U pix to air on DirecTv

DirecTv Inc. has pacted with Universal Pictures to provide films for its direct broadcast satellite service.

Universal will supply current release films to the service in a standard pay-per-view window.

The studio joins Paramount and Columbia/TriStar, as well as five programming channels from Turner Broadcasting System, including Cable News Network.

DirecTv is a unit of Hughes Communications Inc., which is a division of General Motors Corp.

The service of 50 channels will be available to consumers in 1994 for an estimated $ 700, including an 18-inch satellite receiver and TV set-top decoder.

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