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.


About the Author

Brian Bores has experience working in television and does freelance writing on the side. His articles have been published on and he enjoys the freedom of picking and choosing when and what he writes. Bores has a Bachelor of Arts in communications and journalism from Tiffin University.

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