How to Use a Digital Convertor Box With a Satellite Dish

Updated March 20, 2017

Digital converter boxes are required in order that you can view local television stations that do not broadcast on your cable or satellite TV systems. While some satellite TV service packages include these local channels, you can access them for free through the digital converter box. The box must be connected to an in-home antenna to do so. Once you connect the converter box and satellite dish to your TV, you merely need to change the channel on your TV to switch between the satellite and regular TV signals.

Disconnect the cable that's currently connected to the "In" port on the back of the satellite dish.

Connect the cable to the "Antenna In" port on the back of the converter box.

Connect one end of a single coaxial cable to the "Out to TV" port on the converter, and the other end to the "In" port on your VCR.

Turn on your TV, satellite dish and converter box. Flip the channels on the TV. Turn to Channel 3 to view your satellite channels and turn to any other channel to view regular TV channels through your converter box.

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Nicholas Smith has written political articles for, "The Daily Californian" and other publications since 2004. He is a former commissioner with the city of Berkeley, Calif. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California-Berkeley and a Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law.