No signal on DIRECTV’s 110 satellite? Here’s the solution

I get it. Some days you get so bored that you look through random screens on your DIRECTV receiver or client. And, even though everything looks good, you poke curiously through the satellite setup menus. Until, at one particular moment, you’re confronted with this:

This is the satellite setup screen showing the signals on DIRECTV’s 110 satellite. If you were to see this, it might make you think that there are some problems. To an average person, this might seem like a problem.

Don’t worry, nothing is wrong

AT&T stopped using its DIRECTV5 satellite at the 110 location years ago. At first it was transferred over to DIRECTV Puerto Rico, and no one in the US got those signals. A quick check of available resources now shows that even they aren’t getting anything of the 110 anymore. All that programming has been shifted to more modern satellites.

The DIRECTV5 satellite is still marked as “operational” but it’s been up there since 2002. It makes sense for AT&T to use capacity from one of its much newer satellites.

So, it’s perfectly normal to see nothing there.

Time to upgrade that dish

If you’re still seeing signals from the 110 satellite, that means you still have a Slimline-5 LNB. That LNB was designed to pull signals from five locations. Today, only the three primary locations of 99, 101, and 103 are actively used. There are still some legacy SD channels at the 119 location. You wouldn’t need to worry about that unless you’re using an older marine or RV dish that couldn’t pick up HD.

For the rest of us, it’s time to upgrade to the Reverse Band 3 LNB. This LNB will pick up all of AT&T’s current broadcasts and offers support for HD and 4K as well. It’s a very easy change from most current Slimline dishes. If you’re interested in upgrading, our free White Paper will lay out everything you’ll need and gives you tons of downloadable diagrams to help you figure out what to do next. Because, if you’ve gotten to the point where you’re looking at random satellite setup screens… well perhaps that extra energy could be better spent. “Just sayin’.”

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 6,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.