City wants to move your Dish
I woke up this morning to a post in our local message boards that said “Forget about the Dish TV”. At first, I thought it was going to be a discussion on how TiVo is trying to get an injunction against EchoStar to have them disable DVR functions on all Dish Network boxes. (More Info)
Instead, it was about a junior council woman in Schenectady NY, promoting a law that would required satellite dishes to be removed or moved to back yards. It's bad enough when small housing communities try to enforce such restrictions but an entire city is too much. It's especially ironic for Schenectady, the test tube of television. Local inventor Ernst Alexanderson was responsible for making the old home antenna part of our 20th century landscape.
Many of you probably haven't stopped to realize that the satellite dish is a modern day compass. They actually helped me find my way once in London after my buddy Tim got us lost.
Consumer TV or Direct Broadcast Satellites are Geo-stationary. This means they circle the earth at the same speed as the earth itself so they're always in the same position. They also revolve around the earth at the same height, directly over the equator.
What the means is, all your dishes are going to be pointing in the southernly direction. (or north if you live in the southern hemisphere) In Schenectady they're just a little south-west but it means if the back of your house doesn't have a southern view, no dish for you!