How do I Connect a Satellite Dish to a Digital Television?

by James Clark
Coaxial cable for the satellite dish connection.

Coaxial cable for the satellite dish connection.

A satellite dish hooks up to a receiver that unscrambles the signal for processing on your digital television set. A coaxial cable from the satellite dish hooks up to the receiver, which feeds the digital signal to the TV through a high-definition media interface, or HDMI, cable. This single cable carries digital picture and sound for a fast, reliable connection between the receiver and your TV set. Hooking up the components typically takes less than half an hour.

1

Push the threaded connector on one end of the coaxial cable onto the jack labeled "LNB" on the back of the satellite dish. Twist the connector clockwise until tight.

2

Attach the other end of the cable to the jack typically labeled "SAT IN" on the rear of the satellite receiver.

3

Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the output jack on the satellite receiver's back panel. The plug inserts with the widest edge turned up.

4

Insert the plug on the other end of the HDMI cable into any open HDMI jack on your TV. Most digital TV sets have two or more HDMI jacks. If the set has a jacked labeled specifically for a satellite connection, use that one.

5

Switch on the satellite receiver and television, then press the input or "SAT" button on the TV remote control until you see the signal from the satellite receiver.

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About the Author

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.

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