Antennas are actually better than cables

Antenna, cable or SAT?

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Cable television comes straight into the house from a telecommunications provider, the satellite system can either be installed by a professional or you can set it up yourself. Here are the most important differences and a few tips for satellite and cable reception in your home.

Cable in - television enjoyment

A cable connection today offers a large selection of programs at a fixed price. The undisputed advantage of the cable connection is its easy installation and easy expandability. If another subscriber in the cable network wants to see all programs, all that remains is to plug the plug of a television or video recorder into the cable antenna socket.

There is extensive coverage by cable TV providers, but there are streets (including in Vienna) that cannot be developed by cable TV providers. The cable connection is introduced into the house at the ground floor level (or basement) to the transfer point. This is the separation point between the broadband distribution network of the telecommunications provider and the private house distribution system, which is installed by the licensed specialist company.

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Satellite systems offer a wide variety of programs at low investment costs. In Central Europe, if the location is good and the view is clear, all satellites can be received in the range from approx. 78.5 ° East to 58 ° West. Nevertheless, there are locations in which the reception can be significantly impaired by obstacles such as trees or houses.

With a so-called Astra Eutelsat dish (approx. 70 cm in diameter and facing south), one or two television connections can receive approx. 100 programs. With the help of a dual or multifeed system, you have the option of receiving programs from two or more satellites.

A look into the past: terrestrial antennas

Terrestrial antennas were originally the indoor antennas and roof antennas, as they were common in every household in the era before cable connections and satellite systems. Today only a very limited number of transmitters can be received terrestrially; mostly only those of the country-specific public radio and television companies.

Antenna cables are laid in a star shape in conduits with a minimum diameter of 16 mm. A satellite-compatible coaxial cable is double-shielded and suitable for frequencies up to 2,500 megahertz. Triple junction boxes separate radio, terrestrial reception (or cable connection) and satellites again at the reception point.