Direct TV Receivers Give You The Best Entertainment Options!

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Direct TV receivers are the box that receives the signal from your satellite dish and sends it to your TV. Receivers offer two types of picture quality, either high definition (HD) or standard definition (SD). There are also two basic types of receivers, a regular SD or HD receiver or a SD or HD digital video recorder (DVR), which lets you record your favorite TV shows.

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If you have a HDTV, then you need a standard HD receiver or a HD DVR. If your TV is SD, then you need a SD receiver or SD DVR. Simple so far?

DVRs allow you to record your favorite programs automatically! Record an entire season of any TV series by setting it up just one time. Take my advice and get a DVR when you order Direct TV! There is an additional monthly charge for the DVR service, but it's worth it!

Compare Direct TV Receivers

HD DVR Receiver

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  • This receiver allows you to get up to 1080p resolution, which is the highest quality of HD. Record 400 hours of SD programs, or 100 hours of HD programs. You are able to record programs up to 14 days in advance. You need the HD access package, at an additional monthly cost, in order to get a HD picture.

SD DVR Receiver

  • Time-shift your television viewing by getting
    a standard definition DVR. With a DVR, you can automatically record your favorite TV shows and Movies using the Series Link feature.

HD Receiver

  • The HD receiver gives you 1080i high definition quality! I compare the picture quality of HD to looking out your window. It's exceptionally clear and life-like. It's like having your own mini movie theater right in your living room. You need the HD access package, at an additional monthly cost, in order to get a HD picture.

SD Receiver

  • The standard definition receiver provides digital quality picture and sound. All Direct TV receivers include an on-screen program guides which makes it easy to quickly find the show you're looking for.

Receiver Features DIRECTV Plus HD DVR DIRECTV Plus DVR DIRECTV HD Receiver DIRECTV Receiver
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Standard Definition (SD)   green star gif   green star gif
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Watch shows on your PC green star gif R22 model only    
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Recording Capacity Record up to 100 hrs in HD and 400 hrs in SD Record up to 100 hrs in SD    
Find new shows with the "You Might Like" feature green star gif R22 Model Only    
DIRECTV CINEMAplus (400 of the Newest Movies in 1080p HD) green star gif R22 Model Only    
TV Apps (Widgets) HR20 and up R22 Model Only H21 and H23 Models Only  
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HD DVR Top Features

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  • Direct TV offers 400 of the newest movie releases in 1080p HD quality. Watch over 4,000 TV shows and movies at no extra cost and 28 days before Netflix and Redbox get them.

Whole-Home DVR

  • Whole-Home DVR Direct TV Receivers, let you watch and record shows in up to 15 other rooms, using only one DVR. You can record
    2 shows while watching two other programs on two different TVs. Note, you must have Direct TV Receivers on the other TVs you watch programming on.


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Direct TV is the first content provider to offer 3D programming!

3D Channels Offered

    Hollywood movies, documentaries in 3D

  • Panasonic n3D
    A dedicated HD 3D channel that offers 3D sports, music, nature and arts.

  • ESPN 3D
    View 85 live sporting events in 3D

What will You need to get 3D?

You need either a standard HD or HD DVR receiver, a 3D HD television and HD access to get 3D content.

There are several HDTV manufacturers that make 3D TVs.

  • Panasonic
  • Samsung
  • Mitsubishi
  • LG
  • Sony

My Conclusion...

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As I've said in other articles on, Direct TV offers the best technology and HD anywhere! Sure, you can save a little money by getting cable or Dish Network who scrimp on content and features.

Do yourself a favor and get Directv.


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