How Can I Get Free Satellite Programming?

by Cameron Easey

You can get free satellite programming by installing a free to air satellite system for your home. A free to air satellite system uses a small dish to receive Ku band satellite signals. This type of system will need to have a dish properly mounted and a receiver set up to receive satellite programming. To install a free to air satellite system you will need to first determine where the dish will be located.

Locate an area of your yard that is free of obstacles, such as trees, that can prevent the reception of the satellite signal.

Measure the size of the mounting bracket on the dish with a tape measure. The size of the mounting bracket will indicate the size of mounting pole you will need.

Dig a hole for the mounting pole with a post hole digger. Dig the hole to a depth of about 20 to 24 inches. Use the tape measure to determine the depth of the hole.

Mix a bag of cement in a bucket with water. Follow the instructions on the package to mix the cement.

Place the mounting pole in the hole and then our in the cement. Place the level on the top and sides of the mounting pole to make sure it is level. Wait a couple of hours for the cement to dry.

Set the dish on top of the mounting pole. The mounting bracket on the dish should fit into the top of the mounting pole. Secure the bracket to the pole by tightening the screws or bolts, on the bracket, with a screwdriver or wrench.

Run the coaxial cable from the satellite receiver in your house out to the dish. Secure the coaxial cable to the mounting pole with zip ties. Connect the coaxial cable to the low noise block (LNB) on the dish.

Connect the coaxial cable to the satellite receiver. Connect the receiver to your television with the RCA audio/video cables.

Turn on the satellite receiver and television. Change the input on the television with the TV remote until you see the menu or signal meter for the satellite receiver.


  • check Use quick-setting cement so you do not need to wait long for the cement to dry.
  • check Dig a trench and bury any coaxial cable that runs across the ground.
  • check Refer to the instruction manual for the receiver to adjust the setting and locate satellite programming that is free.


  • close If the dish is not pointed in the correct location it will need to be moved to until you receive a satellite signal.

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About the Author

Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.

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