Direct Tv Receivers

Written by Gregg Ruais
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Direct TV receivers are the heart of any satellite television system. These devices send and receive information to and from Direct TV, and they make many Direct TV services affordable and simple. All Direct TV receivers within a household must be connected to a common phone line. This makes it possible to order pay-per-view movies without making any phone calls. People use their remote controls to order special programming, which saves time and effort for both customers and Direct TV.

The receivers also make it possible for parents to control the programming to which their kids have access. These devices prompt people for passwords when they try to view shows that have certain ratings. A parent can set the parental controls at TV-14, and then the receiver will ask for a password to view all programming at that maturity level and above. Direct TV receivers also keep track of pay-per-view spending. Parents have the option of setting spending limits. The receivers will not allow children to exceed those stipends.

Direct TV Receivers and Access Cards

Each receiver comes with an access card. An access card cannot be used on any Direct TV receiver other than the one with which it came. These cards store all customer information and tell Direct TV receivers whether or not people should have viewing rights to certain channels. Without the card, people cannot watch television at all.

These access cards keep information on pay-per-view orders. As mentioned earlier, Direct TV customers request pay-per-view orders using their remote controls. After they do so, the only place the billing data gets captured is the access card. The access cards send information to Direct TV for billing purposes.


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