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Buying A Satellite Tv

If you are interested in purchasing a television package but are still skeptical of the future of satellite TV, you should put those fears aside. Although satellite television had an inauspicious beginning two decades ago, the satellite TV industry has developed exponentially to provide television lovers the best sound and picture quality.

A Unique Individual
Satellite TV always had certain advantages that set it apart from conventional or broadcast television. Utilizing modern satellite technology, satellite TV is able to bypass the conventional limitations faced by broadcast television. Broadcast television utilizes powerful antennas to transmit their content to smaller receiving antennas thus facing the problem of having this connection disrupted by the curvature of the Earth.

Satellite TV, on the other hand, uses large broadcasting satellites situated in space that mirror the earth's orbit, which transmits television signals to receiving satellite dishes. This technology ensures that, once the satellite dish has been properly installed, the satellite TV subscriber will always be able to enjoy their content without ever having to adjust their physical receiving satellite dish.

As satellite TV is not restricted by the range and distortion problems that confine broadcast television, satellite TV is able to exploit the advantages that its technology affords it, such as:

1. Satellite TV is able to reach a larger number of customers with each individual broadcasting satellite.

2. Satellite TV is able to transmit a wider range of television content ensuring that they will have more channels than broadcast television.

3. Satellite TV is able to produce all of their content in digital ensuring that it has higher picture and sound quality.

4. Satellite TV is a relatively new media form that has yet to fulfill all of its potential. Future innovations will ensure that satellite TV packages will have higher production quality for a cheaper price. Additionally, satellite TV will always make new improvements, which is evident by the recent popularity of high-definition television (HDTV).

With these advantages, it is easy to understand the surge in popularity for a product that was once considered an unnecessary luxury. As there are now over 22 million satellite TV subscribers, you may want to consider buying a satellite TV to fulfill your television needs. With packages of typically 300 channels, satellite TV contains channels that specialize in entertainment that will undoubtedly interest you.

Who to Choose
When buying a satellite TV, one of the biggest decisions you will have to make is which satellite TV provider you want. There are two major players in the satellite TV market: Direct TV and Dish Network TV. Both of these businesses serve the digital satellite TV business or the Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) television system. DBS was introduced in 1994 and is responsible for the explosion of popularity in satellite TV.

Older satellite TV systems revolved around television receive-only (TVRO) satellite dishes that were often cumbersome in terms of size and had obscure television content. DBS television systems, however, use conveniently small satellite dishes with extensive television programming. These smaller dishes are largely responsible for the growth of satellite TV. When it was first introduced, it was believed that DBS television systems would be popular solely in rural markets. But it has become a popular fixture in suburban and even urban areas.

Talk the Talk
As a result of this, choosing your DBS provider is one of the most important components to buying a satellite TV. When deciding on what type of satellite TV to purchase, it is important that you are familiar with the terminology that describes the features that should be included in your satellite TV system. Terminology that you should be familiar with include:

Amplified Gain Measured in decibels (dB), amplified gain refers to the ratio of the amount of power that a satellite TV system can reach in one direction from the satellite dish's antenna to the amount of power that would be generated if the power radiated equally in all directions from the antenna.

Audio and Video Inputs/Outputs Audio and video (AV) inputs/outputs are available on almost all televisions. However the more AV outputs that one has at their disposable, the more versatile their television setups can be as it allows for connection of such instruments as VCRS, video game consoles, and camcorders. AV inputs are important for hooking up a VCR to your satellite TV system.

Caller ID This is a feature found in some satellite receivers that displays a caller's telephone number on the TV when your phone rings while you are watching TV

Dolby Digital This refers to a method for encoding sound in HDTV and DVDs that produces a dynamic range and frequency range much greater than analog audio

Dual LNB A low-noise block (LNB) converter is found in all satellite dishes and is responsible for detecting satellite dishes and transmitting them to the receiver. With a dual LNB, it is possible for the receiver to get two separate signals that they are able to send to two TVs. This allows for both televisions to be independently tuned to a separate channel.

Front-to-back ratio This term refers to the ratio of radiated signal level behind the antenna compared to the signal level directly in the center of the main beam. Put simply, this means that the larger the front-to-back ratio, the less likely that the antenna will cause interference.

HDTV This refers to a new digital standard known as high-definition TV that produces a picture with finer detail and sharper contrast. HDTV programming requires that you own an oval satellite dish and that you own a special HD receiver box that can be attached to an HD-ready TV.

Operational bandwith This refers to the range of frequencies over which an antenna will function.

Output impedance This refers to a measurement of the antenna's electronic characteristics that is measured in ohms. The output impendence of the antenna should match the input impendence of the device it is connected to.

Remote control For the most part, satellite receivers will be packaged with a remote control. However, there is a great variety among remote controls that contrast in shape, size, appearance and the signal that it uses for it to work.

S-video Input Jack A four-pin S-video input jack is instrumental in eliminating cross-color interference from the picture quality of your satellite TV. Through this device, it is possible for you to connect a DBS system or DVD player directly to the luminance and chrominance circuits of the TV set. This allows for the separation of color and luminance information.

Where to Go
Now that you know the lingo used in buying a satellite TV, the last remaining issue is where to buy a satellite TV. Most stores that sell audio/video equipment will also sell satellite systems. However, as a result of its growing popularity, major consumer electronics stores and general merchandise retailers are now stocked up with satellite systems.

Although these consumer electronics stores, like Best Buy and Circuit City, as well as general merchandise retailers, like Sears and Wal-Mart, sell satellite systems, they very rarely handle more sophisticated satellite TV models. These satellite TV models are usually for the more technologically savvy and are available through online retailers. As a growing industry, most satellite TV providers will package the necessary equipment with their subscription services for practically nothing.

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