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Old 12-29-2013, 09:53 PM   #1
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Long time dilemma Dish vs Direct

I know that this discussion has been going ond......forever.
Bot I have comcast at home, a king dome (2008) on my MH and would like something better than whatever the current rv park has.
So what are my options? I have been told that I could get the King dome re-programmed for dish or vice--versa.
We are leaving in a few weeks for 4-6 weeks and would like something better than the rabbit ears.
Thanks for your patience nd understanding
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:58 PM   #2
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I went with DISH because they let me suspend service when I'm to using the MH. DISH seems to be a bit more RV friendly. Sometimes their normal customer service isn't on top of RV issues, but you can ask to be connected to a rep that handles RV issues.
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:04 AM   #3
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I've had both, Direct TV you only need one feed horn to receive ; however you will NOT receive HD, must have multiple feed horns in touch with several SATs at once. Dish lets you receive HD on one SAT but not all channels on just the one. Also Dish lets you stop service when you want to for RV's. King Dome can be reprogram via special reprogramer, buy it from them for about $300. All will cost you, if you change to Traveler antenna but when you do its a Done Deal no going back unless you add both and no In-Motion with the Traveler.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:00 AM   #4
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Bot I have comcast at home, a king dome (2008) on my MH and would like something better than whatever the current rv park has.
So what are my options?
Dish Network is the only service that has a pay-as-you-go plan, so if you want to pay for satellite TV service for only the months you are RVing, it's your only choice.

With the dome, you will not be able to watch different programming on two different TVs unless the programming is on the same satellite (since a dome "sees" only one satellite at a time). However, it will work just fine for one TV and will automatically switch satellites based on the channel you select.

And, yes, the King Dome can be reprogrammed for either DirecTV or Dish Network. It will require going someplace that has the programmer.
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:14 PM   #5
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DirecTV will also suspend your service anytime you want to. We suspended service on the motorhome many times in the past. However we now also have it at our stick house so there isn't much advantage to do so. If you have it both places the stick house is charged for the standard service and it costs an additional $5.00 per month for the motorhome. Since we use the motorhome regularly it's more of a pain to call to disconnect and reconnect than it's worth.

Also another vote for the Winegard Trav'ler if you currently don't have the dome. everyone we know who's had a dish has switched over. The small reflector on the dome makes finding satellites a real pain unless there's a totally unobstructed view. Any little branch or twig in the way seems to cause problem.
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:23 PM   #6
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they both have plus and minus. Tried both and have gone back to crank up TV antenna. Being camping I can for one go without either dish or dish network. Camping it, roughing it! Ever see a cowboy camping out west with a antenna mounted to his saddle horn? Me either! Some how the camping setting seems more like camping without the need of the TV. the campfire more appealing. safe travels (while I tell the jerk on the side of me to turn the volume down on his outdoor TV with the blanking boom bar box)
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Old 12-30-2013, 01:40 PM   #7
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Key word: Kingdome

Kingdome has several models, Some can be re-programmed for Dish or Direct, not sure of all. Some can do two Dish birds, some 3, some under automatic (Receiver) control, some manual only.. Now read on,, This is DOMES 101

DirecTV is dome compatable, 1 or more receivers (If the dome is a "Dual" which means dual OUTPUTS, not 2 LNB, 2 LNB's is a TWIN and there are no TWIN domes). HOWEVER no dome can do DirecHDTV.

Dishnetwork, some domes do one bird at a time under manual control, and can see 2 or all 3 birds (actually there are six but you only use 3).. Some can see 2 or 3 depending on the model under RECEIVER control.

Domes that can see all 3, can do both SD and HD. HOWEVER>.. The catch.

ONLY ONE RECEIVER may be used at a time,,, That is unless all receivers are needing the same satellite (Bird) so if you want to watch a show on say 110, and spouse wants one on 119.. One of you is not going to be happy.

Rooftop domes also do not do well when parked under the Evil Signal Eating Tree. (They do not work at all under said tree) So you need a ground mount option.

DISH type antennas, .... You get the dish that matches your service and once properly set up and aimed it works... Period.
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I use the crankup Winegard Batwing. More channels than I care to watch. Hooked into campground Wifi your BlueRay Player, Laptop PC or Computer Tablet will also get plenty of independant film, documentary, sports, music, etc, etc, etc.
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We have a cable bundle at the studs and stucco house..SAT and cellular cannot touch that service and price.

So, just for the RV...Campground cable and over the air broadcast TV leaves a lot to be desired...and good luck with campground WiFi for streaming movies and video content -has never worked for us, and we have tried.
Finally, 3G/4G is good but gets expensive when buying blocks of data when using it for streaming video plus there are still large gaps in coverage out west.

So, the cheapest and easiest SAT is Dish pay as you go....there is no contract and can be suspended and resumed at will...Direct will let you suspend - which extends the contract.
We used the original rooftop dish for just over 1 year, then gave-up and got a portable due to having trees often blocking the southern sky from our camp spots.

And here is a trick...
We did not realize that getting a receiver and portable dish at the same purchase can be discounted compared to buying separately...so if I could start over, I would buy the full set-up (receiver and portable dish )in the first place. That would have saved us over $100.

So, it's Dish ViP-211k, our original rooftop dish, a Tailgater, and an external hard drive to make the 211k work as a DVR.

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Guess it depends on your wants and desires. Not enough here to warrant dropping an extra dime on annything beside the free over the air signals. Don't have cable or satellite dish at home and life goes on just fine without the extra $1,000, $2,000 or more in annual costs for a subscription.

My cellphone is a family plan with unlimited data for a very low fixed price so usage does not change that and a $25 Hawlings Parabolic wifi antenna usually streams fast enough from campground wifi to make it workable (just line it up with the closest wifi repeater and its fine).

Is there a TvHolics Anonymous group out there?
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For Long stays or convenience

We have a dome and Dish. We submitted the RV waiver form to allow us to receive both east and west coast network broadcasts. The time differential for network broadcasts allow us flexibility to see favorite shows.

We are on the road for extended periods and really appreciate the ability to watch when we want not just whatever the local TV mmight be or maybe what may be available at a campground.

Yes, it is not camping it is enjoying the good life if we want or not!
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Old 12-31-2013, 07:43 AM   #12
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We have a dome and Dish. We submitted the RV waiver form to allow us to receive both east and west coast network broadcasts.
Just an FYI: You cannot get East Coast/West Coast (DNS) directly from Dish. You must go through a 3rd-party company, All American Direct, and the channels are only in SD.
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No HD for Dish in the east.
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No HD for Dish in the east.
we are currently in S Carolina and we are getting HD channels on our Dish Tailgater with no problems. It's only in the extreme Northeast states that satellite 129 is below the horizon.
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