DirecTV has best subscriber growth in three years, adds 301,000 subs in Q4

Multichannel News reports:

DirecTV delivered its best quarterly subscriber growth in three years, adding 301,000 net U.S. subscribers in the last three months of 2008, while net income for the quarter dropped 5%.

Revenue for the quarter ended Dec. 31 was $5.31 billion, up 9% year over year, and earnings per share increased 7% to $0.32 compared with the same period last year.

The satellite operator’s 301,000 net adds in the U.S. — giving it 17.621 million subs at the close of 2008 — blew past analyst expectations; Sanford Bernstein had projected 214,600 net subscriber additions for the quarter. Analyst consensus estimates were earnings of 34 cents per share, though quarterly revenue was in line with expectations…

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