Satellite Radio FAQ

Satellite Radio has been around for the past seven years, and even though it has gained in popularity, many people are still not familiar about it. There are many, Satellite Radio FAQ, which have to be addressed, to grasp the full meaning. A Satellite Radio is basically a device which is able to receive digital signals from a particular satellite, which is in orbit over the earth. Compared to the normal radio signals which are broadcasted from a radio station, these signals are beamed from over 22,000 miles up in space from a satellite. This form of broadcasting is chosen because of several reasons. The main reason could be that the broadcast has a huge area of coverage. You can cover an entire continent by this type of transmission. The second major reason is that the signal is in a digital format which is much superior to an analogue signal. You will not find any static while listening to Satellite Radio. There is a minimal of noise interference and you get superior sound quality, which can be compared to what you would hear on a CD player.

Any type of Satellite Radio needs an antenna to receive the satellite signal. The positioning of the antenna plays a major role in receiving the best signal. The main point to remember is to point the antenna in direct line of sight of the sky, without any obstructions. This is the main reason why you will not receive a signal when you are in a tunnel. The transmission of the signals is totally dependent on the satellite, which is in the sky, unlike other radio signals which are in the air.

Up to now there are no government-owned satellite radio services and the ones that are available in the United States are by companies. These companies charge a monthly subscription fee, to the listener, as this is the only source of revenue for them, as they provide you with totally commercial-free entertainment. These companies have a line-up of excellent radio channels covering music, news, talk, sports, weather, traffic and entertainment for all age groups. XM and Sirius are the two companies which provide Satellite Radio in mainland United States, from coast to coast. There is no service available in Hawaii and Alaska. These two companies have now merged but their programs are still separate. You have to see the channels list of both the companies to decide which Satellite Radio you would prefer to subscribe. Both the companies have over 120 channels covering all the categories which were mentioned earlier. Each has certain advantages and disadvantages and it will all depend on your preference of the different programs each has to offer.

Now Satellite Radio is available over the internet as well. There is no extra subscription amount if you are already having an account with the company. If you are new you will have to pay the same amount, that is charged as the normal subscription when you have a satellite radio. Satellite Radio service is accessible over the internet, by downloading a widget which serves as a radio tuner on your computer.