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Old 10-28-2020, 01:09 PM   #1
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Satellite TV Rumination.

Tired of these by now? Ugh.

So the wife wants satellite TV for the RV. My 30GB hot spot isnít enough for both Fox and Netflix. I run out. So I went to investigate.

I have Direct TV at home. But I looked at all three (Dish, Spectrum and DTV.). Also talked to a bunch of folks in the parks and watched a lot of videos.

There is a wide variation of antennas and services. Also caution must be used to access the right satellites depending on your locations. Also you can mount an antenna to the top of the rig or have it on the ground. Lots of variables.

I talked to DTV (who is clueless), Dish (who have great technical advisors) and Wineguard (who knows their stuff and will call you back with experienced service professionals).

I am in month 12 of my 24 month DTV contract. Breaking it costs $240 (20/month). Of course I have low pricing fro the first 12 months that increases months 13-24 big time. Thatís why the DTV guy in Costco is interested in selling you service even if you already have it. Itís one big game.

Location is a big deal. If you mount on the roof (like you remove your existing Wineguard) and boondock like I do, you might park under a tree and canít see the southern sky. Easy decision for me.

You can add a receiver to your service regardless if it is DTV or Dish. But for DTV, you canít have the Hs-17 model at home. That is their 4K receiver. No can add a receiver in the coach to that system. When you get ready to add a receiver, you donít do it through DTV but you work with Wineguard. DTV is clueless (I repeat myself for effect.)

DTV does not offer HD for your RV. Dish does. Itís the DTV technology and the DTV antennas wonít work to HD and their satellites

Dish is cheaper -more for the money, way more. If you get an offer for one of those credit cards with something like $300, that is a good offer.

Weíll see where this goes.
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Old 10-28-2020, 01:19 PM   #2
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I believe Spectrum is cable or internet only so that would require your hotspot again.

Dish does offer a pay as you go service that you activate month by month. A Wally receiver with a carryout antenna will get you HD and it can be placed anywhere. I have been in places where I had to put it on the roof of the motor home to get reception or 40ft away to get away from trees. I do have a Trav'ler antenna on the roof but am sometimes blocked by a tree(s).
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DTV does not offer HD for your RV. Dish does. It’s the DTV technology and the DTV antennas won’t work to HD and their satellites.
That is false. I have been getting all channels in HD with DTV for over 10 years. And you can get them anywhere in the lower 48, without changing satellites. You just have to have the right antenna. You can't do it with a dome-type antenna.

Dish on the other hand has no HD locals in a few areas, and in other areas you have to do a fairly complicated switch from one set of satellites to another in order to get local channels in HD. But where these issues do not exist, Dish can get HD signals using a dome-type antenna.
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What type of antenna do you have? Iíve both researched this and spoken directly with Wineguard.

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That is false. I have been getting all channels in HD with DTV for over 10 years. And you can get them anywhere in the lower 48, without changing satellites. You just have to have the right antenna. You can't do it with a dome-type antenna.
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He would have to have a triple LNB antenna like the Winegard Trav'ler, stationary open faced dish, or the RF Mogul. You can not receive HD with a dome carryout antenna on DirecTV but you can on Dish.
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Dish Satellite

I have had HD Dish Satellite for three years now and love it. I mounted the Dish Tailgater antenna on the roof with a removable mounting bracket so I could relocate the antenna if needed due to obstructions. I have a Wally receiver mounted behind the TV, it feeds both TVs simultaneously.

I found that some localities do not allow local stations when I leave the area so I lose them when I travel cross country. As an example I now subscribe to Dish in Oregon and get all local stations while in the Northwest but lose them when I leave the area. When my home service was in Maryland or Illinois I was able to get local stations from those two areas anywhere in the country. It just depends on the local television contracts with Dish. I am able to call Dish and they can change what local channels I get simply by providing them with a zip code. It takes a few minutes for them to reprogram and those local Chanelís show up. Dish customer service is the best of any company I have dealt with, ever. I do pay a little extra for amhighermlevelmofmsupport but itís worth it as I move my rig regularly and need them to change local services often. Note that changing the local channel area affects all receivers so if you have a Wally in your RV and receivers at home they all change together. My wife doesnít travel with me all the time so that affects her local channels at home while I am on the road.

I find that Dish is a great solution for an RV, especially if you subscribe to Dish for your home service as well. I have Dish receivers at home and only activate my Wally in the RV when traveling. It costs me $8 month Extra for the Wally in the RV and I only pay for that while on the road. Otherwise it is disconnected. How can you beat $8 month service charge for HD satellite while on the road?

The process to get it up and running once I am setup for the night is to turn on the Wally and let it run through its automated setup process. That takes between 6 and 10 minutes after selecting the state I am located at the time. It doesnt support in motion satellite but will maintain the configuration as long as the Wally has power so you donít need to perform that operation unless you move your rig.


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Smile Thanks!

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Thanks for the detailed response. Iíve decided to go with Dish switching out my DTV at home in a few weeks. The. Iíll add the receiver for the rig.


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I have had HD Dish Satellite for three years now and love it. I mounted the Dish Tailgater antenna on the roof with a removable mounting bracket so I could relocate the antenna if needed due to obstructions. I have a Wally receiver mounted behind the TV, it feeds both TVs simultaneously.

I found that some localities do not allow local stations when I leave the area so I lose them when I travel cross country. As an example I now subscribe to Dish in Oregon and get all local stations while in the Northwest but lose them when I leave the area. When my home service was in Maryland or Illinois I was able to get local stations from those two areas anywhere in the country. It just depends on the local television contracts with Dish. I am able to call Dish and they can change what local channels I get simply by providing them with a zip code. It takes a few minutes for them to reprogram and those local Chanelís show up. Dish customer service is the best of any company I have dealt with, ever. I do pay a little extra for amhighermlevelmofmsupport but itís worth it as I move my rig regularly and need them to change local services often. Note that changing the local channel area affects all receivers so if you have a Wally in your RV and receivers at home they all change together. My wife doesnít travel with me all the time so that affects her local channels at home while I am on the road.

I find that Dish is a great solution for an RV, especially if you subscribe to Dish for your home service as well. I have Dish receivers at home and only activate my Wally in the RV when traveling. It costs me $8 month Extra for the Wally in the RV and I only pay for that while on the road. Otherwise it is disconnected. How can you beat $8 month service charge for HD satellite while on the road?

The process to get it up and running once I am setup for the night is to turn on the Wally and let it run through its automated setup process. That takes between 6 and 10 minutes after selecting the state I am located at the time. It doesnt support in motion satellite but will maintain the configuration as long as the Wally has power so you donít need to perform that operation unless you move your rig.


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