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As the pioneer of home satellite TV service in the United States, Direct TV has been around for about a decade. In that time they have managed to secure a line up of stations, specialty channels and additional features that make most televison lovers giddy with excitement.

Why Go Direct
While Direct TV is not the only satellite TV provider in the United States, it is certainly the biggest and the oldest. This means it occupies a position in the market that is, as of yet, unrivaled. The following is a list of features, costs and services that make up Direct TV's business and mark them as the leader in home satellite TV industry.

Popularity
Direct TV has more than 10 million customers in the United States alone. This translates into at least 30 million viewers (10% of all Americans and equal to the population of Canada). This number does not include Direct TV customers in other countries who have broken the law just to get Direct TV's great programming.

Cities
With a few exceptions, Direct TV offers its service in all American cities. They also have exclusive rights to:

  • Las Vegas
  • Memphis
  • Milwaukee
  • Columbus
  • Baltimore

Price
Direct TV's prices are competitive within the industry, although it is the most expensive service out there. You can get packages that range anywhere from $35 to $100. Bear in mind that this gets you just about every channel you could think of.

Personal Video Recording
Also known as PVR, personal video recording is the future of entertainment. One day we are going to look back and laugh at regular programming because PVR allows you to watch whatever you want, whenever you want. You can even rewind and fast-forward your favorite shows. Direct TV also offers the TiVo service, which is the leader in PVR.

Picture Quality
While not quite HDTV, the picture quality with Direct TV is 100% digital. This means that it is better than standard cable.

Customer Service
If you choose the online service, you have unlimited access to customer support, including manuals and package information. Otherwise, they have a toll-free line that is easy to use.

Warranty
Direct TV comes with a 12-month warranty against factory defaults and malfunctions. This is complimented by Direct TV's 24-hour customer service.

Outages
While the weather may try and stop you from enjoying your favorite shows, it rarely ever succeeds. Direct TV has the fewest number of reported outages every year. You can expect around 1% outages with the service.

They also offer covers and slips to protect your satellite dish from harsh elements. This will decrease the chances of outages even further.

Channels
Direct TV has more channels than anyone else in the market (around 225). This of course is augmented by the special relationship they have developed with several specialty channels. This includes sports channels that are exclusively available with Direct TV, such as:

  • NHL Center Ice
  • MLB Extra Innings
  • NY Yankee Games
  • NBA League Pass
  • NFL Sunday Ticket, which gives you access to almost every NFL game

Beyond the list of specialty sports channels above, Direct TV features hosts of other channels including movie channels, HBO, Showtime and hundreds of others. Direct TV also has a plethora of foreign language channels with a wide range of programs. There is almost a channel for every region of the world.

Direct TV packages can be custom suited to your individual viewing tastes. All channels are conveniently bundled together to match your viewing habbits.

Pay-per-View
If you like the latest hit movies, classic features, major sporting events and of course concerts, you'll be able to find them on Direct TV's pay per view service. Every day and weekend there are scores of high profile events that you can bring into your living room with a click of the remote control.

You'll find that your friends will be dropping by more often now that you can save them a costly trip to Vegas or the hassle of trying to find parking at a U2 concert.

Direct TV Online
As many of us have found out, high-speed Internet access is not available in every neighborhood, let alone every city. That's a thing of the past now that Direct TV is offering satellite Internet service.

Just as fast as regular high-speed and light-years faster than a standard dial-up modem, you'll be able to download information at your leisure anywhere Direct TV offers service (which is just about everywhere).

Other Benefits
Those are just a few of the features offered by Direct TV. The following is a list of other things you can expect from Direct TV.

  • Multi channel viewing
  • #1 ranking by J.D. Power and Associates
  • System transfer to different locations
  • The ability to own your own equipment
  • Local sports programming
  • Parental Controls
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