Hughes Space and Communications and DirecTV - a unit of Hughes Electronics - are to launch a new satellite series, the DirecTV 1-R, based on the HS-601 HP direct broadcasting spacecraft bus. The first DirecTV 1-R will be stationed at 101ºW in geostationary orbit, equipped with 16 Ku-band transponders, adding 20 channels for expanded direct-to-home programming services. It will generate 7.5kW of power.

Source: Flight International