How Much Does It Cost to Install a Satellite Dish?

Typical Range:

$109 - $265

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Updated November 4, 2021

Written by HomeAdvisor.

The average cost of satellite dish installation is $179, with some companies charging as much as $600. On top of this is the dish itself, which costs anywhere from $109 and $265. This puts the total average cost of installing a satellite dish, including parts and labor, at $270 to $2,100. If purchasing satellite equipment as part of a satellite TV bundle, you may get standard installation free of charge or a nominal fee of $10 to $30.

Satellite dishes are relatively easy to install because they don't require any extra wiring like cable. All that's needed is a clear line of sight to the nearest satellite, usually obtained from pole mount or roof installation. You can permanently mount the dish itself on a home, RV, boat, etc., as long as it has a clear line of sight to the satellite.

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National Average $179
Typical Range $109 - $265
Low End - High End $50 - $450

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 395 HomeAdvisor members.

Satellite Dish Installation Prices

The cost of labor to install a satellite dish depends on the size and complexity of the installation. The average price for this job is about $50 to $200 in labor, but it can vary greatly. An installation on a single-story home or on top of an RV is faster, less dangerous, and less labor-intensive than an installation on top of a three-story house or in an area with adverse weather.

While the cost of a dish is relatively inexpensive, you should not take the installation lightly. It's important to hire someone who has experience with this type of job, as it can be complicated and risky if done incorrectly.

Satellite Dish Installation Costs

Satellite dish installation costs vary based on the type of equipment you're installing and where you're installing it. You can find a complete ready-to-install satellite dish installation kit starting at $100, including a basic dish. Higher-end models and those designed to work with multiple satellite TV providers, give nationwide coverage, and allow RV installation can cost as much as $1,500. Note that this is for materials only.

If you want to connect more than one TV, a DVR, or another receiving device, you'll also need to purchase a splitter to share the signal. These cost from $5 to $20. And, if your signal is weak or struggles to support multiple devices, you may want to invest in a signal booster, with costs ranging from $20 to $60.

Alternatively, get a dual-purpose splitter with a built-in inline signal amplifier from $60 to $100. Of course, you'll also need additional satellite television receivers to demodulate the signal and transfer it in a usable format to the TV or DVR, which costs from $30 to $100.

Cost to Remove an Existing Satellite Dish

The cost to remove an existing satellite dish is about $150. This price includes the labor and equipment needed to take down the old satellite dish. This charge may include your pro's standard service, but it may be an add-on. Therefore, if you want the old satellite dish taken down, make sure that you tell them when they come to quote you for the job.

If you're having a satellite dish installed as part of a satellite TV subscription bundle, then removing the old dish most likely will not be included and will either be an add-on or unavailable. If the TV company does not remove the old dish, you'll need to hire a local satellite TV installer to come and take it down.

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Factors That Influence Satellite Dish Installation Costs

The size and the type of satellite dish are the biggest contributing factors in determining your cost. The larger a satellite dish, the more expensive it is to install because it requires more labor and stronger anchors and bolts. Let's take a look at some of the other factors that impact the cost of satellite dish installation.

Number of TVs

How many TVs or devices that you want to connect to your satellite dish impacts cost. While you can potentially save on labor costs by purchasing a splitter and running the additional cables through yourself, it's faster and less of a headache for you to simply get your pro to do it as part of the original job.

Alternatively, you can hire a local electrician to do this for you at a later date. Hiring an electrician costs $30 to $120 per hour, and they usually have a minimum service charge of at least one or two hours.

Dish Installation on a Roof Mount vs. Pole

If you don't want—or can't have—the satellite dish mounted to the roof of your property, it’s possible to have it mounted to a pole somewhere in your yard. While you can install the pole yourself to save a few dollars, again, it's probably best to let a professional handle it. The pole needs to be cemented deep enough and be strong enough to support the weight and movement of a satellite dish, which makes it top-heavy. This arrangement is perfectly safe when done properly but can be costly and hazardous if you get it wrong.

Installing a satellite dish on a pole instead of your roof can save you on labor costs, particularly if accessibility is an issue or if you've got a steeply sloped roof that would make regular installation difficult and time-consuming.

Satellite Bundles

When you buy a satellite TV subscription package, the provider may include free installation in your bundle. But check the small print to establish exactly what's included, as some give the dish free but charge for the technician's time and labor. Others offer free materials and installation but do not include removing the old dish. Most also will not provide free multi-device setup unless you have a specific multi-device package.

Remedial Work

If the professional finds that there are existing problems with your roof or uncovers issues while running cables inside your home, this will significantly increase the overall cost of the project. If, for example, they discover asbestos, you'll have to take immediate remedial action. The cost to remove asbestos is steep, even for a small amount, as it poses such a serious health hazard.

Permits

If you're getting free installation as part of a subscription package or you're planning to DIY the job, it's your responsibility to check if there are any permit requirements or local building codes associated. And you'll need to pay for and procure any permits yourself. If, however, you hire a satellite installer to do the job for you, they should also take care of the permits and local code requirements.

DIY vs. Hiring a Satellite Dish Installation Pro

For the best, safest results, hiring a professional to install your satellite dish is the best choice. Getting up on your roof is very dangerous and can lead to property damage or serious injury. Repairing a roof costs a significant sum. Plus, you have to make sure the dish is fully secure and can withstand bad weather. Otherwise, the dish could fall and cause serious injury to someone who happens to be walking underneath. Leave this one to the experts.

FAQs

Can I get satellite TV for free?

In some areas, once you install and correctly position a satellite dish, you can access some unencrypted, legally available public programming. And, if you also have a solid internet connection, this may be enough if you also have streaming services.

If, however, you want a fuller array of satellite television programming, you'll need to pay for a subscription with a dedicated satellite TV provider.

Can I connect a satellite dish directly to my TV?

No. The satellite signal needs to go to a satellite TV receiver via a coaxial cable for demodulation before being transferred to your TV or DVR, most usually via HDMI cables.

How do I connect my smart TV to my satellite dish?

Plug the end of the coaxial cable coming from the satellite dish into the satellite receiver, then take an HDMI cable and plug one end into the satellite receiver and the other end into your smart TV.

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