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DISH Network Satellite System - What You Should Know DISH Network Satellite System A DISH Network satellite system consists of two main components - a satellite TV dish to capture the satellite signal, and a satellite TV receiver to decode and transmit that signal to your television. Satellite Dish A satellite dish picks up the broadcast signal sent out from a satellite orbiting thousands of miles above the earth. Satellite dishes are curved, like the lens in a magnifying glass, in order to concentrate the satellite signal to a point where it is captured by a feed horn mounted in front of the dish. The feed horn sends the signal to the satellite TV receiver where it's decoded and sent to a TV set. Satellite dishes are usually mounted outside a home on the roof or wall, but can also be placed inside on a movable stand. Satellite Receiver A satellite TV receiver is the box that sits next to your TV and converts the broadcast signal from a TV satellite into the picture and sound you receive on your television. Satellite TV receivers can be ordered with a DVR (digital video recorder) that allows you to record your favorite TV shows in digital format. DVR's also allow you to bypass commercials and to pause the show you're watching, so you can answer the phone or get a snack. DISH Network DVR receivers give you the ability to record up to two shows simultaneously while watching a third show. They can record up to 100 hours of your favorite shows - the equivalent of 24 VCR tapes - and store them all inside your DVR receiver. You can also order an HD (high definition) receiver that allows you to view HDTV broadcasts for a super sharp picture. However, you must have an HD TV in order to see your shows in high definition. DISH Network receivers come with parental control locks that let you restrict access to shows you feel are inappropriate for your children. All DISH Network receivers come with a universal remote control that allows you to operate your TV, VCR, and DVD player, in addition to your satellite TV receiver. DISH Network dishes and receivers come with a lifetime warranty so you don't have to worry about replacements or repairs. Where to Get a DISH Network Satellite System A few years ago satellite TV systems were extremely expensive, costing thousands of dollars to purchase and hundreds of dollars just to set up. Now, thanks to the competition between satellite TV dealers, DISH Network will give you a free DISH Network satellite TV system, plus all the other equipment and accessories you'll need, when you order one of their programming packages. Their DVR's and HD receivers are also free. DISH Network packages start at $19.99 for 40 channels of satellite TV programming, and go up to $74.99 for 350 channels. The author, Brian Stevens, is the senior editor for TheSatelliteTVGuide.com, and has written a number of articles DISH Network satellite systems. © 2006 TheSatelliteTVGuide.com
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