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DISH Network expands local high definition markets

DISH Network Corporation , the nation's third largest pay-TV provider and the digital transition leader, announced the addition of high definition local channels in Beaumont - Port Arthur, Texas. DISH Network(R) now offers local channels in 66 markets reaching more than 69 percent of U.S. TV households, continuing its commitment to reach its year-end goal of 100 local HD markets. Earlier this year, DISH Network announced plans to enhance its HD programming line-up . Continue reading...

Digital Entertainment Direct from Space

By Mary Hobson

For years, many people have not considered satellite TV as direct competition for cable television because of the hassle and difficulty of installing a satellite dish. 

When satellite TV was first offered, it usually involved placing a large satellite dish in a prominent place, perhaps somewhere in the garden, and then using a trial-and-error method of lining it up to the appropriate satellite. During and after bad weather, this process had to be repeated.

Satellite Mini Dishes

Today the story is different. Satellite TV uses a mini dish to receive the signal. This mini dish is far more sophisticated than the traditional satellite dish, with the ability to tune in to the signal, and in many cases send it as well as receive it. This makes satellite TV a two-way process and allows the satellite dish to be used for connection to the internet and email services.

Broader Satellite Options

Many people prefer to have the flexibility of choosing from the wide range of channels that satellite TV gives, and using a mini dish allows them to have the option of receiving satellite TV in the city. No longer do people have to limit their viewing to the relatively small number of local and national channels that cable television companies have to offer. Satellite TV is coming of age, and it’s opening up television choice to everyone.

Converting to HDTV

By Mary Hobson

The new digital revolution hit the world of television in the 1990s, and today almost all new televisions are engineered to receive digital TV. This makes sense, as satellite TV and cable TV are delivered digitally, and it is likely that television will not be broadcast using analogue technology much after 2010. 

The Options

Digital TV offers many more options than analogue TV, with the ability to produce better quality pictures, especially with the use of HDTV (high definition television), and interactivity with the broadcast material using interactive DSS (digital satellite systems).  It is also possible to carry other signals along side the digital signal that digital TV uses, and you may find that your DSS allows you access to email and the internet as well.


HDTV gives high-quality pictures because it uses more pixels for the standard size television picture.  This means that you can watch movies with picture quality near to cinema quality and excellent stereo sound. Your digital TV becomes more than just a receiver of broadcast TV, with its access to many channels, movies and the internet. What was once a mere television can become a true home entertainment system.

The digital revolution is changing the way that we communicate and impacting what we receive in the home in the way of information and entertainment, and how we receive it.  HDTV is one major change that can be experienced in the home, allowing almost everybody the chance to enjoy new access to the information age.

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