Satellite television is a form of television programming that takes advantage of an outdoor antenna. Unlike the old antenna TV technology of decades past, however, the broadcast waves take an extra step after leaving their a terrestrial station. They're reflected off of a data satellite orbiting high above the Earth, and then bounced back to you.
Your home will be outfitted with a small curved reflector, or satellite dish, instead of a large, bulky wire antenna.
Dish TV comes in many varieties, each with its own benefits. Most consumers opt for direct broadcast satellite TV, which is receivable on extremely small dishes usually under a metre in diameter. The old three meter and larger dishes once common to satellite TV are relatively unheard of now.
There are free-to-view channels as well as pay-only ones, and programming is available year-round. Most modern satellite TV broadcasts digital signals that boast high picture quality and compatibility with DVR-style set-top boxes. Because TV satellites are in such high orbit, viewers can receive international transmissions and watch a far wider variety of programming than most cable companies could ever provide.
Satellite dishes have to be adjusted by the installer. Most TV satellites orbit at fixed positions above the equator, and it's important that your receiving dish is pointed in the right direction so that you get the strongest possible signal. This is why most satellite dishes in Australia point north towards the equator, and it also explains why most are mounted in high places like on top of roofs.
One of the biggest advantages of satellite TV is that it's also compatible with Internet protocols. Satellite Internet is fast and reliable. Many providers offer Internet service as part of a package deal with their TV programming offerings.