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.