is the satellite
TV receiver - a slick box making it possible for the TV set to use satellite
TV signals - that determines how feature-reach is the use of available programming.
DirecTV receivers usually come free (standard
models), or at the fraction of retail price
(top-of-the-line), as a part of promotions extended to new satellite TV
customers. Also, a number of other receiver brands compatible with DirecTV
satellite systems can be bought through regular retail channels, which broadens the
options - if you are willing to spend somewhat more.
The evolution of DirecTV receivers in the past decade
went as follows:
the basic end, there was a pair of single tuner receivers, D10 and
D11. The latter has added compatibility with
DirecTV's new 5LNB dish receptor. Neither receiver has
digital recording capability - it requires a separate VHS or DVD
DVR (digital video
The next step were DVR
(digital video recording) capable receivers, R10 and R15. Both had same
or improved basic features, dual tuners and Dolby digital sound; R10 also have
HD (high-definition) and HD DVR...
Then came high-definition (HD)
capable receivers, H10, H20 and H10-250. They featured:
(High-Definition Multi-Media Interface) for the highest image and sound
IR/RF(radio-frequency) remote controls
(IR remote only works in the line-of-sight, while the RF has
200-foot range, capable of reaching the TV set from anywhere within
The H20 also hasd
capability, for significantly increased HD channel capacity.
neither H10 nor H20 could record. It takes an HD DVR capable receiver, such
as HR10-250. It recorded up to 30 hours of HD programming, and up to 200 hours of
standard digital programming. It featured two dual tuners, and includes TiVo features (pause live TV,
fast-forward/rewind shows, instant reply, and others.
The current lineup includes Genie,
those happy days with no cable
television, no satellite TV? Only a single analog TV
service available, and everything about getting and using it was
as simple as: get it, click, go...
or satellite TV? Which
one is better: satellite TV or cable? In most any comparison, the answer seems to
depend on whom you ask...
Cable TV Cable TV is how the
television entered American homes. In its early stages, cable TV
service was quite different from the modern cable TV we know
Direct Broadcast Satellite Direct
(DBS) TV service is a high-powered broadcast service to homes using
satellites as the primary form of signal transmission. Its high transmission power makes possible use of relatively
small dish antennas for efficient signal reception and utilization.
Commercial satellite TV, as we know it, is a DBS service...
Network is the second largest direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service
provider in the US. Together with
DirecTV, it shares the US home satellite TV market. Dish Network started
commercial DBS broadcasting in 1996, after its first TV
satellite - EchoStar I - has been launched in 1995...
DirecTV is a direct broadcast
satellite (DBS) service provider, based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Launched
in 1994 by Hughes Electronics Corporation, it was the very first
high-powered (mini-dish) DBS service in the world...
High-speed INTERNET Whether you spend many hours browsing the
Internet on daily basis, or use it less frequently,
high-speed Internet connection appears to be irresistibly
convenient. While it comes at added cost, most people find its
benefits worth added expense, which can be quite low...
Are you too mystified and intrigued by this new kid
on the TV block: high-definition television. Expectations
run high, but so is the uncertainty - what is really different
about it, when compared with standard-definition television (SDTV)?...
Satellite Radio If you like listening to radio programming,
satellite radio has some goodies to offer. Great variety of
channels, most of them commercial-free, high quality sound when
it is needed, possibility to listen to your favored programming
wherever you are...
latest in the satellite/cable industry...