Satellite systems are ideally suited for television and radio distribution, providing high-quality, high-reliability, low-maintenance, flexible alternatives to terrestrial systems. Unlike terrestrial microwave systems, there are no towers or repeaters to maintain, no radio fades to degrade performance, no extensive troubleshooting to diagnose problems and far less land to lease. Your capital investment for a satellite network is also much lower, especially in areas with difficult terrain. Receive stations can be deployed in a fraction of the time it would take to install a terrestrial system
With the advent of digital modulation and compression techniques, crystal clarity can be achieved with both video and audio, while at the same time minimizing transmission costs and ensuring the privacy of your network.
The signals you receive are virtually identical to those generated at the studio. With newer-generation satellites, occupied satellite bandwidths can be as little as 9 MHz for a TV signal and its associated (stereo) audio channels. Stereo radio signals can be multiplexed with the TV signal or transmitted on separate narrowband digital carriers. Only stations designated by your control center will be able to decode your transmissions, thus ensuring privacy.
Solid-state transmitter equipment is rapidly becoming the standard for new installations. Although initially more expensive, solid-state equipment enjoys the advantage of reduced maintenance costs for the life of the equipment.