“When the antenna drops the signal [from weather], you won’t be worried about watching TV, but where the life jackets are stored,” says Paul Comyns, vice president of global marketing for Intellian, a satellite-communications manufacturer. The majority of satellite-TV subscribers are land-based, so service providers aim their signals at
terra firma, not offshore waters. But, like cellphone signals, TVRO signals can be received miles offshore. Still, they don’t span oceans. “The antenna side is easy,” Comyns says. But being able to access standard or high-definition [HD] resolution programming is sometimes harder.