From SkyReport E-news 05/15/2007

Andre Kesteloot andre.kesteloot at
Tue May 15 18:56:43 CDT 2007

  *DIRECTV May Test BPL*

The country's largest satellite TV provider may be sitting on a plan to 
test delivering high-speed internet service in a largely untested way. 
Ask DIRECTV executives how the company plans to compete with cable's 
triple play of services, and the answer may come as broadband over 
powerlines - or BPL.

CEO Chase Carey told attendees at the Reuters Global Technology, Media 
and Telecoms Summit in New York on Monday that DIRECTV may test drive 
BPL services in a major U.S. city as soon as next year. According to 
reports, the exec said DIRECTV is talking with companies that specialize 
in providing broadband via electrical lines, and the satellite company 
is not alone.

"We're not the only ones talking to them. I think you'll see some 
meaningful tests in this arena," Carey said. DIRECTV may be getting 
close to testing the BPL serive in a "top 50 city where you're covering 
at least half the city."

The DIRECTV head said the company has looked into Wi-MAX for the 
delivery of internet services. Carey also said a potential partnership 
with rival EchoStar on a broadband strategy was still being tossed 
around, as were talks with other companies to bring new broadband 
options to subscribers.

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