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So What Do You Need To know about Satellite TV?

Aug 17, 2007
Satellite TV has been around for years and TV has changed the face of television entertainment. The service has changed over the years to make it more convenient for you and is easy to obtain. In most cases, you do not have to purchase the equipment anymore, but you do not get to keep the equipment if you cancel your service.

Satellite TV works by broadcasting video and audio signals from geostationary satellites to satellite dishes on the Earth's surface. Satellite TV is available in both standard resolution and in the new ATSC High Definition (HDTV) format. Satellite TV is part of the lives of millions of TV viewers worldwide and its influence is set to increase significantly with the digital satellite TV services.

The Satellite Network

From favorites like CNN, HBO, and ESPN, to more obscure options like the Speed Channel, Discovery Wings, and the Love Stories network, there is a channel to suit every imaginable interest. When you're ready to purchase a satellite TV system you have two choices: order directly from DIRECTV, Dish Network or VOOM, or buy it through an independent dealer authorized by one of the providers to sell their services and equipment. You can also find information on popular receiver options, like the DVR 625 from DISH Network or the DVR Plus from DIRECT TV. These DVR (digital video recorders) allow you to record programs onto the unit and play them back like a VCR recorder. With this feature you won't ever have to miss your favorite show because you can schedule it to be recorded, even if you are away. The Network provider's prevents access to non-children programming through built in parental controls in the receivers.

Digital TV

Digital TV will be the future, not only for satellite, but for cable and YES even broadcast TV. This type of broadcasting known as HDTV, High-Definition Television, is rapidly becoming the standard in the industry. It was originally mandated to be fully available as the standard by the year 2000, but due to the cost of replacing all standard quality TV units with HDTV, the government backed off on the rapid switch to using HDTV as the primary signal method. Digital TV is in some ways similar to traditional broadcast TV - it sends information to your home through the air rather in radio waves, just at a much higher quality than traditional signals.

Programming Options

Programming options are one of the things that make the satellite networks stand out in the world of satellite television. Satellite TV has all the channels available on any cable system and many more. If you don't have Satellite TV, your kids may be missing out on wonderful opportunities to learn from the programming that is available. Satellite TV's strength lies in its more than 500 channels of digital programming, which is definitely more than what the competitor offers, as well as its extensive foreign-language and high definition programming. Satellite programming boasts of the tremendous amount of sports it offers, broadcasting practically every game of every sport: The NFL Ticket, NBA League Pass, MLB Extra Innings, the NHL Center Ice and International Sports. Movie programming offers the combined channels of Showtime Unlimited, HBO, Cinemax, Starz, and more to give the viewers the top Hollywood Hits and award winning originals.

No matter what your television preferences, there is something on satellite for everybody and the information you are looking for is here. Being confused on what the latest Satellite TV Promotions are will become a thing of the past after visiting this site by reviewing the offers available through the various retailers and asking questions of their account representatives.
About the Author
Roy Edwards is the head of a national systems integration and consulting firm and enjoys getting technology to fit his life. His systems integration experience allows him to meld technology and entertainment to better his life and that of those he works with. For more information about using satellite TV, visit his web site at www.JustAboutSatellite.com
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