This article is from the Satellite TV FAQ, by Gary Bourgois email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
Bud is an accronym for "Big Ugly Dish", the kind of dish we love.
The term was originally used to denegrate the TVRO type dish by the
purveyors of DSS in their attempts to somehow convince the general public
that their system is better. On our Friday Night Live Radio show, I made
it a point to praise the BIG UGLY DISH, and Robert Smathers shortened
it to "BUD". Now we are seeing the term on other networks and even in
magazines. A "BUD" is any dish of 10 or 12 feet. A 7 foot dish is called
"BUD LITE". Eric Knippert coined the phrase LSD for Little Silly DIsh,
refering to the smaller DSS type dishes. We personally LOVE the larger
dish and see them as beautiful sculpture in our yards.
More importantly, we find the variety and value of the larger dish to
be a main deciding factor in our choice to "Go all the way".
When you say "BUD", You've said it all!