Satellite Dishes

  The major types of satellite dishes include motor-driven dishes, multi-satellites, VSAT, and ad hoc satellites. Other types include DTH, SMATV, CABD, automatic tracking satellite dishes, and big ugly dishes. A motor-driven satellite dish is mounted on a pole which rotates around an axis to detect and receive various satellite signals in the sky. It […]

Satellite Receivers

Satellite receivers come in standard, HD tuners, DVR, or FTA formats. In a standard receiver, the digital broadcast signal is decoded and presented in the television in an analog format. Most satellite receivers feature an Electronic Program Guide (EPG), which contains a list of the available channels and programming. HD Receivers Made for high-definition satellites […]


An LNBF (Low Noise Block-Down Feedhorn) Converter is a type of satellite dish that is used for satellite television and Internet access. It includes a device known as a feedhorn that is responsible for collecting radio signals reflected off of a parabolic dish. LNBFs are the most common form of LNBs and are necessary in […]

The Birth of Satellite TV, 50 Years Ago

In television’s early years, North American and European viewers had to wait hours, if not days, for tapes to be shipped across the Atlantic in order to watch footage from the other side of the ocean. That all changed 50 years ago after the launch of the first telecommunications satellite: Telstar. On July 23, 1962, […]

Astra 28.2°E

Astra 28.2°E is the name for the group of Astra communications satellites co-located at the 28.2° East position in the Clarke Belt that are owned and operated by SES based in Betzdorf, Luxembourg. It is one of the major TV satellite positions serving Europe (the others being at 19.2° East, 13° East, 23.5° East, and […]

Hot Bird

Hot Bird is a group of satellites operated by Eutelsat, located at 13°E over the Equator (orbital position) and with a transmitting footprint over Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Only digital radio and television channels are transmitted by the Hot Bird constellation, both free-to-air and encrypted. In addition there are a few interactive […]

What is ASTRA?

ASTRA is the common name given to both the SES ASTRA company and the satellites it operates. What does ASTRA do? ASTRA owns and operates a fleet of communications satellites in geostationary orbit, primarily used for broadcasting digital TV, radio and multimedia services to cable networks and direct to homes in Europe and surrounding areas. […]

Can I Pick Up Foreign Satellite Channels?

Many people who use a motorised satellite dish enjoy television in other languages, whether they are practicing their language skills, brushing up on a language their parents speak, or simply watching in their first or bilingual language. There are many sports channels available to access via a motorised satellite dish in various languages, and there […]

What Is A Motorised Satellite Dish?

You may have been hearing more and more about motorised satellite dishes and the benefits of using one for your satellite TV system. Growing in popularity since 2005, fitters are now saying that they install more and more motorized dishes every year. Satellite television used to be seen as grainy and with poor content, but […]

What is Technomate?

Satellite television has continued in popularity all over the world since it was first introduced, with many different companies now offering channels sent from various satellites sat in geostationary orbit above the earth. Who Are Technomate? One of the companies that has seen success in this industry is British firm Technomate, who are an international […]