Direct TV (AKA: DirecTV)
Direct TV or DirecTV is a company that offers DBS or direct broadcast satellite service. The company is based in the USA, in El Segundo California. It offers digital satellite TV and radio transmission service throughout the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.
In broadcasting its services, Direct TV or DirecTV uses a fixed dish antenna with an 18 inch diameter for signal reception. In the past, the company used 18x24 inch elliptical dish antennas for its service broadcasting. New installations now use 18x20 inch elliptical antennas for reception. Direct TV or DirecTV also uses three geostationary satellites to transmit their satellite TV and radio transmissions simultaneously.
Direct TV or DirecTV first began in 1981 when Stanley Hubbard started the United States Satellite Broadcasting company. However, the company had to wait ten years for the technology to be available. When the technology had caught up, Stanley Hubbard approached Hughes Electronics, a subsidiary of General Motors and RCA Consumer Electronics for the development of a new generation digital satellite service that could deliver 175 channels through a small 18 inch dish antenna.
RCA Consumer Electronics and Hughes Electronics responded by developing a smaller and lighter receiver dish that was based on the military technology developed and delivered by GBS or Global Broadcast System. GBS or Global Broadcast System already had a system similar Direct TV or DirecTV which was already viable ten years before Direct TV or DirecTV began.
By 1994, Direct TV or DirecTV had launched, offering programming services from USSB and DirecTV. In 1998, USSB was taken in under DirecTV for 1.3 billion dollars. In 2002, DirecTV broadcast the 2002 FIFA World Cup with an exclusive license in Mexico. In 2005, November, DirecTV adopted XM satellite radio with its 73 channels of programming and stopped offering its long time audio-only channels, Music Choice.
Direct TV or DirecTV offers its subscribers a host of programs which has made it one of the most successful direct TV satellite service with over 16 million subscribers as of February 2007.
Since DirecTV's offers digital signals through its direct TV satellite transmission service, the picture and sound quality of DirecTV programming are crystal clear and of astounding quality. DirecTV also offers great customer service, giving it a high customer satisfaction rating compared with other TV broadcast service providers such as cable TV service providers.
Direct TV or DirecTV also offers quality programming such as the Interactive Mix Channels which offers eight live channels consisting of news programs, sports programs and kids shows. Its CD USA programming also offers musical events unique to DirecTV and unavailable anywhere else. Direct TV or DirecTV also offers great sports entertainment with 14 NFL games weekly offered by NFL SUNDAY TICKET. The NBA LEAGUE PASS offers great basketball action from the NBA. MLB EXTRA INNINGS offers baseball coverage not available anywhere else. All this and a whole host of exclusive sports coverage for sports such as hockey, boxing, college hoops and many others.
Direct TV or DirecTV also offers a number of great quality HD channels, offering several HDTV sports channels with sharp picture quality which can be six times sharper than the standard TV picture quality.