ALL ABOUT SATELLITE ANTENNA (PLATE)
A satellite dish is the choice of those who wish to enjoy watching various thematic channels in excellent picture and sound quality. The prospects that satellite TV systems open are wide, consumers are offered channels with a wide variety of topics: news, sports, film, science, humor and many others. Almost all modern satellite television has a progressive digital broadcast format, which provides it with excellent image quality and a wide selection of a wide variety of channels for viewing (analogue television can currently be considered obsolete). Thanks to this, satellite dishes are popular both in big cities and in small villages. By the way, in many small towns, due to problems with receiving television signals, installing dishes is perhaps the only way to enjoy watching TV in good quality. As part of this material, Service Navigator will try to tell you what satellite TV is, what equipment is needed to watch channels, and also will reveal some aspects of using this type of service.
What does a basic set of satellite TV consist of?
The basic set of satellite television consists of a satellite dish (dish), on which there is a convector – a device that receives a signal from a satellite. The convector is connected via cable to the receiver – the receiver of the signal that is located near your TV, it is something like a DVD player. Using the remote control, you switch channels on the receiver, which in turn sends a signal to your TV, and you enjoy watching a particular channel.
The channels provided for viewing by one or another satellite television are combined into thematic packages. By installing satellite TV equipment, you can watch the so-called FTA channels (free, they are available for almost all TV companies). To view them, you do not have to pay a monthly fee, or activate special cards, in addition, the cheapest FTA receiver will be enough. But in addition to open channels on each satellite there are also encoded ones, to view them you will have to purchase access cards or a receiver that can open encoding data, pay the subscription cost, and in some cases make subscription fees.
But first, it will be necessary to register (activate) the receiver. You can do this via the Internet by going to the appropriate site of the service provider, directly at the company’s office or by calling the support service. The main parameter that will be required for registration is the receiver’s identification number (ID). As a rule, it is printed on the packaging box or you can see it in the receiver settings (section “Status”). This number will need to be entered at the request of the system or reported to the operator of the company. After registering the receiver, as a rule, you need to turn it on, search for channels, wait for them to appear, and then you must leave the receiver turned on for a day.
Then you can proceed to activate the cards. To do this, you can call the support service provider of the service and use their recommendations or activate the card yourself, for example, through the company’s website by filling in the fields of the registration form and entering the card’s secret code (it is located on the card under a protective layer that needs to be erased).
By the way, if you paid one package of channels during installation, and subsequently decided to switch from one package to another inside the same TV company, then you do not need to replace the access card, just call the customer support service (or contact it via the Internet) and communicate your intention. To purchase an additional package, you will also need to contact the service provider and transfer to his personal account a fee corresponding to the cost of subscribing to this package.
Equipment and its capabilities
The price of one set of satellite television includes: a satellite dish, a converter, a receiver that recognizes the corresponding encoding, a cable up to 10 m in length, as well as installation and configuration of the system.
Receivers There are various models of receivers, their choice depends on what exactly you want to watch. There are receivers that can open only one Viaccess encoding (NTV Plus broadcasts in it), there are receivers that open several encodings. There are also receivers with the so-called COM port, in them you can install an additional device – a module, which will allow you to open additional encodings (up to five encodings, depending on the modification of the module). There are receivers with a built-in module, as well as with a hard drive.
The cost of receivers ranges from 100 to 450 dollars. The more options the receiver has (the more encodings it can open), the higher the price, and of course, it also depends on the brand of the manufacturer.