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Old 04-10-2016, 09:05 PM   #1
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Before I search the internet for life in order to determine which is a better deal.We are Good Sam's member as well,so here is the question Dish,or Direct TV,which has a better cost advantage and ease of installation at camp grounds..
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I think if you figure cost and ease of use I think Dish will win hands down. Plug the cable into the dish then the RV. Point the dish in the general direction of south. Go inside and turn on your sat receiver and set it to the state you in. About 10 minutes later you have you guide download and watching TV. Jump on the internet and go Dish RV website and hit chat and let the guy know your new service address and couple minutes you will have local channels. Plus all the HD channels.
Negatives and big one --- The bill system they can keep it straight.
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Old 04-11-2016, 09:05 AM   #3
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I have Direct but I have had Dish too. My Direct bill is kinda high, $130 a month. I think I can get Dish cheaper. As far as setting up, I can set my portable Direct satellite up in about 20 minutes and get HD signals. On the Dish I have a Tailgater but it only picks up one satellite signal at a time so it is sometimes slow but only a few seconds


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Depends on what you have at home already. If one or the other, stick with that.

Also depends on how easily you want to find HD satellites. If you want automatic satellite finding AND HD, Dish wins hands down. I found their 'pay as you go' system to be impossible to deal with.........maybe my error, but FWIW. I had the Pathway X2 and sold it........it works great, bingo bango, assuming no trees of any kind. Dish requires a fairly wide swath to get all 3 satellites.

I have DirecTV at home and a manual tripod mounted dish for camping. Harder to use, but others have figured it out and I will also. Finding the 3 satellites is harder, yet they are closer together than DISH, so from that perspective it's easier once 101 is found.
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I've been with DirecTv since '95, we have HD at home but on the road we're not that picky for HD. Ours sets up in 5 minutes!


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I have had dish at home for over 20yrs and love it. We add the receiver in the trailer for $7. a month. I just bought a tailgater antenna and set up couldn't be any easier.
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I have DirecTV at home and Dish in the RV with a Tailgater.
For cost and ease of use it is Dish. When you know that you
will not be using it for a month or more it will be just over $5
per month if you call them and tell them that you want to pause the service.
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There's been issues with them in the past with RV's and national networks (ABC, etc.) when out of the spot beam for most people's local channels. Can you explain your setup with DirecTV?
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Local channels good for 250 mile radius from home, although when I went to Quartzsite,AR. I could have the locals there, but my home wouldn't have them....either/ or thing.....so I just used ant. for local news from that area
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Lots of mis-information out there regarding satellite TV. I had Direct for 15 years and I changed to Dish a little over a year ago.

Direct TV: The local stations are spot beamed. This DTV Spots Map link will show you the local spot beams as of 2003. Although it is old, the spot beams have not changed much. So, if you have Direct at home, and if you take a receiver on your home account for the road, you will lose your locals when you travel outside your spot beam.

An RV'er can get a separate account with Direct to cover your travels. For that to happen, you must apply for DNS (Distant Network Services). Here is a http://www.directv.com/learn/pdf/DNS_Vehicles_Aff.pdf link to the application. With DNS, you can get the national stations from NBC, CBS, etc. from either New York or Los Angeles in addition to the channel lineup you choose.

You can end up having a very large monthly bill from Direct. Mine was over $150.00 per month.

Dish Network: With Dish, you can easily take your home receiver with you and there is no additional fees. Like Direct, you will lose your local channels when you travel outside your spot beam. It appears that Dish does not give a local spot beam map like Direct, but here is a http://www.satelliteguys.us/thelist/index.php?page=dishnetworkmarkets&sub=true#MI
link to the major cities where a spot beam is centered.

From what I have heard, with Dish, you can call them and give them a new "SERVICE" address where you are located. After about 20 minutes, I was told that Dish would then turn on the locals for that area to you. When you leave and go somewhere else, you do the same again.

What's even better, currently both Direct and Dish are offering really good deals on service packages. With either company, you will need a satellite dish to receive a signal plus some method of anchoring the dish like a tripod or other device. and then cable to run between the dish and the receiver. Or, you can purchase an automatic dish which can automatically locate the correct satellite for you.
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From what I have heard, with Dish, you can call them and give them a new "SERVICE" address where you are located. After about 20 minutes, I was told that Dish would then turn on the locals for that area to you. When you leave and go somewhere else, you do the same again.
I agree with the rest except don't call unless you want to spend 30 minutes to hour on the phone. Go to the website and hit "Chat" and let them know you want to change your service address and in few minutes you will be up and running.

Now if Dish could get there accounting software fixed and make it work like it says it suppose to on the website. They keep canceling my account instead of suspending it and I have to call and create a new account and if you do like the website says and just not pay the bill they keep sending you a bill and want you pay up before turning it back on.
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If you want real 1080p, DirecTv is the ONLY provider that will give it to you.

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If you want real 1080p, DirecTv is the ONLY provider that will give it to you.

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With my dish I can hit ""Info" it says it 1080P. Are you saying that Dish isn't real 1080 HD. Dish has 4k receivers because I have been looking at them as a home provider.
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With my dish I can hit ""Info" it says it 1080P. Are you saying that Dish isn't real 1080 HD. Dish has 4k receivers because I have been looking at them as a home provider.
I believe Dish does provide some special programming in 1080p, but for the most part is 1080i. Of course, I could be wrong because I haven't kept up with Dish as much as I have DirecTv, cable and FIOS.

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I agree with the rest except don't call unless you want to spend 30 minutes to hour on the phone. Go to the website and hit "Chat" and let them know you want to change your service address and in few minutes you will be up and running.

