You may have noticed that when conditions are particularly extreme, your TV reception starts acting up. This may lead to wonder whether there’s a connection between the weather and your TV viewing, or if there’s simply something wrong with the satellite installation. Let’s find out what’s going on.
Bad Weather and Your TV
In short, the answer is yes. It can happen. Bad weather, such as heavy snow, powerful winds, and even heavy rain can impact your TV viewing experience. This doesn’t happen all the time, but for some, it tends to be quite disruptive.
As far as the reasons why this is happening, there are two main ones. The first is that bad weather can lead to physical damage to the satellite dish. This may not be something permanent, though it can be. While heavy rains and strong winds can have an impact on the transmission, snow is probably the worst out of all of them. That’s because snow may collect on the dish, leading to it being moved out of its alignment. If this happens, the result is likely to be an effect where the picture and sound appear to be mashed up. However, it’s likely that only a few channels are affected when this takes place, rather than all of them.
Another reason why it may happen has to do with the weather interfering with the actual signal. If this happens, you will typically see a message saying that “No satellite signal is being received”. As it turns out, when the signal has to go through things like fog, rain drops or strong winds, it may be weakened, simply because the weather conditions can absorb some of the signal’s energy.
Should It Happen?
Generally, this should not happen. Indeed, most satellite dishes are made to work regardless of the weather conditions, as satellite TV providers take steps to prevent the issue. For instance, some providers increase their levels of power to ensure that they counteract any of problems presented by the weather.
What Can You Do?
Before trying to fix anything, it may be a good idea to check whether it’s the actual weather causing the difficulties, or if it’s an issue on the side of the provider. For that, you can open the Sky set top box and check the signal status. If the signal strength, as well as the quality indicators are there, then the issues are over at the broadcaster’s side. If this is not the case, then the issue is with the satellite dish.
If you’re having persistent issues, it could be a sign that you should realign the satellite dish. There is an especially high probability of you needing to do this if your dish was installed on a high pole, or in the proximity of trees. Those on poles have no shelter, while those close to trees are more likely to collect snow and rain.
While if you like DIY projects, you may be able to realign the dish, the best thing to do is call a professional to come deal with it. This way, you’re going to make sure that the job is well done, and that you won’t run into further issues.
In fact, if there are any other issues of which you’re unsure, it’s best to call the company that provides the service, as they will know how to best deal with it.
Experiencing issues with the viewing when there are harsh weather conditions is something that can happen, though providers do typically make efforts to prevent such problems from occurring.