Satellite radio is a commercial free digital radio service offered to subscribers for a fee. If satellite service were be interrupted in an entire neighborhood – which is very rare and might only occur in cases of severe weather – everything can be ‘fixed’ either on the part of the customer adjusting the dish themselves, or through a computerized network at the satellite company’s office that accesses the actual satellite in space and adjusts/addresses any signal issues.
Organizing seminars and conferences in coordination with the Telecommunication Regulatory Authorities and other international organizations at a global and regional level, on the benefits of satellite communications to developing countries, and raising awareness of the advantages of open satellite markets.
An interesting thing to do is to look at on one of the live satellite websites (links to added here soon) at the same time as also looking at You can then match the aircraft and the trails as they fly along, and identify which planes are leaving the spreading trails that cover our sky with grey cloud-like formations every day.
A provider of premium TV has to have a way to make you pay for what you watch so they encrypt or scramble the TV signal and sell you a key to unlock it. When you have paid your subscription or the fee for a one-time pay-per-view the TV provider sends a signal to your set-top box, which programmes your viewing card to allow the descrambler in the box to decode the signal so that you can watch it.
It was Satcom 1 that was instrumental in helping early cable TV channels such as WTBS (now TBS Superstation), HBO, CBN (now ABC Family), and The Weather Channel become successful, because these channels distributed their programming to all of the local cable TV headends using the satellite.