Q: What is Satellite Radio?

December 17, 2013 12:53 PM

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Good music and entertaining programs on your car radio help you avoid boredom when driving. A good comedy rant on your daily commute never hurts. And listening to a good tune is a good stress-buster after a tough day's work. If you love programming variety, then satellite radio may be just what you need in your car.

The standard AM-FM radio fitted in your car receives its signals from ground-based transmitting towers. A satellite radio, on the other hand, receives its signals from geo-stationary satellites in space. This feature converts your car into an audio-entertainment hub irrespective of your distance from towers that broadcast radio signals.

A geo-stationary satellite that is always positioned over the United States can easily transmit signals over the length and breadth of the country. These radios contain receivers that can receive signals from satellites in space. These devices are more costly because of the use of relatively advanced technology and the need to fit these radios in a modern automobile. The biggest advantage of owning such a radio is that you will never go out of the range of the radio signals.

Having such a radio in your car will help a lot even if you do not go on long road trips. Traveling to work will become an enjoyable experience with access to near-CD quality digital audio, without static or other disturbances. You will enjoy constant access to your favorite stations when driving, without any interruptions.

These devices also help you enjoy customized entertainment. This radio service is usually available upon the payment of a nominal monthly subscription fee along with additional charges for enjoying access to specific genres and channels. For the price that the car owner pays, he or she will enjoy better quality programming, more choices of stations and channels, access to multiple genres, and no more than seven to eight minutes of advertisements per hour.

There are millions of satellite radio users enjoying more than 170 different channels offered by service providers for their customers. Almost all luxury car manufacturers have included these radios as a part of the standard accessories included in the luxury car package sold to the customer.

Non-luxury carmakers, as well, often offer satellite-radio as an optional accessory alongside other high-end car options and accessories.

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