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Satellite TV FAQ
As the owner of a satellite TV website I get asked a lot of questions, so I decided to write a satellite TV FAQ (frequently asked questions) article to answer the most commonly asked questions.
If you have questions I haven't answered in this satellite TV FAQ, you can visit my website to get more satellite TV information by clicking on one of the links below this article.
1. What is satellite TV and how does it work?
A satellite TV center broadcasts a TV signal to a satellite in the sky. The satellite sends the signal back to earth, where it is picked up by a satellite dish, converted to a TV picture by a receiver, and displayed on a TV screen.
2. I've heard you can get satellite TV for free. Is this true?
Yes, you really can get a satellite TV system for free. However, you do have to pay for satellite TV programming service in order to get a free system.
3. Where can I get a satellite TV cost comparison?
Programming service from DISH Network starts at .99 a month, while service from DIRECTV starts at .99 a month. You can get a complete cost comparison between DIRECTV and DISH Network by clicking on the links below.
4. Can I get my local channels on satellite TV?
You can get your local channels in most areas of the USA included at no charge. In the few areas where you can't get local channels you can hook up an antenna to your satellite TV receiver to get them.
5. Can I record my favorite programs with satellite TV?
You can record satellite TV programs with the DVR (digital video recording) receiver you can get from your satellite TV dealer, or with your VCR. Both DISH Network and DIRECTV offer free DVR receivers when you order one of their program packages.
6. What's on satellite TV?
Satellite TV providers offer more than 250 channels of television programming including movie channels, sports packages, pay-per-view movies and events, commercial-free music, adult programming, and international programming. For more information on what's available, click on the links below.
7.Can I get a satellite dish for TV and the Internet?
Yes, DIRECTV offers a satellite dish for TV and the Internet through DirecWay. Click on the links below for more information.
8. How soon can I get a free satellite TV system installed?
Installation times for DIRECTV and DISH Network vary depending on your location, but you can usually get a satellite TV system installed in your home within one to five days from the time your order your service.
9. Can I get satellite TV if I live in an apartment or condo?
Yes. Many apartment and condo residents install their satellite TV dish on their balcony or patio. You can also install your satellite dish on a movable stand if permanent mounting is not allowed.
10. Does satellite TV offer international programming?
DISH Network offers Armenian, Asian, Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Israeli, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, South Asian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Urdu program channels.
DIRECTV offers Chinese, Filipino, Italian, South Asian, Spanish, and Vietnamese program channels.
11. Does satellite TV have parental locks?
DISH Network and DIRECTV offer parental locks to block your children from viewing programs you feel are unsuitable for them.
12. Can I get HDTV with satellite TV?
Yes. Both DISH Network and DIRECTV offer HD (high definition) TV. DISH Network will give you two free HDTV receivers when you order their HDTV programming. DIRECTV receivers cost 9 per receiver.
13. Does satellite TV have TiVo and DVR (digital video recording)?
DIRECTV offers DVR with TiVo service, while DISH Network offers DVR with Video-On-Demand which is similar to TiVo.
14. Can I get DIRECTV or DISH Network outside the U.S.A.?
Not at this time. Satellite TV service from DIRECTV and DISH Network is only available in the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.
Click on the following link for more information on free satellite TV systems and service, or these links for ordering information, the latest offers, and free bonuses from DISH Network satellite TV or DIRECTV satellite TV.
About the Author: Brian Stevens is a professional freelance writer and webmaster who has written extensively on satellite TV FAQs.