What is the
It's a new product that combines DIRECTV
programming with AOLTV and Internet service in one set-top receiver.
What is AOLTV?
It's a service that's designed to bring the strengths of AOL's online
service to the television. With AOLTV, you can:
- Access your AOL account on your television while someone else in
your household accesses AOL on the PC
- Send and receive E-mail through AOL
- Send instant messages on AOL using the Buddy List service
- Chat on AOL
- Browse the Web
- Share photos with friends and family through AOL's You've Got
How does it work?
receiver allows access to more than 225 channels of digital-quality
and features AOLTV software, a Web browser, an Intel
processor and a hard drive. The built-in 56k modem sends data over
standard phone lines for fast access to AOLTV services.
Are there parental controls?
Yes. Parents can choose from specific levels of access to different
areas of the AOLTV service for each child in the family. And the
built-in "Locks and Limits" feature from DIRECTV lets
parents set rating and spending limits on DIRECTV
How much does the AOLTV service cost?
All equipment, services and programming
are sold separately. There will be a monthly charge for AOLTV service,
though pricing is not yet available.
What equipment do I need?
System includes a digital set-top receiver, a mini satellite dish
antenna with a dual-output LNB, a remote control and a wireless
keyboard. The receiver, remote control and keyboard will also be sold
without a dish antenna for customers who already have DIRECTV
service. In order to enjoy the full benefits of this service, your
receiver must be continuously connected to a land-based phone line.
You'll find the receiver under the Hughes Network Systems brand name.
How do I get the DIRECTVTM/AOLTV
It's scheduled to be available at retail stores in the coming months.
Keep checking DIRECTV.com for updates.