This article is from the Satellite TV FAQ, by Gary Bourgois firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Most owners of Satellite TV systems these days fall into the following
1. Those who can not get cable due to isolated location.
2. Those who wish to receive programs not available on their
local cable system.
3. People who desire the sharpest "blow you away" video picture
possible (Studio Quality, far better than cable or over air)
Or those who want DISCRETE stereo sound from channels or
networks that are not carried in stereo in their local
4. News Junkies who want to see unedited news coverage from the
source location, before it gets chopped up and packaged.
5. Experimenters and techy hobby types who enjoy tinkering.
6. Audiophiles who want to hear HUNDREDS of music services in
7. Digital Information Junkies desiring info-text services.
8. Those who desire foreign Language programming.
9. Individuals who like to see certain TV shows BEFORE they
are aired over the networks, often without commercials.
10. Those in search of additional programming, including pay per
11. SPORTS NUTS... There is more sports on satellite than any
human being can STAND. Virtually EVERY game of EVERY team
is up there SOMEWHERE.... Much of it as "Backhauls" which
are not scrambled, and often do not have commercials.
12. Those who want to watch programs earlier or later than seen on
their local stations. For example, on the West Coast you can
watch David Letterman at 9:30 PM PST (or watch it at 3:30
AM Eastern time on the Pacific feed). If you see a music video
you *really like* on the MTV Eastern feed, you can tape it 3
hours later on the MTV Western feed.
13. Those who want to watch Gene Scott 24 hours a day.
14. RADIO NUTS. With the proper additional equipment there are
hundreds of additional audio services receivable, including
AM and FM stations from major cities, TALK SHOWS, every
kind of music imaginable, and very SPECIALIZED formats. Some
Satellite owners actually spend more time LISTENING to the
signals on their dish than WATCHING. (See the SCPC Paragraph
further down this FAQ list for more info)
15. Culture Vultures. If you like Ballet, Art Films, Concerts,
documentaries, Foreign Films, There are many opportunities
here, including a FREE Art Channel that runs snippets of
Concerts and Performances WITHOUT COMMERCIAL INTERRUPTION
24 Hours a day.
Just about everyone could find themselves in ONE of the above categories.