These receivers can't
record programming - it takes connected separate VCR or DVD
recorder. Other than that, they
are perfectly capable of handling programming. Some of the usual
features are customized program guide, tune-in timer, parental controls
and on-screen caller ID support.
Capability of recording programming comes
(digital video recording)
receivers. They have a built-in
hard drive, with up to 200 hours, or more of a standard digital
recording capacity. Also, they usually come with a dual satellite
tuner, allowing for the use of programming from two different TV
satellites at the same time. Their
recording ability broadens the list of available goodies with features
live TV, slow motion, or instant reply. The hard-drive presence
allows for more of extra features, like "search programming", or filing
and arranging of recorded contents.
The advance of
programming brought about receivers capable of handling HD programming.
Similarly to standard digital receivers, HD receivers also come with or without DVR capability. Today's top-of-the-line receivers are DVR/HD-capable, with up
to two dual satellite tuners for the ultimate in programming volume and
There are several receiver models featured
by either of the two satellite TV service providers,
Dish Network and
DirecTV. Also, a great variety of
receiver models made by electronics companies specifically for one or
the other system is available on the open market.
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