I do not currently have a satellite system, but have UVerse at home. When we got the rv we thought we would consider switching, but it would be more expensive. That's when I thought the advantage of using the dvr might tip the balance. From what I have read, the satellite companies, as well as UVerse do NOT allow the dvr's to be used when separated from their systems. That is when I thought to ask the question here. So far, no one seems to have tried it.