As you would have already known, you would need a satellite TV receiver to make viewing of programs offered by DIRECTV possible. The four types of receivers offered by the company are HD DVR receiver, DVR receiver, HD receiver and the Standard receiver
The standard receiver is offered for $69 at the time of writing. It comes with S-Video and composite outputs, which may not be ideal to get the best out of your home theater system.
The DVR receiver, priced at $99, has a digital audio optical output, apart from the Standard receiver specs. It allows you to record 100 hours of standard definition video and you get to enjoy Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound with your home theater set up.
The HD receiver offered for $99 would help you get the best of your home theater system as it comes with HDMI and component outputs apart from RCA outputs. The audio outputs provided are digital optical and digital coaxial together with RCA stereo outputs. USB and Ethernet ports are also thrown in. The HD receiver will allow you to view video content up to a resolution of 1080i.
If full HD video content is what you’re looking for, then you would want to opt for the HD DVR receiver which is offered for $199. Apart from 2 USB ports and an eSata port, it has the same specs as the HD receiver. You should go for this receiver if you have a 3D HDTV as it supports 3D video.
The prices mentioned above are valid at the time of writing. The prices may be waived if you sign up for the special packages offered by the company. Visit DIRECTV website for the latest promotions.