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DirecTV Adds 80,000 Filipino Subs

DirecTV Inc. has teamed up with ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. and its U.S. subsidiary, ABS-CBN International (ABS-CBNi), to migrate more than 80,000 of ABS-CBNi's “TFCDirect!” satellite-service subscribers to its own direct-broadcast satellite platform.

The TFCDirect! six-channel bundle -- which includes The Filipino Channel, Cinema One, ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), Pinoy Central TV and two audio channels, DZMM and DWRR -- is only available to DirecTV customers throughout the United States, for $22.99 per month, the DBS provider said.

Existing TFCDirect! subscribers will be switched to the DirecTV “WorldDirect” international-programming platform free-of-charge, DirecTV added.

“DirecTV is looking forward to working with ABS-CBNi and is confident that its robust programming lineup and successful track record will help DirecTV to expand its WorldDirect international-programming offerings and provide its Filipino viewers with high-quality, culturally relevant programming," DirecTV CEO Chase Carey said in a prepared statement.