Dish Satellite TV: Not your grandfather's dish!
Not so very long ago, a dish satellite TV used to be an inconvenience and very expensive. They used to be rather huge, taking up unduly space, with the unwanted size making it all the more costly. But this is a dish satellite TV in its primitive existence. They have totally changed and are fast becoming the next big thing in the world of entertainment gadgets.
You will appreciate a dish satellite TV once you’ve understood how a television programming reaches the television at your home. It is the traditional broadcast television that makes it possible for TV programming to reach a viewer’s home? How so? The Broadcast television uses a powerful antenna that sends out signals (in the form of radio waves) which are captured by the viewers’ smaller antennas. The problem arises when we put the factor of range into the picture.
Basically, you have to be within a straight line of range with that of the broadcasting television’s antenna to capture the radio waves. Obstacles within the line of range like trees, buildings or bridges should not be a problem. Your problem will arise once it is the earth itself that starts getting in the way. If the earth were flat, the signal coming from the powerful antenna will be utilized to an unlimited distance. But this is not the case since our planet earth is almost perfectly round.
This is where the dish satellite TV plays an impressive role. A dish satellite TV basically gets its signal from a satellite floating way up high in the atmosphere. This satellite receives the radio waves and transmits it to the dish satellite TV found at most every part of the world. The result is a signal that allows you to pickup programming that are not meant for mass viewing. Or you get to pick up foreign channels, NASA activities, and even live feeds between the broadcast stations themselves. Nowadays, direct broadcast satellite (DBS) providers are sprouting from everywhere. They are gaining popularity because of their ability to provide hundreds of channels to your television. They are also in a digital form, making way for quality picture and sound. Before, a dish satellite TV was broadcast in a C-band radio which measure about 3.4 gigahertz (GHZ) to 7GHz in frequency range. Its modern form boasts of a programming that is at the Kf frequency range, with a measure of 12 GHz to 14GHZ.