Digital Satellite TV
In many ways, digital satellite TV is similar to traditional television broadcasts in that its content is transmitted through the airwaves and captured by an antenna (in the case of traditional TV) or satellite dish (in the case of digital satellite TV). Also, the types of content that can be broadcast by both systems are analog and digital.
Unlike traditional television, however, digital satellite TV is able to deliver digital broadcasts at more practical prices because of its significant coverage advantage. This advantage is brought about by the fact that in the satellite broadcasting the content is positioned thousands of kilometers above the ground (unlike the radio transmission towers used in traditional television which are, at best, just hundreds of meters above the ground), which translates to a much wider “footprint” and economies of scale that is applied to its pricing consideration.
Digital satellite TV compresses and encrypts the digital signals of the information prior to broadcast. These broadcasts are transmitted from satellite ground stations to the satellites, which are, in turn, “blindly” transmitted by the satellite to all areas within its “footprint”. These compressed and encrypted signals are received by satellite dishes that are installed at the households and, depending on the authorizations given based on the subscriptions availed of, get decompressed, decrypted, and displayed by the digital satellite TV set-top boxes that are connected to the television sets.
Compared to an erstwhile entertainment favorite, Cable TV, digital satellite TV has the following advantages:
PracticalityDigital satellite TV’s main advantage over Cable TV is that it costs less to maintain the service because there are only four points of failure; i.e., the ground station, the satellite, the satellite dish, and the television itself. In Cable TV, there are several kilometers of cable that need to be checked when a particular subscriber loses his service, aside from trouble at the cable TV headend, other distribution points, and the television set. This advantage allows digital satellite TV service providers to charge less for digital content than cable TV providers.
Wider CoverageAmong the three broadcast media (digital satellite TV, traditional television broadcast, and Cable TV), Cable TV has the smallest coverage reach. This means that the addressable market is also the smallest for Cable TV, which limits the number of subscribers it can provide service to. In contrast, digital satellite TV only has one requirement, i.e., the area it will serve has a direct line of sight to the satellite. All a subscriber needs to purchase is a satellite-band compatible satellite dish, a provider-issued set-top box and a subscription plan with the digital satellite TV provider to enjoy the service.
There are several digital satellite TV providers that a potential subscriber may avail of. Among these are VOOM, DirecTV and DISH Network. These providers offer service packages that include high-definition TV channels and information aside from the standard packages that cable TV companies provide. All these without hurting your pocket any more than it would if you continued with your Cable TV service.
How Does Satellite TV Work?
Understanding how satellite TV works is important to make sure that you can handle certain problems with your dish, receiver, satellite TV subscription and other issues. How satellite TV works the same regardless of the type of subscription package you purchased monthly. Generally, the broadcast television sends a signal within a straight line. You can determine the coverage area, because the farther these signals travel from the transmitter, the wider the area it will cover. However, since the earth is round, no broadcast TV provider can guarantee you that signals will be received by your television antenna every time. When satellite television first came onto the market, it became the end of broadcast television. This is because satellites are able to handle worldwide coverage.
Understanding How Satellite TV Providers Work
The major providers of direct broadcast satellite TV (DBS TV) are DISH Network and DirecTV. How these satellite TV providers works is simple – they offer consumers with a way to receive satellite TV into their television or computer. However, you will select the program to include in your subscription package that entails the number of channels you should expect to receive.
You need to understand that DISH Network, DirecTV and other satellite TV providers do not create the shows or programs that are aired on their packaged channels. Instead, they select a variety of programs aired by hundreds of sources, such as ESPN and other international sources. The satellite TV providers ask these sources for broadcasting rights to each program and then the providers are able to transmit these programs to their clients.
How satellite TV works largely depends on two important pieces of equipment – the satellite dish and the receiver. These two pieces of satellite equipment work hand in hand to enable your television or computer to receive signals, making it possible for you to watch different satellite programs on your own television set or personal computer. The dish works by capturing broadcast signals directly from the orbiting satellites, while the receiver converts these encrypted signals into format readable by your television or computer.
The popularity of DirecTV and DISH Network continues to increase dramatically because of how satellite TV works. Due to the high monthly fees that cable services charge, subscribing to a satellite system is a practical choice. With this option, you can receive hundreds of international, national and local programs without extra charge.
Satellite TV For Your Computer
With your home computer and the Internet, you can get any form of entertainment. The entertainment I’m writing about is satellite TV for your computer. What you actually need is the right software.
With the right software you can have access to watch thousands of international satellite TV channels on your PC. The great part about it you do not require additional hardware or a PC TV card all you need is an Internet connection.
The entertainment you get with satellite TV for your computer is movies from all over the world. Into sports and want to watch Live Game broadcasts, you do not need expensive satellite or pay-per-view service anymore you can watch your favorite team live on your PC for no cost at all. Dozens of music channels so you can watch concerts, festivals and videos. Kids channels to keep them happy during the school holidays, TV channels from over 70 countries the United States have over 100 stations the UK 60 stations plus radio stations and so much more according to everyone’s taste.
The software works with a 56k connection, the faster your Internet connection, the better picture quality you will get. Generally, a broadband connection will get you the highest quality audio and video for your satellite TV on your PC.
Why pay $30 to $100 per month when you can get satellite TV for your computer with no ongoing fees just one payment around $50 and then you have free satellite TV on your PC for ever with lifetime updates at no additional cost. When choosing the software you should look at what is available. Look up forums and see what they are saying about certain satellite TV for PC programs because not all programs are what they promise. Do your research and enjoy the great value entertainment.
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