SATELLITES: Let a Dish Be Your Umbrella

Let a Dish Be Your Umbrella

TV viewers in Palm Springs, Calif., had a little problem. Though satellite dishes were the best way to bring in additional channels, several homeowner associations banned the contraptions on the grounds that they are ugly. To the rescue came Under Cover Satellite Systems. The Indio, Calif., firm created dishes in disguise: satellite antennas that resemble patio umbrellas. For $3,000 to $5,000 -- about the price of an ordinary dish -- the company will have a dealer install one in any of six colors, complete with table and four matching chairs. The umbrella covers are made of a specially woven acrylic fabric...

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