Wally listens to satellite television
Aug. 24, 1996: Cathy Zappala-Simpson, left, and Jim Simpson watch television – provided by a new satellite service – at their Dana Point home. Wally, center, watches Los Angeles Times photographer Glenn Koenig.
The family was new Direct Broadcast Satellite TV customers – the new small satellite dish rage of the mid-1990s.
Writer Dan Logan reported in a Sept. 7, 1996, story:
We may not need hundreds of television channels, but apparently lots of us want them.
Right now, the hot thing in the delivery of television programming is Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) services. DBS service providers offer viewers as many as 200 channels via pint-sized satellite dishes.
The picture is digital quality and the sound is CD quality, which attracts the TV purists. The small dish systems also strike a chord in frugal viewers who live where cable companies charge high rates for mediocre service.
“The primary reason we wanted a satellite dish at our beach home was because we come here to relax and enjoy the home and the entertainment center is a tremendous source of pleasure,” says Jim Simpson of Dana Point. “One of the great things I love about the satellite dish is the music channels. They’re varied and uninterrupted. I find them soothing. Even my dog finds the music channels very soothing.”
“Also there’s a tremendous range of movie channels. To really understand an entertainment center, you have to experience it.”
This photo by staff photographer Glenn Koenig accompanied Logan’s story on the cover of the Home Design section in the Sept. 7, 1996 Los Angeles Times Orange County Edition.
Dan Logan’s article is online The Scoop on the Dish.
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