90s Satellite dish question

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  1. Flat6Driver

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    I was discussing this with my wife trying to recall how this worked. I recall in the 90s folks would watch big events like Farm Aid and such.

    Somehow if you watched it on satellite (those big things in the yard, right) you could skip all the commercials and see the acts that played during the commercials. I think football and other live events worked the same ways.

    I had dish network but that was like cable.

    So, how did this work???
     
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    1.It was was pointed at the right satellite.
    2. It wasn't scrambled.
     
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    So you were just getting the straight feed that MTV or whatever would get to put on the air? How'd you know where to point it? Satellite guide or something?

    Is that how all TV in the rural areas was watched?
     
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    They were picking up the broadcaster's contribution feed out of the Venue perhaps sent up by the SNG truck at the venue - that's not normally on the same bird as the distribution feed back to the public but easy enough to do if you have got a tracking dish and know where to look - often to this day a lot of sat feeds are not encrypted
     
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    I lived in a non-cable area and my parents got a dish right after I moved out. When I moved back a few months later for a few weeks, I remember watching The Box or something like that...it was a music video channel. This was 1994
     
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    We had a satellite dish in the yard. It was hit or miss. I was a kid so not really sure how it worked.
    We had the equivalent of a TV guide. You program in a channel, the dish in the yard adjusted to the direction it needed to be to find that satellite and if all the conditions were good and the pine trees weren’t in the way you might see something.
     
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