Can Tci Launch Its Satellite Strategy?

Direct-broadcast hopes hinge on taking over Primestar

For a decade, Tele-Communications Inc. CEO John C. Malone relied on the dealmaking skills of mergers-and-acquisitions head Gary S. Howard to snap up cable systems across the U.S. That made TCI a giant. Now Malone is counting on the 45-year-old Howard to make TCI a player in satellite TV, too.

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