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How Does Satellite TV Work There have always been two different types of modern television systems, those that utilize cables and those that utilize satellites. The differences between the two are very little, other than that cable uses wires buried under ground to connect, and satellite television uses satellites that orbit above the earth at 22,300 miles.  A satellite is an electronic device that captures program signals being broadcast from television centers on Earth and bounces them back down to Earth.  Satellite television works in such a way where the broadcast center will send the program/channel signal through to the satellite that is orbiting earth, and the satellite will bounce the signal back down to earth. When the signal is bounced back down, the satellite dish that you have installed on your house or apartment complex will then pick the signal up, convert it to a picture on the television through the receiver box and lay it out on your screen.  The dish portion is imperative as the curve of the dish will allow the feed horn to focus in on the signal then use its low noise block converter to send the signal through to the receiver box. Click here for more info on satellite TV. Receivers The receiver is an electronic box which you will usually buy from the company you’re setting the programming up with, that sits beside your television set. You use the receiver to change the channels you are watching and therefore changing what satellite signal to decode. The receiver will decode the signal you require for different programs and then convert it to audio and video signals that are then sent to your television. There are receivers with DVRs that you can get that allow you to record your favorite shows or watch television in high definition. They can also rewind, pause, and fast-forward the TV show your watching so that you can go to the bathroom or get a snack and resume watching you show whenever you’re ready. DVRs Digital video recorders, or DVRs as they’re called, have a number of different functions: DirecTV DVRs DirecTV features their Genie DVR receiver which allows you to: Record your favorite programs with the touch of a button Record up to 5 programs , or 4 programs while watching a live program Record 1,000 hours of programming Fast forward, pause, and rewind live programming Watch and record your programs in HD format for a realistic viewing experience Automatically record your favorite programs View all the channels in your package with their on-screen program guide DirecTV also has an HD DVR, a TiVo DVR, and a standard DVR Dish Network DVRs Dish Network features their Hopper DVR. With this DVR you can: Pause, fast forward, and rewind live TV shows Record both standard and high definition programming Record 6 programs at the same time, or 5 programs while watching another program Record up to 2,000 hours of programming Automatically record your favorite TV shows Watch two shows at once with their picture-in-picture feature Watch streaming videos anytime you choose on your TV Search for a show or movie by the title of the show or an actor's name In addition to their Hopper DVR, Dish Network also has basic DVR receivers and non-DVR receivers. For more information about Dish Network receivers click the following link: Dish Network Review Broadcast Centers The way broadcast centers work is that networks, such as: ABC, HBO, CNN, and FOX are paid by the broadcast center for rights to their programs. By doing this, the networks will then send their programs over to the broadcast center which will then send their program signals up to the satellites to be aired. There are several different broadcast centers, but the major ones include DISH Network which has 350 channels of satellite programming, and DirecTV which has 250 channels of satellite programming. The Editors

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Most of us couldn't imagine life without our cable or satellite TV, high-speed Internet access and wireless communications. They've become basic utilities, and we pay handsomely for them. Yet, we aren't very satisfied with the service we get. According to the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), customer satisfaction with subscription TV (cable, satellite and fiber optic service) and Internet service providers continues to decline. Satisfaction with pay TV fell 4.4 percent, to an ACSI score of 65 (on a 100-point scale), while ISPs—which include many of the same companies—dropped 3.1 percent to 63. These are the lowest scores of all 43 industries tracked by ACSI. From CNBC
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