Your Satellite Dish

Written by Laurie Nichol
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If you haven't owned a satellite dish before, you might be a bit wary of the whole thing. Satellite technology is a very high-tech thing, but the dishes that come with a Direct TV system are pretty simple machines, and you won't have to worry too much about harming them. In fact, once they're set up in a good location, you can pretty much forget that they're there.

Care and Feeding of Your Satellite Dish . . .

A common question posed by those who are considering satellite TV is about how hard it is to install the darn things. Well, it's actually quite simple - you don't need any special tools, and all you have to do is make sure that you're installing the dish in a south-facing location on the outside of your building. In fact, it's simple to find free installation, if you sign up for a certain contract term.

Once your dish is up, there isn't much to worry about. If, however, you decide that you want to paint the dish to match more closely the color of your house or roof, you can go ahead and do it, as long as you don't use glossy or lead-based (dangerous anyway!) paint, and don't paint the low-noise blocker device. Another worry is if it will get stolen. Remember that thieves only go after items they know will fetch them resale money, and these dishes aren't worth anything on their own, without the accompanying products.

People who live in snowy winter areas have a valid question when they ask if snow on the dish will disrupt their service. While most snowfall doesn't disrupt reception, the occasional load of extremely wet snow may possibly compromise your picture quality. But this is easily remedied by simply brushing the snow off gently, or by the preliminary measure of fitting your dish with a snow-repelling cover or coating.

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