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RE: Satellite TV is Dead, Direct TV just lost 267,000 customers

Satellite internet has "always" been here. If you are streaming, it might take a bit to get started but you will get a continuous stream but a bit of buffering would not be unexpected as multiple requests still need to happen. Satellite Internet also requires special antennas (completely different than a satellite TV antenna) and if you plan to move from one location to another, special setups. There are not any affordable automatic satellite internet antennas. You will need several thousand dollars to get one of those. That means you are going to have to carry a very large and bulky antenna/LNB/transmitter antenna from place to place and set it up and break it down at each new location.
Bill.Satellite 03/22/19 06:30pm Technology Corner
RE: Is Directv stopping SD and what to do?

My friend and I were out with our MH's this . past week The camper in the next site told us that Directv was ending their SD service next month. My buddy with Direcdtv has an older 2004 Southwind with the older style crankup dish with the older style SD receiver and the original analog TV. The system works fine for him, but if the news is true, He's going to have to invest in new equipment. He tried calling Directv and couldn't get thru to anyone with information. Has anyone heard about them ending SD and any suggestions what to do? He's not going to spend $1,200 on a dish. At this point you don't need to do anything. The latest information from DirecTV is that they will not end SD service until early 2020. While you will need an HD receiver when this change happens, your current antenna (or dome) will be able to receive HD programming. What is currently unknown is which channels will be broadcast from the 101 satellite but there's still plenty of time to find out.
Bill.Satellite 03/22/19 07:12am Technology Corner
RE: Satellite TV is Dead, Direct TV just lost 267,000 customers

*is driec ending SD: Story is yes. Do not know when What to do: Option 1 Over the air, cut the sat feed stop wasting money Option 2 Dish network. Option 3. Keep DirecTV and watch TV in HD! Even from your dome!
Bill.Satellite 03/22/19 07:09am Technology Corner
RE: How long have you been on the road

I left home 10/16 and have been on the road ever since been to all 49 states plus Canada and Mexico, currently at the southern tip of Baja Mexico. I have put 138,000 miles on my rig. We have been living full time in an RV since 1997. We hit the road in early 2000 and still work and travel full time! Lovin' it! Homeless since 1997!
Bill.Satellite 03/21/19 06:34pm Full-time RVing
RE: Satellite TV is Dead, Direct TV just lost 267,000 customers

Everywhere satellite internet IS coming. Elon Musk recently launched a slew of Low Earth Orbit LEO satellites. Even "fast" satellite internet is slowed down due to the latency (time required for a round trip) problems. The DISH / DirecTV satellites are located 22,500 miles above the earth and it takes about 1/2 second for the signal just to travel that far. Multiply that by the number of requests that must be make to open just 1 page, you can imagine how long it takes to walk through multiple pages. The LEO satellites will be much closer to Earth (I think about 250 miles like the Space Station). Because the will be so close, they will not be able to be Geo-Stationary and they will speed across the sky. To work, you have to be able to hook up to one as it flys by and then, before it drops below the horizon you connect to the next satellite coming into view. This will take many satellites and multiple orbits. If this sounds familiar, Google Iridium Satellites and you will get an idea of how they plan to make it work. Iridium just could not make it an affordable service or provide much in the way of speed other than being able to make satellite internet phone calls.
Bill.Satellite 03/21/19 06:30pm Technology Corner
RE: Car Wash Leaves Windshield Loaded With Wax.

I have not seen similar results and I use auto washes on a regular basis. I even run a no touch auto car wash and use it often on my own car. How is this something that should be in the Tech Issue topic?
Bill.Satellite 03/21/19 07:23am Tech Issues
RE: Satellite TV is Dead, Direct TV just lost 267,000 customers

