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post #1 of 33
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as above.

given what i'm reading on DSLReports it seems that the satellite providers offer more channels, and high quality, and if that's the case why is it that the satellite internet (ping/latency) is so terrible?
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Satellite compresses their signals less than most cable companies, so I'd say yes.

Edit: wait a sec, are you talking about satellite for internet? It's horrible because it uses dial up for upstream since those satellites are 1 way only. If you're asking about tv only, I'd say the best deal out there is DishTV's "Everything America" package. For $99, you get nearly every channel out there.
Edited by sccr64472 - 7/30/11 at 9:03am
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satellite_Internet_access

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Latency is the delay between requesting data and the receipt of a response, or in the case of one-way communication, between the actual moment of a signal's broadcast and the time it is received at its destination. Compared to ground-based communication, all geostationary satellite communications experience high latency due to the signal having to travel 35,786 km (22,236 mi) to a satellite in geostationary orbit and back to Earth again. Even at the speed of light (about 300,000 km/s or 186,000 miles per second), this delay can be significant. If all other signaling delays could be eliminated, it still takes a radio signal about 250 milliseconds (ms), or about a quarter of a second, to travel to the satellite and back to the ground. For an internet packet, that delay is doubled before a reply is received. That is the theoretical minimum. Factoring in other normal delays from network sources gives a typical one-way connection latency of 500–700 ms from the user to the ISP, or about 1,000–1,400 ms latency for the total Round Trip Time (RTT) back to the user. This is much more than most dial-up users experience at typically 150–200 ms total latency.
I knew this was the reason, but I didn't realize that was the distance the signals had to travel.
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post #4 of 33
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Originally Posted by Bobicon View Post
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satellite_Internet_access



I knew this was the reason, but I didn't realize that was the distance the signals had to travel.
If you're talking about tv, why would you even care about latency? It's irrelevant.
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imho cable beats satilite tv hands down, for the simple fact that there is almost NO signal loss during hairy storms, i mean if the wind blows hard enough, there goes your tv signal.... clouds in the sky, signal reception goes down hill fast... I know from past experience with haveing dish, then switching to cable when I could and havn't looked back since
post #6 of 33
More channels definitely, but I wouldn't say higher quality. Cable has a higher bandwidth and the actual signal travels a much shorter distance, which is why it's also superior for Internet. In terms of cost though, Satellite TV is a better deal.
Edited by Crecente - 7/30/11 at 9:10am
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post #7 of 33
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If you're talking about tv, why would you even care about latency? It's irrelevant.
He also asked about satellite internet as well and since you answered his question regarding TV I thought I would cover his other question.
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I have satellite internet on my boat and its a absolute joke. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.. latency holds it back way to much! TV on the other hand is great, usually won't work when there is heavy cloud cover associated with a storm or something. But cable would work during a storm.
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My Grandma had Dish, it was horrible! the TV went out 3-4x a week. They lived in Palm Bay,FL
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I have satellite internet on my boat and its a absolute joke. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.. latency holds it back way to much! TV on the other hand is great, usually won't work when there is heavy cloud cover associated with a storm or something. But cable would work during a storm.
Good luck getting cable TV on a boat.
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