I live in the north west region of the United States. When we got satellite television I thought I had died and gone to Heaven. This dish TV just couldn’t be beat. The picture being a digital feed beat out cable by a long shot and there was nothing nicer than seeing that picture on my 42″ HDTV… that is until the snow started coming down.

The bandwidth available from a satellite depends upon the number of transponders provided by the satellite. Each service (TV, Voice, Internet, radio) requires a different amount of bandwidth for transmission. This is typically known as link budgeting and a network simulator can be used to arrive at the exact value.

It depends on your agreement with the provider. Usually, if you buy the satellite dish you will be responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the satellite dish. If you rent it, the service provider is usually responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the satellite dish. However, the connection or signal is usually the sole responsibility of the satellite signal provider.

In 2004 with the launch of Anik F2, the first high throughput satellite, a class of next generation satellites providing improved capacity and bandwidth became operational. More recently, high throughput satellites such as ViaSat’s ViaSat 1 satellite in 2011 and HughesNet’s Jupiter in 2012 have achieved further improvements, elevating downstream data rates from 1 3 Mbit/s up to 12 15Mbit/s and beyond. Internet access services tied to these satellites are targeted largely to rural residents as an alternative to Internet service via dial up, ADSL or classic FSSes.

DIY satellite dish system requires a satellite dish and a digibox. You can buy used or new satellite dishes and digiboxes from online auctions like eBay, or Loot and QXL. You have to calculate the size of the satellite dish you need. Hint: The wider it is, generally, the more coverage. Depending how and where you wish to wire your TV, you have to determine the length of the cables before you buy it from the satellite TV equipment stores. This method requires a certain level of technical knowledge and good practical hands on skills as you need to do some drilling and fixing.

The satellite modem serves as an interface between the outdoor unit and customer provided equipment (i.e. PC, router) and controls satellite transmission and reception. From the sending device (computer, router, etc.) it receives an input bitstream and converts or modulates it into radio waves, reversing that order for incoming transmissions, which is called demodulation. It provides two types of connectivity:

The transmitting station has two components, consisting of a high speed Internet connection to serve many customers at once, and the satellite uplink to broadcast requested data to the customers. The ISP’s routers connect to proxy servers which can enforce quality of service (QoS) bandwidth limits and guarantees for each customer’s traffic.

Most regular moons (natural satellites following relatively close and prograde orbits with small orbital inclination and eccentricity) in the Solar System are tidally locked to their respective primaries, meaning that the same side of the natural satellite always faces its planet. The only known exception is Saturn’s natural satellite Hyperion, which rotates chaotically because of the gravitational influence of Titan.

A communications satellite is an artificial satellite that relays and amplifies through the use of a transponder, radio telecommunications signals, between a source and a receiver. Communications satellites are used for television, telephone, radio, internet, and military applications. There are over 2,000 communications satellites in Earth’s orbit, used by both private and government organizations.

Membership fees range from several dollars per month to several hundred dollars for a lifetime membership. The decision of how to pay is at the sole discretion of the consumer. If you plan to be a lifetime customer, and have the cash to spare, there is no doubt that a lifetime membership will pay for itself over time. If, on the other hand, you’re new to the concept and just want to try it out, many satellite radio companies offer a free trial or low monthly fees to get you started.