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What do I need to get DIRECTV HD?

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With DIRECTV HD, you have access to the most full-time HD channels on any satellite or cable TV provider, the most movies in 1080p HD (the same stunning picture quality as Blu-ray™), theater-quality Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, the most sports in HD, and your local channels in HD.

Here's what you need:

  • An HD-ready TV.
    Buy an HD TV that's capable of displaying at least 720 progressive lines of resolution (720p). For the best HD experience, consider a TV that's capable of 1080p, the same stunning quality as Blu-ray™.
  • An HD-capable receiver.
    Upgrade to an HD Receiver or an HD DVR. Depending on your individual equipment/system setup, a $49 installation fee may apply.
  • Advanced Receiver Service-HD.
    Advanced Receiver Service-HD costs $10 a month and is automatically added to your account when you add your first HD receiver to your cart.

If you're already a DIRECTV customer, you can upgrade to an HD-capable receiver online. Here's how:

Step 1

Sign in to your DIRECTV account.

Note: You can also sign in by placing your mouse over "My Account" above the main navigation. Enter your DIRECTV account username and password and click "Sign In".

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Step 2

Scroll down to the "Quick Links" section. Click "Add Receivers" under "My Equipment".

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Step 3

On your "My Equipment page", click "Upgrade/Add Receiver" to order additional receivers. Select an HD or an HD DVR and click "Add Receiver" to proceed to checkout. Advanced Receiver Service-HD will be automatically added to your cart.

Note: If you already have an HD-capable receiver and an HDTV, all you need is Advanced Receiver Service-HD. Activate Advanced Receiver Service-HD online in the "My Services" section on your My Equipment page.

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