DIRECTV, THOMSON MULTIMEDIA ALLY ON ADVANCED DBS SERVICES, EQUIPMENT

DirecTv Inc. [GMH] and Thomson Multimedia will cooperate on the development and distribution of advanced direct broadcast satellite (DBS) receivers and digital television services. The joint effort is designed to upgrade DBS receiver technology for emerging services and speed the launch of new products, the companies said. A memorandum of understanding specifically mentions achieving accelerated deployment of digital terrestrial television and related digital services.