I recommed this receiver as a hdtv decoder but not a good directv receiver. it does it all for hdtv 1080i and 720p output, component and rgbhv. OTA and Directv sources of hdtv input. With the hardware and software upgrades it's useable.
As far as directv i don't like it. only one favorites menu for my channels. and another one that has all the channels. Semi-slow channel changing. not too bad. (after software download) a pain to program the favorites channel. you can't see the actual channel if you want to delete or add it. you need to know what channel numbers you want and not want. No signal meter for ota. The signal meter for directv isn't that great for changing transponders. (dosen't stay) The universal remote it comes with doesn't work with mitsubishi tv's. nor does the mitsu remote work for panasonic. i don't know any specifics you want to know?
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