A high-powered satellite system with the capability to deliver high-quality transmissions of hundreds of channels directly to television receivers. A DSS broadcast begins as a digital signal sent from a service provider’s station to a satellite. From there, it is directed to a satellite dish (typically 18 inches) at the user’s premises. The dish next transmits the signal to a converter box, which changes it to an analog signal before sending it to the television set. Acronym: DSS.