Satellite Dish Antenna

Satellite cable first hit the market in the early 1990′s and it was difficult for everybody to afford the satellite dishes, and they were large and unweildy. Only the most die-hard of television fans and the ones who could afford it would have a satellite dish. Nowadays they are more common. Mounting hardware, subscriptions and necessary equipment are just some of the things to consider when purchasing a satellite dish antenna.

There are a variety of ways you can consume satellite cable. The most obvious is to purchase a subscription from one of the two main service providers, Dish Network or Direct TV. however, for someone with the time and the means, a home installation project can yield access to hundreds of channels from around the world, free of charge. Your income, your technological capabilities and what you want out of satellite cable will all help guide you in the right choices to make.

The two satellite television providers are Direct TV and the Dish Network. Some people purchase satellites to replace their older dishes. Some things to consider are difficulty of mounting and installation. Make sure you have all the necessary materials and knowledge you need before beginning. Picture and sound quality could be an issue if you are still in analog, but this all becomes moot after the summer 2009 analog to digital switch. Channel available, customer service and device compatibility (and their respective connections) are other things that need to be taken into consideration.

Keep in mind all of the possible expenses of having a satellite dish antenna, which include: the actual satellite, receiver equipment, subscription, connection fees, cancellation fees, cables, mounting hardware and any necessary device accessories.

The bigger a satellite dish is, the better it will be able to pick up signals. Keep in mind, however, that in bad weather all satellites will lose their signals. A round dish can only receive signals form one satellite, while an oval can receive signals from several. Low Noise Blocks (LBNs) are affixed to the dish to help maintain a better signal. You want a dish that is as small as possible, but that can pick up the best quality.

To find the best satellite dish, first you need to determine how many satellite signals you would like to pick up. You then need to determine of the signals are linear or circular. Finally, you need to determine whether you want high definition and to record programs. From there you can start to make an informed decision about what to purchase. Satellite dishes typically will come with the dish, the receiver, a mount and a connector cable.

One other thing to consider are the free to air (FTA) channels. These are channels that do not require you to purchase packages to view. These are available in both digital and analog formats. There are hundreds of these channels, many of which are available in foreign languages or target special interests. If you find the right dish at a good price and install it yourself to pick yo FTA channels, you can save a lot of money. FTA viewing is great for those who want a global perspective (Greek channels, for example), but this is a very time consuming endeavor and isn’t for everybody, especially if you don’t feel like you know what you are doing.

Read on to learn more about the bestselling satellite dishes:

  • The TERK TRK S2 allows you to access more movies, sports, local programming and more. Many users are able to save the many functions of this device can come with two receivers and includes easy hook-up. An 18-month warranty is included for both parts and labor.
  • The Panasonic TA DA2420 includes dual tuners and a mounting kit.
  • The SYLVANIA DSA-20MA can feed up to 4 receivers.
  • The DIRECTV DSA-20MA includes a 3rd LNB that allows HDTV from a 100 degree vantage point. There is multiple switch integration and a mounting switch included.
  • The Audiovox TRK-S26 comes with a standard, one-year warranty.
  • The Dish Network 1000.2 has both standard and high definition options, picks up 110, 119 and 129 satellites, has three feed lines and can supply two tuners from one line. There is input for a 4th satellite, such as the 61.5.

Each subscription purchased will have a special signal compatibility that will work with your cable provider’s dish. There are hundreds of channels that will come with your service, and you can cdd more by choosing movies on-demand packages, premium channels and more. Make sure you pay your bill on time or you may not receive the signal for these channels. There even is the option of picking up satellite radio. The two satellite providers generally have similar price and channel offerings, so it will come down to specifically which channels yo need when trying to device which satellite cable provider to go with.

This Satellite Dish Antenna Review is Written/Updated on Sep 17th, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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