Subscribing to satellite TV should be well thought out, since most subscriptions have a lock-in period, usually 12 months or more. With this set up, the satellite TV provider installs the satellite dish and all other auxiliary facilities at no additional cost. This cost is, however, embedded in the monthly subscription fee. If you prefer to have a satellite installation without having any contractual obligations with a satellite TV provider, then you can buy your own equipment and install it yourself, or with the help of a professional.
Here are the steps to install your own satellite TV equipment:
- Before purchasing your own satellite equipment, make sure you read and ask about satellite TV systems on the market. If you know someone with his own satellite receiver, ask him all your technical questions. This is very important so you have enough knowledge when you start hunting for affordable equipment. A good background on satellite equipment will help you bargain for the best price.
- Depending on your subscription, determine which satellite TV equipment will be compatible with your television set. Check all the models available in the market and read reviews about their efficiency and durability.
- Choose a compatible model of satellite dish that fits your budget. You can opt for secondhand satellite equipment that still works effectively. If you only watch a limited number of channels and you have only one television, then maybe a satellite dish with one output can do the job. If you watch several channels simultaneously on different television sets, however, you might need a more sophisticated model like a quad output dish, and extra equipment to split the satellite feed, which may be pricey.
- Once you have the satellite dish, you have to decide where to install it. You can get a clue as to how to position your satellite dish by observing your neighborhood--those with satellite dish should have their antenna aimed at a specific direction to pick up the appropriate signals.
- Install the satellite dish at a location that is far from electrical wiring, cables and trees. It should be installed securely in a way that it will not cause any accidents. If you live in an area where earthquakes often occur, secure the nuts and bolts with a sealant. If your neighborhood is questionable, the satellite equipment should be in a more secure area to prevent theft.
- As a general rule, if you live in the northern hemisphere, your satellite dish should point towards the south. If you are in the southern hemisphere, the dish should point towards the north to get signals.
- Test the reception and satellite programming before making your installation permanent. You can now use your Digital Video Recorder to catch your favorite TV shows without worrying about making it home on time. The DVR also comes with software that will help you in adjusting your channels depending on the signal strength.
- You can also opt to have a professional install your satellite TV equipment with minimal professional fees.