With over 30 million subscribers across the US, satellite TV has become a popular alternative to cable television. Regional and national providers offer competitive services and allow you to choose a package that best suits your needs.
By Laura Horwitz
December 31, 1969
How does satellite TV work?
Satellite TV providers receive transmissions from various TV networks and then transmit this data to a satellite among their fleet that orbits Earth. The signal then relays back down to the satellite dish attached to your house.
What Are the Benefits of Satellite TV?
Satellite TV generally provides far more channels than cable, including premium movie channels such as HBO, all the sports channels you could ever want to watch, travel channels, and even more obscure networks focusing entirely on fashion, law, or other subjects. You can also receive international signals from the BBC, or watch a classic Indian Bollywood film, or probably even find a Chinese soap opera in the original language.
The package you choose will determine the fees, but most satellite companies offer free installation and no monthly rental charges--once you pay for a satellite dish, it's yours to keep. Consumer studies found satellite TV consistently ranked higher than cable in terms of cost, customer service, and reliability.
What About HDTV?
HDTV, or High Definition Television, provides sharper picture resolution and more detailed images than traditional TV. But acquiring a satellite dish doesn't necessarily mean it will come with HDTV services. You need to specifically ask about this when making your purchase or choosing your package. And it requires you to own a television that can broadcast HDTV.
It's cheaper to buy an HD-ready TV and then get the additional receiver rather than buying an integrated HD-TV.
Whatever option you choose, most customers enjoy satellite TV and its popularity should continue to increase and these dishes become more common across America.
About the Author
Laura Horwitz has worked as a freelance writer and researcher for five years in both London and the US. She had a monthly landscaping and tips column for the Sussex County magazine RH Review, and her articles have also appeared in Film Focus, 6 Degrees Film, and BizBash magazine.
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