What’s it all about?
DirecTV is digital-quality television. It functions when the programming
is up-linked to a satellite and is then sent directly to your dish.
The picture and sound through DirecTV are much better than what
you receive through cable. The variety of programming is greater.
DirecTV has over 225 channels with a choice of programming packages.
DirecTV is the nation's first high-power direct broadcast satellite
(DBS) service. It began in 1994, and now boasts over 10 million
customers, making it the fastest selling consumer electronics product
ever. The equipment for a DirecTV System consists of an 18-inch
dish, an integrated receiver decoder and a remote control.
DirecTV uses four high-power satellites built by Hughes Electronics,
and one built by LORAL. DirecTV announced the renaming of its satellites
on August 10, 2000. The satellites are in a orbit 22,300 miles above
the equator. Each satellite is designed to provide eight or more
transponders at 240 watts each.. No adjustment of the dish is necessary
to change programming.