Can I Get Satellite TV in an Apartment?

Before you start listing the pros and cons of cable TV and the alternative of satellite services, and before you get all excited about the great features of both technologies, first consider if it’s even possible to order cable or satellite services where you live. What if you live in an apartment? The biggest concern when it comes to satellite TV is that the owner has a clear view of the southern sky. This clear view makes it possible for some homeowners to place a satellite somewhere on the outside of their property and successfully watch premium TV. Satellite technology will work near perfectly even if they live in an isolated, rural territory.

However, what about the homeowner that lives in an apartment complex? The same rule applies: in order for satellite TV to work, the owner (or technician representing a company) must install a satellite on a property that has a clear view of the southern sky. There are two considerations that must be addressed for apartment-dwellers. First, would the apartment physically be able to host a small satellite system and how clear would the view be? Some apartments may be located right in the middle of a large complex, surrounded by tall buildings or even large trees. Some apartments or townhouses are even built in low-lying areas. These locations may not be able to host satellite transmission if there is a great deal of interference from surrounding objects.

Second, you have to consider if the apartment landlord would allow satellite installation. Apartment landlords may have a contract with a local cable company to provide service. Other landlords may not actually care what service you use-but they might require that you follow directions if you install a satellite system. They might ask you to not host a satellite on top of your roof, like most other homeowners would. (This may be for safety reasons or other insurance purposes) If this is the case, where else could you install the system? You could try to install it on a balcony or even in a small patio. The question now becomes, would a satellite system work if it were installed in such a place?

When it’s time to make a decision, you would call a satellite provider and ask them to come out and survey the apartment to see if the system would work. The downside to this is that some satellite providers may want to charge you for a signup fee before coming out to inspect the property. Obviously, you can get a refund if setup is unavailable. However, the extra work involved has caused many apartment dwellers to opt for cable installation instead.

Remember though that satellite TV has some advantages over cable, particularly when it comes to price and content. It may be worth sacrificing some convenience to see if a satellite provider can install a system for your home. After all, the company wants your business and will do everything possible to make sure the satellite system works.

Just because you live in an apartment doesn’t mean that satellite TV isn’t an option. It’s all about location and you may be surprised to find out that a satellite installation can be easily set up for your apartment home.

Source by Adrian Page

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