Satellite Tv In Latin America: Still Fuzzy

Two rivals are battling for a distant payoff

Dec. 8 was a red-letter day in the battle for the Latin satellite-TV market. In Miami Lakes, Fla., feather-bedecked showgirls shimmied to the samba, Mexico's Thalia crooned hit tunes, and News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch raised a champagne glass. The gala celebrated the opening of a $140 million broadcast center by Sky Latin America, a group that includes Murdoch's News Corp. and three other heavyweights. Just 320 kilometers away in Cape Canaveral, Galaxy Latin America, a rival consortium led by Hughes Electronics Corp. subsidiary DirectTV, also did some celebrating. It had just launched its second satellite to beam programs to Latin America.

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