Originally Posted by Mikethefixit
I could not get a straight answer out of that salesman.About TREES and RAIN and SNOW and its affect on reception. Maybe he didn't have a clue,he was just a saleman.
Bottom line, you'll get little to no reception if the signal is blocked by trees. In the case of rain and snow, interrupted signals start to occur with moderate precipitation. Fog and light precip tend to not be a bother. There are covers available to protect the dish and LNB's which will extend coverage into somewhat heavier precipitation but you are still likely to lose your reception in the heavy stuff. What a cover does allow you to do is to clear the snow off with a broom easily without knocking the antenna out of alignment. During those periods it's back to the over-the-air antenna and whatever that may provide for coverage. Best argument for getting Tivo or having a DVD player and a stash of your favorites handy. Up here in Maine, I'd guess we lost reception a dozen times over a year's time, rarely for more than 24 hours and usually for less than four to six hours in freezing rain and snow, no more than a couple of hours in rain squalls (we're over 50 miles from the coast so do not have the heavy tropical depression rains they get near the Gulf).
I hope that helps you judge how often you might expect service interruptions. Of course, your frequency may vary...