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Satellite HDTV Systems Provide
The Ultimate In Tv Entertainment

" ... with images and sound that are so crisp and clear, you'll feel a part of the action on screen!"

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Satellite HDTV systems (to receive high definition television programming via satellite) are today's "cutting edge" tv technology. Redefining broadcast television with digitized programming, high definition tv via satellite delivers imagery and sound that's so lifelike - it's the next best thing to being there! And, do you know ...

... What Makes It So Impressive?

Remarkable improvements in picture quality and size distinguish high definition television as one of today's most enjoyable viewing experiences.

High definition television is characterized by a dramatic increase in resolution and aspect ratio (screen width versus height) which produces a "razor sharp" picture and a significantly wider viewing area.

The excellent picture quality delivered by satellite hdtv systems is a result of the best resolution available today. A greater number of resolution lines means a sharper, more accurate picture.

In order to have a better appreciation of HD picture clarity, consider that yesterday's analog television sets produced 330 lines of resolution. The much crisper dvd format provides 400 - 480 lines of resolution. By comparison, today's satellite hdtv systems provide up to 1080 lines of resolution.

Delivering over 1 million pixels on screen, satellite's digitized tv programming creates crystal clear images with the most minute details.

A larger aspect ratio allows you to see action on screen that is normally "cropped-off" with analog broadcasts. The aspect ratio of hdtv at 16:9 (screen width : height) is more in line with the human visual field versus the 4:3 ratio of standard analog television.

Satellite HD broadcasts deliver a home theater viewing experience that allows you to see movies as they were intended. Combined with Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, hd programming via satellite makes you feel as though you are in the midst of the action on screen.

Experience HD Television via Satellite

In order to experience high definition tv via satellite, you will need to connect a high definition television set to a satellite hdtv system. The hdtv system is comprised of a HD receiver (available with or without DVR capability) and a multi-satellite dish antenna. This system setup allows the reception of tv broadcast signals from multiple satellites simultaneously.

The Advantage

Broadcasting via multiple satellites enables providers, like DIRECTV® and Dish Network, to have virtually unlimited bandwidth to broadcast HD programs. This capability allows maximum bit rate transmission for every channel which produces superior picture and sound quality.


Available Programming in HD Format

All of the popular science, discovery, history and technology related channels can be seen in high definition on DIRECTV® and Dish Network.

That's in addition to premium, movie, and sports programming channels, as well as, many local network affiliate stations across the country. Each month, both satellite tv providers are adding to the number of markets in the US where local HD broadcasts are available.

Presently, DIRECTV® offers high definition broadcasts 85 channels with a capacity for 200 HD channels. Dish Network has over 95 channels in its HD lineup. By comparison, most cable networks across the US provide only about 56 channels of high definition prgramming in their channel lineups.

Satellite HDTV Difference

The biggest difference between satellite and cable HD programming is that satellite hdtv systems deliver true high definition broadcasts with exceptional quality. This is a result of a broadcast signal that's transmitted at a maximum bitrate over satellite networks. It's possible because satellite providers have plenty of available bandwidth.

By contrast, cable systems have limited bandwidth and must either go skinny on the HD transmission bitrate or reduce the number of HD channels they can offer. Most elect to broadcast HD programming at a lower bitrate than satellite tv.

The end result is a picture quality that's only marginally better than standard definition tv. This is necessary in order for cable providers to be competitive and provide more HD programs, in spite of their major bandwidth limitations.

When compared to satellite tv companies, cable providers are somewhat limited as to the number of HD channels they can add. However, both DIRECTV® and Dish Network have ample bandwidth capability and plan to increase their HD programming lineups for the foreseeable future. Here are the
DIRECTV® high definition channels and Dish Network HD programming presently available.

Best Satellite HDTV Service


It's really a matter of personal preference because both DIRECTV® and Dish Network provide comparable high definition television programming. Also, picture quality and sound over both networks is equally impressive.

This is because high def broadcasts via satellite are transmitted in Full HD technology - 1080p24 to be exact. It's a progressive scan technology that produces the highest display resolution available. Also, it's the same format utilized by Blu-ray disc players.

Satellite HD broadcasts in the 1080p display format together with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound produce the clearest and most stunning visual presentation. No other tv programming service, in my opinion, presently matches this level of performance.

More About Satellite HDTV Systems

One of the most essential components of a home entertainment system today is the DVR (digital video recorder).

It provides you with the capability to record and pause live television or other programs for later viewing.

it's no surprise that HD receivers for satellite hdtv systems are available with built-in digital video recorders.

Some of these DVR equipped HD receivers now give you the ability to capture HD programming from two different television sets simultaneously, while watching something entirely different. And, they provide you with a host of other advanced features including telephone caller-ID. But ...

which is best?

Dish Network Vip722
Vip722 HD DVR

When it comes to high tech equipment, although some features can be attractive and convenient, what good are they if they leave you confused and frustrated because they're just a little too difficult to program properly?

While features are certainly nice to have, I believe that it's equally important to consider ease of operation when selecting electronic components. All things considered, DIRECTV® and Dish Network offer very good satellite hdtv systems that are easy to operate, and both can be ordered with an HD DVR (high definition digital video recorder) receiver.

However, Dish Network's ViP722 HD DVR receiver is rated one of the best in the industry by several notable reviewing services. (ViP722 pictured above-right)

Here's why ...

check ease of operation

check better functionality with simultaneous dual feed (tuners) capability

check included Free with Dish Network HD service upgrade


it comes with a knockout feature - the ability to skip forward in 30 second increments right past commercials. On top of that, it performed so well that PC Magazine gave DISH Network's DVR it's coveted Editor's Choice Award for 2008 plus ...

it delivers high definition programming with awe inspiring clarity!

Learn more about Dish Network's satellite hdtv systems, including the ViP722 HD DVR
at VMC Satellite, today!
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However, you should know that DIRECTV® also offers a new HD DVR of its own. It's their state-of-the-art version known as the DIRECTV Plus® HD DVR. Like the ViP722, it has all of the same capabilities and features, and it's available for Free to new DIRECTV® subscribers as part of a High Def service upgrade.

So, which model is best? I think it really comes down to which tv programming service appeals to your viewing preferences. Both HD DVRs, which are important components of their respective satellite hdtv systems, are comparable in capability and should provide you with many years of dependable service.

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The Future of HDTV Systems

Flat panel plasma screen, LCD, and now LED televisions are the most advanced video components available to deliver the lifelike action of high definition programming. Manufacturers are now producing compact, more energy efficient models with slimmer profiles and larger viewing area.

Now that the Digital Transition is completed and analog tv broadcasts are no longer available in the US, satellite, cable and fiber optic television broadcasters plan to continue adding more hdtv channels to their program offerings.

At the present time, DIRECTV® and Dish Network satellite hdtv systems, as well as, Verizon FiOs (fiber optic tv), offer the most high def programming on their networks, and have a far greater capacity to expand these services in the future.

As high definition televisions become more affordable, consumers will undoubtedly select them as the major component of their home theater setups. Connecting an HD television together with a satellite hdtv system, in my opinion, produces

"the ultimate television viewing experience".

And that's because the picture and sound are so impressive that there's simply no other service quite like it!

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