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Old 11-30-2006, 12:39 AM   #15
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Yeah, its a real mess. We've been using dish with distance networks in our MH for a couple of years. But given the court and Newscorp that's over. So I decided that rather than rail against the machine I'd order Directv. Had it installed last Wednesday, filed the RV waiver on Friday, Distance Network channels showed up today.

I don't like Directv as well as Dish but it seems to do everthing we need.

I think local stations are "spot beamed" so that once you get a certain distance from home, you 'local' stations will no longer work.
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Old 11-30-2006, 11:32 PM   #16
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I guess we will wait it out since we don't tote the satellite with us on short trips. Maybe by the end of jan we will see where this leads. I may give directv a call and see what their deal is. I imagine when the warm temps return many oif the rvers will do the same.
This is all incredibly stupid. We who comply with the law and sign the rv waiver should not be part of this.
FCC maybe not let dish out of this easy. Are there any other satellite companies besides dish and direct?
What were the costs when you switched to direct. Did they have to install new dishes or do anything to the wiring?

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Old 12-01-2006, 07:46 AM   #17
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Portable on tripod or ground. That way you can park you trilaer under the trees and put the dish where you can get reception. Upgrading the dish is easier too.
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Old 12-01-2006, 09:10 AM   #18
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We lost our "distant" Denver channels last night. Even though we had waivers and satellite TV for 21 years and an RV waiver, there're gone!

However, there is a bill in congress to allow distant channels sponsored by CO senators and representives.

Call your representative and push the issue.
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Old 12-01-2006, 09:56 AM   #19
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What were the costs when you switched to direct. Did they have to install new dishes or do anything to the wiring?

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Equipment and installation was free (after rebate) but there is a commitment period. Programming cost is about the same. You just need a RG6 cable from the dish to the receiver so however you get the signal from your DISH dish should work for a Directv dish. If you get a DVR, it will need two cables from the dish to the DVR. (the DVR has two tuners so you an record two different shows at the same time).

You get a new dish with the installation. They send an installer. (I just had him run the cables through the windows because I have moved our television and I need to figure out how I want to get the cable into my MH. I did not want him to decide how that was done. With the install you get a new triple LNB dish. The dish uses the same mount as a DISH dish. While the dish is capable of receiving three different satellites at once, you really only need one satellite to get regular (non-HD) programing and distance networks. An additional satellite is used to get local stations and a third satellite is used for HD programming.
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Old 12-01-2006, 10:04 AM   #20
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Dish/Direct?

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I just came across your thread here. Will this this info help you out? I hope so. My Caravel is absolutely no tech.
https://www.mydistantnetworks.com/faq.htm
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Old 12-01-2006, 10:39 AM   #21
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I just came across your thread here. Will this this info help you out? I hope so. My Caravel is absolutely no tech.
https://www.mydistantnetworks.com/faq.htm
I looked at their web site, looks promising although the FAQ does not mention RV declarations.

I've sent them an email and will report back.
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Old 12-01-2006, 11:52 AM   #22
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I emailed these guys asking about RV Declarations.

They responded but did not answer the question. So I'm not going to pursue this any further since I have already switched to Directv.

For those of you on Dish it may still be worth checking into.
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Old 12-01-2006, 01:18 PM   #23
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A little more information on this option

I got this from another forum so cannot be sure how accurate it is

NPS will beam DNS for $9 per month, using Atlanta and San Franciscostations, over Dish Satellite 119. It appears that NPS, which until now has provided programming only for C-Band subscribers, has never heard of an RV waiver. Nobody appears to know if they will have RV waivers or not.

All parties involved are in court in Florida as I type this; the networks are asking that Echostar be held in contempt, and that the original injunction be reworded to make it clear that it applies to anyone using an Echostar satellite for transmission.
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Well everyone, with so many dish problems I think you helped us decide; forget about it! Too much hassle. When we camp at SP we are boondocking anyway and when at a KOA or Good Sams 60% of the time they have cable. For the other times Barnes & Nobles has some really great books, and with the cost of a DVD, hey we can one watch it and then share it.
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Rickandsandi,
Generally SAT tv is no problem. We have had and used it in the rv several years. These problems we are having with dish are very new. Hopefully they will be resolved, maybe not.
We also went several years with no TV. We went to bed early, read many books and spent lots of time outdoors. far better than sitting on the sofa watching TV when we all know...There is nothing on TV.
Good luck and happy camping!!!
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changfe sucks!

Caught in the Dish change myself. Just had my local affiliates changed from San Francisco to Sacramento based only on my zip code. I have had the SF local channels for several years (more than five) and now suddenly I am a Sacramento boy?





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Any Canucks have info about Bev or StarChoice? I am thinking of replacing the "aluminum clothesline" on the roof for a "wok". I currently have Starchoice at home and want to take the receiver with us when we travel.
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Back to the original thread.
Fewer holes in the Airstream makes me happy!
Satelite dishes as much as 200' from the unit, my TV on WITH RECEPTION, makes me happy.
Reception while parked under a shade tree makes me happy.
Replacement dishes for tripod mounts can be found for mere cents, yet repair/replacement of a roof mount are exhorbitant.
make mine a portable tripod mount.
Also, if you are going to spend much time WAY up in Canada or Alaska, a larger, more proficient dish can be purchased for that travel (weak signals). Roof mounts do not have that option.
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