How to Set Up a TV Satellite Dish

Updated February 21, 2017

Installation of your satellite dish is only the beginning when you want to watch satellite TV. After you mount the dish and establish a strong satellite signal, you need to learn how to set up a TV satellite dish to configure your programming. If you have satellite programming through DIRECTV, the on-screen menu will walk you through set up instructions. However, if you have DISH Network, these instructions will help.

Connect your outdoor satellite dish to your satellite receiver. If you have multiple satellite receivers in your home, you will need to split the signal using a splitter.

Use high quality HDMI or component cables to connect the satellite receiver to your television. Plug one end of the cable into the output of the receiver and into the Input on your television.

Plug your antenna into your satellite receiver if you don't subscribe to local channels as part of your programming package. The antenna should have a coax cable attached to it, and the other end will plug into the antenna In input on your satellite receiver.

Turn on your satellite receiver. Use your DISH Network satellite remote and press Menu. Click "System Setup, Installation" then "Point Dish" to set up your DISH Network satellite dish.

Click on "Check Switch" and the satellite receiver will pair up with the dish to find programming and run through the necessary configuration.

Hit "Cancel" on your DISH Network remote control until you're back at the "System Setup" menu. Click on the "Local Channels" tab, then hit "Scan".

Allow the satellite receiver to scan through available local channels and find the ones in your area.

Hit "Done" on your remote and cancel out of the menu.

Check your on-screen guide to make sure all of the programming in your package shows up, and that your local channels properly display.

Things You'll Need

  • Satellite receiver
  • Splitter
  • HDMI or component cables
  • Antenna
  • Satellite remote
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