Satellite dishes perched on residential rooftops—we’re sure you’ve seen one or two in your neighborhood. Have you ever wondered what these are for? How do Satellite TVs operate and differentiate from broadcast and cable TV?
What is Satellite TV?
Satellite TV is a type of television programming that is delivered to TV units or sets through the use of radio signals, communications satellites, broadcast centers and outdoor antennas. These outdoor antennas are those satellite dishes that you see on your neighbor’s rooftop.
How it Works
Shows and media content are transmitted to a satellite provider broadcast center or a direct-to-home television broadcasting service via satellite. These broadcast signals are then bounced off of satellites orbiting the planet, and are directed to satellite dishes in the home of subscribers. The signals are then carried or transferred to a satellite receiver installed within your TV set, completing the process of bringing you your programs.
Satellite TV vs. Broadcast
A satellite TV almost works in the same way that broadcast TV does. Both types of programming make use of radio signals to deliver TV content. The only problem with broadcast TV is a limitation with range. See, a broadcast station uses a huge antenna, in the form of a tower, to transmit signals to TV sets within an area. While trees and rocks are no obstacle to these signals, mountains and the curve of the planet serve a different story. And the more that you’re far from your source, or the more obstacles that your signals pass through, the weaker your signal becomes, resulting to distorted and disrupted your programming.
This is Satellite TV’s great advantage over Broadcast TV. Clarity and content quality is maintained and kept to a high standard, no matter how far you are from the source.
Satellite TV vs. Cable TV
The main point of difference between Satellite TV and Cable TV also lies in the equipment needed. As its name hints on, Cable TV requires the use of cables while Satellite TV needs satellite dishes to properly function. Both encounter disruptions in programming with bad weather that may alter your dish’s position or loosen a cable that links to your home.
So, with Satellite TV and Cable TV being almost the same, why does Cable TV seem to be more favored? Because earlier versions of Satellite TV used huge dishes that were hard to configure and install. Cable TV appeared more convenient to have.
Satellite TV in the Philippines
Satellite TV is slowly becoming a popular choice for homeowners in the Philippines today. Aside from add-on services and exclusive channels, with tall poles of telephone wires and cables, you really don’t need any more to add to those chaotic tangles on every corner street.
Direct-to-home satellite service providers in the country include Dream Satellite TV, G Sat and Cignal Digital TV.
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