What is the purpose of connecting the receiver
to a telephone line? You should connect the receiver to a land-based
phone line for sports programming viewing and pay per view ordering
purposes. This connection sends information from the receiver to
the satellite tv dealer’s computer system. You cannot connect a
cellular phone to your receiver; it must be a land-based phone line.
With this phone connection, viewers can order pay per view movies
and events with their remote control, get popular sports subscriptions
like NFL SUNDAY TICKET™, and have the programming subscription
on their main receiver "mirrored" to other receivers that are connected
to the same phone line. Customers who don't have a continuous telephone
connection are not authorized to receive certain sports programming,
must call to order pay per view, and must pay a separate subscription
price for each receiver.
Will the telephone connection interfere with regular
telephone usage? Not at all. This connection does not interfere
with your phone. A modem inside your receiver makes a toll-free
call to our computer system in the middle of the night. If the modem
senses that you are using the phone, it will try again later. The
modem's call lasts just a few seconds.
What happens if the receiver is not near a telephone
jack, and it is not convenient to install a line near it? Many consumer
electronic retail stores carry a device known as a wireless phone
jack, which allows you to connect your receiver to a nearby phone
line without wires. Prices and models vary, so check with your local
retailer for more information. Again, a cellular phone connection
will not work.
If there is more than one receiver, do you have
to pay a full monthly subscription for each receiver? No. You may
connect more than one television in a single household to a satellite
tv dealer’s services. If your receivers are connected to the same
phone line, your subscription can be “mirrored.” In other words,
the programming you request for the primary access card in your
receiver is copied for all of the access cards in the other receivers
and you are authorized to receive this same level or programming
on these televisions.
Is direct tv programming available on more than
one television set in a single house? Buying separate receivers
for the various television sets in your home gives you the flexibility
of watching different directv programs on different television sets.
To do this, you'll need to have at a minimum a dual-LNB DIRECTV
System. The dual-LNB DIRECTV System (sometimes called a "deluxe
system" or a "multi-room system") allows you to use one additional
receiver so the members of your household can watch different channels
or pay per view programs in two different rooms at the same time.
The DIRECTV Multi-Satellite System allows use of up to four receivers.
Additional equipment can be purchased to expand the number of receivers
that can be independently connected to your system.