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Satellite TV FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about Satellite TVRO (Television Receive only) Home satellite systems, and should be read by anyone interested in knowing more about Satellite systems.

This FAQ about Satellite TV systems was compiled and written by Gary Bourgois flash@lopez.marquette.mi.us with numerous contributions by others.

Copyright 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 Gary Bourgois

-01 What Equipment Do I Need To Receive Satellite Tv?
A TVRO (TeleVision Receive Only) System consists of the following components:...
-02 The Dish
This is the most visible component, a parabolic reflector which ...
-03 The Mount
The most common type of dish mount is called a POLAR MOUNT, so ...
-04 The Positioner Arm (Actuator)
A device containing a motor that is used to swing the satellite ...
-05 The Low Noise Blockconvertor (LNB)
This is the Little gizmo that amplifies the very weak signals ...
-06 The Feed Assembly
The feedhorn acts as a microwave
-07 Satellite Cables
This is a bundle of various wires and cables that run from the ...
-08 Receiver
There are many receivers available by a number of manufacturers, ...
-09 Descrambler
The DE-FACTO consumer descrambler is the VIDEOCIPHER system ...
-10 Who Should Own A Satellite System?
Most owners of Satellite TV systems these days fall into the following ...
-11 What Types Of Things Can I See With A Satellite System That I Might NotFind On Cable Broadcast Tv Or Dbs?
Live uncensored coverage of news feeds, with no anchor man or reporter,...
-12 How Much Will A Satellite System Cost Me?
You can pay upwards of $2,000 to $3,000 for a top of the line system ...
-13 Where Can I Get A List Of All The Satellites And Satellite Channels?
There are Satellite TV guides available that have a partial listing ...
-14 Is There A Good Cheap Book That Will Help Me Install, Align And Repair MySatellite System?
Frank Baylin has written a very good reference book called:...
-15 What About Scrambling, Isn'T It All Scrambled These Days?
This is a common misconception. While it is true that most of the CABLE ...
-16 How Much Does It Cost To "Descramble" The Scrambled Channels?
First you need a descrambler. If you get a new system, most likely you ...
-17 What Is The Bottom Line Here?
You can buy channels in packages like cable TV, or ala carte. The ...
-18 How Does My Descrambler Talk Back To The Satellite? How Does It Know WhereI Live So It Can Black Out Sports Events Of My Local Teams?
Your Descrambler does not
-19 Are The Networks Scrambled?
ABC is almost entirely scrambled, with some feeds in the clear. NBC ...
-20 What Channels Will Never Be Scrambled?
For the foreseeable future, there should always be SOMETHING in ...
-21 How Do Descramblers Work?
Each VC-II+ has a unique ID number, which you give to programming ...
-22 I Am An Electronic Technician, Where Can I Get The Plans To Build ADescrambler So I Don'T Have To Pay To Watch Scrambled Channels?
-23 But What About The Scrambling Systems Used By Broadcasters, How Do TheseWork?
There are a number of
-24 Are There Any Other Scrambling Systems?
There is another line renumbering system like Leitch, used for some ...
-25 What Does The New Digital Technology Mean To Me... Bottom Line?
If you now subscribe to HBO or any of the other scrambled services and ...
-26 How Small A Dish Can I Use, And What Is This Dbs Thing?
While many of us dream of the BIGGEST dish possible, for some reason I ...
-27 Can I Use A Smaller Dish For Audio Only.
For strong subcarrier signals, a smaller dish will work quite well. ...
-28 What Is The Difference Between Primestar And DSS?
This question answered by Monty ...
-29 What Primestar And Dbs Have In Common?
The provider (DirecTV, USSB, or Primestar) decides ...
-30 How Primestar And DBS Differ?
The Primestar equipment is leased, so you don't have ...
-31 Can I Get Star Trek: Voyager On My Satellite Dish? When Is It On?
If you have DBS, you can *NOT* get Star Trek Voyager. No current ...
-32 What Is A Wild Feed, And Why Are These Shows Sent Early?
What we term
-33 What Does "Bud" Mean (I See It All The Time In Postings)
Bud is an accronym for
-34 How Can I Know Which NBA And NHL Games Are On The Birds?
There is a schedule, put out ...
-35 Can You Watch More Than One TV At The Same Time?
In a single LNB, single receiver system, you can watch a single ...
-36 Can I Receive International Satellites On My Dish?
This depends on where you live, what size dish you have, and how low you ...
-37 What About This Mysterious Ku Band?
Ku band satellites don't require as large a dish to receive, some have 32 ...
-38 What Does It Cost To Add Ku To My System?
If your dish is KU compatible (some mesh dishes are not) all you ...
-39 How Long Does A Satellite "Last" And Why Do They Get Regularly Replaced?
The average lifespan for a communications satellite is about 10 years. ...
-40 What Is An Inclined Orbit Satellite And How Can I Receive Them?
Inclined orbit birds are satellites that
-41 It Is Early Spring (Fall) And I Was Watching My Satellite Dish AndThe Picture Got Weaker And Then Vanished For 20 Minutes. Is My SystemBroken?
No. You have just experienced the twice yearly Solar Transit Event. ...
-42 What Is SCPC?
SCPC (Single Channel Per Carrier) is a method of transmitting ...
-43 What Are Dats And Sedats Audio, And How Can I Receive Them.
DATS is Digital Audio Transmission System, and SEDATS is Spectrum ...
-44 What Digital Information Is Available On Satellite And How Do I Get It?
There are a number of different text information services ...
-45 What Is The Best Satellite System For Me?
We often receive this question, and it is not an easy one to answer. ...
-46 Isn't It Difficult To Install A Satellite System?
You and a couple of friends can assemble, install and track your ...
-47 My Community Has Restrictive Covenants And Dishes Are Not Allowed.Is There Anything I Can Do To Watch Satellite TV?
There are a number of things you can do depending on your resourcefulness,...
-48 I Live On A Wooded Lot With Lots Of Trees. Is This A Problem?
Not if you have a chain saw. Trees in the way mean you don't get a ...
-49 I Can Not Get rec.video.satellite.tvro Because My System Is Not On The InternetOr Does Not Carry Newsgroups. Is There A Way For Me To Receive This MaterialVia Email?
Yes!
-50 What Other Sources Of Info Are There About Satellite TV?
In addition to homesat, there is a WORLD WIDE WEB Satellite page ...
-51 I Have A Question That Was Not On This List. How Do I Get An Answer?
Ask Away. You can post your question right on the net. The only dumb ...
-52 Handy Phone List To Have Around Dish...
Ajak Industries(719)784-...
-53 Equipment Suppliers: New Satellite equipment
In alphabetical order:...
-54 Equipment Suppliers: Used or New and Used Satellite equipment









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