DirecTV adds channels in Brazil

Expanded sat capacity prompts move

RIO DE JANEIRO — Hughes-backed satcaster Galaxy Latin America is adding dozens of channels to its DirecTV service, thanks to expanded satellite capacity.

In Brazil, GLA’s top arena, the 33 new nets comprise Discovery’s Animal Planet, CNNfn, CNN-SI, The Weather Channel and four more webs, plus eight extra pay-per-view channels; two further webs and 15 radio channels await confirmation.

The nets are being rolled out during June to give the Brazilian service a projected 92 video channels and 48 audio channels. By comparison, rival satcaster Sky, up in just three countries, offers 80 video channels in Brazil, 111 in Mexico and 85 in Colombia.

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