Does weather really interrupt satellite services?

Many people wonder if weather has any effect on their satellite services or is this a fallacy with new technology.

This may have been the case in the early days of satellite television, but technological advances in broadcasting and receivers have negated many weather related issues, resulting in 99% availability for satellite television. Rain is not an issue for dishes, as the signal is strong enough to get through the downpour.

Satellite television services send their programming signals to direct broadcast satellites. These satellites send the signal down to your dish, which is connected to a digital receiver that translates the data into the visual and audio output you see on your television. Because of the method that satellite television providers use to get the signal to your house, a common misconception is that weather interruptions are a common problem with the service.

Snow piling up on receivers was a major weather related problem, but current dish technology includes a small heater that melts the snow and ice off of the dish. You won’t have to go outside and sweep the snow off yourself instead of sitting by the warm fire and watching your shows. The only major weather related concern you need to worry about are high wind situations which may affect the position of your dish. Once it’s repositioned you receive signal properly, unlike other types of television service which may have downed wires due to high winds in weather interruptions.