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Old 05-11-2022, 10:43 AM   #1
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DirecTV & Canada

Hi everyone,
We are looking to purchase a coach in the US which currently has a Directv dish & receivers installed. We are from Canada and wondered if this will only work in the US, when we travel, or can we use when back home. Iíve tried to search but havenít found any definitive answers.

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What dish model?
What DirecTV Receiver model(s)?

If you have older equipment, then you won't get any HiDef channels. And DirecTV is phasing out support for standard definition channels from its 101ļW satellite. Only the Winegard Trav'ler and DirecTV Slimline dish support HiDef services.

Also, DirecTV makes it very difficult to move your location. You'll need a home service address in the US to even activate the service. And, of course, DirecTV doesn't provide service to folks in Canada.
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You will need a US billing address.Theydo not sell to Canadians.
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What dish model?
What DirecTV Receiver model(s)?

If you have older equipment, then you won't get any HiDef channels. And DirecTV is phasing out support for standard definition channels from its 101ļW satellite. Only the Winegard Trav'ler and DirecTV Slimline dish support HiDef services.

Also, DirecTV makes it very difficult to move your location. You'll need a home service address in the US to even activate the service. And, of course, DirecTV doesn't provide service to folks in Canada.
Thank you! The coach is a 2016 so would imagine the equipment is around 5 - 6 years old. Would that be an issue? I will be able to find out the model, etc next week.
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Thank you! The coach is a 2016 so would imagine the equipment is around 5 - 6 years old. Would that be an issue? I will be able to find out the model, etc next week.

Are we talking about a dome on top of your RV? If so it is of little to no value in the Directv world. You need to have a full size dish, either a Winegard Travel'r(Google that name to get info) or a portable full size dish. That dish has a name, it's called a Directv Slimline. It's the same one that goes on your house.

Will Directv work in Canada? Yes, you'll be able to use it probably about 100 miles from the USA border, maybe a little less. You have to have a USA address.
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Will Directv work in Canada? Yes, you'll be able to use it probably about 100 miles from the USA border, maybe a little less. You have to have a USA address.
For several years we successfully used a Winegard Traveler to obtain DirecTV in the far southeastern corner of Prince Edward Island. I would guess that's a bit further than 100 miles from the border.
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Are we talking about a dome on top of your RV? If so it is of little to no value in the Directv world. You need to have a full size dish, either a Winegard Travel'r(Google that name to get info) or a portable full size dish. That dish has a name, it's called a Directv Slimline. It's the same one that goes on your house.

Will Directv work in Canada? Yes, you'll be able to use it probably about 100 miles from the USA border, maybe a little less. You have to have a USA address.
Thanks! It is a dish not a dome and I guess we will need to use a US address to sign up then. We most likely will watch TV more when travelling in the US during the winter so makes sense to retain it rather than replace with Shaw Direct.
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For several years we successfully used a Winegard Traveler to obtain DirecTV in the far southeastern corner of Prince Edward Island. I would guess that's a bit further than 100 miles from the border.
Perhaps the 49 parallel would be a better term than Canadian border .
PEI , isn't that far above the 49th.
Satellite signal distribution " footprint " doesn't follow a border line .

Direct TV because of " Lack of Canadian Content " is not allowed to distribute signal to Canadians . CRTC rules and that fight is decades old.
Hence the fight over Canadian companies distribution into the USA , re aiming of satellites etc. and Star Choice and Express View not being available to Canadian Snowbirds anymore.
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For several years we successfully used a Winegard Traveler to obtain DirecTV in the far southeastern corner of Prince Edward Island. I would guess that's a bit further than 100 miles from the border.
We have had Shaw direct and trav'ler dish since 2014 and it can be used anywhere in Canada and receives full signal right down to Portland OR.(45th parallel) South of that you will lose 1 satellite and and about 25% of your channels. We snowbird every winter for 4-5 months and it works great for us. In 2019 they dropped 1 satellite and moved some hd channels to a new satellite and aimed it further north. We also had to do two upgrades to dish to receive hd and get it to lock in on any satellites!
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Any Winegard trav'ler older than 2018 will require the Two upgrades unless you are willing to manually tune in the dish. Pain in the A**. Must be model 7300 or newer with LNB SKU upgrade
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