Not long ago, television audiences were made to switch from analogue to digital. Either they had to invest in a converter box to make the change or buy into a paid TV subscription such as cable to continue watching their favorite shows. But, more so than cable, many viewers seem to favor satellite television more.
The most important question being asked by consumers is whether or not opting for satellite television is the best option out there. Truth is satellite TV brings to light merits and demerits that's in line with current technological advancements. As for the merits, theses services reached greater reception to the point where it doesn't matter which location the signal is being accessed from worldwide.
Nowadays, channels are accessed through geo stationary satellites which orbit the earth. Transmission interference still remains at a minimum as they distant themselves from earth. As a result, this makes the reception crystal-clear as oppose to terrain transmissions. The downside to terrestrial based transmissions is that it often encounters distorted signals when varying physical and environmental structures exist, as viewers receive them.
As for land based transmissions, they are susceptible to storms and power outages which can interfere with signals being transmitted. If a power outage were to occur, viewers will experience down times before normal transmission can resume. However, satellite transmissions are not susceptible to this, and, therefore will resume right after the blackout occurs.
Through a satellite transmission, viewers can receive unlimited channels – many of which are free to access when coming from across the globe. They can watch local, national and international channels in various languages. If variety is something that one must have in their TV programming, satellite channel transmissions win in that department.
As for the demerits side of things, satellite services tend to be a bit costlier – starting with the initial setup fee on up to subscription rates per month which surpasses free access TV. But nothing is as high as receiving a cable subscription service. A less costlier way to watch satellite television comes with a dish system installation. For this setup, it requires a skilled installer who will likely charge a fee but providers of these services usually perform the installation at zero cost.
However, opting for this service through the provider can become an issue to renters who must get permission from landlords to allow the equipment to be installed.
Another alternative to satellite television that can bring the cost down even more, without any equipment/hardware installation or connecting wires, is PC Satellite TV technology (a.k.a. Satellite TV PC/Mac software). This method will deliver tons of live and on-demand streaming channels and radio stations from the Internet to computers.
Though this setup will require a DSL or Cable broadband connection that comes with a monthly fee, the only cost to be incurred after that is the one-time payment to download the software. Paying for an Internet connection will be considerably lower than any paid television subscription service.