Will an Old Analog TV Work With a Satellite Dish?

by Jack Gorman

With the upcoming digital conversion, no analog TV will be viewable without some sort of converter box. Given the price of TVs, many people are reluctant to throw out their perfectly good analog sets. Here's good news: An old analog television will work with a satellite dish, even after the digital conversion. Here's how.

Step 1

Have your satellite dish installed, or install it yourself, according to the manufacturer's specifications. Run a line from the dish to your TV set.

Step 2

Connect your satellite box to the satellite dish. Screw the wire onto the "Satellite In" port on the back of the box; it's a round metal port with threads for screws.

Step 3

Connect your satellite box to your television. Connect your coaxial wire to the "Television Out" port (another round metal port). Connect the other end of the wire to a similar port on the back of your TV.

Step 4

Plug in your satellite box. Tune your television to Channel 3.

Call your satellite provider to activate your satellite receiver.


  • Buy high-grade wire; the better the wire, the better the picture and sound.

About the Author

Jack Gorman has been involved in many different areas in his professional career. He resides in the Washington DC area, though he consults with organizations nationwide. His specialties include film and video production, sports management, writing, graphic web design, marketing, communications, operations, human resources and photography.

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