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Satellite TV Programming Guide

Brian Stevens

With more than 256 channels to choose from, satellite TV programming offers far more TV listings and viewing options than cable or over-the-air TV.

Satellite TV also gives you access to music channels, pay-per-view movies, sports packages, adult channels, and international programming.

DISH Network Satellite TV Programming

DISH Network programming packages start at $31.99 per month.

They also offer pay-per-view movies and events, adult programming, and sports packages. International programming includes: African, Arabic, Armenian, Asian, Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Israeli, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, South Asian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Urdu channels.

DISH Network has the biggest variety of movies and shows and the most HD (high definition) programming of the two satellite TV providers.

Here are DISH Network`s current satellite TV programming packages:

America`s Top 60 ($31.99 per month)

This package includes the following program channels, plus your local channels:

ABC Family, America`s Collectibles Network, Angel One, Arts & Entertainment (A&E), Auction TV, Beauty & Fashion Channel, Bingo TV, BYUTV, Cable News Network (CNN), Cartoon Network, Catalog TV, Classic Arts Showcase, CNBC, Colours TV, Comedy Central, Country Music Television, Court TV, C-SPAN, C-SPAN2, Daystar, Discovery Channel, The Disney Channel (East), Disney Channel (West), E! Entertainment Television, Educating Everyone, ESPN, ESPN Alternate, ESPN2, ESPN2 Alternate, ESPNews, Eternal Word Television Network Family Net, Florida Education Channel, Food Network, Free Speech TV, Good Samaritan Network, Headline News Network, Health TV, Healthy Living Channel, The History Channel, HITN, Home & Garden Television, The Home Shopping Network, Horseracing TV, ISHOP, The Jewelry Channel, The Learning Channel, Lifetime, Men`s Channel, Music Television (MTV), Music Television 2 (MTV2), NASA, Nickelodeon/Nick At Nite (East), Nickelodeon/Nick At Nite (West), Northern Arizona University/University House, PBS You, QVC Sho pping Network, Research Channel, RFDTV, The Sci-Fi Channel, Shop At Home, Shop NBC, Spike TV, Stuff TV, The Travel Channel, Trinity Broadcasting Network, Turner Broadcast System (TBS), Turner Network Television (TNT), TV Games Network, TV Guide Channel, TV Land, TV Outlet Mall University Of California, University Of Washington, USA Network, VH1 The Weather Channel, Worldlink TV.

America`s Top 120 ($42.99 per month)

This package includes all of the channels in the America`s Top 60 package, plus the following program channels and 32 Sirius music channels:

American Movie Classics, Animal Planet, BBC America, Black Entertainment Television (BET), Bravo, CNN Financial/CNN International, Comcast Sports Network, Discovery Health, Empire Sports, ESPN Classic, F/X, FOX News Channel, FOX Sports, FOX Sports West 2, Fuse, Galavison, Game Show Network, Independent Film Channel, Lifetime Movie Network, Madison Square Garden, MSNBC, New England Sports Network (NESN), Noggin, Pax TV, SiTV, The Speed Channel,, Sports Alternate 1, Sports Alternate 2, Sports Alternate 3, Sports Alternate 4, Sports Alternate 5, Sunshine Network, G4 Tech TV, Telefutura East, Telefutura West, Toon Disney, Turner Classic Movies, Turner South, Univision East, Univision West, WE: Women`s Entertainment, WGN Superstation.

America`s Top 180 ($52.99 per month)

This package includes all the channels in the America`s Top 120 package, plus the following program channels and 50 Sirius music channels:

Biography, Bloomberg Television, Boomerang, CNBC World, Discovery, Home & Leisure, Discovery Kids, Discovery Times Channel, Discovery Wings, Dish Music- 50`s & 60`s Hits, Dish Music- 70`s Hits, Dish Music- 80`s Hits, Dish Music- All That Jazz, Dish Music- Beach Party, Dish Music- Classic Soul, Dish Music- Country Music One, Dish Music- 4 Decades of Music, Dish Music- Expressions, Dish Music- Hitline, Dish Music- Hot FM, Dish Music- Italia, Dish Music- Love Songs, Dish Music- Moonscapes, Dish Music- New Orleans Jazz, Dish Music- Piano & Guitar, Dish Music- Road House, Dish Music- Tropical Breezes, Dish Music- Urban Adult, Do It Yourself Network, Encore (West), Encore, Action/Adventure, Encore Love Stories, Encore Mysteries, Encore True Stories, Encore Wam/America`s Kidz Network, Encore Westerns, FOX Movie Channel, FOX Sports, Net World, The Golf Channel, GOL TV, Great American Country, Hallmark Channel, History Channel International, The Movie Channel (West), National Geographic Channel, Nickelodeon Games & Sp orts, Nick toons, The Outdoor Channel, Outdoor Life Network, Reality TV, SoapNet, Style, The Science Channel, TMC Xtra West, VH1 Classic, Wisdom Television.

