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Posted: 01/25/13 06:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am ready to have a dome satellite dish installed. Many rv dealers prefer Direct TV (maybe getting kick back). I understand the smaller dishes under the dome don't get signals as good as the open air dishes. Also I have heard the HVA dish is better than the winegard dishes. Is that true and why? I understand that dish has a pay as you go set up. Does direct tv. Any direction where to purchase ac/dc tvs as I will have the dealer install the new lcd tvs. Appreciate the help.

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I assume you are aware that no dome system is capable of receiving HD with DirecTV. You may not care about HD reception, but I thought it was worth noting. The larger, open dishes do have better reception than the smaller dishes in the domes; that is just physics. We have a Winegard Trav'ler which for the past several years has been the gold standard for HD reception.

DirecTV, to my knowledge, does not have have a pay-as-you go plan similar to the Dish monthly plan.

As for TVs, I'm not sure why you want an AC/DC TV. Most RVers use regular TV's and use inverters when they are not connected to shore power or using a generator. If your RV does not currently have an inverter, a small one can be purchased to serve just the TV.


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With the new LCD TV do you have the potential for HD? The OTA antenna can receive HD? As docj said no HD with a dome. I'm already wondering about your dealer.


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Posted: 01/25/13 07:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"...no HD with a dome.

Dish HD channels will work with dome antennas.





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OK I stand corrected. Single sat at a time including HD with a dome. Are there dome's with more capability?

My open faced dish with SWM allows for recording up to 5 channels at once (HD on multiple sats). Dish locks in about 2 minutes and doesn't move again.

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CA Traveler wrote:

OK I stand corrected. Single sat at a time including HD with a dome. Are there dome's with more capability?

My open faced dish with SWM allows for recording up to 5 channels at once (HD on multiple sats). Dish locks in about 2 minutes and doesn't move again.
You were correct, you just shortened his statement "no dome system is capable of receiving HD with DirecTV"

The question to the OP is why a dome?


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Winegard Carryout works for me. Very much dependant on your provider and what you want to reciece.

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Posted: 01/25/13 11:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

pastthings,

Unless you must have "in motion", do yourself a really BIG favor and get a dish instead of a dome. You will be MUCH happier with the performance.

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CA Traveler wrote:

Are there dome's with more capability?


All of the domes suffer from the same limitations. Since there is only 1 KU band LNB inside a dome you cannot receive the DirecTV HD programming which is broadcast on the KA frequency. However, if you don't need HD then all of the DirecTV programming is broadcast from one satellite allowing the use of 1 receiver, 2 receivers or a DVR.

With Dish (Network) all of the programming is broadcast on the KU band so you can receive all of the programming including HD. However, since Dish broadcasts from 3 different satellites you are limited to what kind of receivers you can use. 1 receiver works great. 2 receivers work but the second receiver can only watch programming that is being broadcast from the same satellite the 1st receiver selected and the use of a DVR or dual tuner box is not recommended.

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