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Encyclopedia > United States Satellite Broadcasting

United States Satellite Broadcasting was a satellite television company that ran from 1981 to 1998. It was purchased by DirecTV in 1998. 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... A standard DIRECTV satellite dish with 1 LNB on a roof DirecTV is a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service based in El Segundo, California, that transmits digital satellite television and audio to households in the United States. ...


History

USSB was founded in 1981 by Stanley S. Hubbard, who is widely considered to be the father of modern satellite broadcasting. Hubbard spent most of the 1980's raising awareness and money to launch a digital satellite television service. In the 1990's, he had teamed up with RCA/Thomson Consumer Electronics and Hughes Electronics Corporation to come up with a practical digital satellite service capable of 175 channels. When the service launched, Hubbard offered programming under the moniker of USSB (mostly premium channels, plus MTV and others) while Hughes offered programming under the banner of DirecTV (mostly basic services). DirecTV later bought USSB . MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network headquartered in New York City. ... A standard DIRECTV satellite dish with 1 LNB on a roof DirecTV is a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service based in El Segundo, California, that transmits digital satellite television and audio to households in the United States. ...


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The first national network of satellite television, called Orbita, was created in Soviet Union in 1967, and was based on the principle of using the highly-elliptical Molniya satellite for re-broadcasting and delivering of TV signal to ground downlink stations.
Satellites used for television signals are generally in either highly-elliptical (with inclination of +/-63.4 degrees and orbital period of about 12 hours) or geostationary orbit 37,000 km (22,300 miles) above the earth’s equator.
Consumer satellite television reception in the United States began in the early 1980s with the introduction of the first home satellite systems designed for receiving the same TVRO signals used for distribution to cable systems.
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