Death-star meaning

(slang, colloquialism, North America, television, dated) A direct-to-home satellite television satellite (used by the cable television provider industry, to describe their competitors and the effect they would have in decimating the cable industry, prior to the introduction of digital satellite television and the three-foot dish revolution)
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Origin of death-star

death + star: "star" as is satellite; "death" as in the decimation of an industry. Influenced by the Star Wars "death star".