;) C'mon Directv get the Ten networks ;)
 
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