There’s a New Kid on the Block Called Satellite TV
In the United States there are many ways for introducing satellite television services into the home. The initial satellite television service that was made available in the United States was TVRO, which stands for TeleVision Receive Only. Fairly large satellite dishes are employed being about 3 to 5 ft across. These are able to receive signals from a variety of satellites. In order to accomplish this the satellite dishes have been designed to move in the direction of the various satellites at varying times. The system operates on a frequency called C band.
The usual owners of satellite television systems like the TVRO system, are those who like to do-it-yourself. The reason for this is that most of what can be received from C Band broadcasts is not encrypted meaning that a good TVRO system can receive more satellite television broadcasts. This allows owners of TVRO to download what is called "raw" news that is yet to be edited by a news staff. There is a problem however, and that is that there are fewer stations than Direct Broadcast Systems.
DBS or Direct Broadcast Systems, represent what is considered as being the most common form of satellite television today. These services are offered through corporations that make available packages with hundreds of channels for a monthly fee. Two well known varieties of this service operating in the United States are the Dish Network and DirecTV. The satellite dishes used by this system are only about a foot and a half across and are able to operate on higher frequencies. Since it is set on a fixed satellite, it does not have to be capable of moving.
In the case of satellite viewing, in addition to the above two services, the newest entry I'd one that a lot of people are talking about. This is often called satellite television on a PC or satellite television for a the PC, a more accurate description would be Internet TV. Even though the content is being transmitted by TV satellites are used to transmit content, the viewer is watching it on a computer via the Internet. You do need a high speed Internet connection however, along with a fairly good graphics card. If you have this you are able to become a part of a growing population of Internet Television viewers.
When you use Internet TV you are taking advantage of what is called available Free-to-Air (FTA) digital satellite broadcasts. Through this they are able to offer many channels, both video and audio. You still need to know where to look for them and to set up your computer properly.
The software necessary for watching satellite television over the Internet can vary in price from $19.95 to $75. These software applications make it possible for you to directly link with satellite TV programming that is available worldwide. This includes news, sports, music and other entertainment. The content comes from many countries. Much of it may be new to you.