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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, 06:41 PM
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I had DirecTv the first year on the road, but discontinued it. I found the digital RV antenna pulled in channels that I enjoyed more than those on the dish. I admit I'm not a huge television viewer, so I was okay with the channel selection varying as I traveled. However between free digital tv, parks with cable, and the ability to watch most programs I couldn't receive on tv from the Internet I used the dish less and less.

I struggled the first couple months setting up the dish. Some times it only took a few minutes, and other times it seemed like forever. I found some things that made it fairly easy thereafter:
1) Use a small level to make sure the dish is very level. Otherwise the settings will not be accurate.
2) Sometimes it was easy- sometimes not. I found out another reason. I was sometimes getting the suggested settings off my receiver, and other times off of one of two websites. In all cases the zip code was correctly entered, but I found all three options gave differing suggested settings. I struggled the most when using the DirecTV suggested setting off the receiver, as it was much less accurate that the others. At least this was the case with my receiver.
3) My inexpensive meter sometimes gave false readings, so I put it away, opened a window, and turned up the volume and used the sound from the meter on the receiver.
4) One of the easiest ways to set it up was to find another DTV dish in the campground and look at the settings.
5) I was moving quite a bit over a number of states, so had to change settings but logging the actual settings used made it a snap if I returned to the same area later on.

If money isn't a big issue, get the cube, and you'll have TV without bother.
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post Oct 20 2012, 09:15 AM
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QUOTE(jim crowl @ Oct 19 2012, 07:41 PM) *


2) Sometimes it was easy- sometimes not. I found out another reason. I was sometimes getting the suggested settings off my receiver, and other times off of one of two websites. In all cases the zip code was correctly entered....


Zip code use is not always going to be accurate because there may only be one for a huge geographical area. The zip is for the post office and it may be lots of miles from the location of the RV. There are smart phone apps out that can locate a satellite more accurately based on one's physical location.
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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
MelindaK   Does anyone know where we could have Dish install...   Apr 26 2014, 10:51 PM
Dutch_12078   With less than $100 difference in price over ...   Mar 3 2014, 11:10 PM


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