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HD Satellite TV - Compare HDTV Services HD (high definition) refers to the quality of the picture being transmitted to your television set. Picture quality is measured in scan lines. The more scan lines that are transmitted to your TV, the clearer the picture. For instance, analog (over-the-air) TV has 525 scan lines per image. HDTV, on the other hand, has up to 1,080 lines per image -- almost twice as many lines of resolution giving you twice the clarity of analog TV. There's a huge difference between watching TV on a regular TV set as opposed to watching an HD TV. The HD picture is sharper and the colors are brighter. The picture is so realistic it's almost like watching a scene through a window. HD Satellite TV Features Here are the main features of HD satellite TV:    * High resolution picture -- HDTV produces a super-sharp image, resulting in a clearer, more lifelike picture.    * Widescreen picture -- you get a full-width picture just like you see in the movies.    * Digital audio -- HD audio programming is broadcast Dolby Digital format so you get a three-dimensional surround-sound listening experience. HD Satellite TV Providers Both DISH Network and DIRECTV offer HD programming. Here's a rundown on their HD satellite TV channel lineups ... DISH Network HD Satellite TV DISH Network currently offers four different HDTV packages. They are: Bronze package ($29.99 a month) - 30 HD channels and 75 regular satellite TV channels. The Silver package ($29.99 a month) - 30 HD channels plus 230 regular satellite TV channels, including 60 Sirius satellite radio channels Gold package ($49.99) - 30 HD channels plus 318 regular satellite TV channels, including 60 Sirius satellite radio channels. Platinum package ($79.99 a month) - 30 HD channels plus 350 regular satellite TV channels, including 60 Sirius satellite radio channels and 31 movie channels. Note: The Bronze package is $29.99 a month for the first 10 months then $39.99 thereafter. The DISH Network HD channels included in each package are: Animania HD, Discovery HD, ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD, Equator HD, Film Fest, Food Network HD, FU, Gallery HD, Gameplay, Guy TV HD, HD News, HDNet, HDNet Movies, HGTV, Majestic HD, Monsters HD, National Geographic, Rave HD, Rush HD, TNT in HD, Treasure HD, Ultra HD, Universal HD, and World Cinema. Additional HD channels include: CBS HDTV, HBO HDTV, Showtime HD, Starz HD, and Dish on Demand PPV in HD. In order to receive HD programming from DISH Network you must have an HD receiver. When you order satellite TV service from DISH Network you can get an HD receiver free. Note: For more information on current DISH Network HD programming and subscription fees, or to order satellite TV service with a free satellite TV system, click on the links below. DIRECTV HD Satellite TV DIRECTV offers one HD satellite TV programming package: The DIRECTV HD Package ($9.99) This package includes: * ESPN HD - sports, news, and  information, from Major League Baseball, the NBA, the NFL, and the NHL. * Universal HD - the latest films and television series like Battlestar Galactica and Law & Order SVU. You also get sports like the US Open. * Discovery HD Theater - programs about science, technology, nature, and travel. * HDNet - sporting events like NHL and MLS games, boxing, TV series, concerts, news, and documentaries. * HDNet Movies - movies from all the major studios and made-for-TV movies. * Network Channels - your favorite network channels in HD. In addition to the above package your can also get HBO HD, Showtime HD, and DIRECTV Pay-Per-View, plus ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, and the WB channel. Sports packages include NFL Sunday Ticket HD and NFL Sunday Ticket SuperFan HD. In order to receive HD programming from DIRECTV you must have an HD receiver. When you order satellite TV service from DIRECTV you can get an HD receiver free (after a $199 rebate). Note: For more information on current DIRECTV HD programming and subscription fees, or to order satellite TV service with a free satellite TV system, click on the links below. The Bottom Line The only drawback to having HD satellite TV is the cost. If you don't already own an HD TV set, then you'll have to buy one. And the HD programming fees are another expense that will add to your satellite TV bill. However, if you want to see your favorite shows in near lifelike clarity and you can afford the extra expense, having HD satellite TV is definitely worth the added cost. The author, Brian Stevens, is the senior editor for TheSatelliteTVGuide.com and has written extensively on HD satellite TV. © 2006 TheSatelliteTVGuide.com
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