Cable TV for Senior Living Communities: Everything You Need To Know

Written by Dan Star

Cable TV for Nursing Homes: Everything You Need To Know

Are you looking for a cable TV provider for your senior living community? Trying to find affordable cable TV for your place of business can prove to be quite the hassle. However, what if I told you it didn’t have to be a challenge? 

Here at Groove Technology Solutions, we provide DIRECTV to businesses from senior living communities and hospitals to hotels and dorm rooms. In senior living communities, residents have access to the DIRECTV Residential Experience, which gives them access to more than 100 channels on their television. 

In this article, you’ll get the rundown on everything you need to know about cable TV and senior living communities. So, let’s talk about getting good service in residential facilities. 

What Is Groove Technology Solutions?

Groove Technology Solutions is an authorized DIRECTV retailer that located in Salt Lake City that services businesses nationwide. For more than a decade, the company has provided a full suite of technology from Wi-Fi and cable to video surveillance and energy management for large businesses and corporations. 

Here at Groove Technology Solutions, we offer services to: 

  • Senior living residences and nursing homes
  • Arenas and stadiums 
  • Prisons and institutions 
  • Leisure centers 
  • Mining camps  

The commercial technology company also assists: 

  • Campgrounds 
  • Dorms 
  • Student housing 
  • Hotels 

What Is the DIRECTV Residential Experience?

DIRECTV Residential Experience (DRE) is a cable TV package for nursing homes and senior living communities. DRE gives seniors living in these homes access to more than 100 channels and the ability to save viewing history. This feature allows watchers to pick up where they left off at any time. 

Each resident will also have access to an interactive program guide and an antimicrobial remote to limit germ spread with this package. This DIRECTV package is designed specifically for businesses in the hospitality industry and provides a high-quality viewing experience at a cost-effective rate. 

The available channels in the DRE will vary depending on your location. However, this package guarantees at least 100 channels to choose from, so your residents shouldn’t have any trouble finding something to watch. These channels include all basic cable channels and several other leisure channels that play content in various niches. 

Equipment Needed for Cable TV

To install DRE within your nursing home, all you need is the satellite, a receiver, and the remote to control the channels. Each television will need its own remote and receiver to work correctly. 

DIRECTV Satellite Dish

The satellite dish is usually placed on the roof or a high building. The dish then captures a signal to relay to the television inside the building. TV satellite dishes are explicitly designed to focus on specific broadcast sources to bring pictures and sound to a television. 

For a satellite dish to work, there needs to be a direct signal from the transmitter to the receiver. For senior communities, the number of rooms you want DIRECTV access to and the equipment you have available will constitute the number of transmitters you’ll need. 

With that said, you should adequately transmit to an unlimited number of receivers as long as you have the right equipment and configure it correctly. 


The DIRECTV remote in DRE packages is antimicrobial and utilizes backlighting to make reading the buttons easy. It’s simple to clean, has an ergonomic design, and uses an infrared signal to connect to the paired receiver. 

DRE DIRECTV remotes are explicitly designed to only work with DRE software and aren’t permitted for regular residential use. 

Why Antimicrobial?

When supplying television sets to a nursing home or assisted living community, using antimicrobial remote controls is critical for the residents’ safety and health. 

Products labeled “antimicrobial” work to kill microorganisms like bacteria and viruses, protozoans, and mold or mildew. They are also easier to clean than other materials, protecting vulnerable or immunocompromised people from bacteria, viruses, and other germs. 

Antimicrobial products are technically labeled as pesticides as per the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and are regulated as a drug or antiseptic. Of all the antimicrobial products, there are four primary types: 

  • Silver Ion Antimicrobial Additives 
  • Zinc Antimicrobial Additives 
  • Copper Antimicrobial Additives 
  • Organic Antimicrobial Additives 

You’ll often find these products in places like nursing homes or hotels to help prevent germ spread between residents or guests. 

DIRECTV Receiver

The receiver is what brings the signal into each room. For the DRE package, the receiver used is DIRECTV’s H25 receiver with firmware made for the hospitality industry. Unlike other receivers, the H25 is smaller and easier to conceal. 

For the receiver to work, it converts the signal received from the transmitter into a television, audio, or other data signal. A receiver can only bring the signal to one TV at a time, so a single receiver is necessary for each TV in a property. 

Streaming in a Senior Living Community

In places like hospitals and senior living communities, access to a TV’s HDMI port or other plug-ins necessary for a Firestick or Roku is generally limited. However, the rules for personal streaming devices may vary depending on the nursing home in question. 

Senior living communities that allow TV streaming should have good Wi-Fi to ensure residents don’t run into issues with buffering or device crashes. The general rule for streaming is to need at least 3 Mbps for standard definition screening. For 4K and other higher-quality streaming, you need to have at least 25 Mbps for the best picture quality. 

Final Thoughts

Transitioning into assisted living is a challenging experience for many senior citizens. However, offering quality amenities, like cable TV, is integral in easing that process and making it more enjoyable.

With the Groove Technology Solutions DRE package, nursing home residents have access to more than 100 channels through DIRECTV. The DVR capabilities also allow residents to pause and record their favorite TV shows. 

Providing quality entertainment for senior living residents shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. Here at Groove Technology Solutions, we offer that quality for a price that won’t make your wallet hurt. Contact us today for more information!