How Satellite TV Works

Written by Kate Ivy and Gary Davis

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Satellite, Meet My TV

With its capabilities well established, it was only a matter of time beforerepparttar media industry began ponderingrepparttar 138202 satellite’s potential in television.

Like traditional broadcasting antennas, satellite television works with radio waves as well but with a much broader range. The older, larger dishes transmitted analog signals that rarely required decoding. Today’s smaller dish systems send digital signals, which produce a higher quality of sound and video. This digital signal is encoded into MPEG-2 format –repparttar 138203 same format as your DVD’s - and transmitted to your receiver box where it is decoded and translated into an analog signal that is then fed to your television. Why allrepparttar 138204 fuss? Digital produces enhanced video and audio that you just can’t get from analog.

So how does it all work?

In order to receive satellite programming, you’ll need a broadcast satellite provider. These providers have contracted withrepparttar 138205 various programming providers such as HBO, Showtime and of course, all your local channels. The programming providers send their programming torepparttar 138206 satellite providers who in turn send it back out via satellite to your dish. It is then transmitted fromrepparttar 138207 dish to your receiver box where it is decrypted and shown on your television.

Satellite television gives usrepparttar 138208 ability to have a seemingly endless supply of programming without bulky equipment or a multitude of unique connections. And because satellite technology is wireless, you haverepparttar 138209 freedom to move your entertainment system as much as you’d like.

About the Authors: Gary Davis is owner of Dish Network Satellite TV and has written numerous articles on the satellite television industry. Kate Ivy has written for a variety of publications and websites and is the owner of Ivygirl Media & Design.

Satellite vs Cable

Written by Gary Davis

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Here it gets really interesting. Cable TV can handle up to 260 channels. Satellite TV can handle more channels. Also, Satellite TV is more advanced in HDTV (High Definition Television) services.


Usually Satellite TV is less expensive than Cable TV due to many additional costs that are related to Cable TV: franchise fees, taxes, plus costs for any pay per view services, and equipment costs. Dish Network Programming Package starts at only $29.99 per month.

Interactive Services

In general Satellite TV has more interactive services than Cable TV. Digital services like Dish Network's DVR (Digital Video Recorder) which givesrepparttar option to rewind while recording even in live broadcasts, EPG (Electronic Program Guide), Instant Weather, video on demand, etc. are all available on Satellite TV, but not all are available on Cable TV.

High Speed Internet

Cable has high speed broadband internet services. Satellite TV has this too, but is somewhat slower. Directv®: offers Direcway High Speed Internet, which is ultra fast but somewhat expensive.

Overall conclusion: Satellite TV is less expensive, has better picture quality (digital signal) and gives you more channels and programming options than cable TV.

About the Author: Gary Davis is the CEO and Owner of Dish Network Satellite and has written several articles on the satellite tv industry. Contact Information: Email:

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