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Getting Ready for Satellite TV?

Aug 18, 2007
Satellite TV has changed the way people around the world watch television. With thousands of channels readily available and crystal-clear picture reception, satellite TV may well be the perfect way to watch some TV shows.

Some people swear that high-definition is the best thing to hit television in quite some time, but nothing surpasses the virtually unlimited universe that satellite television can provide for the viewer.

There are a number of satellite TV systems out there that can help you get the most bang for your buck. You'll have to shop around in your area for the ones that offer you the best deals, but you're likely to find what you're looking for with a simple click online.

Most satellite TV systems come with a wide variety of programming choices and promotional deals for first time buyers, so you might want to check those out and compare them with other companies.

One of the most popular (and one of the first) satellite TV companies in the United States is DirecTV. DirecTV is based out of California and offers thousands of channels to a huge customer base across the United States and Latin America, with the exception of Mexico.

DirecTV's channel selection is second-to-none, as they are owned by News Corporation and have a near-unlimited amount of resources at their disposal to pass on to their customers.

Another popular satellite TV company is the DISH Network. DISH Network services quite a few homes in the United States as well, but it is not as popular as DirecTV.

DISH Network satellite TV is based out of Colorado, distributing satellite programming and quite a lot of audio programming to homes around the United States. It does not currently have an active market in Latin America.

The two companies often compete for what is known as "capacity". This refers to the ability to get more customers. DISH Network and DirecTV compete by trying to set up newer and larger satellites, playing with their dish technology to enable more reception. The competition is fierce, as more customers are getting satellite TV.

At first glance, the services provided by both of these companies may appear to be very similar. It is true that the hardware set up for each is virtually identical. They both use a dish mounted outside of your home in a place where the signal from the satellite in space is not blocked by anything like trees or buildings.

Once the dish is set, a receiver is hooked up to your TV to tell the television set exactly what the signal means. It works like an interpreter so your TV knows what to show. Different levels of service use different receivers.

This allows the service provider to control what you do and don't watch based upon what you've paid for. Stepping into the world of satellite TV is a great decision and one you should enjoy.
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Mike Selvon is a great fan of Satellite TV Systems . Find out more about the satellite tv technology from his portal site, and post a comment at the satellite tv blog.
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