A domestic antenna of less than 70 cm diameter can receive a 'superbeam' direct-to-home transmission from the satellites.

HOTBIRD 9 and 10 carry up to 64 transponders in Ku-band - microwave frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum. These frequencies are used to broadcast TV channels and information because satellites like HOTBIRD 9 and 10 can transmit high powered, focused beams allowing satellite receiving dishes to be much smaller.