DIRECTV Receiver Features:
All DIRECTV receivers provide the same basic function of letting you watch satellite TV programming from DIRECT TV. They all have remote controls, favorite list and the ability to connect to a home theater system.
If you are only interested in a basic system, then any receiver will meet your needs. Here are some of the more advanced features of DIRECTV Receivers.
HDTV: High Definition Television is a digital television format, which combines high-resolution video and theater like sound to create a movie theater quality TV viewing experience. You must have a HDTV television and an oval dish or the new 5-LNB Dish to receive HDTV programming from DIRECTV.
DVR or PVR: Personal Video Recorder or more commonly called now a DVR, digital video recorder has a computer style hard drive for digitally recording satellite television programs. There are three types of DVRS for DIRECTV.
Ultimate TV is a discontinued DVR format. Ultimate TV was in part developed by Microsoft.
The most popular DVR for DIRECT TV is a receiver with TIVO. TIVO is not just a dual tuner DVR, it is a service. TIVO uses a state of the art user interface and has features no other DVR can provide.
DIRECTV has phased out the TIVO DVR, but is still supporting users with a DIRECT TV with TIVO. DIRECTV has built their own unit as of late 2005.
Dual Tuners: A dual tuner allows you to record one channel while at the same time recording a different channel. You can also record two shows at the same time.
A/V Outputs: Audio / Video outputs (A/V) are the yellow, red and white connections on the back of every satellite receiver and all most every new TV and VCR sold today. The yellow jack is for video and the red and white are for stereo sound. You will use these jacks for connecting your satellite receiver to your TV, VCR or home theater to achieve a better picture and stereo sound. All DIRECTV receiver have one set of outputs but most higher end models have at least two sets of A/V outputs. If you have a home theater system, like to record a lot or maybe you use a wireless video sender or head phones you may appreciate the extra set of A/V outputs. The cost to move up to the next higher model may be the same as buying splitters to expand a single set of A/V outputs to two. Spend more now to save yourself the hassle of modifying your basic system later.
UHF remote: Most DIRECTV receivers do not use a UHF or radio remote control. A UHF remote will operate a receiver from another room. The standard IR (Infra Red) remote found all all televisions and VCRS needs to be pointed at the unit to work.
UHF remotes do not require line of sight to operate. They can control a satellite system from another room or in the same room if you wish to locate the satellite receiver out of site. Some receivers have this function built in and others use an external box to receive the UHF signals and then pass the signals through a small cable that plugs into the back of the receiver. For satellite receivers that do not use a UHF remote you can get an upgrade kit from your manufacture which will give you UHF capabilities. If a manufacture UHF remote kit is not available, Universal Remote Extenders can be used.
Until mid 2005, DIRECTV receivers were available from many manufacturers. There was no DIRECTV "Brand" receiver. Starting in mid 2005, DIRECT TV started producing DIRECTV Branded receivers. While still manufactured by a few of the existing manufacturers such as Hughes and Samsung, the remotes were standardized and DIRECT TV was well on their way to shift DIRECTV receivers to one size fits all concept. Gone are the days when the consumer could acquire any one of a dozen or more makes and models. Today there are only 4 models available. Below is a list of all past manufacturers and the models they produced
HD DVR Receivers
MPEG 4 - HD - DVR
Review and Manual
DIRECTV H20 HD
MPEG 4 HD
Review & Manual
DIRECTV R15 DVR
HD DVR with TIVO
DIRECTV H10 HD
RCA DTC210 HD
DIRECTV R10 DVR80
Hughes DVR with TIVO
DIRECTV D10 Standard Receiver
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