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DirecTV to Arianespace: Let’s Do Launch

9/09/2004 5:45 AM Eastern

DirecTV Inc. inked two launch agreements with Arianespace Thursday.

The first covers the launch of the “Spaceway 2” satellite in April. Spaceway 2 is one of the four next-generation satellites DirecTV announced Wednesday as part of a “massive expansion” of local and national high-definition channels.

The two parties’ second deal covers an unnamed direct-to-home bird.

“Our relationship with DirecTV began more than a decade ago with the launch of DBS-1,” Arianespace CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall said in a prepared statement. “We are proud to have played an important role in the successful development of direct-to-home television in the United States, and we look forward to being a part of its bright future.”

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