- or simply "dish" - is a popular name for a small round or oval
receiving antenna used to collect signals emitted by
TV satellites (satellite
dish is considered "small" if bellow 40" in diameter). Depending on purpose,
vary somewhat in size, as well as in the number and arrangement of
(low-noise block down-converter) units, which process and intensify received
signals. Each LNB is oriented toward particular satellite, so that a
dish with more LNBs means more
satellite coverage - and more programming.
Current main line of satellite
dish receivers offered by Dish Network consists from four models: Dish 300,
Dish 500, Dish 1000 and Super Dish.
Dish 300 is
a single LNBF (low-noise block converter integrated with the
18" dish with single output. It can be directed to either 61.5 or 148
satellite, emitting high-definition (HD) channels, including HBO,
Showtime, CBS, Pay-Per-View (PPV) and some local channels.
Similar to DirecTV's Phase I dish, Dish
300 is at present mainly intended as an addition for reception of extra channels coming with the top
is slightly larger at 21"x23", with two dual output LNBF units for
up to four single-tuner, or two double-tuner
receivers connected (older version had two single LNBFs). It covers
both, 110 and 119 orbital locations, for Dish Network's core DBS
programming (America's Top 60 and Top 120 from the 119 satellite, and
the rest of channels for the Top 180 package, plus some
local channels from the 110).
Dish 1000, 23"x19" in size, also comes
with dual output, but has three LNBFs (one dual and one single), which
enables it to use 129 satellite, in addition to 110 and 119, for more
high-definition channels (some 20+ HD VOOM channels).
Super Dish 105
large 36"x20" oval, also features triple LNBF, for 110, 119 and either
105 or 121 FSS spectrum satellite. Since the FSS emission is of lower
power than the regular DBS spectrum, it takes larger dish area for efficient
signal reception. The two FSS satellites emit local and international
There are other dish
brands that can be bought and used for the reception of Dish Network
programming. If buying your own, keep in mind that dish and receiver need to be
compatible. Figure out the entire system, including
connectors, wiring and TV sets before, to make sure it will all
work well together.
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