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The technology behind satellite radio


The technology behind satellite radio

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Any song you hear on satellite radio stars as a recording in a specific format on different recording mediums. IN most cases, the recording quality has to be maintained fairly high, usually around 384kb/s, while also being reasonably small enough to be transported on CDs and DVDs. The music tracks used in satellite radio are cataloged using a similar system to the MP3 cataloging criteria, the ID3 tags. The choice for the music tracks that will be played is made by each channel individually. The DJ selecting the tracks usually chooses about 20-30 minutes worth of music. The DJ has to listen to the tracks to make sure they are in proper condition and then simply lets the computer decode the original file. The same thing is repeated once the initial 20-30 minutes are exhausted and the music playing cycle repeats itself.

Sound encoding in satellite radio

Encoding is one of the key elements of digital radio. Each channel is handled by a different encoder. The encoder basically takes the analog file and turns it into a digital one. The digitalization process is made in real time and the music files are transformed into 1′s and 0′s. This process is carried out by powerful computers that analyze sound waves and frequency and break them into binary code. The encoding process is carried out at 128kb/s, 44.1Kh which is actually CD quality. After the song is encoded, it is transmitted to a multiplexer where other channels are also present – the multiplexer basically takes all the channels of the satellite radio provider and combines them into a single broadcast transmission. The data is then sent to a satellite modem device which modulates the data and sends it to the broadcaster’s satellites, using unique transmission frequencies.

What happens above the Earth

Here is where the satellites are located.

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  1. JD
    December 17th, 2009 at 13:01 | #1

    See the movie “Stock Shock” if you want to learn about the development of Sirius XM and it’s history. Great DVD. stockshockmovie.com has it.

  2. Isabel Lee
    October 5th, 2010 at 15:58 | #2

    i am not a fan of Satellite Radio but i guess it would become more popular as years go by;;’

  3. Flashing Beacon ·
    November 9th, 2010 at 16:34 | #3

    my girlfriend bought a satellite radio but most of the time we do not use it ::

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