If you are on this site reading about satellite dishes, then it is likely that you have lots of questions. Well, ask away. A teacher once told me that there is no such thing as a stupid question. She was wrong, though, because I have heard many, many stupid questions over the years. Do not let that discourage you, though. Here are some of the satellite dish frequently asked questions (FAQ):
Can I place my satellite dish anywhere on my property?
Pretty much. Your city or homeowners association may have specific rules about where you can display a satellite dish, so you should check with them, but generally speaking, you can put it anywhere. Most people put the smaller satellite dishes on their roof and dishes that are too large and heavy are placed in the backyard somewhere.
Satellite companies claim to have more high definition channels than cable. Is that true?
Generally speaking, direct broadcasting satellite providers, such as DirecTV or DISH Network, carry more high definition digital channels than cable providers. Check with your local cable provider and compare their channel listings to be sure.
Is satellite television affected by weather?
Yes, the radio waves transmitted by satellites to a satellite dish or antenna, whether they be for television or radio, are hindered by clouds, so on overcast days you might get a poor picture or no picture at all.
Can I record my shows?
Yes. DirecTV and DISH Network have digital video recorders (DVRs) that you can use to record your favorite shows. You also have the option of setting your DVR to record even if you're not home by logging onto your account via the internet.
Can I use just one dish for my house?
Usually, unless you have an extremely large house with a ton of rooms.
How many channels will I get with satellite TV?
DirecTV has 265 channels, 130 of which are high definition. They also have an incredible sports package, including the popular Sunday NFL Ticket. DISH Network offers approximately 350 channels of programming, 120 of which are high definition channels.
If I have a satellite dish, will my signal get intercepted by aliens?
I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of extraterrestrials.
Do I have to sign a contract?
If you subscribe to a direct broadcasting satellite provider, such as DirecTV or DISH Network, you will need to sign a contract, which usually is for one year. Read the contract carefully, like any contract, so you know to what you are agreeing.
Can I get my local channels?
Unless you have free to air satellite (FTA), then the answer is yes. DirecTV and DISH Network provide local channels.
Do I have to install the equipment myself?
No, in fact, I suggest that you do not. DirecTV and DISH Network have trained installation technicians that will do that for you. Sit back and relax while they do the work.
If I have satellite TV, will the government monitor what I watch?
What makes you think they are not already? While I am against Big Brother as much as the next guy, you are not any less safe with satellite television than if you had cable.
Should I switch from cable to satellite television?
There are positives and negatives to both. You need to make your own informed decision after reading the information provided on this site.
What is your opinion on healthcare reform?
There is no time for me to go into that. Also, it has nothing to do with satellite dishes.