Tuesday, February 10, 2009
DVR technology has come a long way in the past few years, and Directv has been driving that advancement in many ways. However, before you can understand the advancements that have been made in DVR technology, you should probably have an idea of how they work to begin with. First of all, satellite receivers are pretty much just computers that have been specially designed to deal with TV signals. While normal satellite receivers simply decrypt the signal and display the TV programming on your TV screen, DVR's have the additional capacity to record video on a built in computer hard disk and then replay it for you whenever you want. While the actual features of an individual DVR may vary, that's essentially what they all do.
Directv has made some impressive advances in what its DVR's can do in terms of the storage capacity and general user friendliness of the units. For instance, Direct's DVR's take advantage of an on screen interactive program guide for use as a programming interface. This means that programming one of these devices is extremely easy- much easier in fact than it was to program a VCR. With the ease of programming, there won't be any reason for you not to record a lot more of the total programming that you watch so that you can enjoy the utmost convenience when you watch it.
Another great feature is the incorporation of a second digital TV tuner into the device. This can contribute tremendously to how much you can enjoy watching TV. Specifically, with two tuners your DVR will be able to record two TV shows at the same time off of two different stations. You can even watch a program that has already been recorded at the same time that the DVR is recording two other programs! It will also give you the option of watching one program live while another program is being recorded.
One advancement that Directv has incorporated into its DVR's is expanded storage capacity. For instance, the standard def model can record up to one hundred hours of video. Even more impressively, the HDTV model can store up to fifty hours of HDTV video or up to two hundred hours of standard def programming.
With these features and all of the other features that you can enjoy through Directv's DVR service, this option is worthy of serious consideration.