Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - DTH TELEVISION -

The end com­po­nent in the en­tire satel­lite TV sys­tem is the re­ceiver or the set-top box. It takes the dig­i­tal sig­nal and con­verts it into an ana­log for­mat that a stan­dard tele­vi­sion can recog­nise. Since the re­ceiver spits out only one chan­nel at a time, you can’t tape one pro­gramme and watch an­other or watch two dif­fer­ent pro­grammes on two TVs hooked up to the same re­ceiver. In or­der to do these things, which are stan­dard on con­ven­tional ca­ble, you need to buy an ad­di­tional re­ceiver.

Some re­ceivers have a num­ber of other fea­tures. They pick up a pro­gram­ming sched­ule sig­nal from the provider and present this in­for­ma­tion as an on­screen pro­gram­ming guide. Many re­ceivers have parental lock-out op­tions, and some have built-in Dig­i­tal Video Recorders(DVRs), which let you pause live tele­vi­sion or record it on a hard drive.

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