Originally Posted by ScottBrownstein
Both Dish and DirecTV have had to find a way to carry thousands of local channels in order to compete with cable. They have done this by building satellites that use "spot beams" which direct a given local channel only to the geographic area that channel serves. They cannot give you access to "your" local channels when you are out of that spot of ground. They can change your setup to give you access to the local channels in the geographic area that you currently occupy, hence you have to call them and update your zip code in their system so that they can enable your receiver to pull in the local channels where you happen to be.
I would love to get the local channels of the geographical area that the RV is at. So sounds like Directv will do that as well? Just have to call them to change the zip code? Hm....will have to try that.
I was having a hard time getting a signal. It finally found it on transponder 16. I had the King dome on the ground...do I need a tripod? I thought the whole point was that it would work from the ground. There were no obstructions overhead at all. I even used a satellite finder app on my phone and it was still a bit challenging.