Satellite TV service is going hi-tech. High Definition Television or HDTV is the new mode of entertainment today. What is HDTV in the first place?
Satellite TV equipment is basically only three: a satellite dish, a receiver box, and a remote control. The external dish is mounted on the roof or any place out of doors of your home. The receiver box is connected to the TV set and finally, the remote control allows the user to select a channel. Sometimes mounting the external dish may take longer depending on circumstances such as wind and rain, hard to drill walls, and reception strength. It is possible to see dishes on top of trees or poles.
Why do I need to read all these technical jargon? Why can’t I just keep my 10-year-old TV? Why do I need to know about HDTV? There’s only one reason: analog TV will be phased out in time to come and so you need to keep up.
Broadcasters have lamented the shortcomings of analog TV for some time when digital TV or DTV was first introduced. DTV offered better sound quality, video, and frame-by-frame picture instead of lines of pixels on cathode ray tube (CRT) TV sets. It is possible to convert digital signals to analog TV signals by using a set-top digital converter. It means the analog TV sets can still be used when broadcasters switch over to HDTV broadcasting.
With further advancement in technology, there is now the option for High Definition Television or HDTV. This means the programs are broadcast in higher resolution than the normal traditional television signals. These images look 3D, so real and lifelike. This offers more enjoyment to users and is the new trend in entertainment. Subscription is comparably higher than standard satellite TV. But standard satellite TV dishes and receivers cannot be used for HDTV. A new set of equipment is needed.
For HDTV, there are four things required; an HDTV-ready television set, an HDTV-compatible satellite dish, receiver, and remote, an HDTV broadcast and an HDTV subscription from a satellite HDTV service provider.
The HDTV-ready television set comes in two models: an integrated HDTV with built in receiver and an HDTV-ready only monitor. It is possible to view analog and digital TV with either sets. Find out from the manufacturer before you purchase. Needless to say, the integrated HDTV model is more costly. And HDTV can only come to your home from an HDTV station broadcasting HDTV signals.
Satellite TV service has come a long way. It is affordable now and they offer competitive pricing. It’s a good time to source for a reputable service provider and go for compatibility if you have a young family.