Al Jessup of Beckley, West Virginia, has 12 cheap satellite dishes stuck to his house, which pull in over 5,000 free-to-air channels from satellites all over the sky. He is retired, and delights in odd and foreign programming.
Because the programming is free, it changes regularly, he noted.
Sometimes, a program he likes will disappear and something he dislikes will be put in its place, or vice versa. For example, he once had three ABC stations from Wyoming only to have it reduced to one. “One day it may be here, the next day it may be gone, the next day it may be back,” he said. “You never know.”
Jessup said some programming includes things he likes, like racing or music, and some of it is, well, “weird.”
Soon, he plans to add a 13th dish to his collection, he said. He may later get a “fancy” satellite dish that is basically like 16 dishes in one. This could eliminate some of the dishes outside his house — or enable him to get even more channels.
“I could point them toward the east where there’s a bunch of satellites running around,” he said. “I don’t know what I would get there.”
Posted Sun Nov 27th, 2005