Television Satellite Terms to Know
Satellite television providers can install satellite dishes and provide you access to TV channel packages. Before selecting a service or provider, review the following terms that you might encounter so you can be sure to pick the service that will meet your needs:
Set Top Box - A receiver or tuner that transforms the signal from the satellite so it can transmit to the television. Some tuners are incorporated directly into a television set.
Satellite Dish - Dish shaped equipment that receives microwaves from satellites, containing information and data television broadcast data. During a satellite installation, a technician will mount a satellite dish onto your roof or other area of your home.
Satellite Package - A collection of channels, available for a fee, that you can purchase from a satellite company. A basic package forms the core of your channels. Additional packages, such as sports and movie packages, provide access to additional TV networks.
High Definition Television - Video that is created at a higher resolution than standard or traditional imaging. You can purchase special HD packages through a satellite or cable company.
FTA Satellite - Free to air, a type of TV broadcast that is done in an unencrypted form, so that anyone with equipment can receive the signal. Usually it does not require a subscription, but it my be restricted in other ways.
Cable - A method of transmitting channels to a television through cables or optical fibers. Cable is not available in all regions. In isolated regions, satellite TV is preferred.
Satellite Provider - A company that distributes satellite television to customers. Providers offer installation services and control access to television for a small fee or even at no charge.