Level 3 to provide backbone for DIRECTV HD expansion

November 17, 2005

DIRECTV has selected Level 3 Communications to help provide a nationwide backbone solution for customers. The solution consists of bandwidth and data center services that will enable the expansion of the direct-to-home satellite broadcaster’s HD services.

Level 3 will upgrade and augment the DIRECTV backbone to support and aggregate HDTV signals from local markets for rebroadcast to DIRECTV customers. Level 3 has worked with DIRECTV since 1999 and currently provides a substantial portion of DIRECTV's existing private line backbone supporting SD TV services.

DIRECTV plans to roll out hundreds of local and national HDTV channels over the next few years.

For more information, visit www.level3.com.

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