Life without entertainment is monotonous and dull. In order to remove the drudgery, boredom and dullness from life we need recreation. The modern methods like radio, transistor and T.V. provide a variety programmes, Satellite T.V. is one of them.
Satellite T.V. is a system in which signals are sent along the wires to the T.V. sets attached to the different houses after they have been transmitted to a central receiver. One can see virtual air invasion in the modern age of television media. We have MTV Zee TV, Star TV, B.B.C TV, sports TV etc. and with special access to a special antenna i.e. dish antenna either directly or via a cable operator. In this TV, a three meter dish antenna is wired to several hundred household with a monthly fee of Rs.300-400 depending upon the locality you live in. the popular programmes are thus relayed via communication satellites which is caught by adjustment through the dish of the antenna. In this way one can enjoy the programmes based on entertainment, science, education, sports, general knowledge, hot news etc. round the clock.
The latest revolution in Satellite TV is DTH (Direct to Home) services in which signals are received direct from satellite to a small dish installed in houses. These services are more flexible in which people can choose their favourite channels and pay accordingly. They offer various features like interactive services (includes games, summary of programmes etc.), recording of favourite programmes and the latest development is introduction of HD (High Definition) channels which offers stunning picture quality and Digital Surround Sound along with 3-D (3-dimensional) image which looks true to life.
Previously it was T.V. and now the Satellite T.V. the choicest but eh worst-gift of science to man. It is a good servant but a bad master. It is like a double edged sword. It is becoming popular day by day and has reached even remote villages. The reason is not too far to seek. It caters to the demands of both the common and influential people. So far as educational programmes or current issues or scientific programmes concerned, it is a very useful media. The innovative programmes can be specially prepared and telecast to the exclusive viewers. If rightly used this medium can bring about silent constructive revolution. However it is a matter of grave concern that it is rather sickening the society. Many a times satellite T.V’s cater to the cheap demands of the masses. There is an overdose of vulgar programmes and advertisements. It is spoiling the whole, specially the young generation. The sublime and decent ideas are being trampled underfoot. Children are becoming satellite T.V. addicts. It has become a status symbol too. Children hardly explore life in their own way. They are merely passive spectators. Their mind is being brain washed by this media. The cheap entertainment and the dazzling colours spoil their character and affect their eye sight too. It reaches many wrong and vicious habits.
The government should put a check on vulgar programmes so that the boon of science does not turn out to be a bane.