You have probably heard of satellite television provider DirecTV. However, you may not know the ins and outs of the company. This article is a short DirecTV review, and hopefully it will provide some insights and allow you to make optimal decisions about your provider.
DirecTV is one of the few providers that is available everywhere in the US (even Hawaii and Alaska!), so unlike traditional cable, no matter where you are, you can get a signal (with some caveats, see “The Disadvantages”).
It has a very diverse array of content, so you’re sure to never get bored. More recently, the company has added the Genie system to its hardware setup. This allows the user to record up to 1TB of shows and come back to watch them later. This is enough storage space for a large amount of content, even in High Definition. This technology can also record up to five shows at once, so you do not have to make a choice among shows to record.
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DirecTV also has two specialties many companies do not have (such as their competitor DISH). First, they offer 3D programming. Of course, this can only be viewed if you have a compatible device, and only through a few selected channels. Second, they offer the NFL Sunday Ticket, the only way to legally view all your favorite NFL teams’ games.
Perhaps another drawing factor is the fact that the contract rate you receive upon registration is good for twelve months. This alleviates concerns about sudden skyrocketing in prices that can occur when some other companies acquire new channels.
While the Sunday Ticket is perhaps the most popular sports league subscription, it should also be noted that DirecTV offers many other guaranteed access sports subscriptions through other leagues, such as the NHL.
Finally, there are many channels and on-demand content available from DirecTV in the form of mobile apps that allow you access to parts of your television subscription on the go, wherever you have internet access.
Now that you’ve heard about some of the benefits, let’s take a look at some parts of the service that are not as desirable.
One disadvantage is inherent in the fact that DirecTV is a satellite provider. As you may know, storms or even high winds can disrupt satellite signal more easily than if you received television through cable. You should especially take this into account if you live in a windy area or an area prone to severe storms.
While DirecTV does offer a twelve month price guarantee, this is a double-edged sword. The company also requires each new member to sign a two year contract. This means that once you start service, you cannot cancel it without incurring additional fees. Perhaps this is due to the material investment the company makes.
The last disadvantage of the service is that you must allow the company to put a satellite dish somewhere around your home in order to receive the signal.
Hopefully this review has answered some of your questions about DirecTV and allows you to make the best satellite tv choice for you and your family!