Satellite TV and Satellite Internet have nothing to do with each other. DirecTV and DISH do not provide satellite internet from their satellites and never have. They are not sitting on their hands, it's not their business. I am amused by the folks that say DTV satellite TV is dead and then post that DISH will be the only satellite TV service left. Kind of silly to think one will have plenty of subscribers but the other is dead in the water. Rural cellular internet has ZERO chance of having unlimited 4G service at a reasonable price in 2 years. There is even less chance (yes, less than zero) that they will have 5G that is just now beginning to roll out. Without that level of service they would lose the capabilities to watch what they want when they want and not be spoon fed the limited information that would be available to users of highly limited internet services. Campers who enjoy time away from the big cities would be completely out of luck as no service would be available at all if timmac's fantasy were to come to fruition. We will all still be here doing what we are doing, much the same as we are doing it today.......2 years from now.
Bill.Satellite 03/21/19 07:20am Technology Corner
RE: Satellite TV is Dead, Direct TV just lost 267,000 customers

I understand its just a antennae, but a few on here attacked me just cause I used the word Digital Antennae seem to set them off.. As they should have. There is NO such thing as a digital antenna. Not sure why you continue to promote this myth.
Bill.Satellite 03/19/19 03:51pm Technology Corner
RE: Satellite TV is Dead, Direct TV just lost 267,000 customers

A topic started by a guy who believes there are DIGITAL and/or HDTV antennas. Snore! You can post random thoughts and regurgitate "stuff" you have read elsewhere (if it's on the internet it must be true!) but if you really have no idea what you are talking about it might be better to just sit on the sidelines or ask what others think. Yea we need to sue this company and Camping World for selling a fake HDTV antennae and false advertisement.. Wait don't RV manufactures put something similar on there RV's now and call it a HDTV antennae, **** we need to sue them all, false advertainment.. https://i.imgur.com/iaKYlkCl.jpg]https://i.imgur.com/iaKYlkCl.jpg https://kingconnect.com/product/king-omnigo-portable-omnidirectional-ota-hdtv-antenna/ OmniGo Omnidirectional Portable HDTV Antenna :) What you do not seem to have the capacity to understand is that a COAT HANGER connected to the back of an DIGITAL/HDTV is also an antenna capable of receiving the digital signals. NOTHING has changed from pre-digital to the current digital service in the way the signal is received. An antenna from the 50's will work just as well as an antenna built today. Signals have always been broadcast on UHF and VHF frequencies. That's what the antenna receives. The only slight change is that more broadcasts are done on the UHF frequencies so an antenna optimized for UHF may perform better than one that is not. What marketing speak manufacturers use on their boxes to convince buyers to buy their products is a completely different subject.
Bill.Satellite 03/19/19 07:34am Technology Corner
RE: Tired of antenna handle breaking

BIG THUMBS UP!
Bill.Satellite 03/18/19 07:03pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Satellite TV is Dead, Direct TV just lost 267,000 customers

A topic started by a guy who believes there are DIGITAL and/or HDTV antennas. Snore! You can post random thoughts and regurgitate "stuff" you have read elsewhere (if it's on the internet it must be true!) but if you really have no idea what you are talking about it might be better to just sit on the sidelines or ask what others think.
Bill.Satellite 03/18/19 07:01pm Technology Corner
RE: Satellite TV is Dead, Direct TV just lost 267,000 customers

Don't listen to the noise. Wait, sorry, do as you please. No one posting nonsense here is going to have any effect on those of us who require satellite internet service. I blocked timmac from further PM BS but no one can stop him from posting his rants here. He knows just about nothing about the future of satellite TV. The posters on You Tube know just about as much about the future of satellite TV as timmac. Satellite TV is NOT going to go by the wayside in the next 2 years. If you believe that every car on the road will be self-driving in the next 2 years then I suspect you will believe timmac that satellite TV will be gone in 2 years. Sigh!
Bill.Satellite 03/17/19 06:47pm Technology Corner
RE: Satellite TV is Dead, Direct TV just lost 267,000 customers

