As technology has progressed over the last couple of decades, no market has shown greater growth then the commercial satellite market. Over the past twenty years, satellites have been used in various ways by businesses in different industries. Some of these industries include television, radio, telephones, and much more. Listed below are some ways that commercial satellite services have grown.
TV Service: You may have also heard people referring to satellite television as satellite dish, or simply a dish. Some of the main components of using this technology include an antenna which transmits the signals. Many of the consumers who use a satellite dish get their channels from a direct broadcast satellite provider. The provider’s purpose is to offer the consumer a wider and bigger variety of channels than they would get if they used traditional cable. One of the many benefits of using this type of service for a consumer is that they have the ability to access a wider variety of channels. With the installation of a cable headend unit to a facility, the facility owner has the options to pick and choose channels which best fit their clientele. While some facilities such as nursing homes or long term care facilities may choose channels that best suit older clients, facilities such as colleges pick channels that are more popular with younger viewers.
The largest provider of these television services in the United States is DIRECTV. Breaking away from the mold of the “local cable” monopoly, DIRECTV has given consumers an option on their cable. No longer are consumers forced to deal with rising local cable costs and bad customer service, but with a commercial account they can pick and choose whichever channels they want for their company.
One such company which specializes in the commercial satellite market is SeniorTV based out of Akron, Ohio. As of 2012, SeniorTV has provided satellite services to 1,500+ facilities in the United States. As an authorized DIRECTV dealer, SeniorTV provides cable headends to facilities and offers service at the fraction of the price of their local cable company. In turn these facilities can offer private cable services to their customers at much lower rates, while still generating a residual monthly fee from each resident or client. Facilities such as nursing homes, hospitals, hotels and almost any type of organization providing a large amount of television units has turned to them as their provider.
Radio: Satellite radio works in a way such that a digital radio signal is relayed or transmitted. It allows signals to be received from one or numerous satellites. One of the biggest benefits of this type of radio for consumer purposes is that they can choose stations that are commercial free. One of the biggest benefits of this radio is that it can reach a wider geographic area.
Telephones: Satellite telephones are similar to traditional cell phones, but have a few distinguishable differences. The biggest difference is that satellite phones have the ability to reach an area or region that does not have terrestrial cellular service (what traditional cell phones need in order to work properly). Because these cell phones are able to reach all different places, they are actually illegal to have in your possession in some countries. These countries forbid these telephones in order to keep control of censorship or other reason.
Images: Although satellite images were originally used for informational and scientific purposes, businesses have begun to use them for commercial purposes. Anyone who has internet access can find up to date satellite images by just browsing a website. One of the most common uses for images is for the purpose of providing people with directions or traffic reports. Commercial satellite companies have not only grown tremendously in the past few years, but their rate of growth is growing each and every year.
For those who are interested in entering the commercial satellite market for their business there are far more pros then sticking with conventional cable television. Not only are prices much lower, but with the installation of cable headends, each facility has complete control over which channels they give to their clients.