Get to know the satellite dish types for DIRECTV

If you’re going to delve deep into the world of DIRECTV, you need to know everything.That’s why we’ve compiled this list of satellite dish types for DIRECTV receivers. Most of these dish types won’t ever be used, but they are all there for a reason, and so it’s information worth having.

Here are the dish types you’ll find if the DIRECTV Satellite Dish Setup Screen:

# Description Why you’d use it:
01 Round (18″) This is the standard dish type for older-style SD dishes. Use this for temporary installs.
02 3-LNB (18″x20″) Obsolete – This is the old-style 3-LNB dish. It’s no longer used because it can’t see the HD satellite locations.
03 Slimline-3 This dish is used for commercial installs of HD equipment, for most areas of the country.
04 Slimline-5 This dish is used for commercial installs of HD equipment in areas that need access to the 119 satellite location.
05 Round (18″) & 72.5 Obsolete – This setup was used when DIRECTV had international programming on the 72.5 degree satellite location.
06 3-LNB (18″x20″) & 72.5 Obsolete – This setup was used to add international programming to the old 3-LNB dish.
07 Slimline-3 & 72.5 Obsolete – This setup was used to add international programming to the Slimline-3 dish.
08 Slimline-5 & 72.5 Obsolete – This setup was used to add international programming to the Slimline-5 dish.
09 Round (18″) & 95 This is the correct setup for a WorldDIRECT dish or if using two round dishes to get international programming.
10 3-LNB (18″x20″) & 95 Obsolete – This setup was used to add international programming to the now-obsolete 3-LNB dish
11 Slimline-3 & 95 This is the correct setup to add international programming to the
Slimline-3 dish.
12 Slimline-5 & 95 This is the correct setup to add international programming to the
Slimline-5 dish.
13 Round & 72.5 % 95 Obsolete – This setup was used when DIRECTV provided international programming at the 72.5 satellite location.
14 3-LNB & 72.5 & 95 Obsolete – This setup adds international programming to the obsolete 3-LNB dish
15 Slimline-3 & 72.5 & 95 Obsolete – This setup was used when DIRECTV provided international programming at the 72.5 satellite location.
16 Slimline-4 & 72.5 & 95 Obsolete – This setup was used when DIRECTV provided international programming at the 72.5 satellite location.
17 Slimline-3S (SWM) This is the correct choice for a SWM-enabled Slimline-3 LNB. Most residential installs will choose this.
18 Slimline-5S (SWM) This is the correct choice for a SWM-enabled Slimline-5 LNB. This setup is used in areas where the local channels are on a satellite at the 119 location.
19 Slimline-3DS (DSWM) This is the correct choice for a SWM-13 LNB-equipped Slimline dish.