I made a prediction on January 2019 that satellite TV will be gone in 2 years, looks like I might be right.. Direct TV just lost 267,000 customers in 3 months and the CEO wants to still raise prices and lower the channels.. Better get yourself a good internet connection for your RV.. https://youtu.be/9b5_Pdmi3R4 Not sure why you felt like you needed to PM me about the incorrect information you are posting to the forum, but as I mentioned to you privately, I don't really care. Check back with us in 2 years and you will find that we are all still getting service from DTV and DISH. I doubt 5G will even be fully in place in 2 years but it will take 5G at a minimum to be able to fully utilize the services folks are "planning" to make available. However, by the time 5G rolls out our demand will be so high that it will become just as overloaded and everyone will be demanding 6G.
Bill.Satellite 03/17/19 06:01pm Technology Corner
RE: Slide out floor parting from frame

Sounds like the seller was able to get by with a floor that was "not good" and you are stuck with trying to re-work the entire thing. You need to look at what would be necessary to start from scratch and get the offending floor removed and the right parts and pieces in place to get you back to a good original starting point.
Bill.Satellite 03/16/19 07:27pm Tech Issues
RE: hot water

I had a similar issue and found that I had a huge amount of calcium in the tank. I believe the incoming water was stirring up the calcium and momentarily blocking the outgoing hot water. I never did figure it out for sure but it did stop after emptying and cleaning everything out.
Bill.Satellite 03/15/19 07:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winegard DM elevation sensor . Loss of sat. signal REPAIRED

Good job!
Bill.Satellite 03/14/19 07:14am Tech Issues
RE: Confused over wires

This Newmar coach we just bought is confusing me. I have found a three wires coiled in a compartment on the left side right under the inverter. There is a red wire and a white wire and then a wire that looks to be something with a computer type plug on the end and all encased in black flexible conduit. The ends of the two wires are square cut and my first impression is thy have never been connected. I am wondering if this could be part of the pre-wired system many of the Canyon Star coaches had for solar. With the proximity to the inverter it seems logical but I have never dealt with any kind of solar wiring. Whatcha think?? I tried to post a photo of this but cannot get the thing reduced enough to upload. If that's a fairly thick set of wires then it is very likely solar wiring.
Bill.Satellite 03/14/19 07:03am Technology Corner
RE: 45 amp adapter-use with a gfci plug

The cheater boxes work great is you have 2 - 30 amp circuits available. I have used them in back-to-back boxes (vacant site with permission from the campground owners), boxes with 2 30 amp plugs and breakers and 2 30 amp boxes in adjacent campsites (again with permission). I have to use a 30 amp extension cord to make the last scenario work but it was close to 100 degrees outside and I had to have 2 A/C's working to survive.
Bill.Satellite 03/12/19 08:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Winegard DM elevation sensor . Loss of sat. signal REPAIRED

Finding the satellite is a complicated process and not as simple as raising to the elevation shown on the DM and swinging the antenna around. You can blow right past the satellite before the meter has a chance to read anything. You can also get a strong signal from the wrong satellite. Be sure you have the receiver set to 18" round and then take your time. I suggest installing an in-line satellite signal receiver as they are instantaneous but the cheap ones still do not tell you if it's the right satellite. You have to wait and see if the receiver identifies it. You need a good compass and you need to take the reading for the heading while outside and away from all that metal in the RV. Once you have the right heading, the satellite should be found within 20 degrees on either side of that heading and within 5 degrees higher or lower in elevation. You just have to work at it a bit at a time and very slowly. If you download and app like Augmented Reality's Dish Pointer you can see just about exactly where the satellites are but you still won't know exactly how the antenna is positioned as there is a 24 degree offset between the dish angle and the actual satellite elevation.
Bill.Satellite 03/12/19 08:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Large Helium balloon for locating RV when riding

Helium is scare Nationwide right now. A friend is in the party business and the price of helium, if you can get it at all, is way, way up making it nearly impossible to maintain the balloon side of his business. He has the tanks, he just can't get them filled. A business friend loaded up a truck load of tanks who found a supplier 6 States away so they could run them down and get them filled. This is likely to change in the future but it seems the new well drilling is producing less and less helium and creating a serious shortage.
Bill.Satellite 03/12/19 08:32pm Tech Issues
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