Full-motion video teleconferencing (referred to as videoconferencing) offers the "next best thing to being there." Satellite transmission is one of the oldest, most established techniques for videoconferencing. In most cases, satellite delivery offers one-way video and two-way audio.

Two sets of equipment are needed for satellite systems. The uplink (a large satellite dish) transmits the video and audio signals to the satellite. The downlink (a small dish antenna) receives and displays the signals