What It Is, Features, Advantages, and More
Check These Sites For More Information
We've put together a list of online sites that will give you more detailed information on satellite TV, including features and advantages over cable, and in some cases, a way to order your service if you are convinced it's for you.
- SatelliteSales.com is a guide to information on the packages for DishTV, price calculator, special offers, and answers your questions as well.
- Satellite TV HQ is an online source which will answer your questions about satellite TV, compare packages offered by the satellite TV providers, and lets you order your service from your choice of satellite TV providers.
- Dish Network is one of the two major satellite TV service providers, visit their site for more information on packages and installation.
- DirectTVis the other major satellite TV service provider. Their site includes a bill calculator, pricing, comparison between satellite and cable, and more.
Why Choose Satellite TV?
Channel selection. You'll find the possibility of hundreds of channels in all categories, depending on the package you select.
Sports. For the sports buff, there's a wide range of sports channels available for every fan.
Movies. Choose from many movie channels, including HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, or classic movie channels like TMC and the Turner Movie Channel.
Picture Quality. You'll receive 100% digital video and audio transmission for sharp pictures.
Cost. In most areas you can receive satellite packages for less than cable costs. Prices start as low as $19.95 per month.
What Do I Need For Satellite TV To Work For Me?
First and foremost, an unobstructed southern exposure. The signal from the satellites must be able to reach your satellite dish. Trees, tall buildings or other obstacles can block or degrade your signal, so it is important to have a clear view of the southern sky. Next you'll need a place to mount your satellite dish to face southward. Standard dishes are 18 or 20 inches wide, and can be mounted on a variety of surfaces, including roofs, chimneys and balconies. If you rent, be sure to check with your landlord before purchasing your satellite package. He may have some restrictions as to satellite placement that you will need to comply with. You will also need proper wiring. If your home is already cable ready, you probably already have the right cables near your TV, which can be used. You'll need an RG-6 coaxial cable; if you don't already have that one installed in your home, you'll need a new wire when you install your satellite system.
Satellite TV customers can do it themselves, or choose to have a professional installer do the work for them. The time frame for professional installation is usually about 1 1/2 hours for a single receiver, and 2 hours if you are installing 2 receivers. The installation technician will discuss with you where to mount the satellite dish, confirm that it does have the necessary southern exposure, mount and aim the dish, run the wire from the dish to your cable wire, replace your cable box with the receiver, configure the TV and receiver, and be on his way.