As cable TV rates are increasing, so is the number of people switching to satellite TV subscriptions. It is a common knowledge that DIRECTV leads the American satellite television industry.

DIRECTV has more than 15 million subscribers in the country. It offers 250 channels with crisp digital-quality pictures and sounds. It also screens special sports and entertainment events through pay per view. DIRECTV runs both NSTC and HD programming.

To view HD programming, you will need an HD-ready television set, a DIRECTV satellite HDTV receiver and a DIRECTV multi-satellite dish.

DIRECTV has been developing advanced equipments to support HD viewing at home. DIRECTV satellite HDTV receivers are easy to use and they come with DIRECTV subscription packages.

DIRECTV satellite HDTV receivers provide the following TV resolutions: 480i (525i), 480p (525p) , 720p (750p) , 1080i (1125i). They also support Dolby Digital Surround sound.

One of the novel feature of DIRECTV satellite HDTV receivers is that they have on-screen program guides which are customizable. They also have built-in parent control feature for restricting unwanted channels or shows and setting spending limits.

DIRECTV satellite HDTV receivers usually come with remote control, batteries, component video cable , S-Video cable to enable HDTV to PC connection, audio/video cable, telephone cable, RF coaxial cable , and a power cable. One HDTV-ready TV set and one satellite dish can be plugged into the device.

Outputs for DIRECTV satellite HDTV receivers include two composites, 1S-video cable, 1 component, 1 HDMI, and 1 digital audio optical. There are additional ports on the DIRECTV satellite HDTV receiver where a USB and a telephone line can be plugged in.

With this phone connection, DIRECTV subscribers can order pay per view programs through remote control, get popular sports subscriptions and get secondary receivers for $4.99 each month.

This special phone connection does not disturb regular phone usage. A modeminside the DirecTV satellite HDTV receiver calls DIRECTV computer systemtoll free. If the modem detects regular phone usage it will try thecall later. These modem calls last only a few seconds.

DIRECTV allows the connection of more than one television in a single household to their services as long as DIRECTV satellite HDTV receivers are connected to the same land-based phone line. With this set-up, programming only costs $4.99 per month for a secondary and each additional television. Ordering separate DirecTV satellite HDTV receivers gives household viewers the flexibility to watch different programs on different TV sets.

DIRECTV HDTV receivers are usually made with in widths of 15 inches, height of 3 inches and depth of 11 inches. DIRECTV HDTV receivers come with a warranty of 90 days.

Other HDTV receivers of other brands are also authorized to receive DIRECTV satellite transmissions aside from DIRECTV. These are Zenith, Toshiba, Sony, Samsung, RCA, Proscan, Phoenix, Panasonic, Mitsubishi, LG. promax, Hughes, General electric.

Aside from DIRECTV HDTV receivers, Digital Video Recorders (DVRís) are also provided with DIRECTV satellite subscription. DVRís can be used to pause or rewind live TV, order instant replays slow motions.

It can also be programmed to skip commercials. DVRís have the capacity to record hundreds of hours of regular TV programming and 30 hours of HDTV programming. DVRís can be set to record a TV show for the entire season including extra overtime programming. Viewers also have the option to skip reruns.

The Digital Video Recorder can record shows two weeks before actual broadcast and even record two shows at the same time without overwriting recorded content until memory is full. Viewers decide the time span they want their recorded programs to be stored and program this accordingly. The HD DVR has 250 GB hard drive and supports many resolution formats.