Satellite television broadcasting
Godwin, John P. Gretna Green Associates, Los Angeles, California.
Last reviewed:January 2020
- Comparison with other satellite systems
- Comparison with other technologies
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
The transmission of television and other program material via satellite directly to individual homes and businesses. Direct broadcasting satellite (DBS) systems, or direct-to-home (DTH) satellite systems, are operational in many nations and regions around the world. The highly successful “small dish” DTH systems are characterized by all-digital transmission with the links to the customer dishes at frequencies above 10 GHz using radio spectrum sometimes referred to as Ku-band. Two major small-dish systems in the United States, DIRECTV and Dish, have been operational since the mid-1990s and serve over 20% of all American households.
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