Understand the different signal qualities of satellite bulk TV programming.

SeniorTV has been providing bulk satellite TV solutions to Retirement Homes, Assisted Living and Nursing Homes for over 20 years.  We have seen many changes in technology and understand how it applies to the industry.  For years, analog programming and tube TVs were the norm.  Now that the cost of flat screen HDTVs has dropped, they are becoming more and more prevalent and widely used.  With these newer types of TVs in use, the demand for improved picture quality has grown.  It is important that care providers and property managers understand analog and digital satellite TV solutions and how they are applied to their properties.  Here are the key differences to understand:

older-tvAnalog TV Service:

  • viewable by all types of TVs
  • 240i resolution
  • 4:3 aspect ratio only

Digital TV Service:

  • viewable by TVs with a digital tuner
  • SD and HD signal quality options
  • 480i, 480p, 720p and 1080i resolutions
  • 4:3 and 16×9 aspect ratios


While digital solutions are the future of the satellite TV industry, there are some instances where bulk analog TV service is still required.  For example, it may be necessary to provide analog TV service in a Retirement Home where the majority of TVs in use are still the older, tube style sets.  In this case a digital solution may not be the best option because those older style TVs will either need to be replaced or set top boxes will be required to receive programming.

In some cases a solution that includes analog, SD digital and/or HD programming may be desired.  This high-end, all-encompassing solution will provide signal to all TVs in the property and not require set top boxes.  A selection of analog programming is provided to accommodate the older, tube style sets while SD digital and HD programming is available for residents with the newer, flat screen TVs.

In a situation where the customer knows what option they prefer whether it be analog or digital service,  it is important to understand what signal is being provided to the TV.  In some cases, it may appear a satellite TV programming provider is providing a digital solution, but it may not necessarily be the case.  “SD channels” may not necessarily be digital as “SD” simply refers to Standard Definition which can be analog or digital.  Also, even though the bulk TV programming received via satellite is digital, the output of the equipment headend may simply be modulated in analog.  All satellite TV programming is received digitally, but unless it is a true digital equipment headend being used, it is likely a analog picture.  Remember, the emphasis on signal quality is the signal provided at the TV and not how the programming is received.

Contact SeniorTV at 1.800.890.7770 or
e-mail info@seniortv.com for more information.