How to Cure Bad Satellite TV Reception

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How to Cure Bad Satellite TV Reception
A simple troubleshooting procedure can restore your satellite picture quality to normal. (Satellite TV image by Bryan Crowe from

Satellite TV provides different benefits and drawbacks than traditional cable TV carried over a coaxial connection. Because the quality and consistency of the picture depends on the communication between the satellite and your satellite receiver unit, everything from sun spots and inclement weather to a simple loose connection at your residence can cause a degradation in your picture quality. A simple troubleshooting procedure can isolate your problem and, with any luck, will also be able to restore your picture quality to normal.

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    Reseat the coaxial input. Satellite TV systems will almost always have a coaxial cable that brings the feed from the satellite dish to your TV. Locate this coaxial cable and unscrew it from the coaxial input it is attached to on the satellite receiver. Check the copper needle that runs through the middle of the cable for any bending or damage. Screw the coaxial cable back on to the satellite receiver and check the picture for any improvement.

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    Check for inclement weather. As noted, any weather issues like overcast skies, rain, heavy fog or snow will almost always cause issues with satellite TV reception, so check outside or the local weather forecast to see if any of these conditions are occurring. If not, the only other option is to contact your satellite TV provider.

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    Contact the technical support department of your satellite TV provider. They can inform you of any network outages or service degradations your area may be experiencing, or they may be able to recommend an alternate positioning of your satellite dish in order to improve your reception.

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