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a television system broadcasting signals relayed by orbiting communications satellites to customers equipped to receive such signals; also, a television set equipped to receive such signals
Satellite television may be all that is available in remote rural areas.
By the end of 1996, several thousand artificial satellites were circling the Earth. About 1,000 of them were in a geosynchronous orbit--that is, they were located over the Equator--at an altitude of 35,900 km (22,300 mi). At that distance they circled the Earth once every 24 hours, and since the Earth rotates on its axis once each 24 hours, the satellites appear to be stationary