Digital Satellite Receiver

Once upon a time, the ability to enjoy multiple channels via satellite or cable in a household was considered a luxury. Satellite dishes were behemoths devices and cable companies were just beginning to bring their service to many areas. If you, the Average Joe or Jane, wanted to see a clear picture with vivid colors and sharp audio, it was easier just to go to the movies. Fast forward to today, where the digital revolution has made television a viable alternative to the big screen. Picture and sound are sharp and clear, and satellite or cable television service is not considered a luxury, but a standard feature in most homes. With more market share to conquer, satellite and cable technology have both embraced the increasing interest, and now it’s up to the consumer to choose a service. Digital satellite is one very viable choice.

But how does digital satellite service work? The digital satellite receiver is the heart of satellite service. The digital satellite receiver has four essential tasks, the most important being to actually de-scramble the encrypted satellite signal that is sent to your television. Next, it converts those channels to a signal allowing you to actually view the channels sent via the satellite. Third, it extracts individual channels from the satellite signal. If it did not, you would receive all channels at once, and that isn’t a television viewing experience anyone would care to pay for. On the downside, because the digital satellite receiver has picked out the individual channels for your television, you, as a digital satellite receiver user, are unable to watch one channel and record another. The same goes for two televisions hooked up to the same receiver. To watch more than one show at a time in a household, you will need more than one digital satellite receiver.

Your digital satellite receiver’s fourth task is one you probably wish it did not bother with – it periodically contacts your chosen satellite provider and communicates with them billing and Pay Per View ordering information, letting the satellite company know just how much they need to charge you on your next bill. Other communications with the satellite company are more innocuous, though. The digital satellite receiver also collects programming information from all channels it provides, allowing you to view programming information on screen. Some digital satellite receivers include parental controls to keep junior from watching grown up channels, and better yet, some come with a digital video recorder (DVR) that will allow you to pause live television or save individual recordings to a hard drive for later viewing.

Your digital satellite receiver also provides counter measures against illegal de-scrambling. Illegal de-scrambling results after a device is installed which will unencrypt the encrypted channels that you have no paid for. Periodically, the satellite company will send a signal to your digital satellite receiver that will disrupt illegally de-scrambling channels, catching you in the act. De-scrambling is illegal everywhere and it is never a good idea to buy a digital satellite receiver with the intention of tampering with it. Not to mention, installing de-scrambling equipment will void any warranties on your equipment, and if you have leased your equipment from the satellite company, that could equal bad news when you go to turn the equipment in.

These are just a few of the reasons that digital satellite is considered a viable alternative to cable. You will still want to research satellite and cable providers in your area to compare their channel offerings, service options, and prices. Keep in mind that some cable and satellite providers will offer special pricing for new customers. This can be a great deal, but be sure you get the final pricing in writing before making a purchase.

This Digital Satellite Receiver Review is Written/Updated on Jan 9th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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