Tihngs to know before buying or installing satellite dish

Thing You Need to Know Before Buying or Installing Satellite Dish

Satellite TV is a fantastic concept that has taken the world by storm over the past 20 years but in order to receive the best service possible you will have to take some things into consideration before you buy or install a satellite dish. Many people overlook what we are about to tell you but it’s in your best interest to make sure you don’t fall foul, as it could cause you headaches and plenty of money to put right.

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Buying a DSS system for high-definition TV be sure that you buy the corresponding HD-capable dish

Compatibility is everything when it comes to the technological world, and if you don’t take this simple issue into account you could have an expensive resolution on your hands. Therefore, think about what you want to use your TV for, if its HD purposes than make sure when you buy a DSS system that your satellite dish also has the capabilities to receive a HD signal. A none compatibly HD dish could be a big problem.

Dishes can have one or more LNBs

During your satellite dish installation you may have heard the abbreviation LNB used a lot. The LNB stands for Low Noise Block and it simply works as a way of tampering with the signal that comes through to your dish. Some dishes may just have the one LNB but others can sport more of them. The LNB device receives the signal and then it amplifies that signal in order to change it to a lower band in order to send down the cable to the receiver inside your house.

Check if it’s free or subscription

Most service providers will offer a monthly premium in order to get TV channels, and usually you will be committed to a 12 month contracted period. Others will offer a free service, so just make sure that you are aware of what’s free and what isn’t before committing to anything.

Installation process

If you don’t have a dish installed on your house or apartment already then you will want to know how the installation process goes. An engineer will usually visit your premises to look at the best area to mount the satellite dish, once they have found a good area they will mount it to the wall or roof and then look at ways of running the cables to the receiver located inside your house. If you house is particularly hard to get to or there are obstructions that make it hard for the engineer to get the dish attached to the wall, then you may have to rethink your plans slightly.


There are two main costs associated with satellite TV, the first is the installation cost and the second is the monthly on-going costs that you will need to pay. Check both of these out and see if they fit within your budget before going ahead.

Signal Quality

Finally, what use is a satellite dish and all the equipment if you live in a low or poor signal area? You will be paying for nothing. Talk to neighbours and the service provider to get tests run on your area to see if you can receive a good – excellent signal. If satellite dishes pave the walls of houses down your street then it’s likely the signals are going to be good.

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