DirecTV, Qwest Extend Alliance

Announce a 5-year extension to their strategic partnership that allows Qwest to offer DirecTV services to residential customers

July 21, 2009

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DENVER -- Qwest Communications (NYSE: Q - News) and DIRECTV, Inc. (NASDAQ:DTV), today announced a 5-year extension to their existing strategic partnership that allows Qwest to continue to offer DIRECTV services to residential customers. Financial terms of the arrangement were not disclosed.

The agreement extends a strategic alliance that started in October 2004. Since then, Qwest customers have enjoyed the full suite of DIRECTV products bundled with Qwest’s broadband and voice services.

Under the agreement, Qwest will provide an enhanced customer experience through streamlined customer support and the development of integrated products and services in partnership with DIRECTV.

In addition to the new agreement, Qwest and DIRECTV have launched a new suite of integrated services that enable consumers to maximize the value of their home entertainment experience through the dynamic combination of DIRECTV service and their Qwest High-Speed Internet connection. New integrated services include:

Remote Recording: Customers won’t miss their favorite program because they forgot to hit record. DIRECTV’s DVR Scheduler from Qwest provides customers with the flexibility to record programs or order Video on Demand from any internet-enabled computer – anytime, anywhere via the Qwest High-Speed Internet portal.

Integrated Calling: Customers with a qualifying Qwest bundle and a broadband-connected DVR can manage their Qwest home phone service from the television. Currently in beta, Qwest’s new Integrated Calling Features allow customers to play voice mail messages, see incoming Qwest-branded Caller ID alerts, keep track of incoming and outgoing calls, and even return calls with the touch of a button from their DIRECTV remote.

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q)

DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV)

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