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TeleVision Receive Only Satellite-TV FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about TeleVision Receive Only Satellite-TV systems

This FAQ about TeleVision Receive Only Satellite-TV was compiled and written byTVRO Hobbyists drlev@hotmail.com with numerous contributions by others.

-01 What is TVRO?
TVRO is an acronym that stands for TeleVision Receive Only. ...
-02 How did satellite TV begin?
In 1945, science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke envisioned ...
-03 How exactly are satellite signals transmitted?
Satellite transmissions start with the uplink signal, which ...
-04 What frequencies and/or bands are used for TVRO satellitetransmissions?
Satellite transmissions can be received from two different bands:...
-05 Who is likely to be a prospective big dish system owner?
The prospective big dish system owner is primarily the person ...
-06 Okay, now I know a bit about BUD systems. But those minidishsatellite systems are fairly cheap and simple. What about DBS?
DBS, or direct broadcast satellite, is a relatively recent ...
-07 About how much might it cost to put a system together?
A home TVRO system once cost as much as $100,000 in 1980! Prices ...
-08 Exactly what equipment do I need?
There are six basic components to a big dish system: the ...
-09 Okay, I have my equipment. How do I get my TVRO satellite systeminstalled?
Easy. Have someone else do it. Pay them lots of money, sit back ...
-10 Okay, I now have my satellite system working. How do I connectmore than one TV and receiver to it?
There are two main options for a multiple TV setup. You can ...
-11 All the hype these days is about HDTV. Can I view HDTV signalswith my BUD system?
Absolutely, yes! For those that haven't yet heard, ...
-12 What Programming is Available on BUDs?
In a single word, LOTS! More than any DBS system can shake a ...
-13 What about the broadcast networks? Can I get them with my big dish system?
Yes. But keep in mind that they are probably going to be distant ...
-14 What are the requirements for subscribing to the networks?
Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999 (the
-15 What are these "raw feeds" and backhauls that I always hear about?
-16 How do I access all this programming?
Simple. Turn on your television set, get the remote control,...
-17 Are ALL channels freely available for watching? What is encryption?
Not all channels are available for home viewing. Channels that are ...
-18 How do I tune audio?
Audio tuning is not too difficult. The audio portion of a ...
-19 There is so much programming! How do I keep track of it all? Arethere program guides available?
There IS a giant variety of standard programming available to big ...
-20 Who provides subscription programming and about how much might itcost me?
It must be noted that there are far fewer providers of C-Band/...
-21 What Television Broadcast Standards are compatible with BUDs?
All television distribution uses some set of technological ...
-22 What Compression Schemes are used with BUDs?
Digital compression allows for more than one video and/or ...
-23 What Encryption Methods are used with BUDs?
The type of encryption depends on whether the transmission is ...
-24 A Word About 4:2:2 Screen Pixel Ratio
Most DVB/MPEG-2 receivers receive what is called 4:2:0 screen ...
-25 Are there any hobbies related to owning a big dish system?
Absolutely! Having a big dish system means more than just standard ...
-26 How does the environment affect my big dish system?
Environmental factors are certainly an issue concerning your big ...
-27 Can Zoning Ordinances or Homeowner Associations prevent me fromInstalling a TVRO System?
Whoa, Nellie! We'll tackle each part of this question separately ...
-28 What is the Future for TVRO?
It seems as though consumer TVRO is at a critical crossroads. In ...
-29 Where Can I get More Information or Help with my TVRO System?
Here are some additional resources for TVRO information:...
-30 Glossary: A-C
Addressability: Remote-control function of equipment that allows ...
-31 Glossary: D-F
DBS (Direct Broadcast Satellite): A class of satellite service ...
-32 Glossary: G-S
Geostationary (Geosynchronous): Refers to a satellite's orbit which ...
-33 Glossary: T-V
Transponder: Electronic package aboard a telecommunications ...
-34 Sources Cited
1. History of Satellite TV- http://www.orbitsat.com/AboutSat/history1....









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