If you’re thinking about buying a satellite TV package you should definitely do your homework and know what you’re getting into. Most satellite TV companies bind you into a contract for a fix period of time (e.g., 12 months, 24 months, etc…). So it’s definitely a commitment. Once you’ve signed the dotted line, that’s going to be your TV provider for however long the contract lasts; make sure you do it right.
There is a way to get around this, though. You can go out and purchase your own satellite equipment and install it yourself. This way you are not locked into a contract with a satellite TV provider, and dependent on the equipment they install. It’s not hard to buy and install satellite TV yourself; it’s only about a days worth of work. Here’s how you do it:
Step 1.) Do Some Research: Read about different satellite TV equipment and the different subscription plans that our available for those products. You’ll need to know exactly what you want before moving on to the other steps.
Step 2.) Purchase Your Satellite Equipment: Once you have decided on a subscription plan, find out which satellite will be compatible with your TV.
Step 3.) Install the Satellite: Find a good place to install your dish. Check out your neighbors homes and see if any of them have satellites installed and observe where they’ve installed their dish. Make sure the dish is pointed at a good angle to pick up the satellite signal. Your instruction manual should provide more info on this. You may also want to ask the sales person where you bought your satellite from. They should be able to give you some advice. As a general rule, you should install the satellite dish way from trees, power lines, and other cables to avoid interference.
Step 4.) Test your satellite reception: Once you have your satellite positioned where you’re going to install it, go inside and test the reception to make sure you’re getting a good signal before you secure any bolts or fixtures, etc… This will spare you the headache of having to move it if for some reason you installed it in a place with bad reception. Definitely worth it.
That’s pretty much all there is to it. The most important thing is that you do your research and ask lots of questions when you buy your satellite TV equipment. Even if you’ve done all the research you feel in necessary, you should still ask for some advice from a sales person; you never know when they might know something you don’t or some piece of info that isn’t available online. Good luck!