Satellite television in the United States provides a huge selection of channels for the average consumer. Both major providers, Dish Network and DirecTV, are able to provide programming from local affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBS, FOX, The WB and PBS as well as many other purely local stations (such as KTLA in Los Angeles).

In addition, each provides access to several premium channels (for a slightly higher monthly subscription charge)- Cinemax, HBO, Showtime, and Starz

The main attraction for many basic satellite TV subscribers, however, are the nationwide “turnaround channels” that offer a set of programming focused around a single topic or lifestyle. Both companies offer various packages containing a certain number of these channels (with or without added premium channels) for a flat monthly rate.

Some of these satellite TV channel topics include:

– Family (ABC Family, Animal Planet, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, Discovery Kids, Disney Channel, The Hallmark Channel, Nickelodeon, NickToons, Noggin, Toon Disney)

– Movies (AMC, Bravo, Encore, Flix, Fox Movie Channel, Independent Film Channel, Lifetime Movie Network, The Movie Channel, The Sundance Channel, Turner Classic Movies)

– Entertainment (A&E, Comedy Central, E!, Fine Living, Food Network, fX, G4, GSN, Lifetime Television, Logo, Oxygen, Sci-Fi Channel, Sleuth, Soapnet, Spike TV, Style Network, Superstation WGN, The Travel Channel, TBS, TNT, TV Land, USA Network, WE: Women’s Entertainment)

– Shopping (Home Shopping Network, The Jewelry Channel, QVC, Shop At Home, Shop NBC, TV Outlet Mall)

– Music (CMT, Fuse, GAC, MTV, mun2, VH1, Sirius Satellite Radio, XM Satellite Radio)

– Multicultural (BBC America, BET, CoLours TV, GalavisiĆ³n, HITN, PTV Global, S TV, Telefutura, Telemundo, TV One, Univision)

– Education (The Biography Channel, Bloomberg Television, Court TV, Discovery Channel, DIY Network, The Documentary Channel, Free Speech TV, Healthy Living Channel, The History Channel, HGTV, Lime, Link TV, TLC, NASA-TV, National Geographic Channel, The Outdoor Channel, The Science Channel, The Weather Channel)

– News (C-SPAN, CNN, CNBC, CNBC World, Current TV, Fox News Channel, Headline News, MSNBC, RFD-TV)

– Sports (CSTV, Comcast SportsNet, ESPN, Fox Sports Net, Fuel TV, Gol TV, The Golf Channel, Horse Racing TV, NBA TV, NFL Network, Speed Channel, Sun Sports, The Tennis Channel, TVG Network)

– Religion (Daystar, Eternal Word Television Network, Good Samaritan Network, NRB, TBN, TCT, The Church Channel, World Harvest Television)