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MelindaK
post Oct 18 2012, 11:26 PM
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I am thinking of breaking down and getting satellite tv for the TT. Which has the better pay as you go Dish or Direct TV? Any preference on satellite dishes? My brother mentioned the cube since it is automatic. Not sure I want to pay that much, but I don't want to spend an hour setting up tv reception either.

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post Oct 19 2012, 09:16 AM
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Most folks who already have satellite TV in their home just take the receiver with them in the RV. You don't have to do anything special to do that except to have a spare dish and the connecting cables inside and out. I prefer DirecTV in the RV mainly because you only have two settings. Azimuth (left and right) and elevation (up and down). With Dish you have a third which is Skew (tilting left and right).

In most cases, set up and satellite locating takes about 15 minutes from start to finish once you get accustom to the procedure. Unless you are traveling all over the US, the settings are going to remain close to the same from place to place. You can go online to purchase a satellite signal finder for a bit less than $20. They make the job much easier. There is always someone in a campground with a satellite dish set up. Just venture over with a compass and check out the direction theirs is pointed and you're half way there.

The size of the dish probably depends on how much storage room you have. The oblong dishes are smaller. The newer slimline (DirectTV) is bigger and would make it easier to find a satellite just because the bigger dish captures the signal better. But it will take up some room. Plus, with the bigger ones you will have more wind resistance and it will have to be well staked down. You probably will be able to get the older one cheaper if you look for them at places like Craigslist.

My RV has a roof top automated antenna, and like the Cube, is a wonderful push button operation. That is when I'm not parked under trees that block the signal. I suppose buying one would depend on how often you use it.
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MelindaK   Satellite Tv Advice Needed   Oct 18 2012, 11:26 PM
hoefler   We added another tuner to our home account with Di...   Oct 19 2012, 07:05 AM
RLM   Most folks who already have satellite TV in their ...   Oct 19 2012, 09:16 AM
John Blue   We use Direct TV and have a dish set up at home. ...   Oct 19 2012, 09:36 AM
jim crowl   I had DirecTv the first year on the road, but disc...   Oct 19 2012, 06:41 PM
RLM   2) Sometimes it was easy- sometimes not. I found...   Oct 20 2012, 09:15 AM
joez   I must admit I am one of those klutzes that neve...   Oct 19 2012, 07:26 PM
Denali   The ease of setting up a satellite dish depends on...   Oct 20 2012, 10:51 AM
MelindaK   I am leaning towards Direct TV as I was going to u...   Oct 20 2012, 01:43 PM
Frank Henn   We have Direct TV and take the receiver from the b...   Oct 26 2012, 04:40 AM
cactusjack   The first question is this. How large of a TV scre...   Oct 30 2012, 07:19 PM
docj   Current Technology: The current Directv “S...   Oct 30 2012, 07:58 PM
Denali   If you have the satellite receiver located in an R...   Oct 31 2012, 09:25 AM
docj   As Joel pointed out, DNS is available with Dish. ...   Oct 31 2012, 03:22 PM
MAFLAF   I am thinking of breaking down and getting satell...   Nov 3 2012, 07:31 PM
Denali   No More Dish Distant Networks. I received this em...   Nov 5 2012, 04:24 PM
nedmtnman   I have had Dish for many years and for local progr...   Nov 6 2012, 08:31 AM
Denali   I have had Dish for many years and for local prog...   Nov 6 2012, 05:27 PM
GRL   I have been checking out both Direct and Dish and ...   Nov 16 2012, 11:51 PM
Wink   I have been checking out both Direct and Dish and...   Dec 13 2012, 10:22 PM
MelindaK   An update to my original question. After all the v...   Dec 15 2012, 11:50 PM
Wink   An update to my original question. After all the ...   Dec 16 2012, 04:22 PM
Wink   if you have one TV.Run your cable to the out side ...   Dec 16 2012, 09:17 PM
LeClair's   Does anyone know where we could have Dish installe...   Mar 3 2014, 06:10 AM
Texasrvers   Does anyone know where we could have Dish install...   Mar 3 2014, 07:43 PM
Dutch_12078   With less than $100 difference in price over ...   Mar 3 2014, 11:10 PM


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