Satellite TV first appeared on the entertainment scene in 1962 when the first signal was sent from Europe to a Telstar satellite. Since that time, satellite TV technology has continued to advance rapidly.
One of the most significant ways technology is improving satellite TV service is by its accessibility. Satellite TV service allows vast numbers of people to have access to medial that would be impossible to access otherwise. While television provided by cable based services extended the reach and variety of media, there were many places that are not serviced, or unable to be serviced.
Satellite TV services is available and accessible all over the world. This accessibility has revolutionized the way people receive and use the media. As the satellite technology advances, satellite TV service providers are able to provide better and better quality pictures to a greater number of people.
Increased Program Offerings
Satellite television is, of course, supported by satellites which send signals to the receiver. Each satellite is limited, to some extent, of the amount of programming content it can transmit. As the technology for satellites continues to improve, the amount of programming capacity increases. This is very valuable to a public that is growing ever dependent on the transmission of information in an increasing amount of mobile forms.
Digital technology is another way technology is improving satellite TV service. Digital television is much more flexible and efficient than analog TV and has opened the door to many changes in the satellite cable industry. The digital delivery of television signals not only improves the sound and picture quality, it indirectly results in a wider variety of programming because it is a much more affordable technology.
February 17, 2009 brought a huge shift in television programming delivery when, by law, all programming became digital.
High Definition Television Receivers
High Definition TV (HDTV) delivery is another rapidly evolving technology improving satellite TV service. HDTV is delivered to an HDTV through a HDTV Receiver. This receiver unscrambles the programming signal and delivers it to the specially equipped television. HDTV technology greatly enhances the television viewing experience by providing a sharper picture that cannot be achieved on traditional televisions or using non-HD receivers.
Technology is continuing to push forward and challenge the already phenomenal offerings. While these advances have each significantly impacted the services capacity of satellite television providers, there will no doubt be even greater advances on the horizon. There’s no telling what is on the horizon 10 years from now, or even only one year for that matter.