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Hughes's DirecTV Unit Plans
Partnership With Listen.com  (WSJ)

Satellite broadcaster Hughes Electronics Corp.'s DirecTV unit, looking to rev up subscriber growth for its money-losing Internet offerings, is expected to announce a venture offering a wide range of online digital music in partnership with Listen.com.

The alliance slated to be announced Wednesday applies only to subscribers to DirecTV Broadband, a struggling and still-small niche of Hughes's overall business that provides services over digital telephone lines instead of via satellites. The joint venture will give those customers access to a broad array of streaming music on demand or Internet radio stations. If it is successful, Hughes hopes the initiative will help kick-start other Internet services, ranging from photo management to video on demand.

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Nat Ersoz
Wednesday, July 31, 2002

I never understand these press releases that basically say "ISP X will give their subscribers access to website Y." I know, Listen.com is not exactly a website, but what the heck does this deal mean? Is Hughes' broadband so bad that you can only access providers that they like?

Joel Spolsky
Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Usually part of these agreements includes the company getting a direct link to the ISP. When @Home made deals like this, the traceroute would go from your machine to the @Home server to the content provider's server - no hopping about the internet, going through MAE's, etc. Made the connection much faster/dependable.

jeff
Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Actually, folks, what this story is about is a deal for users of Hughes' DirecTV broadband to have access to an otherwise paid service of Listen.Com.

bean l.
Saturday, August 03, 2002

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