Early satellite TV viewers were explorers of sorts. They used their expensive dishes to discover unique programming that wasn't necessarily intended for mass audiences. The dish and receiving equipment gave viewers the tools to pick up foreign stations, live feeds between different broadcast stations, NASA activities and a lot of other stuff transmitted using satellites.

Some satellite owners still seek out this sort of programming on their own, but today, most satellite TV customers get their programming through a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) provider, such as SKY TV The provider selects programs and broadcasts them to subscribers as a set package. Basically, the provider's goal is to bring dozens or even hundreds of channels to your TV in a form that approximates the competition, PAY TV. 

Freeview Satellite uses the same method however channels and the line-ups are controlled by the individual broadcaster such as TVNZ and in addition are provided without a charge to access. 

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That doesn't look as complicated as I thought it would be. The hardest part is putting the satellite in the orbit. The today's technology is fascinating :) 

Sincerly
Matt

Yes, the launching of a satellite is quite a complex issue, back in 2006 the satellite that is now holding the FREEVIEW channels was launched to replace an older, faulty satellite and was an overnight job and has a few minor hiccups mainly when SKY had majority of the ownership before Freeview jumped on board, 

The expense of launching these things are quite huge! 


Matthew C said:

That doesn't look as complicated as I thought it would be. The hardest part is putting the satellite in the orbit. The today's technology is fascinating :) 

Sincerly
Matt



Josh Hill said:

Yes, the launching of a satellite is quite a complex issue, back in 2006 the satellite that is now holding the FREEVIEW channels was launched to replace an older, faulty satellite and was an overnight job and has a few minor hiccups mainly when SKY had majority of the ownership before Freeview jumped on board, 

The expense of launching these things are quite huge! 


Matthew C said:

That doesn't look as complicated as I thought it would be. The hardest part is putting the satellite in the orbit. The today's technology is fascinating :) 

Sincerly
Matt

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