Now if Dish could get there accounting software fixed and make it work like it says it suppose to on the website. They keep canceling my account instead of suspending it and I have to call and create a new account and if you do like the website says and just not pay the bill they keep sending you a bill and want you pay up before turning it back on.
EXACTLY what happened to me.......three times. Three separate times. I kept going back and 'trying again' and 2 months later they'd cancel, then want hundreds to turn it back on.

They do NOT have a true Pay as You Go, or RV type system. Or let me rephrase.........the RV Flex System that they have does not work like it should. If they want to offer it, they SHOULD allow you to go on website and hit "Stop" and "Start" as many times as you want, and bill you accordingly. But no, you have to talk to India!!! OH MY! Not worth any amount of money..........

I am staying with Direct, which is what I have at home. Another member here has had same issues as I have getting the Direct dish to set up properly, and he got a much better and adjustable tripod for his dish, and a good satellite meter, and it fixed his problems. I'm about to get the same stuff and just learn how to point that Slimline LNB5 and carry my DirecTV receiver with me from a spare room in house.......no charge (after buying the stuff) at all. I went to DISH for one reason......the automatic HD portable satellite. But if I can learn how to do the Direct one that I have, that fixes everything.

Sorry for the rant. SO many folks laugh at me saying "I have no problem with starting and stopping Dish". And I don't doubt it was/is MY problem and lack of understanding or skill. But to me, it's real, and danged frustrating.

My rant, worth less than 2 cents........now over!
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EXACTLY what happened to me.......three times. Three separate times. I kept going back and 'trying again' and 2 months later they'd cancel, then want hundreds to turn it back on.

They do NOT have a true Pay as You Go, or RV type system. Or let me rephrase.........the RV Flex System that they have does not work like it should. If they want to offer it, they SHOULD allow you to go on website and hit "Stop" and "Start" as many times as you want, and bill you accordingly. But no, you have to talk to India!!! OH MY! Not worth any amount of money..........

I am staying with Direct, which is what I have at home. Another member here has had same issues as I have getting the Direct dish to set up properly, and he got a much better and adjustable tripod for his dish, and a good satellite meter, and it fixed his problems. I'm about to get the same stuff and just learn how to point that Slimline LNB5 and carry my DirecTV receiver with me from a spare room in house.......no charge (after buying the stuff) at all. I went to DISH for one reason......the automatic HD portable satellite. But if I can learn how to do the Direct one that I have, that fixes everything.

Sorry for the rant. SO many folks laugh at me saying "I have no problem with starting and stopping Dish". And I don't doubt it was/is MY problem and lack of understanding or skill. But to me, it's real, and danged frustrating.

My rant, worth less than 2 cents........now over!
The "Pay as you GO" problems is why I was think of switching my home service over to Dish and just paying 7 bucks a month for the entire year. I haven't done it yet since I don't want problems from a service that isn't a local rep that can walk in and talk to. You hate to get into a two year contract then find out you opened a bag of worms.

I was going to start mine up last month and after spending an hour on the phone trying to get my account straight I just hung up and watched local over the air stations. After we got home the DW straighten everything out since I threaten to throw the complete system in the trash.

I had Direct for years and every time there was a problem I had about the same problems with them. I'm not sure if one is better than the other. Now Direct is owned by AT&T and they are not known for good customer service.
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I've only had DirecTv so I can't speak for Dish. When we had our home I just took a couple receivers from the spare bedrooms with us & I would just set up my portable Slimline & tripod. When we sold, they didn't want any of the receivers back so, I just hung on to them. Last October, I called to reactivate my account after setting up the dish, aiming & hooking up receivers. The call went very smoothly and they even gave me a 50% off deal for a year as a "welcome back to DirecTv".

Then, late one night, I started to loose channels. I tried a "refresh" via the internet to no avail. So, I figured I'd call (not knowing what "kind" of help I was going to get). I was very happy to get a very knowlegable guy who really knew his stuff.....even at 1am! We figured out that my LNB was starting to go bad. I happened to have a spare SWiM LNB setup and swapped it all out the next day & problems solved. To tell the truth, everytime I've had to contact them, it has gone smoothly.

Also, when you contact them with your new location to get locals, they will want to send out a tech. to set up your equipment (because they think you moved). Tell them no (unless you need them to).

So, so far, DirecTv's customer service is still good.

Edit: Definitely don't go with the "RV Service"...it's way expensive. If you loose your locals, just call them and give them your new "service" location.
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EXACTLY what happened to me.......three times. Three separate times. I kept going back and 'trying again' and 2 months later they'd cancel, then want hundreds to turn it back on.

They do NOT have a true Pay as You Go, or RV type system. Or let me rephrase.........the RV Flex System that they have does not work like it should. If they want to offer it, they SHOULD allow you to go on website and hit "Stop" and "Start" as many times as you want, and bill you accordingly. But no, you have to talk to India!!! OH MY! Not worth any amount of money..........

I am staying with Direct, which is what I have at home. Another member here has had same issues as I have getting the Direct dish to set up properly, and he got a much better and adjustable tripod for his dish, and a good satellite meter, and it fixed his problems. I'm about to get the same stuff and just learn how to point that Slimline LNB5 and carry my DirecTV receiver with me from a spare room in house.......no charge (after buying the stuff) at all. I went to DISH for one reason......the automatic HD portable satellite. But if I can learn how to do the Direct one that I have, that fixes everything.

Sorry for the rant. SO many folks laugh at me saying "I have no problem with starting and stopping Dish". And I don't doubt it was/is MY problem and lack of understanding or skill. But to me, it's real, and danged frustrating.

My rant, worth less than 2 cents........now over!

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I have Dish at home when we go camping I take one of my receivers with me and plug into my Tailgater, boom I have sat TV at no extra cost.
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