26 Facts About DirecTV


DirecTV is an American multichannel video programming distributor based in El Segundo, California.

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DirecTV's name is a portmanteau of "direct" and "TV" .

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Hughes was awarded the contract to build and launch the new high-powered satellites, and USSB and DirecTV agreed that the new satellites would carry the two separate programming services: USSB and DirecTV.

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In 1999, DirecTV acquired PrimeStar, a competitor in the satellite television industry, for $1.

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DirecTV selected C-SPAN, EWTN and the Trinity Broadcasting Network from its current channel lineup plus request additional proposals from other programmers.

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DirecTV had given PBS Kids, PBS's original application, carriage that did not count against the set aside six weeks before the deadline.

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DirecTV selected an additional six channels; Clara+Vision, Inspirational Life, NASA TV, PBS YOU, StarNet and WorldLink TV, for the mandate.

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In 2000, DirecTV introduced the first live in-flight television service for airlines; the system was first used by JetBlue and defunct startup carrier Legend Airlines.

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DirecTV typically uses a fixed 18-inch-diameter dish antenna to receive its signals.

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DirecTV offers the AM21, the HR21-Pro, and an online DVR scheduler.

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DirecTV has battled with an active signal piracy underground for many years.

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DirecTV has contracted with Britain's Pace Micro Technology, Korea's LG Electronics and France's Thomson to manufacture these new receivers.

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DirecTV has admitted to software issues with some of the H20 receivers and HR20 DVRs, which have been plagued with random problems since they were released in mid-2006.

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DirecTV regularly released software updates for the HR20 receivers, in an effort to reduce issues to an acceptable level.

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All DirecTV-delivered local HDTV stations are encoded in MPEG-4.

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In November 2014, DirecTV became the first television provider to begin offering 4K ultra-high definition content.

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In 2015, DirecTV introduced 4K Genie Mini set-top boxes, which can be connected to any HDMI 2.

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DirecTV offers local channels like CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, MyNetworkTV, The CW, Telemundo, Univision, UniMas, and independent stations in markets covering over 99.

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In late 2005, DirecTV began providing local HDTV channels to the largest markets, requiring newer receivers with a larger dish capable of receiving signals from up to five satellites at once.

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Separately, DirecTV had its own exclusive 3DTV channel called n3D that launched in 2010 and shut down in 2012.

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DirecTV serves American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, and United Airlines.

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DirecTV is the exclusive U S rights holder to the NFL Sunday Ticket sports package.

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DirecTV blimp named "lefty" was launched in October 2007 at the MLB World Series in Boston and has been seen all over the United States since its inception.

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DirecTV was awarded a J D Power award for residential cable and satellite TV customer satisfaction in 2007.

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DirecTV subsequently settled a similar suit with the other 49 states and the District of Columbia for $13.

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The lawsuit claims that DirecTV fails to disclose the penalty to new customers or to existing customers who replace their equipment or add a new receiver and that these practices are unlawful.

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