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Will Bad Weather Affect My Television Service?

by Dish Systems Team


Posted on November 26, 2018



Satellite TV offers a lot more than the competition these days. They offer great sports packages, tons of TV shows and movies anytime you want, the ability to watch your entertainment anywhere you want on any of your devices and much more. But maybe you have some questions and you're concerned that bad weather will interfere with your viewing experience.

  That's understandable. Many people ask that very question. This is because it's hard to understand how satellite TV works and you don't want to invest in something if it is going to let you down. Well, we are here to shed some light on satellite TV and how bad weather affects it.

  Let's get this out of the way first thing. Yes, bad weather like strong winds, heavy rain, and heavy snow can affect TV services through satellite, but the good news is that this is a very rare thing. Most people will never have such a problem. So this issue should not stop you from enjoying all of the benefits from the likes of DISH and DirecTV.

  There are only two main issues that cause problems. One issue with bad weather is that it can physically damage your satellite dish, the second is that some weather can disrupt the satellite signal. For instance, snow can possibly disrupt satellite TV, as well as heavy rain and winds.

  Much like it does on your roof, snow can collect on your dish and that can be enough to knock it out of alignment with the satellite. This disrupts the TV signal. You could have just a few channels that are affected or if the weather is very severe, you may lose the signal entirely. That's why it's a good idea to gently dust it off now and then.

  You also have to remember that the signal has to pass through raindrops, mist, thick cloud cover, fog or high winds. This all degrades the signal. Remember, between the dish and the satellite there's nothing but weather. Even a tree limb growing in the path between the dish and the satellite can cause problems.

  However, this shouldn't sour you on satellite TV. Satellite TV providers are aware of this issue and they take steps to make sure that these instances are very rare. And if you think about it, the weather in the UK is pretty bad on a consistent basis and they use satellite TV just fine. That also goes for areas with much worse weather.

  One of the reasons users tend to never notice any problems is because satellite companies have technology that will boost the signal in bad conditions so that users don't miss a second of their entertainment. In fact, this happens all of the time and we are none the wiser.

  I hope that this eases your mind about bad weather and satellite service. The bottom line is that they have it all figured out so that you can just kick back and relax while watching your shows, no matter how bad the weather is outside.