Once upon a time, anyone who wanted television service aside from the national networks available through antenna reception was required to purchase a cable subscription. That was the case for about two decades before satellite television technology became available.
Satellite reception made television access available not only to those who had cable service but also to those in rural areas where they could get a good shot of the satellite needed to transmit the signal.
Satellite companies also began offering broadband internet service as an additional package for customers just as cable companies did. Fast forward to today’s market, now the industry is completely changed to the point that even those with a cell phone can get television reception using their personal devices and a mirror cast system through streaming technology.
The Shift to Streaming TV
There are multiple reasons that consumers have made the shift to streaming online content as opposed to keeping the traditional television format of cable or satellite. One reason is economics due to many television streaming services being free.
Both cable and satellite television providers knew this would happen once app technology would be utilized to carry television, and they were prepared to make the shift themselves.
Today not only can customers use the free services, but the traditional cable and satellite offerings are now included on apps that can be purchased on monthly plans. Additionally, the former annual contracts have largely become a thing of the past.
Advantages of Satellite Television
Even though many viewers have made the switch to streaming television services, satellite providers still have a sizable share of the market for a variety of reasons.
One is the fact that satellite packages offer more traditional easy-access sports channels than streaming services. This is especially true of the long-time leader in satellite television DIRECTV. When you’re streaming TV services, you can block certain commercial viewings as well as run more in-app advertisements that contribute further to viewing interruption.
Satellite TC also provides a DVR service that is often superior to content recording or program suspension. Another issue with online streaming using app services is that prices are typically based on a la carte, and the total for maintaining a combination of services can begin to rival the expense of satellite television premiums.
Satellite Transition to Streaming
DIRECTV has long maintained the adage that “just when TV couldn’t get any better” it does. And this is exactly what has happened now that they have introduced their streaming service app that can be downloaded to any Smart TV or streaming device. While the number of channel offerings is limited to a certain degree, the DIRECTV app is still very competitive both in content offering and in price range when compared to other streaming TV services.
It is abundantly clear that consumers have infinitely more television options today than they once had in the traditional days of television. However, many are reverting back to the old reliable satellite service providers who have now entered the modern online streaming market.
What Does Satellite Television (Satellite TV) Mean?
Satellite television (satellite TV) is a particular kind of broadcast delivery based on using space satellites to deliver signals. Companies make use of satellites that have been sent out of the Earth’s atmosphere by beaming a signal up to the satellite and delivering it to individual customers via the use of receiving equipment.
Explains Satellite Television (Satellite TV)
The basic setup for a satellite TV involves a Satellite TVs, also called a “parabolic reflector antenna,” along with a “low-noise block down converter” and a receiver. Satellite TV helps deliver signals in areas where customers may not be served by cable television or “terrestrial” broadcasting.
Satellite TV generally uses two different frequency sets to deliver signals. One is the Ku band, a dedicated channel for satellite TV communications. A type of satellite TV known as direct-broadcast satellite TV (DBSTV) often uses the Ku band. Other analog “big dish” systems use the lower C band, which is also used for certain other kinds of technologies. Although the Ku band is the dedicated channel for satellite TV, the C band can help signals withstand some interruptions, such as signal disruption from inclement weather.