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Old 10-08-2012, 08:13 AM   #1
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Please share your experience with DISH TV.......what suggestions/comments do you have?
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:48 AM   #2
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If you are going to use it on the road get Directv. The aiming of the antenna is a lot easier.

In either case don't get a roof top antenna if you every plan to camp in the woods.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:29 PM   #3
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What type is recommended when camping in the woods?
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:33 PM   #4
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What type is recommended when camping in the woods?
Something like this that you can set up in the open away from the trailer a bit.

RV Camping or Tailgating Portable Satellite Dish Kit 18" Dual LNB

I second the recommendation for Direct TV.

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I wouldn't buy anything that is not even capable of receiving HD channels today.
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Camping and Airstreams aside I had DISH for six years and now have Directv for about four years. Direct customer service and technical support is hands down better than Dish. I would never go back to Dish for that reason alone.

I've got a roof mount for Directv that receives HD broadcast as well as works with my DVR for recording 2 shows or watching one and recording one. As it turned out in order to get what I wanted I needed the roof mount. I have experienced two or three times where trees blocked the signal but the tradeoff was worth it.
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I wouldn't buy anything that is not even capable of receiving HD channels today.
ewwww I just noticed that. What the heck?
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ewwww I just noticed that. What the heck?

If it's the link I posted that you guys are bad-mouthing, it was just meant to show what a portable sat dish looks like. If its not my link, then what is it.

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If it's the link I posted that you guys are bad-mouthing, it was just meant to show what a portable sat dish looks like. If its not my link, then what is it.

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Ha, sorry, it wasn't meant to disparage you or your link. Here's their HD version of the same kit.
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Ha, sorry, it wasn't meant to disparage you or your link. Here's their HD version of the same kit.
Ok, that link makes up for it.

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ewwww I just noticed that. What the heck?
I have noticed that many of the dishes marketed to RVs are not capable of picking up the HD satellites. Usually single or dual LNB dishes.

There are still lots of channels available via Dish that are not HD. Many channels are still not available in HD. I suppose that's OK, but HD has been around for a long time now. My Dish receiver has three choices in the online guide:
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I keep it set to "My HD Channels" almost all the time. I have a HDTV and I can even get the local channels over the air with my old Skyliner. I prefer to watch the sharper television programs rather than the old fuzzy ones unless there is some good reason.

I personally wouldn't pay money for anything that can't even pickup the HD channels. Somebody should pay me to haul that stuff away.

After reading a few more posts while I was composing this:

Ken, I wasn't picking on your link, I assumed you were just posting an example. (Why I didn't quote your link, either) Thanks for the other link, Talormade.

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I just wanted to point out that there is still a lot of old technology still being sold out there. Especially, at least it seems to me, to RVers. It gets under my skin somewhat.
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I just wanted to point out something that should be considered while researching a purchase.
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We have the Dish Tailgater and are well pleased with it. Tech service is outstanding-no complaints. I can even get local channels wherever I am just by calling tech support and giving my zip code where I am. Our home satellite mounting pole went down at the house in a storm the other day and I transferred the tailgater to the house tv and continued on. I also get all the channels I have at home and the extra receiver only costs me $5.00 a month.
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Ken, I wasn't picking on your link, I assumed you were just posting an example.
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The Tailgater is a good option due to monthly costs and initial outlay. In a city environment the Wingard on air antenna is fine. In rural environments or want a particular program we use the tailgater. We have parked in several situations where the mobility of the Tailgater would be the only to receive programing through trees.
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