Dish size guide

The reception of satellite TV signals all over the world can be affected by many local factors where the receiving dish is located.

For example, local environmental factors such as as airport radar, TV transmitters and mobile phone antennas situated nearby the dish can cause reception problems due to interference with the TV signal.  Other factors are more obvious, such as trees, foliage, metal and wooden structures.  They all have the potential to block up to 100% of the incoming TV signal.

Weather can affect the reception signal, Sky TV installerWeather can be another factor and, because high temperatures can cause digital noise in the system, some people find that reception in winter can sometimes be better than in the summer.  Clear, dry, cloudless days will often result in better reception than damp, humid, cloudy ones. It is even possible that reception can be badly affected or completely lost in heavy rain or snow.

As the quality of reception varies widely across Madrid, due to the many possible environmental factors detailed above, we prefer to recommend a 180cm dish in all areas.

And if you want to be a 100% sure to not lose any channel during bad weather, a 240cm dish is the solution.

Of course, it may not always be possible to mount a 180cm dish in every location, and although it does give great results, a 120cm can be a good compromise in those situations.

In order for us to guarantee a reception pattern like the one in the chart below, we only install the very best fibreglass satellite dishes in conjunction with premium quality LNB’s.  Although the fibreglass dishes are more costly than the inferior but cheaper metal dishes, fibreglass dishes are worth the extra investment just because they generate a much stronger, more reliable signal.

60 to 80cm dish

This is the smallest dish that is capable of receiving Sky TV.  It is a last resort. Due to its very small size it can be mounted in locations where larger dishes could not fit, however, the limitation is that it only provides around one third of the subscription channels from Sky, you will be only be able to receive Sky Sports and some Sky Movies, and, due to its limited reception, a Freesat installation is not recommended.

 120cm fibreglass dish

This is our most popular dish.  The major benefit of this dish is its powerful reception with an average size dish, which makes it suitable for both Sky and Freesat boxes.  With this dish you will be able to receive almost all Sky TV channels, so you can choose the best sky subscription package for your needs.  You will also receive most of the popular free channels such as BBC 1 HD, BBC HD, BBC 2, 3, 4, BBC News, ITV 1 HD, ITV1,2,3,4, More Four, and E4, Channel 4 HD and Five HD. You would choose this size as a compromise between cost and size.

 180cm fibreglass dish

This is our preferred dish.  The major benefit of this dish is that it has practically no limitations.  Its reception quality makes it suitable for both the complete Sky TV service and the complete Freesat service.  With this dish you will be able to receive all Sky TV channels, so you can choose the best Sky subscription package for your needs.  You will also receive all the UK free channels.  The limitation of this dish is that, because of its size, it will not always be possible to mount it in every location.  You would choose this size if you want to view all Sky channels and Freesat channels with limited interruption from rain or bad weather.

 240cm fibreglass dish

This is our top of the range dish.  This dish has no limitation for satellite reception in Madrid.  Its unrivalled reception quality makes it suitable for any TV service.  With this dish you will be able to receive all Sky TV channels and Freesat channels 24/7.  The limitation of this dish is that because of its enormous size, it requires quite a large surface to install.  You would choose this size if you want to view all channels day and night and have virtually no interruption from rain or bad weather on any services.