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Liberty Entertainment Ups Stake in DirecTV

Its ownership rises to 48% from 41%.

Updated from 4/03/08

Liberty Entertainment


said Thursday it has increased its ownership in



, news that sent both stocks higher.

Liberty said it has upped its interest in the digital satellite television operator by 78.3 million shares, increasing its ownership in DirecTV to approximately 48% from 41% previously. Liberty Media was higher by 35 cents, or 1.5%, to $23.47. Shares of DirecTV were rising 40 cents, or 1.5%, to $26.40.

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"The additional shares and equity collar each increase our exposure to DirecTV's equity and further align Liberty's interests with those of the DirecTV shareholders," said Greg Maffei, Liberty's president and CEO.

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