I was browsing the local DIY store and came across a kit containing a satellite dish, decoder box and signal meter box for 30 quid (GBP) so I was curious and bought it. Here's a very unscientific but strangely rewarding approach to getting some TV from it.
Before you play, get an idea which satellite you want to receive from. Here in the UK most satellite dishes are pointed at the Astra 2 satellite at 28E. I wanted some Polish TV on Hotbird 6 at 13E.
They say that aligning a satellite antenna to the transmitter is like pointing at a mini in space! So it's surely supposed to be harder than this...
Success! To be honest I was surprised this gung-ho approach worked. There's plenty of real tutorials out there for doing this, some involving special alignment helping gagetry. There's even an "app" for it... but getting a result doing it this way put a big grin on my face so I'm sharing that with you!
Satellite dish from front.
Satellite dish from back.
And the result! TVP Polonia on Hotbird 13E