TV Aerial & Satellite Dish FAQs

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We have compiled answers to some of the most common questions asked online about TV Aerials & Satellite Dishes. If you have any further questions or have an issue that you need support with then get in touch with a member of our team. We are more than happy to discuss any issues that you may have as well as arrange for a free no-obligation quote to visit your property. Get in touch using an online contact form on our website or telephone our team now.




Satellite Dish & Satellite TV FAQs

Satellite TV allows you to receive satellite signals through your satellite dish. If you do not have a satellite dish installed then you will need to arrange for satellite dish installation. A set-top box or satellite-enabled television is also needed to decode the signals received. The services are transmitted from an earth station to a set of geostationary satellites. These signals are then returned to earth and allow you to enjoy your favourite TV shows!

Freesat is a free-to-air satellite TV service – allowing you to enjoy 100 entertainment channels and 20 HD channels without having to pay for a monthly subscription. Satellite TV itself is free however if you do not have a set-top box or satellite dish then you will need to pay for the initial installation. Some Smart TVs are satellite-enabled without the need for a set-top box. There are also subscription-based Satellite TV services available but the choice is yours!

It can be highly frustrating when you are getting zero or limited signal from your satellite dish. There are a number of reasons as to why you may not receive signals such as blockages from trees or other obstructions, damage to your satellite dish or damage over time. It’s highly recommended to contact a member of our expert satellite dish team. We can repair or replace your satellite dish.

Rain collecting on top of the satellite dish and spreading can then absorb satellite signals. However, the rain droplets themselves will scatter your signal which can prevent your satellite signal from even reaching your dish. Satellite dish covers are a good solution if you have light rainfall but if you live in a heavy rainfall area – it’s recommended to invest in a larger satellite dish.

A satellite dish is used to pick up television and radio services through the dish itself. These services are transmitted from a set of geostationary satellites which return the signals to earth. Then your satellite TV set-top box or Smart TV deciphers the code and allows you to watch TV. The size of your satellite as well as the positioning and protection from damage can prolong good reception levels but some extreme weather conditions can negatively affect signal levels and cause picture quality issues – although this is rare when a satellite dish is correctly installed.

TV Aerial FAQs

TV Aerials are made of metal and electromagnetic waves induce tiny electrical currents into the antenna directly. The television set-top box or some Smart TVs amplify the signal and then decide to select the relevant information that carries the vision and sound to your TV. Then aspects such as the parallel rod structures are used to amplify and optimise signal strength. TV aerials that are installed correctly will display excellent picture quality.

There are a number of reasons as to why you may be experiencing poor TV Aerial reception issues. Issues such as incorrect initial aerial installation, environmental issues, physical damage to your TV aerial as well as obstructions such as large trees. If you are experiencing issues, we highly recommend that you get in touch with a member of our expert TV aerial installation and repair team. We are more than happy to take a look at your TV aerial and assess the situation – and offer a solution that suits you.

There are some properties in which it is just simply not viable to install a TV Aerial. These may be listed properties for example that will not allow attachments to the roof or a leasehold may not allow aerials to be installed. Loft TV aerials are a great solution – being able to be placed in your loft or in an area of your home. These then permit you to have access to a TV aerial without having to install a physical aerial on the side of your home if you are not permitted to install a physical aerial.

It’s highly important to seek the advice and support of an expert TV aerial company such as our team at The Aerial Man. Unfortunately – there are a number of rogue traders that operate on the market that prey on unsuspecting clients by quoting inflated prices or repairs that are not needed. We are a highly reputable company that prides itself on the quality and professionalism of our work. You should always contact a reputable TV aerial installation and repair company such as ourselves to fix your TV Aerial and should always hire a professional if you have doubts about your aerial.

If you have moved into a new property – you may be curious as to whether the old TV aerial still works. TV aerials should work no matter how old they are and you will still be able to enjoy Freeview and other services. However, there are often cases where clients come to us and they have just moved in to find that their TV aerial or television point is not working. This will therefore require a free quotation from our TV aerial repair team. We are able to arrange a time to visit the property that suits you and take a look and offer a free quote. If you are happy with the quote then we can carry out the work then and there or at a scheduled time that suits you.

It is understandably frustrating should this occur but your TV aerial may stop working for a number of reasons. Because of the fact that your TV aerial is attached externally to your home – this puts your aerial at risk of being damaged by extreme weather or other factors such as being blown out of position or being damaged by wildlife.

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