The Future of Satellite TV

Satellite TV has been around for many, many years. In the past, and during the present, companies used satellites for communication transmission. They have also long used satellites to transmit TV programming. Who doesn’t remember the enormous C-band satellite dishes of yesteryear? To get a glimpse of the future of the satellite TV industry, you must simply look at its past.

The satellite TV industry has been extraordinarily marked with innovation and technological advances. This single industry has come a very long way since the launch of Sputnik. During that time, geosynchronous orbits were defined, satellite transmission capabilities were enhanced enormously, the cost of transmission and reception waned and consumer use of the technology advanced.

Again, to get a glimpse of the future, one need only look to the past and even the present of the industry. Satellite equipment has steadily decreased in size, while exponentially increasing in capabilities. Only a couple of decades ago, DVR’s were unheard of, and HDTV was only on the threshold of reality. Today, both of these concepts are embraced by satellite TV.

The Internet is bound to play an increasing role in the industry, as well. One need only look at the current offerings by satellite providers to understand this fact. Currently, consumers are able to watch, record, rewind, pause and fast forward satellite TV content on their home PCs. This enables consumers to record a program on their regular TV, while watching or recording yet another on their PC or laptop. The future looks bright, indeed.

The time is not far off when the TV and computer will merge, becoming a single unit. Satellite TV programming will become portable, through the use of laptops and even web-enabled cell phones. Current research and development is underway to develop this idea further, greatly expanding the role of satellite TV in the future.

Already the signs of the impending merger can be detected. Emerging markets, such as Internet TV will rely on satellite providers. Additionally, as the technology comes online to provide uploading to satellites from homes, satellite Internet access will become the norm across most of the US, if not the world. Currently, satellite Internet access is limited by slow upload speeds, but new technology could change that very soon, making satellite Internet far faster than the cable equivalent.

Where does all this advancement leave the cable companies? The lack of enthusiasm for new technology and a refusal to advance beyond the limitations of antiquated transmission methods likely means that cable companies will eventually become a thing of the past. Alternatively, they may merge with the satellite companies, creating hybrid companies capable of providing consumers with the best of both worlds. Only time will tell.

Regardless, the future of satellite TV looks bright, indeed. With increasingly fast transmission times, more and more satellites in orbit and a greater emphasis on HDTV channel development and transmission, satellite providers stand on the threshold of future entertainment. The sheer possibilities seem boundless, providing consumers with ever-increasing access to dynamic, incredible entertainment options.

Source by Zach Roush

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