The unit's output jacks include a DVI-HDTV interface for a direct-digital connection with a compatible monitor), RGB for your PC monitor, as well as component-, composite-, and S-video. An optical digital-audio output lets you route the Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround signals accompanying select programs to a compatible audio/video receiver and multichannel speaker system for spacious, detailed listening.
Use DIRECTV's Advanced Program Guide (APG) for choosing local ATSC and NTSC program data up to seven days in advance. A supplied VCR controller is a perfect interface for your taping needs, and the system also features a 20-event reminder.
Cine-Zoom aspect-ratio setting offers 16 control steps so you can tailor your programming to fit your TV screen's native aspect ratio (usually either 4:3 or widescreen 16:9). Multifreeze control allows zoom and pan of frozen digital video source images.
Other great features include a DIRECTV access-card slot/door and reset button on the front panel, quick access to signal-strength meter, parental control with V-Chip, a front-panel display window, keyword search with text prediction, and favorite-channel list. The receiver comes with a Sony universal Remote Commander remote control (IR/RF).
Full enjoyment of the SAT-HD300 does require a fair amount of ancillary hardware and services, namely an installed DIRECTV satellite dish, a DIRECTV Service subscription, and use of a high-definition or HD-ready television or monitor. But the receiver does support over-air reception of HD broadcasts, and its output can be scaled to just about any video format. So, technically, even if you don't have DIRECTV Service, and even if you're using a standard-definition 27-inch CRT television, you could still enjoy SD viewing of off-air HDTV, right out of the box. You could also plug a cable feed into the receiver and use it as a channel switcher/VCR controller. But unless you're planning to subscribe to DIRECTV and/or upgrade to an HD-ready TV, there's little point in using the SAT-HD300.
What's in the Box
DTV receiver, DVI cable, component-video cable, S-video cable, A/V cable, RF cable(2), an RJ-11 telephone cable, a VCR controller, a remote control, remote batteries, and a user's