Legend Airlines Introduces Real Time DIRECTV(R) Programming Via LiveTV In-Flight Entertainment System

New In-Flight Service Offers Up to 24 Channels of Sports, News, Family And

General Entertainment Programming at Each Seat

Apr 06, 2000, 01:00 ET from LiveTV

    IRVINE, Calif., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- LiveTV, the leading supplier of
 live television on commercial aircraft, and DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's
 leading provider of digital satellite television entertainment, announced
 today that Legend Airlines began offering passengers the opportunity to
 privately view up to 24 channels of real-time television programming as their
 in-flight entertainment.  The airline introduced the in-flight entertainment
 system to Legend travelers yesterday on the airline's inaugural flight to
 Washington Dulles.
     Legend Airlines flights feature, at no additional charge to the passenger,
 television programming from DIRECTV on LiveTV's personal flat-screen monitors
 installed in each seatback.  Passengers can personally control the service
 with individual remotes built into their armrest.
     The DIRECTV(R) programming package features the best in sports, news,
 general entertainment and children's programming, including ESPN, ESPN2,
 ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, The Golf Channel, CNN/Sports Illustrated, Bloomberg
 Television, CNNfn, CNN Headline News, ZDTV, The Weather Channel, the Travel
 Channel, Home and Garden Television, Food Network, Game Show Network, A&E, The
 History Channel, Discovery Channel, Discovery Health, Channel, The Learning
 Channel, Animal Planet and Boomerang, which features classic cartoons from the
 Cartoon Network.  Two of the 24 channels will be used to bring specialty
 programming from DIRECTV such as sports and concerts to passengers on an
 ongoing basis.
     "This is a historic moment for the airline industry," said Andre de Greef,
 president of LiveTV.  "We're the first to bring a wide variety of programming
 options from DIRECTV to commercial airline passengers.  Further, we are
 committed to making our technology hassle-free for airline crew and passengers
 alike.  We know that using the LiveTV system on a plane will be as comfortable
 and convenient as watching it at home."
     "Legend Airlines' launch with DIRECTV programming begins a new era in
 in-flight entertainment and establishes DIRECTV as the digital television
 service that is truly everywhere -- in the home, in the passenger terminal and
 in the sky," said Terry Ferguson, vice president, Business Development and
 Strategic Planning for DIRECTV, Inc.  "By offering its passengers a personal
 view of the nation's leading digital satellite television service, Legend sets
 itself apart from other airlines in every market it serves."
     About LiveTV
     LiveTV is a joint venture between Sextant In-Flight Systems and Harris
 Corporation.  LiveTV provides turnkey in-flight entertainment services focused
 on the narrowbody and regional commercial aircraft market.  Visit LiveTV on
 the World Wide Web at www.ifetv.com.
     About DIRECTV
     DIRECTV is the nation's leading digital satellite television service with
 more than 8.3 million customers including customers subscribing to PRIMESTAR
 By DIRECTV.  DIRECTV is a registered trademark of DIRECTV, Inc., a unit of
 Hughes Electronics Corporation.  Hughes Electronics is the world's leading
 provider of digital television entertainment, and satellite and wireless
 systems and services.  The earnings of Hughes Electronics, a unit of General
 Motors Corporation, are used to calculate the earnings per share attributable
 to the General Motors Class H common stock (NYSE:   GMH).  Visit DIRECTV on the
 World Wide Web at www.directv.com.