America`s Everything Pak ($86.99)

This package includes all the channels in the America`s Top 180 package, plus the following movie channels (31 movie channels in all):

Showtime Unlimited Package, Starz! Super Pak, HBO Package, Cinemax Package.

Note: For more programming information, ordering information, and the latest bonuses and free offers from DISH Network, click on the links below.

DIRECTV Satellite TV Programming

DIRECTV satellite TV programming starts at $41.99 per month.

They also offer pay-per-view movies and events, adult programming, and sports packages. International programming includes Chinese, Filipino, Italian, South Asian, Spanish, and Vietnamese channels.

DIRECTV has the most sports program packages of the two satellite TV providers, including the popular NFL Sunday Ticket.

Here are DIRECTV`s current satellite TV programming packages:

Total Choice ($41.99 per month)

This package includes the following program channels, plus your local channels and 31 music channels):

A&E Network, ABC Family, America`s Store, American Movie Classics (AMC), Animal Planet, BBC America, Black Entertainment Television(BET), Bloomberg Television, Bravo, C-SPAN, C-SPAN2, Cartoon Network, The Church Channel, CNBC, CNBC World, CNN, CNNfn/CNN International, Comedy Central, Country Music Television (CMT), Court TV, Daystar, Discovery Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Disney Channel (East), Disney Channel (West), E! Entertainment Television, ESPN, ESPN CLASSIC, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, EWTN, Fine Living,??Food Network, Fox Movie Channel, Fox News Channel, Fuse, FX, Galavisi??n, Game Show Network, Hallmark Channel, Headline News, The Health Network, The History Channel, Home & Garden Television, Home Shopping Network, Independent Film Channel, Inspirational Life, The Learning Channel (TLC), Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network, Link TV, MARIA+VISI??N, MSNBC, MTV, MTV2, National Geographic Channel, Newsworld International, NFL Network, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite (East), Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite (West), Noggin/The N, Outdoor Life Network (OLN), Oxygen, PAX, PBS You, QVC, RFD TV, SCI FI Channel, Shop At Home, ShopNBC, Speed Channel, Spike TV, Superstation WGN, TBS Superstation, TechTV, TNT, Toon Disney, TRAVEL CHANNEL, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), TRIO, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), Turner South, TV Land, Univision (East), USA Network, VH1, WE: Women`s Entertainment, The Weather Channel, Word Network, World Harvest Television.

Total Choice Plus ($45.99 per month)

This package includes all the Total Choice programs, plus the following channels:

The Biography Channel, Boomerang, Discovery Home & Leisure, Discovery Kids, Discovery Times Channel, Discovery Wings, DIY - Do It Yourself Network, Fuel, History International, PBS KIDS, The Science Channel, SOAPNet.

Total Choice Premier ($93.99 per month)

This package includes all the channels in the Total Choice Plus package, plus the following program channels:

Action, BLACK STARZ!, Cinemax (East), Cinemax (West), Comcast SportsNet (Mid-Atlantic), CSTV: College Sports Television, Empire Sports Network, Encore?? (West), Encore?? (East), FLIX, Fox Sports World, The Golf Channel, HBO, HBO (West), HBO Family, HBO Family (West), HBO HDTV, HBO Latino, HBO Signature, HBO2, HBO2 (West), Love Stories, Madison Square Garden (MSG), MoreMAX, The Movie Channel, The Movie Channel West, Mystery, NBA TV, New England Sports Network, The Outdoor Channel, SHOWTIME East, SHOWTIME Extreme, SHOWTIME HDTV, SHOWTIME Showcase, SHOWTIME TOO, SHOWTIME West, STARZ! (East), STARZ! (West), STARZ! Theater (East), Sundance Channel, Sunshine Network, True Stories, VH1 Classic, WAM!, Westerns, YES Network.

