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DIRECTV HDTV Service

DIRECTV® is currently the only major satellite TV provider in North America to broadcast programming using both Ka- and Ku-band satellites, with almost all DIRECTV HDTV programming being broadcast from Ka-band satellites. Reception of Ka-band broadcasts requires different antenna and receiver technology, so most domed mobile satellite TV antennas, including the TracVision M-series and R-series, only support Ku-band reception.

For boaters: KVH’s TracVision HD7 and HD11 satellite TV systems feature patent-pending Tri-Rod Antenna Design (TriAD™) technology that allows it to track DIRECTV’s three primary satellites (two in Ka-band, and one in Ku-band) simultaneously with a single antenna, making them the perfect solution for mariners who want to watch DIRECTV HD on the water.

KVH is pleased to offer full support for DIRECTV’s complete standard-definition Ku-band programming selection with all of our TracVision TV- and M-series, so you can still rely on TracVision to connect you to 300+ channels of outstanding digital programming from DIRECTV. In addition, many of KVH’s TracVision TV- and M-series systems are also fully compatible with standard-definition and HD broadcasts from DISH Network, including its TurboHD, and Bell TV1, for the broadest selection of satellite TV entertainment available.

For RVers: KVH’s TracVision R1 and A7 satellite TV antennas are not compatible with DIRECTV’s Ka-band broadcasts, but they are all fully compatible with DIRECTV's standard-definition Ku-band programming.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I enjoy DIRECTV’s HD programming with a TracVision antenna?
Yes! KVH’s TracVision HD7 and HD11 offer full compatibility with DIRECTV’s HD and standard-definition services for boats, including the ability to use multiple HD receivers and DVRs! For the first time, a mobile experience that is just like DIRECTV at home!

What if I am a DIRECTV subscriber and own a KVH system other than the TracVision HD7 or HD11?
KVH’s TracVision R1 and A7 land mobile satellite TV systems and TV- and M-series maritime satellite TV systems are fully compatible with DIRECTV’s standard-definition Ku-band programming, which includes over 300 channels of high-quality, digital satellite TV entertainment.

Can I get DIRECTV HD with any other KVH systems?
No. KVH’s TracVision HD7 and HD11 were designed specifically with DIRECTV’s Ka-band HD broadcasts in mind, and their technology includes features not needed for customers who use other regional satellite TV services or who only watch DIRECTV’s standard-definition programming. TracVision R1, A7, and TV- and M-series systems will continue to offer outstanding quality and performance for these customers, while the TracVision HD7 and HD11 offer the best support available for mobile maritime DIRECTV HD subscribers.

Do TracVision antennas support any other HDTV services?
Definitely! TracVision R1, A7, and TV- and M-series systems are compatible with a variety of HD and standard-definition regional satellite TV services from around the globe, and an easy software upgrade is available to add this feature to many existing TracVision systems.1 Unlike competing systems that offer HDTV only for a single service, your TracVision antenna can easily switch from one service to another!

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