Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
n. television broadcasts delivered by communications satellite and received by an outdoor antenna or satellite dish
n. a television system in which the signal is transmitted to an orbiting satellite that receives the signal and amplifies it and transmits it back to earth [syn: satellite TV]
Satellite television is – according to article 1.39 of the International Telecommunication Union´s (ITU) ITU Radio Regulations (RR) – a Broadcasting-satellite service.
It is delivering television programming using signals relayed from space radio stations (e.g. DVB satellites). The signals are received via an outdoor parabolic reflector antenna usually referred to as a satellite dish and a low-noise block downconverter (LNB). A satellite receiver then decodes the desired television programme for viewing on a television set. Receivers can be external set-top boxes, or a built-in television tuner. Satellite television provides a wide range of channels and services, especially to geographic areas without terrestrial television or cable television.
The most common method of reception is direct-broadcast satellite television (DBSTV), also known as "direct to home" (DTH). In DBSTV systems, signals are relayed from a direct broadcast satellite on the K wavelength and are completely digital. Satellite TV systems formerly used systems known as television receive-only. These systems received analog signals transmitted in the C-band spectrum from FSS type satellites, and required the use of large dishes. Consequently, these systems were nicknamed "big dish" systems, and were more expensive and less popular.
The direct-broadcast satellite television signals were earlier analog signals and later digital signals, both of which require a compatible receiver. Digital signals may include high-definition television (HDTV). Some transmissions and channels are unencrypted and therefore free-to-air or free-to-view, while many other channels are transmitted with encryption ( pay television), requiring a subscription.
Usage examples of "satellite television".
As I clutch my sides, good for nothing, I think to myself that he has either done a bit of boxing or watched an awful lot of it on satellite television.
They'll have clean beds, hot food, plenty to drink, access to satellite television.
Kazakov turned angrily at his satellite television set, tuned to CNN.
With satellite television in the offing, Freddie's millions and electronic expertise would be invaluable.
And you must arrange an account at The Apple Tree, and the nearest off-licence and install satellite television, so he doesn't get bored down here.
After darkness settled over the lake, Pitt ate a light dinner and then watched satellite television.
Pitt counted twenty-two of the hijackers sitting around in a large mess room playing cards, reading or watching satellite television.
The detachment lived in a small dormitory opposite that they had fitted out with satellite television and a few sofas.
The interior was stylish and elegant with four large leather seats with burled-walnut consoles, one containing a compact office system with computer, fax and a satellite television phone.
Moreover, in 2000, new sources of media inflamed Arab sentiment throughout the region, particularly satellite television networks such as the notorious al-Iazeera, which broadcast incendiary content around the clock.