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Old 01-20-2008, 06:23 PM   #1
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Pre-paid satellite?

The RV park we are currently in does not have cable or any other kind of television "enhancement". We have been in some, and probably will be again while we fulltime. I was looking into the prepaid satellite dishes offered. You have to buy the equipment, but there is no contract, so if we move to a park that offers cable we aren't paying for something we don't need. When we go to another park that has no cable. we can then pick up the service again without having to pay to reconnect or cancel.
Does anybody have experience with this type of service?
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Old 01-20-2008, 06:51 PM   #2
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DTV will let you turn your service off twice/year now. DISH was letting you do it by month increments. Some folks have Satellite at home and have managed to travel with a home receiver. I don't know of any plans that let you just pay for what you use.
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Old 01-20-2008, 07:08 PM   #3
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We have Direct Tv at home. We have 5 receivers. We will call and have 3 turned off when we are on the road. We take two with us. We owen all the equipment, no contract. We pay by the month.
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Old 01-20-2008, 07:41 PM   #4
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All new DTV receivers are now active only per lease.
You can still buy a DISH receiver though.
Escapees RV site has some great threads on satellite TV and travel. How to get locals, RV waivers etc.
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Old 01-20-2008, 08:40 PM   #5
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I'll look into them, thanks. Dish Network has a prepaid, month-to-month plan with no contract, but you have to buy the equipment to get the deal.
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Old 02-13-2008, 02:37 PM   #6
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Great information Terry. We are going to look into the prepaid dish. Looks like you guys are enjoying the fulltiming, can't wait until we can do it. Looks like another year before we can do it.

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I'll look into them, thanks. Dish Network has a prepaid, month-to-month plan with no contract, but you have to buy the equipment to get the deal.
On a related issue. We used to be Dish customers. At home, and when we traveled we took a tripod, dish, and receiver. A while back Dish lost the right to offer national access network channels and we had to switch to Direct. I don't know if this would affect you. If you can get local network channels via Dish, I wouldn't think so.
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Old 02-13-2008, 04:01 PM   #8
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We wound up going with the prepaid dish, called DishNow. We can get broadcast channels with our Batwing, so the lack of local channels isn't a problem. The receiver we got online for $40 plus shipping ($20), with an included $40 prepaid card, so the receiver only cost us postage. The portable dish was around $120 from Camping World. After activating, the service has been what we expected, and the package we selected is $30/month (top 100). I'll let you know how painless paying is when it is time to refill our time (currently about March 3).
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