Direct Tv Systems

Written by Gregg Ruais
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Over 10 million United States households subscribe to Direct TV. These customers receive the vastest selection of programming, clearest reception, and most reliable service. Moreover, Direct TV offers competitive rates. Any time a company leads its field in quantity, quality, and price, there are bound to be millions of customers willing to buy what they have to offer. Numerous internet vendors, most of which offer fantastic incentives and rebates, make it very easy to sign up for Direct TV.

Depending on how much money people are willing to spend, Direct TV customers receive anywhere between 110 and 225 channels. Subscribers can opt to pay extra money for premium movie channels, additional sports programming, and other specialty channels. One drawback of Direct TV is that people have to pay small fees to receive local channels. However, the cost of basic Direct TV and the local stations combined is the same amount one would pay for basic cable.

Crystal Clear Picture through Direct TV

Some time ago, a cable television commercial put forth the idea that satellite customers received a lesser quality picture than cable subscribers. Satellite companies disagreed, and based on my personal experience, I know that cable companies are way out of line when they say those things. I am one of the two percent of all Americans who cannot receive Direct TV due to my living circumstances. (I live in an apartment building, and my place has neither a balcony nor a view of the southern sky.) My sister, who lives 20 miles away, has Direct TV service.

Both she and I pay for NFL Sunday Ticket, the package that brings every professional football game into our living rooms. Through my digital cable box, the reception is actually a bit fuzzy for non-local games. Satellite providers say this happens because cable signals stop at several hubs before they end up where they have to go. Satellite signals, on the other hand, head directly to people's dishes. At my sister's house, all the NFL games actually come in high definition; watching the games at her house is like looking through a clear window.

Not all Direct TV channels come in high definition, but that's only because many broadcasters do not send high definition signals. Eventually, all channels will have to change over to HD, and when they do, Direct TV customers will reap the benefits. In order to view HD channels, paying customers must have HD televisions, and they have to purchase HD converters through a Direct TV vendor.

Direct TV Components

People who subscribe to Direct TV receive satellite dishes, remote controls, and receiver boxes. Customers do not need more than one satellite, even if they want the ability to watch all the channels in multiple rooms. For example, if someone wants Direct TV in three rooms, he needs one dish, three receivers, and three remote controls. For advanced programming, people require HD converters or TiVo boxes. Again, households only need one of each of these items.

New Direct TV customers receive free professional installation and tutoring sessions. The installers teach people how to use their remote controls and how to navigate through the Direct TV programming guide. People who order TiVo systems can learn how to operate this device from the installers as well.

Most customers find these informational sessions extremely beneficial. There are so many gadgets and functions on Direct TV remote controls, and the people who are just signing up for Direct TV often have no idea how to use them. Once people become acquainted with their new systems, however, they find them very user friendly. A 15 minute question-and-answer session with a Direct TV professional is all most people need to become experts on how to navigate through hundreds of channels.


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