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I have found with Dish Customer Service - to go directly to the Chat option. They may not be able to speak/ understand English well, but most appear to be able to read it well.

Also, I have yet found anyone in the Direct TV system who thinks full-time RV with no fixed location is possible.

I really miss HBO.


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I so would love to jump in here but there's so much bad information and so much off topic (DISH side bars) it's hard to know where to begin. We have been successful DTV users (fulltimers) since 2000. It's really not a big deal. Get a Trav'ler installed on your RV, move your DTV receivers to the RV. DONE!


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Maybe I was not clear.

I know thousands of people have Direct, without B/M homes.

I am speaking of new accounts. People who have not had Direct before they dropped U-Verse subscribers and and AT&T started to remove content produced/ owned by Time Warner from competing platforms.

Fall of 2017.

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Question from a n00b.

Does everyone have TV (Dish, DirecTv) separately from their internet service? If yes, why?

When ATT bought DirecTv service went downhill overnight and we dumped them after more than 15 years. We switched to Roku (not recommended) and finally YouTubeTV which is internet based and has more channels with a lower cost than either DTV or Dish, and has all of your local stations as well.

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propchef wrote:

Question from a n00b.

Does everyone have TV (Dish, DirecTv) separately from their internet service? If yes, why?

When ATT bought DirecTv service went downhill overnight and we dumped them after more than 15 years. We switched to Roku (not recommended) and finally YouTubeTV which is internet based and has more channels with a lower cost than either DTV or Dish, and has all of your local stations as well.

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Being mobile (considering this is an RV forum) watching TV via internet when no internet service is available is highly frustrating! Since most all mobile internet plans have pretty stiff limitations on their unlimited plans, even if you have service you will likely run out of service long before the month is over if that's your main source of TV programming. We are currently in PA spending the night with ZERO OTA channels available. We are very happy with our DTV service and we will be able to use our "unlimited" data to make this post.

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Bill.Satellite wrote:

propchef wrote:

Question from a n00b.

Does everyone have TV (Dish, DirecTv) separately from their internet service? If yes, why?

When ATT bought DirecTv service went downhill overnight and we dumped them after more than 15 years. We switched to Roku (not recommended) and finally YouTubeTV which is internet based and has more channels with a lower cost than either DTV or Dish, and has all of your local stations as well.

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Being mobile (considering this is an RV forum) watching TV via internet when no internet service is available is highly frustrating! Since most all mobile internet plans have pretty stiff limitations on their unlimited plans, even if you have service you will likely run out of service long before the month is over if that's your main source of TV programming. We are currently in PA spending the night with ZERO OTA channels available. We are very happy with our DTV service and we will be able to use our "unlimited" data to make this post.


So you full time with Direct TV, do you own or lease your equipment? Do you have the option of canceling your service for a period of time without cost, if you are in a location where you can’t get service due to trees or hills.


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propchef wrote:

Does everyone have TV (Dish, DirecTv) separately from their internet service? If yes, why?
Not sure I understand... DTV doesn't offer internet service.

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So you full time with Direct TV, do you own or lease your equipment? Do you have the option of canceling your service for a period of time without cost, if you are in a location where you can’t get service due to trees or hills.


Trees and hills - that's why we have 150' of cable. And we have used that much at times to get a signal during baseball season!

Direct TV you rent the equipment. Direct doesn't have the option for suspending for a few months, but if you are full timing why would you?

Do you understand that full-timing means you don't live in a house, you get your internet via MiFis with data plans that usually limit you to 25-30 G per month and more and more people have at least 2 data plans, one from AT&T and one from Verizon to cover them when they travel. This is in addition to whatever they have for the phones.


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propchef wrote:

Does everyone have TV (Dish, DirecTv) separately from their internet service? If yes, why?
Not sure I understand... DTV doesn't offer internet service.


Correct, although they used to and the latency was brutal.

As someone getting into this lifestyle, connectivity is one of my questions. To me it didn't seem to make sense to pay for two separate services when there are a number of good internet providers that deliver services like Roku, Hulu, and YouTubeTv. DirecTV seems superfluous.

We have an over-55 unlimited plan and can usually stream HD with no problems, and some plans allow completely unlimited streaming of Netflix or other service.

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and some plans allow completely unlimited streaming of Netflix or other service.


We have similar plans. When we can get high signal levels, we can stream some things. Never been able to stream a full movie. Even the few times we have been able to get 5G (we have 5G hotspots for AT&T which is never throttled, and Verizon, which is throttled after 50GB per month.

The problem is not the plan, but cell tower access, strength.

We noticed a significant decline this past April and May which we learned was due to all of the children moving to remote classes from home. We also learned the carriers were working to program their services to give those kids priority to bandwidth.

Personally, I think that was a good move, though I would have liked some official notice. Maybe even a small drop in my monthly cost.

Many places we can see 4 bars of 4G LTE, and even a web site like this one barely crawls. But at other times, like 2 am, it is blazing fast.

Frankly, my opinion is that the carriers simply do not have enough towers, cells and other infrastructure such as the microwave or land lines from the towers to the central switches to support the usage people want.

I do miss the fiber-optic bandwidth and speed I had in my last
B/M home. A few times we have been in a park where we could arrange a high speed modem wired link. Those were wonderful.

Park WiFi - first answer - at many parks the telco simply does not have the wired infrastructure to support a few hundred people trying to stream video. The park can have the best setup and equipment in the park, but they can't get 1000 GPM of water out of a 100 GPM sized pipe.

Content providers are always pushing up their bandwidth demands, and they are always ahead of the infrastructure capability in my experience.

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