A bit of biography...
Dish Network is the second largest direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service
provider in the US. Together with
DirecTV, it shares the US home satellite TV
market. Dish Network started commercial DBS broadcasting in 1996,
after its first TV satellite - EchoStar I - has been launched in 1995. Dish Network is still
owned by its parent company, EchoStar Communications Corporation, based
in Englewood, Colorado.
The two main
components of Dish Network's digital home system are: (1) satellite
mini-dish receptor and (2)
The original standard dish was 18"
in diameter (Dish300), with a single
LNB (low-noise block
down-converter) element, capable of receiving signal from a single
satellite. More advanced model was
Dish500, slightly larger at 20" in diameter, with two independent LNB
units. It could handle more (up to 500) channels, allowing simultaneous
reception from two satellites.
Yet larger dishes (Dish1000, SuperDish)
were used when exceptionally high reception capability for both, stronger DBS
Ku-band signals, or weaker FSS signals,
is needed (usually for locations on the periphery of TV satellite's
Network's receiver also goes from standard models (311 and 322), offering
basic features and limited interactivity, to more advanced DVR (digital
video recorder) and HD/HD-DVR receivers for handling high-definition
Basic programming packages offered by
Dish Network range from America's Top60, with over 60
America's "Everything", with over 230 channels. The two intermediate
packages add more of audio channels, lifestyle entertainment and sports,
with somewhat better movie channel selection than the basic package. The top package includes
premium movie packs (HBO, Starz, Showtime, Cinemax) as well as NBA TV.
Among latest additions is DishFAMILY pack, the most affordable so far.
Other than basic packages, Dish Network
offers a number of special programming packages, such as adult
programming (from Playboy TV to The Hot Zone), or several specialized
sport packages for extended coverage of selected sports. On top of it,
Dish Network offers numerous international packages and a la carte
channels from around the world.
Dish Network's fleet of 13 active satellites (12 emitting to the US) serves
over 12 million customers (declining trend). In comparison to DirecTV, Dish Network is
more oriented toward expanding its service to rural US areas, where
satellite TV has become a dominant television service.
With term commitment, Dish Network
satellite TV service comes with
free system installation, and no equipment to buy
(it is leased to the subscriber for a small
monthly fee). Dedicated 24/7 customer support.
those happy days with no cable
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(DBS) TV service is a high-powered broadcast service to homes using
satellites as the primary form of signal transmission. Its high transmission power makes possible use of relatively
small dish antennas for efficient signal reception and utilization.
Commercial satellite TV, as we know it, is a DBS service...
Network is the second largest direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service
provider in the US. Together with
DirecTV, it shares the US home satellite TV market. Dish Network started
commercial DBS broadcasting in 1996, after its first TV
satellite - EchoStar I - has been launched in 1995...
DirecTV is a direct broadcast
satellite (DBS) service provider, based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Launched
in 1994 by Hughes Electronics Corporation, it was the very first
high-powered (mini-dish) DBS service in the world...
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