Satellite TV - The First Fifty Years

Written by Kate Ivy and Gary Davis

Satellite TV - The First Fifty Years

By Rachael Stillman and Gary Davis

Webmasters: You may reprint this article in its entirety, providing you leaverepparttar Byline and Aboutrepparttar 138207 Author sections intact, includingrepparttar 138208 links to Dish Network Satellite TV. Satellite TV may seem quite new, but its history actually spans over a fifty year period.

The original concept of satellite television is often attributed to writer Arthur C. Clarke, who wasrepparttar 138209 first to suggest a worldwide satellite communications system. Funding for satellite technology inrepparttar 138210 U.S. began inrepparttar 138211 1950s, amidstrepparttar 138212 space race, andrepparttar 138213 Russian launching ofrepparttar 138214 satellite Sputnik in 1957.

The first communication satellite was developed by a group of businesses and government entities in 1963. Syncom II orbited at 22,300 miles overrepparttar 138215 Atlantic;repparttar 138216 first satellite communication was on July 26, 1963, between a U.S. Navy ship in Lagos, Nigeria andrepparttar 138217 U.S. Army naval station in Lakehurst, New Jersey.

Overloaded land based distribution methods hadrepparttar 138218 telephone companies utilizing satellite communication way beforerepparttar 138219 television industry even came intorepparttar 138220 picture. In fact, it was not until 1978 that satellite communication was officially used byrepparttar 138221 television industry.

In 1975, RWT's co-founder and BBC transmitter engineer Stephen Birkill built an experimental system for receiving Satellite Instructional Television Experiment TV (SITE) transmissions, beamed to Indian villages, from a NASA geostationary satellite.

Birkill extended his system, receiving TV pictures from Intelsat, Raduga, Molniya and others. In 1978, Birkill met up with Bob Cooper, a cable TV technical journalist and amateur radio enthusiast inrepparttar 138222 U.S., who invited him to a cable TV operators' conference and trade show,repparttar 138223 CCOS-78. It was there that Birkill met with other satellite TV enthusiasts, who were interested, and ready to help develop, Birkill’s experiments.

Interest in Television Receive Only (TVRO) satellite technology burst forward. The American TVRO boom caughtrepparttar 138224 attention of premium cable programmers, who began to realizerepparttar 138225 potential of satellite TV. Back inrepparttar 138226 mid-1970s, TV reception was repparttar 138227 underrepparttar 138228 control of international operators, Intelsat and Intersputnik.

On March 1, 1978,repparttar 138229 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) introduced Public Television Satellite Service. Satellite communication technology caught on, and was used as a distribution method withrepparttar 138230 broadcasters from 1978 through 1984, with early signals broadcast from HBO, TBS, and CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network, later The Family Channel). TVRO system prices dropped, andrepparttar 138231 trade organization, Society for Private Commercial Earth Stations (SPACE), andrepparttar 138232 first dealerships were established.

Programming the Satellite TV Receiver

Written by Kate Ivy and Gary Davis

Programmingrepparttar Satellite TV Receiver

By Kate Ivy and Gary Davis

Webmasters: You may reprint this article in its entirety, providing you leaverepparttar 138206 Byline and Aboutrepparttar 138207 Author sections intact, includingrepparttar 138208 links to Dish Network Satellite TV. How To Program Your Satellite TV Receiver

Setting up your satellite system isn’t as difficult as you might think. In addition to installingrepparttar 138209 dish itself, you’ll need to program that little black box known as your satellite receiver. Don’t know where to start? Not to worry… just follow these steps and you’ll be up and running in no time at all.

Assuming your dish is already installed and your receiver is properly connected, turn your receiver and your television set ON. You’ll see a screen called “Point Dish/Signal Strength Setup” where you’re going to testrepparttar 138210 reception from your satellites.

Chooserepparttar 138211 “Check Switch” option and you’ll see a new screen. Choose “Check” or “Test” and you’ll get a message that your system check is in progress. Whenrepparttar 138212 test is complete, you’ll see an Installation Summary on your screen that shows reception details for two satellites. DISH Network customers will see data for two satellites: 110 West and 119 West. Transponders should show “ALL” andrepparttar 138213 message “Satellite Reception Verified” inrepparttar 138214 status area. You can exit this screen.

Now look at your Point Dish/Signal screen again. Do you show good strength underrepparttar 138215 119 West listing? If so, moverepparttar 138216 check mark torepparttar 138217 110 West listing. Do you show good strength there as well? If not, you’ll need to go back and fine-tune your dish positioning until you haverepparttar 138218 strongest possible signal from both satellites. Once you’re satisfied with your signal strength, you’re ready to download your software. Simply exitrepparttar 138219 Point Dish/Signal Strength menu and you’ll be prompted to confirm that your dish positioning is complete. Answer “Yes” and another prompt will appear confirmingrepparttar 138220 download of your programming software. Letrepparttar 138221 software download completely - do not interrupt this process.

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