Note: For more programming information, ordering information, and the latest bonuses and free offers from DIRECTV, click on the links below.

Brian Stevens is a professional freelance writer and webmaster who has written extensively on satellite TV programming.

Piano Discoveries: Discovering the World of Music at the Keyboard, Off-staff Starter, On-staff Starter and Levels 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3 and 4. . - Keyboard - book review

American Music Teacher , Dec, 2001 by Midori Koga

Piano Discoveries: Discovering the World of Music at the Keyboard, Off-staff Starter, On-staff Starter and Levels 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3 and 4, by Janet Vogt and Leon Bates and illustrated by Joseph Stokes. Heritage Music Press, a division of the Lorenz Corporation (Box 802, Dayton, OH 4540 0802), 2001. 48-64pp., $6.95 each. Beginning to elementary.

At each level, there is a Piano Discoveries (method) book and a Theory Discoveries (theory) book; a MIDI accompaniment (SMT) disk and a CD accompaniment disk for each level are projected to be available at a later date. Levels 2B, 3 and 4 books also were not yet available at the time of this review.

Piano Discoveries offers the option of beginning in the Off-staff Starter book (pre-reading notation) for younger beginners or the On-staff Starter book (immediate introduction to the Grand Staff) for older beginners. Both books lead into Level IA. The Off-staff Starter uses a typical beginning approach with pieces on the black keys (pre-reading notation), leading to an introduction of the Grand Staff and Middle-C reading approach for the rest of that level. The On-staff Starter book begins directly with the Middle-C approach. In Level 1A there are pieces in Middle-C position, C-major finger position, G-major and F-major positions, but also an interesting set of pieces in D minor (an early opportunity for the children to hear minor tonality). In Level 1B a wider variety of interesting sounds are evident: minor with #4, major with #2, as well as the usual major five-finger pattern positions. The authors seem aware of the need to encourage young pianists to venture out of fixed position playing, and pieces at this level show some shifting of positions, usually by octave leap up or down. By Level 2A, I was pleased to see some challenging pieces with quickly shifting hand positions, like "Bumble Bee and the Fly" from Level 2A.

The Theory Discoveries offers supplementary written and aural exercises for note reading and rhythmic development. A "Teacher`s Corner" section at the back of the theory books outlines some wonderful suggestions for singing, ear training, rhythmic dictation, composition and improvisation that may, unfortunately, be overlooked. It may have been more helpful to include these suggestions throughout the method book.

While my personal preference for a beginning piano method is one that uses the intervallic and landmark approach, I find this method makes good use of a wider keyboard range, modulations, octave jumps and added accidentals within a major or minor finger pattern for some fresh and attractive sounds. Children also are challenged to read outside of single-position reading especially by Level 2A. There are charming, original tonal pieces to be found throughout the method, as well as arrangements of folk tunes, classical "themes" (Beethoven`s Fifth Symphony, Ode to Joy, Mozart`s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik), and blues and rag style pieces. An early introduction to the pedal also is welcome in Level 1B in a piece called "Distant Chimes," with a supplementary improvisational exercise on the black keys with pedal held throughout.

There are a few unique features that make this new method an interesting addition to the existing collection of beginning methods:

* Rebecca Shockley, author of Mapping Music (A-R Editions, 1997), contributes introductory mapping exercises designed to help young students learn to "draw" their pieces with general shapes of line, key centers, harmonic direction, and notation of patterns, and so forth, using pictorial diagrams. Some composition also is encouraged with directions to map out the pieces that the children compose. This is a helpful tool for young pupils, as they learn to see patterns, form and the "larger picture," rather than individual notes. It will aid in memorization as well. The mapping exercise at the end of Book 1A may be somewhat sophisticated for young children at this level, but I believe the effort will be well worth the result.

* Suggestions in the "Preparing for a Performance," "Building Technique" and "Discovery Corner" sections are designed to help the children think, prepare, practice and perform in a creative and artistic way. At the beginning of most pieces, a "Building Technique" box offers suggestions for preparatory practice exercises to help focus attention on the new musical and technical concepts to be introduced. Often at the end of a piece, there is a box with a set of creative ideas for further exploration such as transposition, creative practicing, composition, discovering modulations and so forth.

Piano Discoveries is a creative, attractive and easy-to-use method with some fresh new ideas. My college pedagogy students will benefit from reviewing this method in my next survey course.

Midori Koga, Williamston, Michigan.

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