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Old 12-30-2015, 10:58 PM   #31
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Old 12-31-2015, 11:29 AM   #32
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Direct has never charged me for my old one or my new one. The new one is the smw3 which is amazing. My old one , winegard carryout was amazing also but got to keep up with the jones you know. Winegard still was a great fit and very easy to setup. Stand, wires,coaxe were never a problem
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Old 12-31-2015, 04:22 PM   #33
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Just downloaded satellite finder for Apple iOS, it's pretty cool. I see how it uses your location to get azimuth and elevation. Very nice!
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Old 01-10-2016, 01:21 AM   #34
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Interesting topic and "near" to my heart. I just changed from DirecTV to Dish.

For RV'ers: First of all, if you are on Direct and want "local channels" (really should be called Major TV Networks), you will need to setup a separate RV account including DNS (Distant Network Services). DNS service will give you either Los Angeles or New York ABC, CBS, etc. And the cost is very high. If you don't want "locals" you can use your home account and receiver as others have described.

If you are on Dish, they changed their programming for "locals" last year. Dish used another service to give their subscribers access to "locals" but changed, I believe, last year. Now, it is very easy for RV'ers to have real local channels. All you have to do is to call Dish and tell them your SERVICE address has changed, and give them the address and zip code for the RV park. In about 20 minutes, you will start receiving "locals" that are really the ones in your area. When you move, just repeat this procedure. I don't know how boondockers would work with this.

Now, why did I change from Direct to Dish. Price was one factor with the Dish promotion for a two year lock on prices. I was paying $100.00 per month for Direct, now I am paying $7.00 per month (because I changed the house from cable to Dish, I just have a second receiver charge). Secondly, after the sale of Direct to AT&T, the service has really gotten bad and they have screwed around with the satellites. In the past, Direct HD used satellites 101, 110, 119, 99ca, 99 cb, 193 ca, and 193 cb. Now, they have changed to use 99, 101 and 103. 110 and 119 no longer carry anything of any value. So, the RV'ers that had older automatic antennas had to get software updates in order to function. This happened around June of this year. It appears that Winegard was the only antenna that did not require an update. So my RV friends had to spend time and money to switch things around.


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99 & 103 are HD channels, 101 the SD channel, that's why you need a 3 LNB antenna. A HD receiver with a 3LNB should see a signal on 99(CA)(CB), 101, 103(CA)(CB). The 110/119 would only show up on a 5LNB antenna.

So, with my new RV, I added a Dish antenna. I take a receiver from the house, hook it up, and I get HD in the RV.

So you converted from Direct to Dish and only pay $7.00 for the extra box, what was the difference between monthly cost Direct and Dish??
And what is the cost or what did you do for antenna on rv?
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Old 01-10-2016, 08:59 AM   #35
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My DirecTV bill was $100.00 per month and that was for a basic SD DTV package plus DNS for the RV only. My cable bill at my house was $150.00 per month, no frills, no special packages, only HD cable TV and internet.

Now, with my switch to Dish, I am paying $50.00 per month for cable internet at the house, and $21.99 (plus taxes) a month for HD Dish + extra receiver for both the house and RV. Quite a savings.

I prefer using an automatic satellite dish for my RV because I am not fond of wrestling with a tripod-mounted dish. I got a King Dome HD antenna for Dish for around $500.00 and installation was $150.00.
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I wonder why Direct TV doesn't come out and offer me a discount now, if not when my two year contract is up I'll go back to Dish.


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Old 01-10-2016, 04:25 PM   #38
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Yep, the marketing of cable, satelite TV, phone, wireless, etc. is frustrating. If you are a new customer, they have great "deals" to get you on board and sign a 2 year contract. But for us "old" customers, they just continue to increase our price for service. Wonder if they will ever have "great deals" for long term customers??? LOL
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I think Dish now has two year contracts.


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Old 01-24-2016, 07:12 PM   #40
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Dish also has a monthly plan for rvs.
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