How to View Live Satellite

By Billy Kirk

Viewing live satellite requires the installation and correct aiming of a satellite dish. Aiming the satellite dish is accomplished through gradual up/down and left/right adjustments to the dish while mounted. While many people rely on a professional to provide this installation, you can install and aim a satellite yourself and receive live satellite programming on your television so long as you have patience and the help of another individual.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand-held level
  • Satellite receiver
  • A/V cables

Step 1

Make sure the mounting area for the satellite dish gives a clear view of the southern sky above, and that there are no obstructions that could interfere with satellite reception. Point the satellite dish toward the southern sky, but do not worry about precise measurements until later. Also, use a hand-held level to measure along multiple points on the dish's mast. This will ensure that the dish is level.

Step 2

Connect the television to the satellite receiver that comes with the satellite dish. To do this, use the standard A/V cables that ship with the satellite receiver. These cables have a red, white and yellow prong on either end. You will notice that the back of your TV and receiver each have A/V ports that are similarly red, white and yellow. Connect one set of the prongs to the TV and the other set to the receiver.

Step 3

Plug the coaxial cable into the satellite receiver. This is the cable that runs from the dish outside. It is plugged into the back of the receiver, into the "ANT IN" port.

Step 4

Turn on the receiver and the TV, which will cause a menu to boot up on the TV. Choose the "signal meter screen" listing on this menu and return to the dish outside. Have a friend stay with the signal meter screen inside.

Step 5

Line up the satellite dish by first making elevation-based (up/down) adjustments to the dish. After each adjustment, wait five to 10 seconds to hear back from your buddy at the signal meter screen inside, because the screen will provide guidance as to how close you are to hitting the satellite above via a listing of coordinates. The screen will notify you as you "hit" these coordinates. Make further adjustments as needed.

Step 6

Line up the satellite dish also by making azimuth-based (left/right) adjustments, again waiting for guidance from the meter screen after every adjustment. Live satellite can be viewed on your TV once the signal meter screen reports an overall signal reception strength of 70 to 80. This signal strength is considered ideal for live satellite viewing.