Home satellite system introduced by Hughes

Maryland Watch

March 13, 1996

Hughes Network Systems said yesterday that it has introduced a new line of home satellite systems, becoming the third company to sell the equipment needed to receive signals from the increasingly popular DirecTV and USSB direct broadcast satellite television services.

The Germantown-based unit of Hughes Electronics Corp. joins RCA and Sony as authorized providers of the 18-inch satellite dishes and related equipment. Hughes Electronics also is the parent company of DirecTV.

Hughes said its Insight DSS system will offer more than 200 channels of digital audio and video programming.

The Insight line of products also includes Insight DirecPC, a satellite system that lets users download information from the Internet at high speeds. That system, based on a 24-inch satellite dish, has not been integrated with DSS service.

The new system includes several other custom features, the company said. Prices have not been announced.

Alice Duke, a Hughes spokeswoman, said the Insight line of products will be distributed through dealers who sell satellite dishes and equipment.

Pub Date: 3/13/96

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