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DirecTV Reports Positive Quarter

El Segundo, Calif. – Direct-to-home satellite TV giant


reported first quarter revenue of
$7.05 billion, up 12 percent from a year ago as operating income before
depreciation and amortization rose 8 percent to $1.9 billion.

“DirecTV delivered another strong quarter of financial and
operating results highlighted by double-digit revenue, EPS and cash flow
growth, fueled in part by another quarter of record-setting subscriber growth
in Latin America,” DirecTV CEO Mike White said in a statement on the firm’s Q1 results.
“Our industry leading revenue and earnings growth continues to be driven by the
strength of our premier brands, popularity of our differentiated product and
service offerings, and an enhanced focus on achieving operational excellence
through effective cost management.”

For the United States, DirecTV’s revenue rose 7 percent, as net
subscribers increased 81,000.

Total U.S. subscribers now stand at 19.97 million, up slightly
from 19.4 million a year earlier. Operating profit from the U.S. business rose
to $1.31 billion in the period.

Churn in the U.S. dropped to 1.44 percent from 1.5 percent a year
ago, and average revenue per unit (ARPU) rose 3.6 percent to $91.99 a month.

In Latin America, DirecTV reported a 36 percent rise in revenue,
as net subs jumped 593,000 to 8.46 million.

The satellite TV company has targeted doubling its Latin America
subscribers to more than 16 million and annual revenue to more than $10 billion
over the next five years.