When The Soviet union launched the first satellite into space on October 4, 1957, it marked the beginning of great things to come. Barely a few years later, the first communication satellite was also launched. It did not take long before satellite tv broadcasting was initiated. That was the birth of digital TV.

In order to get a better understanding of this remarkable phenomenon, we shall be looking at the different categories available, the advantages of using it and how it compares to the cable TV.

There are three main categories of satellite television. Namely: The Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS), Television Receive Only (TVRO), and Direct to Home television (DTH). DBS and DTH are almost similar in that their transmissions are relayed directly to the consumer. TVRO, on the other hand, is a North American term that refers to the reception of satellite television feeds from Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) type of satellites.

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