Satellite TV Receiver
What is a TV Receiver?
This is the hardware that converts the signal from the satellite dish into sound and vision.
At first, this is all that satellite receivers were able to do, but with interactive television becoming increasingly popular, consumers are demanding more services and options from satellite television. The most up-to-date satellite receivers will also act as a video, and are often equipped with parental control facilities.
It is now possible to pause live transmissions with your satellite receiver. It will automatically record the action you miss, and play it back when you return to the television. This means that you'll never have to miss any more touchdowns because of a telephone call that probably turned out to be a wrong number. With up to 35 hours of 100% digital playback, satellite receivers are now canceling out the need for video recorders. No more messy tapes lying around the house and no more missing programs because the video timer was too complicated to operate.
Today's satellite receivers will also allow you to restrict access to movies based on the motion picture rating system. This is a very useful facility for parents who like control over what their children are watching. Of course you can also turn this feature off, meaning that you can still watch any movie you choose. You will also be able to set limits on pay-per-view spending, and block the viewing of entire channels.
Standard satellite receivers will convert the digital signal (usually MPEG-2 format) into an analogue NTSC format. If you are interested in HDTV, you will need a different receiver, which can be purchased separately through your satellite provider. Prices and offers vary, so please check with you provider for more information. If you do take advantage of HDTV, it is advisable to have a television set in 16:9 ratio. If you can afford it, some plasma screen TV's are now equipped with built in HDTV receivers. By 2006, the FCC hope to have completely phased out analogue broadcasting, so there will be a significant increase in the number of television stations broadcasting in HDTV in the next two years. If you have an analogue television set, you will either need to replace it with a digital one, or purchase a set-top box in order to convert the digital signal into analogue.
Most satellite providers are now offering more than one satellite receiver when you sign up to their services. This means you could have up to six (but more commonly, four), different televisions in your house all viewing different satellite channels at the same time, all operating through one satellite dish. Usually this is a special offer for the first three, or even six months, and then you will obviously have to pay more than if you were just receiving the service through one satellite receiver. Again, offers are continuously changing, so please check with your satellite provider or local dealer for more information.