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What if my satellite signal becomes obstructed?

Once you have become a subscriber to a satellite provider, you won't want anything to interrupt the satellite tv programming that you will quickly grow accustomed to. Yet, there are several things that you will need to do in order to maintain a clear and adequate satellite tv signal at all times. If you fail to conduct regular maintenance, you may be in for a rude surprise one day when you find that your satellite tv images fail to appear on your television screen!

So, what's involved in maintaining your satellite tv signal? First and foremost, once your satellite tv dish has been installed, whether it is on the side of your home or on your roof, you must always make certain that your satellite tv dish has a clear pathway to the southern horizon. Why? The southern horizon is where the satellite is located in the sky. The satellite receives signals from your satellite tv provider, and resends the satellite tv signals back down to the earth in an encrypted form. Your satellite tv receiver then, in turn, decodes the information and displays the images sent on your television for your viewing pleasure. Now, if there is any blockage in front of your satellite tv dish, this could interrupt the service you receive.

It is imperative that subscribers pay particular attention to their satellite tv dish. For instance, if tree branches have grown so large that they blow back and forth in front of the satellite tv dish, the obstruction could interfere with the satellite tv signal the customer receives. What is the result? Well, if the satellite tv program is not interrupted entirely, the result could appear like a strangely pixilated picture or the picture can freeze on occasion. Therefore, a satellite tv subscriber should make sure that they regularly prune back any trees growing near or directly in the pathway of their satellite tv dish and the southern horizon.

Evergreen trees have more effect on television signals than deciduous trees, and experience suggests that coniferous trees are worse than broad-leaved evergreens. In winter, when deciduous trees are bare, they have very little effect compared with summer when the same trees are in full leaf. During wet weather, when covered in moisture, all trees can have an appreciable effect on signals. As trees sway in windy weather the screening effect varies, leading to fluctuations in the quality of reception.

Tthe typical obstruction involves the outcropping of new branches. Once the branches have been pruned back, many subscribers find that their satellite signal immediately returns without further incident. If this is not the case, the subscriber may want to try a different satellite by using the system setup feature and changing to a different transponder. If this fails, it may be required that the satellite tv subscriber contact their provider for a technician's visit.

Once in a while, a satellite tv subscriber will attempt to paint their satellite tv dish. This can be done, but it is not wholeheartedly recommended. For example, certain electronic components of the satellite tv dish may not function properly when they are painted. In fact, it can prevent the satellite tv dish from receiving a signal entirely. Therefore, it is far better to leave the satellite tv dish be than it is to run the risk of painting the wrong component and losing the satellite tv service in its entirety.

On occasion, the satellite service provider may also send out new digital cards for satellite tv receivers. If the new card is not immediately used the subscriber may find that they will not have satellite service working correctly. If you are sent a new card in the mail you will need to insert the card into your satellite tv receiver and follow the instructions that come with the card. Once you replace the access card you will find that your satellite tv service will be restored.

Also on occasion, the subscriber will run into an instance where the loss of service is to no fault of the subscriber. This occurs when there is a serious storm in the area. Unfortunately, because the satellite is located in space, heavy precipitation (snow, or especially rain) can temporarily interrupt a subscriber's service. A subscriber will know this is happening when the satellite tv channel goes black and a popup window appears stating that the satellite tv dish is attempting to acquire a satellite tv signal. Unfortunately, until the storm passes over, there is not much else that the subscriber can do. Once the storm is over, satellite tv programming will be immediately restored.

As long as the satellite subscriber takes proper care of their satellite equipment, few if any problems will arise with their satellite tv service. maintaining a clear path to the southern skies and periodically checking on their satellite tv signal's strength will ensure that satellite tv programming remains accessible. Furthermore, keeping the satellite tv equipment up-to-date, including the access card, is important to maintaining a crystal clear satellite tv signal. If a subscriber ensures that they maintain their equipment properly and that there are no obstructions between the satellite tv dish and the sky - service should be smoothly received the majority of the time.

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