Hands up if this is a familiar scenario. It’s raining cats and dogs outside so you decide to stay in and watch a film, or catch up on the latest series that everyone is talking about (Squid Game anyone?)

You grab a cuppa, some popcorn, a blanket and get ready for a cosy movie day. You turn on your satellite TV, head to the movie channel, and boom, the signal is awful (or even worse you have the dreaded no signal message appear). 

If this has happened to you, we know how frustrating it can be for you and your family! 

Severe weather conditions such as gale force winds, heavy snow and even heavy rain can all have an impact on your satellite viewing – but why? 

What is satellite TV?

To understand more about the impact of weather on satellites, let’s look at how they work. 

In layman’s terms – TV or radio signals are transmitted from a station on Earth to a set of geostationary communication satellites roughly 23,000 miles above the Earth’s equator. 

The signals are then bounced back to Earth where they are picked up and translated by your satellite dish into the programmes you watch (or want to watch!) 

The benefit of the satellites being geostationary is that they are in a fixed orbit with the Earth This means that your satellite dish antenna (which receives the signal) can be installed to be pointing directly at the satellite. Hey Presto –  you get the perfect signal.

Weather conditions

During extreme weather, the signal being bounced back to your dish is interrupted or weakened. As it passes through raindrops, snow and heavy fog, the signal’s energy gets weakened until it reaches your dish. By the time it has reached you, the signal is often incomplete and that is what results in poor picture and sound quality. O worse still, no signal at all.

Persistent signal issues

Whilst many signalling problems improve once the weather outside becomes less extreme, sometimes you can suffer ongoing issues due to your dish becoming unaligned with the satellite. During extremely cold weather, snow and ice can settle in your dish, weighing it down and possibly moving it so that it becomes slightly out of line with the satellite. Wind and rain can also cause this problem. 

If your dish has moved even by the slightest amount, your picture quality will be compromised. We are used to being able to watch high quality images, at fast speeds, whenever we want to, and it can be frustrating when we can’t. 

If you are experiencing satellite signal problems, call us today to book  one of the team to come out and see if your dish needs repositioning or replacing.

For more advice, or to book an appointment for an engineer to visit, please call 0330 124 8051 or email sales@netcom.ltd.uk

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