What Do I Need For Satellite TV


Satellite TV Prep Guide

Installing satellite television will require a few key components prior to set up. For example, you will need to assess where the satellite dish will go; and understand the various observations and complications involved in putting up a satellite dish. For example, if the home is not currently wired for satellite TV, there are some things that need to be done first. It is up to you whether to leave the details to the installer or not, but it is always important to know what to expect.

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Assess The Satellite Dish Location

First, it is a good idea to think about the location of the satellite of dish. It will need to have a clear line of sight to the satellite in the sky. For most people in the U.S., this means facing the south. Look around the home and determine some good options for mounting the satellite dish. If there are no clear-facing southern sky areas, you may need to think about how to resolve this. For example, can you cut a tree down if needed? Or, do you have a high vantage point on the roof?

Decide On Where Signal Enters Home

Where the signal enters the home will depend on what type of home you have. Attics are common distribution centers, but if you do not have an attic, a basement or garage may be an alternative. This area will house cables (100 feet in length or less is recommended) and should be located near a 110-Volt outlet. Basically, the signal will enter through this area and then be distributed to the various TVs in your home.

If you are renting the home, it is suggested that you check with your landlord first. If you are renting an apartment, you should also check with the landlord or property manager to see if what the process is for installing satellite TV. Keep in mind that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says that they cannot refuse you this service. However, it could be a problem if you live in an apartment with an obstructed view of the southern sky.

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What Equipment Is Needed?

satellite dish and receiver are necessary in order to get satellite TV. And, if you want to watch TV on more than one TV, then multiple receivers will be needed. In addition, if you want to receive some extra benefits of having satellite TV, there are additional items you can purchase that include HDTV, Internet access, parental control, and more.

Power protectors are also recommended to protect your satellite TVfrom power surges. Power surges can happen at the plug in the wall, at the phone connection or at the coaxial cable. And, weather will often affect service too. For example, if there is a hard rain or the dish is covered with snow, service may be spotty or non-existent. Often time, all it takes to restore service is a good brush off of the snow with a broom. In the case of a hard rain, you will likely have to wait it out for a bit.

Like any new product you are considering, do your research and ask questions. Satellite TV has a great many benefits to offer, so just prepare ahead.

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Updated on: November 10, 2015

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