Direct TV is currently the United States’ leading digital satellite movie and entertainment service provider. It offers its direct broadcast satellite (DBS) system to the majority of American households using state-of-the-art equipment. The company was established by Hughes Electronics (a subsidiary of General Motors) in 1994. During its launching period, Direct TV became the world’s first high-powered DBS service provider. Throughout its operation, the company acquired many related businesses. These include USSB, PrimeStar, and EchoStar. At present, it delivers approximately 250 movie and television channels to subscribers that have the Direct TV HD Receiver, Direct TV Satellite Dish, and the Direct TV Remote Control.
The Direct TV HD Receiver can collect and put together off-air digital local channels into the Advanced Program Guide when it is connected to the subscribers’ off-air antenna. With this, a Direct TV HD-compatible television can access both Direct TV and the local channels’ usual programming. These include HDNet, Disney Channel, Universal HD, ESPN HD, HD Special Event (NFL Game of the Week), CNN, and Discovery HD Theater. If a client wants more quality channels, he can install another set of Direct TV HD Receiver for only $4.99/month per receiver with a free standard professional installation. However, due to company restrictions, a subscriber can only put in up to three (3) additional receivers. When hooking a single Direct TV HD Receiver to more than one TV sets, viewers can watch the same pay per view program on each TV without an additional charge.
There are many available Direct TV HD Receivers in the market today. These include the Hughes Platinum DIRECTV High Definition Receiver with a price tag of $29.99 a month for the first 3 months of subscription. This product has an Advanced Program Guide, caller ID, built-in RF remote control, Turbo Video Accelerator Technology, Dolby Digital capability, and a Watch Word Search system.