DirecTV Latin America

acquired the exclusive broadcast rights to the

FIFA World Cup

final competitions in 2002 and 2006, along with other FIFA world championships.

The agreement covers all television and radio broadcast rights in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela. DirecTV will carry all 64 FIFA World Cup matches live for subscribers in each of the countries covered by the agreement. DirecTV will also broadcast the FIFA World Cup final draw, which will be held on Dec. 1, 2001, in the Puexco convention center in Busan, one of the 10 Korean cities to host the matches.

In all, DirecTV expects to air more than 1,000 hours of digital FIFA World Cup programming.

DirecTV Latin America is owned by

Hughes Electronics

(GMH)

and

Darlene Investments

, an affiliate of the

Cisneros Group

.