How Satellite Tv Is Replacing Broadcast TV
The fast growing popularity of satellite tv is a sign of advancing times. People want what’s faster, sharper and best of all, cheaper. Even developing countries like India are phasing out rudimentary broadcast television in favour of satellite tv in the form of set-top boxes and compact satellite dishes.
Satellite tv has many advantages over broadcast or cable television, the foremost being that after the initial cost of buying the box and dish and getting it set up, most companies give you the choice of paying only for channels that you have chosen to catch. So when before, you only watched the news before rushing off to work and caught the occasional movie on the weekend, and STILL had to pay for the other two hundred channels, now you get the option of receiving and paying for only news and movie channels!
The other major plus point of direct tv over the broadcast version is the quality of the picture and sound. The sudden ‘snow’ that would mar the picture while you were enjoying a show is a problem that hasn’t been passed on to satellite tv. This is due to the fact that even though both these types are the same in concept, ie. both are related to wireless transmission, there is a difference in the way signals are transmitted and caught.
Broadcast tv requires range as its signal is given out in straight lines via powerful antennas. The closest receiver antennas would get the best reception. The further away you lived from the broadcast station, the more obstacles would be in the way, and the harder it would be to properly position the antennas to catch signals.
Now satellite tv is called such, because the signals are broadcast from a satellite, and since satellites are high in the sky, there are almost no obstacles between the broadcast and the reception. Special satellites allow customers to receive whichever programs they’ve signed up for and this information is programmed into their set-top boxes.
Not only do subscribers to this new form of television broadcast get to pay to watch only what they want, the quality of the picture and sound is so close to giving the home-viewer a cinematic experience, that the ‘package’ that is satellite tv is a convincingly satisfying and wholesome one. The only biggest impediment which can be seen is the reluctance of people to shell out the lump sum of initial cost of the hardware necessary for this amazing technology.