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Television Service and Repair Glossary
The following are some terms related to television service and repair.
Analog: Analog is a means of conveying video content. Traditional videotapes are in analog. Modern video transmission is converting from analog to digital format, which is computer based and is able to convey information in a more limited space and at a higher quality.
Bird: Bird is a slang term that is used by satellite TV providers. A bird is a satellite that is in orbit around the earth and transmits TV signals.
Codec: A codec is required for digital TV broadcasting. This is the equipment that codes and decodes the signals in order to transmit them to subscribers.
Decoder: A decoder is a TV device that is located in a subscriber’s home. Cable and satellite transmissions are coded before they are sent to subscribers. A decoder is required in order to unscramble the signal so that a channel may be viewed on a television.
Hub: A hub is the center of a satellite television network. This station communicates with satellites in order to send and receive information. Hubs are necessary because satellites do not have their own processing units.
Rating: A rating is the number of subscribers that tune in to watch a specific channel or program. This is typically represented as a percentage of the total population. Rating can also refer to the viewing record of a certain demographic of the total audience.
Superstation: A superstation is a television station that is broadcast to the population via satellite.
Tiers: Tiers are different levels of service offered by a cable or satellite TV network. Subscribers begin with basic TV, but they can upgrade. Additional channel options, or tiers, are available – at extra cost, of course.
Universe: In the world of cable and satellite TV, universe refers to all of the subscribers to a network. Universe can also mean all subscribers to a network that fit into a particular age group or other demographic.
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The television industry has grown an exponential amount since its commercial introduction in the late 1930's. The television service and repair industry has also grown, which is a very good thing. Service providers who keep our TVs running well are well trained, knowledgeable of both cable and satellite systems, and offer competitive rates. To find one, consider the following tips. Start online. Search the Internet for such keywords as “cable service repair,” “TV digital service provider,” and “TV satellite dish & receiver repair,” These keywords should get you on the right track, and reveal a wealth of businesses dedicated to keeping your television service running properly. Pick the most attractive results (keeping in mind that satellite and digital cable are two different services), and visit the company site. Read their about page for history, testimonials, referrals, and more. Discover what their rates are by visiting their service page. If you feel you found a good service and repair provider for your needs, consider calling them for additional information. Ask them if they handle HD systems, digital channel problems, receiver or box issues, and whether they offer additional services such as TV mounting, DVR check ups, high speed upgrades, and more. Ask if they sell parts, such as wire, replacements, or upgraded mounts. Better yet, ask if they offer any specials or packaged deals. By following these main guidelines, you'll be able to find the right repair & service provider for your television, no matter what type it or your service is.