Quite simple – more programmes to choose from!
The choice of TV programmes available – for free – via direct satellite reception is enormous, mulit-facetted and literally without limits or borders. In addition, a huge selection of radio programmes, data packages and Pay-TV is yours for the asking. Utilising modern so-called satellite block technology, one small parabolic dish antenna can supply dozens and even hundreds of individual viewers/parties. Each one of these has access to the full range of programmes broadcast, unlike the fate of cable customers, who have to make do with a limited selection of programmes made at the cable head station, since cable networks cannot physically transmit the full range of programmes available via satellite. The direct satellite viewer can decide for himself what he wants to view. In the case of cable, it is the network providers, the media groups and the politicians who decide this for you.
3. Improved image and sound quality!
Sharp – sharper – digital, that is the keyword for digital direct satellite reception coupled with a satellite block distribution system. Satellite technology allows you to receive both image and sound without any loss in quality. When receiving signals directly from satellite, there is no need to go through several conversions of images and sound, as is the case with channel-selective cable networks. Direct satellite reception provides you with sharp, bright images and superb sound quality. Take a look, and you will be convinced of the better dimension of quality provided by direct satellite reception. Combine digital direct satellite reception with state-of-the-art 100 Hz flicker-free technology in your TV set, and enjoy the very best of home TV entertainment quality.
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2. Cheaper in the long run!
Satellite beats cable. This is true not only with reference to the enormous number of programmes available via satellite. It is also true in terms of prices and operating costs. With a direct satellite reception installation, you invest some money once, and are spared any ongoing monthly charges. With satellite reception, you know exactly what you have, what you are getting, and how much it costs. If you are a cable customer, you are confronted with frequent changes in programme slot allocations. Nobody today can tell you how much cable will cost each month in future, but the experts agree that the costs are going to go up.
What is HD?
HD TV pictures have much more detail, or ‘higher resolution’ than standard definition TV screens.
HD or HD TV stands for high definition, and is a new evelopment in digital TV. HD gives very clear, crisp pictures with vivid colours and much more detail than ordinary standard-definition TV. Some programmes are made with cinema-style « surround sound ». HD broadcasts are particularly suited to the larger flat TV screens (LCD and plasma).
How can I get HD TV?
To watch HD programmes, you need an HD-ready TV set and a set-top box which is designed for HD. You also need a satellite dish or cable connection.
TV set: when buying a set, make sure it is marked « HD ready ».
HD set-top box: from a satellite or cable company or your retailer. To receive the BBC’s free-to-air HD programmes via satellite, you make a one-off payment for the equipment. For Sky or Virgin Media HD services, you pay a subscription.
Surround sound: to experience this (for the programmes that are broadcast with it), you need a home cinema surround sound speaker system connected to your TV system.
Programmes have to be specially made in HD, and then broadcast in HD too. An HD-ready TV set won’t turn a standard-definition programme into an HD one.