How to Tell If You Have a Clear Line of Sight for DIRECTV HD

By Matt McGew

DIRECTV is a digital broadcast satellite service that transmits digital satellite television and audio to residential and commercial subscribers. DIRECTV offers over 160 high-definition channels as an optional part of its subscription service. DIRECTV's satellites are always located south of Texas. When choosing a location to install your DIRECTV satellite dish, you will need to find a spot that has a clear line of sight in this direction.

Things You'll Need

  • Compass

Step 1

Find an outside location that has a clear line of sight toward Texas. For example, if you are in Los Angeles, you will want to find a location that points to the southeast. If you are in Miami, you want to find a location that points to the southwest and if you are in Texas, you need a location that points to the south.

Step 2

Image an arc that starts at the location from Step 1 and extends from 30 to 60 degrees above the horizon.

Step 3

Look at the sky. See if you have at least one clear line of sight within this arc. If you have a clear line of sight, the location is a suitable spot to install your satellite dish. If you do not have a clear line of sight, find another outdoor location and repeat this process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not attempt to mount the satellite dish in a location where there are any obstructions in the line of sight. This includes glass, trees, buildings, leaves and branches.