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Does signal size really matter?

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Opinions wanted...

If the signal you are receiving from the satellite is digital, then as with other digital tv signals, you are either getting it or not getting it...there is no in between fuzzy partial picking it up barely as with analog signals.

Therefore, if you are receiving the signal from the satellites and you have a picture on your tv that is not pixelating, the actual strength of the signal past the point of actually receiving it is meaningless except for overcoming weather...rain fade, trees, other obstacles...correct?

In other words, if the point of either getting the picture on your tv on not receiving it or it pixelating is say 60 and you are getting a constant 65 which is considered low, you are still as good off in the quality of the picture that you see on your tv as the guy who gets say, 95's across the board. It's just 95 is better off for overcoming the weather, clouds, trees, etc.

Agree or disagree?

I'm asking this in regards to curiousity as to whether or not my HD picture quality would be as good with a signal average of 80 as opposed to a guy who's signal average is 95 in optimum conditions taking out the different tv factor also.

Thanks for your time!
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Your speculation is correct. If your particular setup needs a 60 to produce a non-pixalating picture, then 61-100 will make no difference in that picture. However, getting it to 61-100 will give your a larger margin for atomspheric issues before you have pixalation issues.
Along with atmospheric/line of site issues the larger margin will also help with signal to noise ratio. Even if you live in an area not hit with bad weather, if your signal strength is in the 80s something as simple as having too many lights on and running the washing machine can cause pixelation.
Welcome to the forums, Trainerman! :welcome_s

Better signal is fewer errors in packets and is (as the other two have said) better when things aren't perfect between your receivers and the satellites. Cables, dish, rain, birds, etc. :)

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