Satellite dish antenna mount

Repurposed Satellite Dish BirdbathWhile cordcutting articles tend to focus on users getting rid of cable, there are just as many people anxious to ditch their satellite dishes. Folks new to the concept of Over-the-Air TV may wonder if they can reuse their dish for something other than creating a birdbath.

The Question
Can I reuse all or part of my satellite dish equipment to receive Over-the-Air (OTA) TV signals?

The Answer
Not really. Dishes are designed to capture encrypted digital signals from satellites orbiting the earth, not to receive unencrypted OTA television signals from local broadcast towers. The Tablo DVR’s tuners are also designed for ATSC OTA signals, not cable or satelite signals.

That being said, there are portions of your satellite installation that you may be able to salvage and repurpose as you make the cordcutting transition.

When you first subscribed to satellite TV services, the installer likely ran a coaxial cable from the dish location and in to the house. They may have even split that initial coax run into multiple rooms in your house.Cabling and Masts This wiring can be reused simply by disconnecting the coax connecting to the rear of your satellite dish and connecting it to an Over-the-Air antenna.

Depending on its position, you may also be able to reuse the outdoor mast or mount to attach your new outdoor OTA antenna to your house. Keep in mind that OTA antennas must point in the direction of your local broadcast antennas so the mast may not be in the ideal location. If that's the case, you may be able to DIY a mast extension like this crafty person.

Other Considerations
If you live in a rural area, you may have chosen to receive TV signals via satellite dish because cableTV wasn’t available in your area. Before making the call to disconnect your satellite service, it’s always best to use a signal locator tool to ensure you can receive Over-the-Air signals. Most broadcast towers are located in or near metro areas so very rural residents may have more trouble obtaining an OTA signal.

Perfect10 Satellite 3 feet Satellite Tripod Mount with 2-Inch OD Mast
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  • 3 Ft Tripod with 2 OD and 28 long Pole
  • Mounts DIRECTVs Slim Line models SL3, SL5, AT9, AU9-S
  • can also be used as a support for a off-air VHF/UHF antenna
  • The tripod collapses to a bundle that can be stowed in a RV
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Cables Direct Online Cables Direct Online Universal Outdoor Heavy Duty Satellite Dish Mount Tripod DirecTV Pole
CE (Cables Direct Online)
  • Up to 60 satellite dishes
  • Heavy duty build
  • Perfect for wall or roof mount
  • Excellent choice for Dish Network or DirecTV Slimline AU9 dishes, Globecast WorldTV dishes,or for a motorized dish installation
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KING KING MB500 Window and Truck Cab Mount for Portable Satellite Antennas
Automotive Parts and Accessories (KING)
  • Simple to install and remove
  • No holes to drill
  • Can be used in combination with the MB350 Cab Mount Plate (available separately)
  • Comes with two removable clear vinyl stickers to protect windows of your vehicle
  • Portable antenna mount
  • Temporarily mount a KING antenna to your long haul truck or RV
  • Works with KING Tailgater and Quest portable satellite TV antennas
ANTOP ANTOP LB-520 Heavy Duty Antenna J-Pole TV and Satellite Dish Antenna Mount
Speakers (ANTOP)
  • Mounts easily to roof line, siding or existing antenna tower
  • Powder coated, weather resistant finish
  • 19 arm length
  • All mounting hardware included

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