UPDATE 2-Subscriber additions help DirecTV beat profit estimates

jueves 19 de febrero de 2015 17:28 GYT

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Feb 19 (Reuters) - DirecTV, the No.1 U.S. satellite TV company, reported a quarterly profit above analysts' estimates as it added more subscribers than expected, helped by its exclusive Sunday NFL broadcasts.

The company, which is being bought by AT&T Inc, said it expects 2015 profit of about $6 per share. Analysts on average were expecting $6.19 per share.

The company said revenue from the U.S. business is expected to rise in the mid-single digits as it raises package prices, regional sports fee and set-top box lease fees.

"This year's price increase is one of the highest in our history," CFO Patrick Doyle said on a conference call.

Average revenue per U.S. user rose to $117.30 from $111.74 in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, DirecTV said on Thursday.

The Sunday games package gives DirecTV an edge over cable TV competitors.

NFL games are among the most-viewed television programs. DirecTV sells its package for about $300 a year.

"This has also helped the satellite company attract more customers and command higher monthly subscription fees," research firm Trefis said in a pre-earnings note.   Continuación...