How Do Satellite TVs Work

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Digital high definition satellite television is now a standard in most of the world, although there are still some that find it hard to get this type of signal. But the cost of this tech is dropping and so more and more people can afford this service. With satellite television stats recently reporting that in the United States alone there were 61.5 million subscriber between 2008 and 2017, there is a huge demand and following. This demand is not going to stop any time soon, although internet TV is taking the world by storm, more on that next time. So how does a Dish Network make television programming so realistic in image and sound?

How Satellite TV Works

Satellite Networks , general, receives digital satellite signals from their fleet of satellites orbiting the earth. They tend to plan well in advance to increasing their ability to bring you more and better entertainment. Communications/television satellites orbit synchronously at an elevation of about 22,000 miles above the Earth remaining over certain land masses/areas so that a receiver dish can remain stationary on the side of a home or in a yard. The advanced research and growth of satellite networks is directly attributed to their continued enhancements in the area of home entertainment programming and communication.

Satellite networks obtains select programming from providers like Life Time, HBO, CNN, ESPN, Cinemax, Showtime, STARZ, and other sources. These providers, also known as ‘uplink’ sites initially beam their signals to the satellites. Most satellite networks have broadcasting facility is located in location across the world and tend to have facilities near major cities. These broadcasting facilities send to the satellites, where the satellites then digitize the signaling for quality, encrypt the signals, and then transmit a digital high definition rebroadcast to installed receivers in subscriber homes providing the best in home entertainment services. Each satellite has what is called a target area or ‘footprint’, and programming from a given satellite can only be received within that particular target area or ‘footprint’. The 1980’s and 1990’s dish receivers were huge, some being about 10 feet in diameter, but now it is completely portable so it is easy to take your receiver with you as you travel in recreational vehicles or boats – just place your dish facing a Southern sky and signals are easily received.


This process allows Satellite networks to deliver digital high definition and standard satellite services all over the world and to offer subscribers over hundreds channels of quality programming plus many channels of music in CD quality clarity. They also tend to provide radio stations as well within there channel lists. Networks offers the most complete and diverse packages available with premium movie channels, commercial-free movies each month, excellent sports channels, interactive gaming with local and national weather and traffic updates, multi-cultural international programming, educational channels, VOOM high definition channels, and children’s and adult channels.

A Parental Lock feature is included for absolute control in family viewing. Satellite networks offers free equipment and installation and specified services for a limited time during sales promotions with some adding extras such as PS4, XBOXs and HD TV as a gift to first-time subscribers. The DVR allows you to digitally record and store up to 100 hours of programming in 100 percent digital high definition imaging and sound. There is generally an extra cost for this and some DVR boxs come with 1Tb of storage.  This lets the viewer record, fast-forward, rewind, and pause – even stopping live broadcasting for annoying interruptions – and then resuming with no problems. You can create your own instant replays with your DVR as well as a library of your favorite movies, sports events, or music.


Comparison-shopping will confirm that you can have the best and most for about the same amount you are now paying for average television programming. Ordering is easy – online or by telephone. A  representative will answer any questions, take your order, and schedule installation for a time that fits with your busy schedule. Then a engineer will come and setup the whole system for you.

Now you are informed as to how your new Satellite networks provide digital satellite television home entertainment system, there is a a lot of technical details which are not discussed here but we’ll leave that for another time, to give a more in depth picture about this tech.

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