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Back around late 80s early 90s I got a rough old used 6 ft satellite dish on a stand for $50.Got a receiver for $100,later a thing to move the dish for $150 and some cable.Lots of fiddling around and Ive got satellite tv.One thing I liked about it was the extra clear crisp picture compared too cable tv.

I've seen people recently mention about compression on satellite tv which usually affects the quality of picture.Is compressIon more of a problem than around 1990 ?
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Back around late 80s early 90s I got a rough old used 6 ft satellite dish on a stand for $50.Got a receiver for $100,later a thing to move the dish for $150 and some cable.Lots of fiddling around and Ive got satellite tv.One thing I liked about it was the extra clear crisp picture compared too cable tv.

I've seen people recently mention about compression on satellite tv which usually affects the quality of picture.Is compressIon more of a problem than around 1990 ?

In the late 80s, most all satellite and cable programming was analog. NTSC analog. Cable-delivered analog video suffers from video noise and other transmission maladies. Analog satellite transmissions suffered a fraction as much from these degradations. Now, most satellite is digital. _All_ digital transmissions have a degree of compression, the amount of which varies greatly. Network feeds to affiliates may have minimal compression, while bandwidth sensitive DBS (DirecTV/DISH) usually push compression to the extreme.

So yes, compression is more prevalent today than in 1990 if only because most satellite in 1990 was analog, not digital.
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Domino92024 Thanks for clearing this up.No pun intended.smile.gif Remember 1990 everyone's satelite dishes were an enormous 12 foot flying saucer in the yard that was a big job to install and thousands of dollars.
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Compression doesn't always = worse quality either. Just depends on the type and how much.

Though I will say, DirectTV in my experience offers superior image quality vs Comcast and my local 100% fiber company EPB.
Also a lot more reliable.
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Domino92024 Thanks for clearing this up.No pun intended.smile.gif Remember 1990 everyone's satelite dishes were an enormous 12 foot flying saucer in the yard that was a big job to install and thousands of dollars.

I got my satellite dish in 1984 (just before the L.A. Olympics.) 8-foot solid aluminum dish. C-band feedhorn & LNB. Von Weisse positioner. Uniden receiver/actuator. $2200 installed. Still in use (barely) today.
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A well spent $2200..Is there much interesting on it? I used mine to get hockey games.

It kinda blew me away that it worked. think mine at first had a crank to change satelites.The electric positioner was a real luxury.
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A well spent $2200..Is there much interesting on it?

Tons! But I need to get a digital receiver. Both of my receivers are analog only.
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There wasn't much on mine when I had it as a lot of it was scrambled and gone or going to ku band.
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There wasn't much on mine when I had it as a lot of it was scrambled and gone or going to ku band.

Cable type programming? Yeah. Many newsfeeds and network feeds and special events dropped encryption when they went digital. Ku? If your dish/feedhorn isn't both C and Ku band, you really don't have a satellite dish.
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