DIRECTV Keeps Hallmark, OpenTV and Austar

Crown Media, owner and operator of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel, announced it has renewed its agreement with DIRECTV for distribution of Hallmark Channel to nearly 15 million homes. Additionally, DIRECTV will have the right to distribute standard definition and high def versions of Hallmark Movie Channel, the programmer said.

INTERNATIONAL - OpenTV said it supported the commercial launch of the Austar PVR, called MyStar. The quad tuner set-top box featuring two satellite tuners and two terrestrial tuners provides a first-of-its kind integrated PVR service for Austar subscribers, OpenTV said. Austar serves more than 660,000 customers in Australia, principally through satellite TV.