Satellite TV Examined: What Can One Learn From Other’s Mistakes

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In the last 10 years more than 27 million people have switched from cable and over-the-air TV to satellite TV. But is satellite TV really that much better?

Satellite TV:

Satellite TV is a television system whereby a broadcast centre sends a signal including TV programs to a satellite in orbit above the world.

The satellite records the signal and sends it back to earth, where it is picked up by a satellite dish and relayed to a TV set.

In order to receive a satellite TV signal you must have a satellite system — a dish to get the signal, and a receiver to unscramble the signal and send it to your television. This page has more in-depth material on click here.

Satellite TV History:

In 1962, the first satellite TV signal was sent from Europe to North America via the Telstar satellite. The first first commercial satellite, Early Bird, was launched in 1965, and Satellite TV reception in the U.S. began in 1980.

Early satellite TV systems were expensive, costing anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000. The dishes were big — 10 to 12 feet in diameter — and the receivers and antenna rotators were bulky and complicated.

In 1994 the first DBS (direct broadcast satellite) was put into orbit, issuing in the era of the miniature dish and the slim-line receiver, making it possible for anyone, even flat renters and condominium owners, to have satellite TV.

Satellite TV Providers:

There are two major satellite TV providers in the U.S.A — DIRECTV and DISH Network.

DIRECTV:

With 14.5 million customers, DIRECTV is the earliest and largest satellite TV supplier in the USA.

DIRECTV is ranked #2 in customer satisfaction among all satellite and cable TV businesses by J.D. Power and Associates.

DIIRECTV offers the following equipment and services:

* A Free satellite TV system — one dish and four receivers.

* Free installation and instruction on using the system.

* 250 channels with digital-quality picture and sound.

* 500 commercial-free films per month.

* Up to 67 pay-per-view programs and events daily.

* 67 commercial-free XM radio stations.

* Toll-free, 24/7 customer service.

DIRECTV offers the most sports scheduling of the two satellite TV suppliers.

DISH Network:

With more than 12 million customers, DISH Network is the second-oldest satellite TV supplier, and is the fastest-growing supplier.

DISH Network is ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among all the satellite and cable TV businesses by J.D. Power and Associates.

DISH Network offers the following equipment and services:

* A Free satellite TV system — one dish and four receivers.

* Free setup and satellite TV system instruction.

* 256 channels with digital-quality picture and sound.

* 500 commercial-free films a month.

* Up to 60 pay-per-view programs and events per day.

* 50 commercial-free Sirius radio channels and 52 music channels.

* Toll free, 24/7 customer service.

DISH Network has the biggest variety of movies and shows of the two satellite TV providers, and offers the cheapest basic service package.

Satellite TV Dealers:

There are more than 80 on-line dealers and thousands of offline dealers across the U.S.A.

Some sellers are reputable and will give you an honest price, but a number of dealers will tempt you into subscribing to their service, then hit you with hidden fees, offer you shoddy installation, and give you zero customer service.

Before you subscribe to a satellite TV service, you should read their service agreement carefully and call their customer service to clarify anything that’sn’t clear to you.

Note: Click on the links below for info on dealers that are reputable and give the best service at the best cost.

Satellite TV Gains:

The main benefit of having satellite TV service is it is possible to access up to 375 channels of TV scheduling. That gives you a lot more viewing choices than cable or over-the-air TV.

In addition to regular TV programming, satellite TV enables you to tune into pay per view films and special occasions, and to listen to more than 100 channels of commercial-free music on satellite radio.

Another advantage of satellite TV is the quality of the TV picture. Satellite TV is broadcast in digital format which produces a superb sharp image. Additionally, you have the choice of order HD (high definition) TV for an even more lifelike image.

Another benefit is the ability to record your favourite programs and to stop or fast forward live TV using a DVR (digital video recorder).

Last, but not least, you get all the gear you have to view satellite TV, including installation, totally free.

If you have over the air TV and do not see much television then satellite TV probably is not for you. If, however, you watch lots of TV or you have cable TV, then I recommend clicking on the links below to see what satellite TV has to offer. With over 375 stations to choose from plus satellite radio, pay-per-view, films, and programming bundles beginning at less than a dollar a day,

Mona Arnold

Mona Arnold is a writer of the daily journal Opportunity. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she worked as a secretary.

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Mona Arnold

Mona Arnold is a writer of the daily journal Opportunity. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she worked as a secretary.