Requirements for Installing Direct TV

By Brian Bores

If you decide to install your own DirecTV satellite dish, there are a few key pieces of equipment you need. Most people with moderate knowledge of satellite dishes are capable of installing their own dish. However, it's highly recommended to have a trained professional install the dish due to critical pointing requirements.

Southern Sky

The southern sky is very important for DirecTV satellite dishes. You must have a clear view of the southern sky to receive a signal.


The most important pieces of equipment are the receiver and dish. A remote control usually comes with the purchase of a receiver.

Phone Line

DirecTV uses a phone line to transmit programming purchases. If you choose not to connect your receiver to a phone line, extra charges will apply for phone orders.


The most important tool is cable cutters for the RG-6 cable. You will probably need a drill for running cable between rooms.


DirecTV HD requires a larger dish. Special receivers are also required to decode HDTV signals.