DirecTV subscribers may be getting more HD programming this fall, thanks to DirecTV's recent contract with LG Electronics to supply them with "next gen" HD set-top boxes. The new set-tops are designed to transmit satellite broadcasts in MPEG-4 HD, basically compressed HD, as well as up to 150 channels in normal HD. This is all part of DirecTV's recent push for increased HD programming. LG Electronics has already started production and will begin shipping its boxes soon which in DirectTV terms means "in five years or so." Definitely a good sign for DirecTV subscribers who've already invested a chunk of cash in their HD-capable TV set.

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