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DIRECTV Customers Count On Mix Channel For Election Night Coverage

October 20, 2008

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - As the drama of the historic 2008 Presidential election unfolds Nov. 4, DIRECTV will offer its customers a new way to get the most out of live election night coverage through an interactive Election Mix Channel. This unique channel will feature eight network feeds on one screen and a real-time election blog that will track the announcements and analysis on each channel as votes are counted, exit polling data is evaluated and electoral count projections roll in.


Compliments of DIRECTV, the Election Mix will include each of the four broadcast networks and other leading news channels CNN, Fox News Channel, MSBNC and alternating feeds of Comedy Central (when it's doing live election coverage) and BBC America all on one screen.

Adopting the same award-winning interactive technology that has propelled the popularity of its sports programming, DIRECTV will enable customers with interactive receivers to highlight any one of the eight channels on the screen to listen to the audio on that channel, and then to select any highlighted cell to watch full screen. The Election Mix will replace the News Mix on DIRECTV channels 102 and 352 and will be available in both standard-definition and HD.

At the bottom of the 2008 Election Mix, DIRECTV will show live blog posts updating viewers on the networks' exit polling data, electoral count projections, results from significant Senate races, gubernatorial contests, ballot initiatives, and noteworthy news and quotes from reporters, analysts, and the candidates themselves.

"With record-setting voter turnout expected at the polls and tens of millions of viewers tuning in to watch the results of this historic election, the idea of offering the Election Mix as a service to our customers was a no-brainer," said Eric Shanks, executive vice president, Entertainment, DIRECTV, Inc. "The interactive Mix channels have proven value for fans of our sports subscription services, and we believe the Election Mix will serve the save purpose here, helping viewers navigate the mosaic of news coverage, analysis, and commentary of the shifting drama. They'll be able to call it a night, knowing they haven't missed a thing - and they saw it in vivid DIRECTV HD."

The 2008 Election Mix service will begin Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and continue until the end of the broadcast day at 6 a.m. ET/3 a.m. PT. If events warrant, DIRECTV may extend the coverage.

The election blog, offering real-time posts from each network, will begin as polls in the East close and network begin coverage and will continue until the presidential election has been decided.

http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/global...ssetId=3640094

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I'll be watching the HD version. Also I will be looking forward to contrast & compare FOX News HD to CNN HD. If only MSNBC HD (if it were even announced) would come online before the election I would be in hog-heaven

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what a waste of airspace
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what a waste of airspace

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I'll be watching the HD version. Also I will be looking forward to contrast & compare FOX News HD to CNN HD. If only MSNBC HD (if it were even announced) would come online before the election I would be in hog-heaven

Is FNC in HD on D* yet?

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It is, according to the chart here:

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Is FNC in HD on D* yet?

Yes for about a week now.
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DIRECTV Customers Count On Mix Channel For Election Night Coverage

The Election Mix will replace the News Mix on DIRECTV channels 102 and 352 and will be available in both standard-definition and HD.
http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/global...ssetId=3640094

352 and/or 102 is in HD??????

Since when??????

That's one of the big issues with it right now as the thumbnail resolution of the 8 channels COULD be so much better if they put the NewsMix in HD itself (could also be better if they did not waste so much room at the top of the screen!)
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Channel 102 and 352 both HD and looking good. Only 3 channels live now, and of course my personal favorite - HDNet - is in the mix and will be live at 7pm ET

kewl application to be able to toggle between channels to hear the audio, then 'select' to go to the channel itself.

GREAT APPLICATION DIRECTV, congratulations! and Thanks
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This is great!!!
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Channel 102 and 352 both HD and looking good. Only 3 channels live now, and of course my personal favorite - HDNet - is in the mix and will be live at 7pm ET


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The mix channel looks great. Watching 8 channels at once is awesome.
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Channel 102 and 352 both HD and looking good. Only 3 channels live now, and of course my personal favorite - HDNet - is in the mix and will be live at 7pm ET

kewl application to be able to toggle between channels to hear the audio, then 'select' to go to the channel itself.

GREAT APPLICATION DIRECTV, congratulations! and Thanks

Wonder how you feel now that you got bumped for the BBC?
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The mix channel looks great. Watching 8 channels at once is awesome.

I agree. When a commercial comes up I just click the sound to the next channel.
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this is the best channel out there

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Good job DirecTV. This is a great way to watch what networks call which races when.
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If you clicked on a network channel, did it go to your local network? On mine, it would go black for a couple of seconds with sound and then go back to the mix channel. Directv does not have our locals in HD
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yeah i had that with the locals... its because the locals were different

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So glad I switched to D*. This was hopeful in seeing when a news station would project a winner. I probably would've kept it on a local but saw that Fox News determined Ohio the winner very quickly.
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If you clicked on a network channel, did it go to your local network? On mine, it would go black for a couple of seconds with sound and then go back to the mix channel. Directv does not have our locals in HD

If DirecTV carries the local channel in HD, clicking on it would go to that channel. If not, like in your case, you get nothing.
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This was an awesome little channel. I hope they do more of this stuff in HD. the March Madness Tourney Mix channel was in SD this past year.

I thought it was hilarious when the Live Blog started getting "news" from Comedy Central:

"Obama campaign headquarters filled with bunnies, Deer and other woodland creatures"

"Colbert: South Carolina is the bonus state which triples McCain's Electoral count"


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