Satellite TV refers to a type of television programming which is wirelessly transmitted to TV sets all over the world through a network of radio signals, broadcast centers, communication satellites and outdoor antennas or satellite dishes. The broadcasted TV signals are from satellites which orbit the earth and are received by regional and local satellite TV systems. In recent years, satellite TV has become increasingly popular in many countries around the world. This is because of its relatively affordable cost, comprehensive choice of channels and high quality pictures. It is also easy to connect and reliable, once it is set up properly.
If you decide to get a satellite TV system for your house, the next step is to get it installed. Nearly all satellite TV installations nowadays are carried out by experienced and well-trained professionals who are familiar with the technical aspects of your system. Such professionals will also consider the effects of the installing on the appearance of your home. Nevertheless the entry of someone (even a qualified professional) in your home carrying power drills, long coaxial cables and staple guns may induce some anxiety. Additionally, while a satellite dish may be cute and inconspicuous, it may have a slightly intrusive effect on your house’s appearance.
Here are several satellite TV installation tips you need to consider in order to avoid potential problems and ensure a better overall installation:
1)Fully understand what it is you are getting
Prior to scheduling the installation, you must understand what your system includes. Ensure you get all your questions answered at the point of sale. Typical issues include the number of TVs that can be hooked into the system and whether you will be able to view different channels on them.If you are installing a commercial satellite TV system, you also need to ask whether the system has modern features like High Definition(HD) and Digital Video Recording(DVR) capabilities. You also need to ask what your total monthly bill will be after the free promotional packages (if any are provided) have expired. These issues need to be addressed by the sales representative and not the installer later. Additionally you need to research and compare various satellite TV providers to ensure you get the best deal and quality. While you do your research, remember to write down your favorite programs or those that you watch frequently. This helps you to select the best package for your needs.
2)Plan for the installation
The dish must have a clear view of the sky (the southern sky for people in the northern hemisphere). Your installer will be equipped with the relevant dish-pointing tools that pinpoint the exact position of the satellite. You will also be advised on the best location of the dish in order to get a clear, unobstructed view of the sky. The satellite dish can be affected by objects such as trees and surrounding buildings. Also remember that the alignment of the top section of the dish mast must be vertical. If this alignment is off by even a few degrees, it will be very hard to find satellite signals. In some cases, the best location may be away from the house-for example placed in the lawn or garden. Such places need to be prepared. You may need to dig holes and use cement to construct a firm platform for the mast.
3)Whip the house into shape
Installation of the satellite TV system may require access to your basement and attic or even closets to pass cables through. The installation path needs to be clear. Your installer should not have to remove objects in the basement or clean out cluttered closets in order to run the cables. When you learn about where the cables will pass (your installer may need to assess your home before the process starts), you need to clear the way ahead of the installer.
4)You must ask questions
Any credible professional installer will not mind if you observe the installation and ask all the questions you like about the installation. Even though they need to work efficiently, part of the installer’s job is to offer information and reasons for whatever they do. Some installers may even need your help, depending on the method of installation.
Finally before they leave, the installer must show you how you to operate your system. However, you may not remember everything you are told. Therefore, ensure you have a user’s manual, a toll-free help number and the help and information channel of your satellite TV provider.