- 1 DirecTV Deals, Comparisons and Exclusive Offers from Gadget Review!
- 2 Various DirecTV Packages
- 3 DirecTV’s Local Package Offering’s
- 4 DirecTV’s HDTV offers
- 5 DirecTV’s Audience Network
- 6 DirecTV’s Sports Networks
- 7 DirecTV’s Exclusive Channels
- 8 DirecTV vs. DISH
- 9 DirecTV’s Genie Box Records up to 200hrs of HD, Streams Throughout Your Home Without Boxes
- 10 DirecTV Releases iPhone App, Browse & Record Programs
- 11 AT&T to Launch Streaming TV Service with DirecTV
- 12 DISH Network and DirecTV Channel Guide
- 13 LG Offers Free Smart TV Upgrade, DirecTV Services for Sept. 21st
- 14 Sprint Deal Attacks AT&T with Free Wireless for DirecTV Customers
- 15 AT&T Offers New DIRECTV Services with its Wireless Plans
- 16 Comcast’s XFINITY vs. DirecTV (comparison)
- 17 DirecTV Review
- 18 Cox vs. DirecTV (comparison)
- 19 Time Warner Cable vs DirecTV (comparison)
- 20 Don’t Forget DirecTV’s Customer Service
Founded back in 1990, in the United States of America, DirecTV is an American direct broadcast satellite television network service provider and broadcaster headquartered in El Segundo, California. As of July 2015, it is a subsidiary of AT&T. In addtion, to the best satellite tv service, DIRECTV also proudly offers a large variety of DIRECTV packages, such as, Internet services, and channel guides. Find out how to upgrade your TV experience today by reading our Dish network reviews and our DirecTV VS Dish Hands-on Comparison here on Gadget Review!
DirecTV provides television and audio services to subscribers through satellite transmissions. Services include the equivalent of many local television stations, broadcast television networks, subscription television services, satellite radio services, and private video services. Subscribers have access to hundreds of channels, so its competitors are cable television service and other satellite-based services.
Consumers who purchase DirecTV subscribe to various packages of DirecTV programming for which the subscriber pays a monthly fee. Additional monthly fees may include a protection plan (which provides for repair or replacement of consumer-leased equipment from damages caused by lightning, power surges, floods, etc.), DVR, additional receivers, HD channels, and other premium channel packages. A subscriber also can order pay-per-view and video on demand events and movies. DirecTV contracts with and pays program providers such as cable networks, motion picture distributors, sports leagues, event promoters, and other programming rights holders, for the right to distribute their programming to its subscribers. All programming distributed by DirecTV is delivered to its broadcast centers in Castle Rock, Colorado, and Los Angeles, where it is then digitized and compressed. The resulting signal is encrypted by DirecTV to prevent its unauthorized reception. DirecTV then transmits these signals to several satellites located in geostationary orbit.
DirecTV offers local channels like CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, PBS, The CW, Telemundo, Azteca, Univision, ION Television (in markets that carry that network), and some independent stations in markets covering over 99.2% of U.S. TV households. In markets that lack an OTA CW affiliate, DirecTV includes WKBD-TV from Detroit or XETV-TDT from San Diego/Tijuana.
DirecTV’s subscribers whom are located where they cannot receive a decent terrestrial television signal and/or live in a tiny market that only has a couple of stations can receive feeds from New York and Los Angeles for CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox, as well as a feed from the Washington, D.C. CW affiliate, though a waiver from the local affiliate stations may be required to allow this, approved at their discretion. National PBS and ION channels are also available.
To handle the proliferation of bandwidth-intensive HDTV broadcasting, DirecTV rebroadcasts local HDTV stations using the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC codec while employing a newer transmission protocol (DVB-S2) over the newer satellites. This allows DirecTV to squeeze much more HD programming over its satellite signal than was previously feasible using the older MPEG-2 compression and DSS protocol it has been using. This technology will be gradually expanded to the existing satellites as customer equipment is replaced with new MPEG-4-capable receivers.
DirecTV’s exclusive general entertainment channel Audience Network has dozens of original and acquired programs, most of them unedited and commercial-free.
DirecTV owns regional sports networks as well as, minority shares of Game Show Network and MLB Network.
DirecTV is also the exclusive U.S. rights holder to sports package NFL Sunday Ticket. DirecTV also exclusively carries the “DirecTV Experience”, which includes bonus coverage of Men’s Majors Golf Tournaments and Grand Slam Tennis Tournaments, including live feeds not available on other networks such as CBS, NBC, ESPN, Golf Channel and Tennis Channel, that cover the events. DirecTV was also the exclusive provider of defunct sports packages NASCAR Hot Pass and Mega March Madness.
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In our ongoing TV service provider comparison series, let’s compare two giants — XFINITY® from Comcast and DIRECTV – and help you determine which is the right fit for you, just like we did in our DIRECTV vs DISH review. Comcast is the largest cable TV provider in the US, serving approximately 22…
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Cox Communications is the third largest cable TV provider in the United States. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the company has about 6 million subscribers, with approximately 3 million customers paying for digital cable service. As a multi-system operator (MSO), Cox also provides Internet and phone service along with TV. Cox’s…
Last month we pitted Time Warner Cable® against DISH, as well as DirecTV vs DISH. This time let’s see what happens when we compare TWC to satellite TV provider DirecTV. Since DirecTV only offers television service, we’ll just look at how it compares to Time Warner Cable‘s TV service, and…
Did you know, DirecTV was awarded a J.D. Power award for residential cable and satellite TV customer satisfaction in 2007.