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November 2009
 
TV on a laptop

Q.1 : Is it possible to monitor satellite TV on a laptop. Free to air or others? (Fazal Kamal, Karachi)

Ans: Yes, if you have a TV tuner card in your PC, you can hook it up to the beneficiary for your satellite service. However, you can't just plug the satellite cable directly to the laptop.


Satellite channels

Q.2 : Why am I able to receive satellite channels when I don't have a satellite?" (Moeen Khan, via e-mail)

Ans: When we hooked up our new HDTV and expected "it" to find our cable channels that we pay for, we also are able to receive many satellite channels. Some of them are those lowlife "secret" channels that nobody should want...much less pay extra to receive, and I don't WANT them coming into my house. My cable company says there is nothing they can do. Any ideas about where these "things" are coming from? My next door neighbor and across the street neighbor both have satellite dishes, but don't know how I could receive the channels if I don't have anything related to satellite service in my home.


HDTV tuner

Q.3 : Can we watch any channel if you don't have the HDTV tuner yet? (Touseef Ahmed, Dubai)

Ans: Sure. HDTV is available with any UHF antenna. And the best part is, it's uncompressed, whereas that Satellite receiver has to compress the signal due to bandwidth issues.


HDTV

Q.4 : What is the Difference Between Digital TV and HDTV? (Lal Jan, via e-mail)

Ans: Here is where things may start to get confusing for the consumer. All HDTV is digital, but not all Digital TV is HDTV. As stated previously, in the answer to question #1, the same bandwidth for digital TV broadcasting can either used to supply a video signal (or several) and other services, or can be used to transmit a single HDTV signal.


Dish antenna

Q.5 : I live in an apartment. Can I still get a dish? (M.S Hassan, Karachi)

Ans: Generally - yes, if you have a balcony. The law demands that your landlord must give you permission. FCC rules permit residents of rental property to install a dish only in areas that are subject to the renter's exclusive control and use. This means an area that you may use, but that is not available for the general use of all tenants. Such an area include a balcony, yard, patio, deck or other area that only you have the right to use. If you have such an area, there's no problem, you may install a dish.


DTV

Q.6 : Why are we switching to DTV? (Amjad Iqbal, Duabi)

Ans: DTV is a more flexible and efficient technology than the current analog system. In the same bandwidth in which WZZM provides one analog programming channel, we may provide a super sharp "high definition" (HDTV) program or multiple "standard definition" DTV programs simultaneously. Providing several program streams at one time is called "multicasting." The number of programs we can send on our digital channel depends on the level of picture detail, also known as "resolution," desired in each programming stream.


TV service

Q.7 : What is satellite TV service? How much does it cost? (Wajahat Hakeem, Hyderabad)

Ans: Satellite TV service gets its TV signals from satellites in geosynchronous orbit. Because they stay in the same position relative to the earth’s surface at all times, once a satellite antenna (usually, a dish of some kind) is properly aimed, it can be left as-is thereafter. Satellite signals are broadcast from a ground station to multiple satellites, which then broadcast those signals back to the earth across huge expanses of territory.


Satellite TV

Q.8 : What are the primary differences between cable and satellite TV services? (Khalid Usman, Peshawar)

Ans: That’s tough to say, because the hundreds of cable TV providers that exist all have somewhat different offerings, and because even the offerings from the two primary satellite providers also differ substantially. Conventional wisdom is that satellite TV offers more and better for-a-fee sports and entertainment packages, and a broader selection of HDTV channels, while cable TV offers more and better local stations (they will often rebroadcast all of the OTA channels in a viewing area on cable, and usually operate one or more stations of their own including news, weather, and public access programming).


Satellite providers

Q.9 : What kinds of bundled services are available from cable providers? Satellite providers? Who else gets involved? (Waqar Ahmed, Abbotabad)

Ans: When it comes to channel lineups, both satellite and cable providers apparently compete on the same playing field. Both offer all kinds of family channels, lifestyle channels, sport channels, news channels, movie channels and HDTV packages. Generally, cable takes the edge on local channel offerings and on-demand services, and satellite takes the edge on sports and movie packages, as well as for high-ticket pay-per-view and entertainment offerings.


TV signal

Q.10 : How does service availability differ for cable and satellite? What effects does this have on my TV signal? (Qasim Shah, via e-mail)

Ans: The biggest difference between cable and satellite is availability. Cable is available only in neighborhoods where the provider can run a cable into your home. Satellite is available anywhere you can put an antenna that can “see” one of the satellite provider’s satellites in orbit (this does require a line of sight to that satellite). In most metro areas, cable is a viable option and worth comparing to satellite. In most rural areas, satellite is the only option, because cable isn’t available.


Digital video recorder

Q.11 : What if I want to use a digital video recorder with cable service? With satellite service? (A .Moiz, Washington)

Ans: Generally, you can either rent a DVR from your cable provider or purchase a standard or HDTV DVR from a third-party company such as TiVo. Purchasing can be expensive: Standard TV TiVo models start at approximately $300 and HDTV models at roughly $800 and also come with monthly service commitments.


 

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