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DIRECTV(TM) TO DELIVER MEDICAL PROGRAMMING BY SATELLITE TO PHYSICIANS' HOMES

 LOS ANGELES, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- DirecTv Inc., a unit of GM Hughes Electronics, announced today that it has signed an agreement to distribute the Physicians Television Network (PTN), a new nationwide medical programming service available only to health care professionals.
 Through DirecTv(TM), a high power direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service scheduled to begin operations next year, physicians across the United States will be able to receive medical information and post graduate medical education in their homes through the Digital Satellite System (DSS(TM)), which features an 18-inch satellite dish. In addition, doctors can subscribe to over 150 channels of entertainment programming delivered by DirecTv, or select programming from United States Satellite Broadcasting (USSB), another DBS programming company on the same satellite.
 DSS is a three-component satellite receiving system consisting of an 18-inch satellite antenna, a compact digital receiver and a remote control. DSS is being manufactured by Thomson Consumer Electronics and will be sold under the RCA brand name at consumer electronics and satellite retail outlets nationwide.
 PTN, a unit of Visual Information Systems Inc. (VIS), will purchase the DSS units from RCA and provide the equipment to approximately 100,000 primary care physicians and 1,000 hospitals across the country. Once the systems are installed, DirecTv will deliver PTN directly to the physicians' homes and hospitals. PTN programming will include medical symposia, debates on key medical issues, legal aspects of practicing medicine, and features on medical specialties. Most importantly, physicians will be able to receive continuing medical education credit from VIS' Network for Continuing Medical Education (NCME) program.
 The addressability and security of the DSS equipment will allow PTN to restrict viewing of its programming to authorized physicians and health care professionals. PTN expects that its national medical network will be especially valuable for public agencies that need to immediately reach primary care physicians with medial updates, news bulletins or medical breakthrough reports. Through built-in DSS data processing features, future applications include downloading journal articles, medical reports and training programs directly to a doctors' personal computer, as well as requesting product information directly from the TV screen.
 Physicians Television Network Inc. is part of Visual Information Systems Inc., (VIS). VIS is a privately held company founded in 1962, and was the first publisher of medical video in the United States. In addition, the Network for Continuing Medical Education (NCME), a separate division of VIS, has been providing videotaped continuing medical education programs to hospitals since 1965.
 DirecTv Inc. is a unit of GM Hughes Electronics. GM Hughes Electronics is a subsidiary of General Motors. The earnings of GM Hughes Electronics Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors Corp., are used to calculate the earnings per share of General Motors Class H Common Stock (NYSE: GMH).
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 /CONTACT: Linda F. Brill, manager, public relations DirecTv Inc., 310-535-5062; or Alan Wasserstein, executive VP of Physicians Television Network, 201-867-7600/
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