than TV set, there are only two other main pieces of equipment
needed for the reception of
DBS service - satellite, or "dish" TV -
in your home. They are: (1)
dish antenna and (2) receiver.
Together with some connecting/mounting hardware, they are the basis
of a satellite TV digital home system. A complete system
usually includes additional one or more receivers, and a second dish
antenna is sometimes used for special programming.
antennas vary somewhat in size, but the standard type is around 20" in
diameter. Larger sizes of up to 30", and larger, are intended mainly for areas
on the periphery of the satellite "footprint", where the TV signal
weakens. Dish assembly collects and amplifies signal coming from the
satellite, using special digital converter, called
LNB (low-noise block
down-converter). The LNB unit can receive signal only from a single
satellite. Thus, newer mini-dish types come with multiple (up to five)
LNB units - so called multi-satellite dish - allowing for the
signal reception from more than a single satellite. This translates into more
From the LNB unit, the signal is sent to the hearth
of the satellite TV setup: the
receiver. It looks pretty much
like an ordinary VCR or DVD player, but it is this little box that decides how
conveniently and efficiently you can use available programming. It
determines whether or not you have features like recording, how many
hours of recording available, independent viewing and recording with two
or more TV sets, features like "pause" live TV, picture-in-picture
viewing, high-definition viewing or interactive (on-demand) TV, search
programming, and others.
Both satellite TV service
providers offer a line of several receiver models. When getting
satellite TV receiver, take your time and make sure it has what it takes
to fit your needs. Some wiring and a few
pieces of hardware added, make for a complete working home satellite TV system.
Satellite TV System
Although you can opt
to do it yourself, most people prefer to seat back and let satellite TV
provider or retailer do it for you, for free. With the term
commitment, both, DirecTV and
Dish Network will install for free
satellite TV systems for up to 4 rooms. They'll provide the equipment -
satellite dish, up to four satellite TV receivers w/remote controls,
wiring and hardware. Customer doesn't pay nothing up front, except for
the shipping fee with DirecTV (depending on your credit history, you may
be asked to make a deposit, credited back to you with your first monthly
bill). Receivers beyond one are leased for a small monthly fee.
installation is most often
done by a local subcontractor, sent by your service provider to
your home to do all that's needed to have a complete system set up:
mount and position the dish, run the wire, connect and configure receivers and TV sets... It usually takes up to a couple of
hours. After that, you need to
activate receivers, and the system is turned on.
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