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Hughes Spaceway Birds Switching to TV

DirecTV Inc. parent Hughes Electronics Corp. is switching gears with plans for some of its new satellites.

Hughes said Tuesday that satellites originally targeted toward its Spaceway high-speed-data service will now be used to provide additional bandwidth for advanced television services.

The move means the direct-broadcast satellite provider is focusing on services such as local television channels in HDTV format, rather than on consumer Internet access.