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DIRECTV Launches Cinema Plus
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (October 8, 2010) -- DIRECTV has launched its much-anticipated 'Cinema Plus' VOD service which promises to offer 4000 TV show and movie titles via high-speed Internet connections.

DIRECTV says all new movie titles in the Cinema Plus lineup will be in high-def. The Cinema Plus titles also can be viewed instantly. The new movie releases cost from $3.99 to $5.99, but many of the TV shows and older titles can be viewed for free.

DIRECTV's channel 1000 is expected to house the Cinema Plus offering. However, as of this morning, the channel had not been updated with a lineup.
(Update: channel 1000 now has the lineup.) DIRECTV, though, had posted the lineup of 4,000 plus shows at its web site. On this page, users can select shows or movies for recording, which will then add the titles to their HD DVR's queue. To select shows, the subscriber must set up an account at DIRECTV.com.

According to DIRECTV's web site, Cinema Plus users must have an HD DVR which is connected to a
home network router using an Ethernet cable. (DIRECTV says your Internet service must have 750 Kbps or higher speed.)

DIRECTV is also offering a self-installation kit that will enable you to set up your HD DVR for DIRECTV Cinema Plus, including a wireless adapter and easy step-by-step instructions. For more information, call DIRECTV at 1-800-531-5000.

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Phillip Swann is president and publisher of TVPredictions.com. He has been quoted in dozens of publications and broadcast outlets, including CNN, Fox News, Inside Edition, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Financial Times, The Associated Press and The Hollywood Reporter. He can be reached at swann@tvpredictions.com or at 703-505-3064.

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