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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 30 2012, 07:19 PM
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The first question is this. How large of a TV screen will I be using. If its larger then 32" then you need to ask your self the question Do I want HDTV or Standard Definition (SD) TV.
Reason: SD stinks on big screen TVs. We are talking "blur vision" vs. crisp sharp images from HD satellite signals on a 55" or larger screens.

The cube satellite receiver is kind of expensive considering that it only works for SDTV satellite channels. A cheep Directv D12 (SD) receiver and single LNB 18" dish on a tripod is maybe $40 (because both are out of date technology) will do the same thing.
An SD image is not too bad on small screens. The nice thing about SDTV antenna aiming is that you only need to find one satellite and you can use a cheep satellite finder $15 and a magnetic compass to help you. Aiming a “HDTV” satellite dish and feeding the signal to an HD receiver is much more difficult.
Reason: An HD antenna has to be able to see and lock on to at least three satellites. A lot of people who camp get very good at using these numbers to preset the antenna while its on the tripod and then they get a helper to look at the TV signal screen while they move the antenna to find the middle satellite. Look for other campers who have a tripod and satellite dish set up. You can use their antenna to take a sighting with your compass. Also RVs are very happy to help you set up your antenna.
Based on your zip code Directv and several other internet sites provide the numbers for the exact magnet heading and degrees of elevation tilt and skew (antenna side tilt). The trick is make sure that the tripod is level and that the antenna mounting mast is absolutely vertical. Youtube has a lot of how to video’s on satellite antenna aiming.

Current Technology: The current Directv “Slim Line” SWM HD dish $100 feeding its latest $200 HR24 receiver(s) has to lock on to five satellites. In order to find the three or five satellites the antenna has to be tilted a tad on its side. Unlike SDTV you can’t use an inexpensive a satellite finder to help with the process of moving the antenna up and down and side to side as you zero in on the one satellite. Directv charges extra for HDTV. DISH does not. If you have the satellite receiver located in an RV Directv can provide (for a fee) Distant Network Service (DNS) DISH can not provide DNS.
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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 30 2012, 07:58 PM
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Current Technology: The current Directv “Slim Line” SWM HD dish $100 feeding its latest $200 HR24 receiver(s) has to lock on to five satellites. In order to find the three or five satellites the antenna has to be tilted a tad on its side. Unlike SDTV you can’t use an inexpensive a satellite finder to help with the process of moving the antenna up and down and side to side as you zero in on the one satellite. Directv charges extra for HDTV. DISH does not. If you have the satellite receiver located in an RV Directv can provide (for a fee) Distant Network Service (DNS) DISH can not provide DNS.



A couple of corrections--

--DirecTV HD actually uses only the satellites at 99, 101, and 103 except for a few smaller market local channels some of which are on the 110 and/or 119 satellites. Our Winegard Trav'ler uses the 101, 110 and 119 satellites for alignment, but the latter two aren't used for any channels we receive.

--Dish can, indeed, now provide DNS channels. Its prohibition was lifted in 2011. Even during the period that Dish was on "suspension" with respect to DNS, a third party (All-American TV, or something like that) was able to sell the service to Dish customers.


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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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