More HD in DIRECTV's Extra Innings

On Wednesday, DIRECTV revealed plans for its delivery of the 2008 MLB Extra Innings service. Customers getting the out-of-market sports package and the SuperFan option will receive up to 40 games in HD each week, about four times more than last year, the company said. The SuperFan portion has features like the Game Mix channel with up to eight live games on a single screen, and the Strike Zone Channel showing live action and highlights from around the league, modeled after the popular NFL Sunday Ticket Red Zone Channel.

TECHNOLOGY - ProtoStar said it closed $245 million in debt and equity financing to complete the on-going development and launch of its second satellite. The bird, a Boeing 601HP, is expected to be launched in early 2009 on an International Launch Services Proton rocket. ProtoStar said it has already pre-leased a significant portion of capacity on the satellite, which will be named ProtoStar II.