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Old 07-30-2022, 11:49 AM   #1
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Switch Direct TV to ROKU

We currently use Direct TV for our travels. Friends say we should switch to a streaming system like ROKO.

Has anyone done this and what are your yeas and nays for doing such a switch?
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Well Roku is not a streaming service per se. It is a device that lets you connect your TV to various streaming services (which you have to join and pay for like Netflix) through an external wifi connection. You need a wifi connection to make it work.

DirecTV is a satellite TV system like cable TV but instead of getting its signal through the cable it gets it through the satellite.

How do you use DirecTV on a MH. It is my understanding that the satellite requires precise positioning to work with HD channels.

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Old 07-30-2022, 12:45 PM   #4
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Roku is a streaming service as they have their own channel which is free. It also acts as a gateway for many other streaming platforms(some free, some pay). You will need a reliable WiFi connection to stream. Many people have WiFi attached to a cell service to perform this function or use a hot spot setup. We use Roku in our RV and it has been very good.
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Old 07-30-2022, 01:23 PM   #5
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Roku works just fine as long as you have a strong wifi signal AND a data plan that gives you enough data to do any kind of streaming. If the wifi signal is slow or weak, no streaming. If you run our of data, and you can very quickly, no streaming. So it will depend on a lot of variables and it will not be free. By the time you add up your data plan and the cost for the streaming services you want so you have the same as you had with satellite, you will be spending about the same as you did for satellite service. Chuck
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We currently use Direct TV for our travels. Friends say we should switch to a streaming system like ROKO.



Has anyone done this and what are your yeas and nays for doing such a switch?


You will need good wifi would be the only downfall.
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Old 07-30-2022, 02:29 PM   #7
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I use both

Roku, as mentioned uses apps like Hulu, Netflix, etc. They do have Roku TV that hasots of free channels, it's pretty nice
Roku also needs a good WiFi signal. So either a phone hotspot, Starlink (I use it), or at the campground

Of course u use DirecTV now so u know how it works

Roku is really easy if u have wifi... DirecTV take time to setup..but is pretty permanent till u leave

Both have + and -
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Assuming you have got a good WiFi connection Roku gives you the ability to stream a lot of content by adding Roku apps, some free; some subscription (paid). Apps with a lot of channels, like Sling and YouTubeTV, are expensive, but necessary if you want a lot of channels. IMO, the downside to Roku, is that you cannot control video quality. Some apps do give you control over video quality when you bypass The Roku device and connect to them directly. We have found that low resolution appears on the screen, (especially if displaying on a tablet) just as good as high/ultra or 4G. Using low-res uses only 25% of the data as high-res.
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Old 07-30-2022, 02:44 PM   #9
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Switch Direct TV to ROKU

We changed motor home from DirecTV to ROKU. Liked it so well we changed 4 TVs in our home to ROKU. Two are ROKU TVs and two are ROKU devices connected to the other TVs. We found that we use between 4 and 7g of data while on 4 day chapter rallies. Our cell phones have a shared data plan of 45g. You can have weak cell service for voice, but still have good data service. We have a 50mb Verizon internet service that meets all our needs for home internet for 4 TVs, two phones, two iPads, home security system and one computer. Of course not all those are using internet service at once, but not unusual to have 4 or 5 at the same time.

Yes, you can buy additional streaming services to use with your ROKU. We have Amazon Prime; therefore, Prime streaming is included at no additional charge. We purchase Netflix for $139/year and PBS for $5/mo. Our Verizon internet service and streaming charges saved about $22/mo dropping DirecTV, and we only had the second level DirecTV plan.

If you have room below you RVs TV, suggest you get the ROKU sound bar. Best connection is hdmi between TV and sound bar. We found that the quality of sound was so much better than the TV when using the ROKU sound bar. We bought ours for $99, regularly $149. Look for specials. Yes, you can get $29 or $39 ROKU devices, we did and then upgraded to the sound bar.

About a month ago our 50 living room TV failed. We had been experiencing problems for about a month. Bought a 55 TCL ROKU TV that included a TCL sound bar. Great picture and sound.
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Roku is the similar to the FireStick from Amazon.

As far as how do they work, it all depends on how good of a Network signal you can get, where you are camping. If you're remote and can't get a cell signal and there is, if you're lucky, the typical Campground WiFi, it's very possible that the system won't work without being a PITA.

Of course, that's similar to the fact that your use of Satellite TV is limited by having a clear sky.

IMO, if you are very dependent on the Internet or TV, then you might consider having both systems. One to back up the other.
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I use Roku at home so using it on the road was a no-brainer since all of the subscriptions where available at no additional cost. Cut the cord years ago and just could not see paying that much to Direct TV and have to watch commercials.
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I'm hanging in there with Directv (since 1999) but I still use the Roku for many things. ATT 50.00/100G per month prepaid pretty much handles all of our needs. Watching the Netflix situation on using in multiple locations.....
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A big part of stream vs satellite is where you RV. If you like to get way off grid in remote places satellite might be your best option.

We use Apple TV for Netflix, Amazon, and other streaming services. Similar to RUKU, Amazon, or Google. We just use the Apple TV on our main TV. Or our other coach TVs we just use wifi from the TV.

Some campgrounds have cable. Sometimes we use our over the air antenna.

Now how you get your wireless connectivity is a different question.
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I forsee this as one of my biggest problems coming in the future. Trying to get wife to do the Full-timing for at least a yr, after we sell house. House/Rv all have the Roku and Hulu. Currently comcast allows 1.2terabytes of data. =1200gb. i'm usually around the 600 gb a month. When and if i do the FT, i prob be a lot over that 600. Have had dish tv prior, but living in fla, storms ect do damper things.
I was 100% all in on doing the FT, until i saw this thread. lol
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