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Direct TV Satellite TV -- What You Should Know Before You Order

Launched in 1994 by General Motors, Direct TV is the largest satellite TV provider in the world, with 14.5 million subscribers and 15 satellites.

Direct TV is ranked #2 in customer satisfaction among all satellite TV and cable companies by J.D. Power and Associates.

Direct TV Satellite TV System

To receive Direct TV programming you need a Direct TV satellite TV system to capture the satellite signal and transmit it to your TV.

Thanks to the competition between Direct TV dealers, you can now get a free Direct TV satellite TV system when you subscribe to their service.

Here's what you get when you order Direct TV satellite TV service:

* A free direct TV satellite TV dish.
* Up to four free receivers and universal remotes.
* Free professional installation in up to four rooms of your home.
* Direct TV HD (high definition) satellite TV receivers (optional).

Direct TV Satellite TV Service

Here's what you get with Direct TV service:

* More than 250 program channels to choose from.
* All-digital picture and sound.
* Up to 500 commercial-free movies per month.
* Free DVR (digital video recorder) so you can record your favorite programs.
* Free HDTV (after a $99 rebate) so you can view your programs in high definition format.
* Up to 60 pay-per-view programs per day.
* Your local channels with digital picture and sound.
* Sixty-seven commercial-free XM radio channels with digital sound.
* Toll-free, 24/7 customer service.

Direct TV Satellite TV Programming

Direct TV programming packages, which include your local channels, start at $41.99 per month.

Here are the Direct TV programming packages currently available:

* Total Choice: 155 program channels (includes 50 XM radio channels) for $41.99 per month.

* Total Choice Plus: 185 program channels (includes 50 XM radio channels) for $46.99 per


* Total Choice Premier: 215 program channels (includes 67 XM radio channels), $96.99 per month.

In addition to the above programming packages you can also get sports packages, international packages, and HD (high definition) packages.

Note: To see all the Direct TV programming packages, current special offers, and free bonuses, click on the links at the bottom of this article.

Ordering Direct TV Satellite TV Service

After you decide on which system and which program package you want, you can place your order online, or you can call a toll-free number to order through a Direct TV representative.

The representative will take your order, schedule your installation, and answer any questions you may have. Installation time is usually one to five days after you order.

At the scheduled installation time a certified Direct TV installer will install your system, test it to make sure it works, then show you how to use all the functions and controls.

Operating the Direct TV satellite system may seem a little tricky at first, so I suggest you ask all the questions you need to while your installer is there, so you'll feel comfortable with your new system.

Before you order Direct TV satellite TV service I suggest you visit The Satellite TV Guide website (see below) to check out the satellite TV systems and the program packages currently being offered.

Click on the following link for more information on free satellite TV systems and service, or these links for ordering information, the latest offers, and free bonuses from DISH Network satellite TV or DIRECTV satellite TV.

Brian Stevens is the senior editor for and has written extensively on Direct TV satellite TV.

Written by: Brian Stevens

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