There are two types of satellite tv systems. One is Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) and the other is TeleVision receive only (TVRO). Let’s talk briefly about each type of system.
The Direct Broadcast system is done in what is called the Ku-Band. Stronger power signals are transmitted by these satellites because they operate on a higher frequency. With DBS, they can use smaller satellite dishes. An 18″ dish is large enough to receive all satellite TV signals. If a person has a very clear view on the south side of their residence, a 10th floor apartment can have satellite TV. The DBS system is used by various satellite TV providers, including Dish Network. This small, low maintenance satellite dish is favorable for anyone. It doesn’t get in the way and it it is aimed at only one satellite. Unlike some of the larger satellite TV dishes, it only has one feed. No free channels are accessible in Direct Broadcast because often times these satellite dishes are use by satellite TV providers-like Dish Network. DBS is simple and inexpensive; therefore, it is ideal for anyone. Sometimes this satellite TV dish can be installed free. It has easy instructions for installation. If you get a qualified installer who knows where to get the satellite dish and the installation tools, you are set. It will take him only a matter of minutes to install your DBS satellite TV dish.
Now, what about TeleVision Receive Only (TVRO) systems. These are sometimes called Big Dish TV, BUD (Big Ugly Dish), and C-Band. This type of system was the very first satellite TV system on the market for home viewers. These systems need a larger TV dish (3 to 6 feet in diameter). They work in C-Band frequencies (around 4 G Hertz). These frequencies have much longer wave lengths than the Ku-Band. That is why the satellite TV dish must be larger.
The TVRO satellite also has to be movable. It picks up its channels from multiple satellites. There are not nearly as many channels accessible through C-Band as through Ku-Band. One favorable feature is that the TVRO system does get free channels. Also, you can receive independent feeds from different companies. For example, if a news crew was covering a story in the area of the satellite, you could get an unedited version of that story with TVRO satellite TV. These news crews send their signals to headquarters by use of a C-Band. TVRO satellite systems are many times used by people who have space rented on the satellite for only a limited amount of time.
With TVRO, material that has not been edited can be transported from one continent to another. They can also be used to transport such material within the same continent.
So, here you have two different TV systems. Each has its own advantages. Each system is constructed in its own unique way but they function differently. It all depends on what is right for you.
Two of the major providers to purchase are Dish Network and DIRECTV. Let’s look at what you can get with each provider, then, you can choose whichever (if either) is best for you.
Dish Network, first of all offers no hidden fees in their pricing-They lay it all on the table for you. For $19.99 per month (limited guarantee) you get a 2 room system with Dish Family Program Package. The price includes free installation and equipment. Dish TV offers various low rate packages that can fit anyone’s budget. You may receive free Dish programming for three months and you can add the High Definition Package for $10.00 per month to any higher programming packages like Dish Latino or America’s Top. With this addition you get 4 free rooms of Free Dish Satellite Equipment installed. You also get a free 2 room Dish Receiver. With Dish, $5.98 per month, you can get the Dish DVR advantage package (your programming-Dish Latino or America’s Top is bundled together with local TV channels). You can also receive Dish Home Protection Plan for 9 months free.
Dish network offers a variety of programs including movies, sports, public interest, news, religious, entertainment, music, home shipping networks and pay-per-view programs. There are more than 30 movie channels that are commercial free-Cinemax, HBO, Starz, and Showtime.
About DIRECTV-It is definitely number 1 in outstanding TV programming, entertainment programs, technology, and customer service. DIRECTV has over 15 million users.
Aside from the well-known satellite TV providers, Dish Network and DIRECTV, there is also the option of free satellite TV (for at least portions of your services).The free satellite TV choices include acquiring free installation and equipment and paying a monthly rate for the service, getting free satellite through your personal computer and buying a low cost satellite card, and purchasing satellite equipment, then tapping into free Satellite TV feeds. Each of these three choices provide some free services but there is a certain monetary amount to be paid out for services also.
You can attain a low cost satellite card and receive TV through your computer system. It has very good reception and a very clear picture because you satellite card that is installed decodes the satellite signal.
You can opt to buy equipment to receive satellite signals to your television. Most of what you are able to pick up with this option is Christian channels, ethnic programs, and local broadcasting.
Probably, the best option is to attain free equipment, then pay each month for service. This satellite TV option is the most versatile in channels.
Make your decision on free satellite based on what is the most you can get for your money in setting up this free satellite system. Get help by visiting your consumer electronics.