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Set-up for Home DTV to go on the road. 9 years 3 months ago #9449

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Lots of complicated info on this site about RV DirecTV ... and most is either one answer, or very complex answer for an electronic idiot - like myself.

SO, we're gonna take our home unit on the road beginning next month. We will buy an antenna (probably the portable cube)...

Assuming we have Digital Ready TV, Cube antenna, and the subscription for DirecTV home use - please give a non-complicated brief, step x step, process for buying cables and/or other components so we can watch the TV in campsites with EHU at least. Don't care about the components or how each works, just what it is, what it does, and where in the pattern does it fit. Begin at the antenna thru A,B,C ... then to the TV ... and assume we have nothing but the Cube and the TV and the DirecTV box at this point. Thanks B & G

ONE other point: Does it make sense to change from Standard box to a different level. As I understand it, we need a phone and hard-cable to watch free on-demand catalog movies ... we don't often watch PPV which we could do with cell phone ... but we can't do on-demand without cable internet - at least as I understand it.

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Re: Set-up for Home DTV to go on the road. 9 years 3 months ago #9452

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When I had direct TV and took the box on the road, I used a portable dish set on a tripod. Would go to the menue and to setup to get the angle and elevation. I would then go to the signal on the menue and turn up the volume and open the window. It always worked as I could hear the signal when we locked on. It used to take about 5 minutes.
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Re: Set-up for Home DTV to go on the road. 9 years 3 months ago #9453

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Thanks Ed, but I'm looking for a list of items that I will need to buy or get from DTV, not how to operate it.

Such as cables?, connectors?, booster? switches?, components, etc.

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Re: Set-up for Home DTV to go on the road. 9 years 3 months ago #9454

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When I had direct TV and took the box on the road, I used a portable dish set on a tripod. Would go to the menue and to setup to get the angle and elevation. I would then go to the signal on the menue and turn up the volume and open the window. It always worked as I could hear the signal when we locked on. It used to take about 5 minutes.


Items needed to do this: 1 standard DirecTV box per tv, about 50ft. cable, and 1 single LMB dish. Now if you want Hi-Def, you'll need a 3 LMB oval dish and a HD box per tv....and all the new HD cables, etc.....

HD isn't important to us...digital tv already has great picture...we don't do the "On Demand", but do order a PPV movie every once in awhile...we have seen folks struggle with the HD from DirecTV and Dish Network in wooded CGs where as with the single round dish goes up and working within minutes....I guess it all boils down to how "high-tech" you want to get and if you have lots of patience for the setting up....

Not much of a "shopping list", but it's what works for us and we've had our service for 6 yrs. over many miles and in lots of CGs....Hope it helps... ;)

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Re: Set-up for Home DTV to go on the road. 9 years 3 months ago #9455

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Just looking for the minimum ... don't watch a lot of shows, mostly movies in the evening.

SO, high-tech not required. Although we can't get on-demand at home because we have no house internet connection. We have hotspot and it cost too much to use the 'watch movie' features - to much band use, or something.

But, our goal is to watch the 'catalog' movies, the free ones you find that have already been shown on the pay part. And we can't figure out how to do that with no house internet. Apparently these movies download thru the internet cables.

Some one said you can order on the PC and another said use the cell phone. But all I can find in both is the PPV kind, not the free movie catalog. Stumped Monkey here?

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Re: Set-up for Home DTV to go on the road. 9 years 3 months ago #9456

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we have seen folks struggle with the HD from DirecTV and Dish Network in wooded CGs where as with the single round dish goes up and working within minutes

I agree with this statement 100%. Since we work summers in the forest, we DO NOT want HD satellite. It's MUCH easier to find one "hole" in the trees for coverage than it is the 3 or more needed for HD.

Never got the "free" or pay on demand movies. Our satellite Internet wouldn't have the needed speed. We do order PPV through the Internet (no charge). If you order by phone, there's an ordering fee (for DirecTV).
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Re: Set-up for Home DTV to go on the road. 9 years 3 months ago #9457

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We have the 'standard' box as it costs less and with our DTV, we get plenty of clarity ... and we have no internet in the wall so can't get on-demand movies as I understand it ... maybe I'm wrong?

We would like the catalog free movies, the on-demand DirecTV offers, but can't seem to get that with standard ... if we can't get it, that's one thing, if we can, and just don't know how, that is my question. I think we're out of luck ...

Although lately we got into the "Red Box' dvds and that's sure worth a buck each. PPV and movie channels are so expensive ($5 per movie) it's become ridiculous ... and that's after you already pay a monthl fee.

I've noticed lately too, lots of 'terrible' movies (how did they even get made) and repeats, repeats, repeats. Makes us want to go back to the 'no TV' stage ...

Matter of fact, DirecTV claims you get 200 plus channels -- has anyone ever counted the "sales" and "advertising" channels, and the channles that occur in more than one space. we'd end up with about twenty-five, not the 200 they claim ...

SO, am still looking for an actual list of what it takes to go from Antenna to TV, what are the 'pieces' I need.

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Re: Set-up for Home DTV to go on the road. 9 years 3 months ago #9461

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I had the dish on a tripod and it was a pain !!! Got the cube and all you do is set it out side and it does all the work. You can tell it where you are or tell it you are home to see local news if you want. I am with the dish network. I did not get pay as you go. It was cheaper to leave it on. I have Comcast at home.
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Re: Set-up for Home DTV to go on the road. 9 years 3 months ago #9525

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I would just like to get satalite to watch the normal channels, CNN NBC etc. What is needed for that.

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Re: Set-up for Home DTV to go on the road. 9 years 3 months ago #9531

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Go to your local dish rep and he can set you up. Or he will sell you a cube if you want. We get all the local channels.

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Re: Set-up for Home DTV to go on the road. 9 years 3 months ago #9533

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SO, am still looking for an actual list of what it takes to go from Antenna to TV, what are the 'pieces' I need.


If you have a cable connection on the outside of your rig, then you will need the following:

1. Satellite dish (your choice)
2. About 50 ft of good coax
3. Your receiver (box)
4. Your TV

Set up the dish outside, connect the cable to the dish, connect the cable to the trailer, turn everything on, align dish, watch TV.

That, in theory, is the process.

If you don't have a cable connection on the4 sitside of the rig, then snake the coax cable through a window, connect to the box, connect to the TV, turn on, align and watch.

That help? You should not have to purchase any boosters, connectors etc. Famous last words.

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Re: Set-up for Home DTV to go on the road. 9 years 2 months ago #9547

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You useing the cube? If so do you like it and does it work well?

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Re: Set-up for Home DTV to go on the road. 9 years 2 months ago #9549

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So, basically it sounds like we can get 'some services' on DirecTV but not all services. Better some than nothing, sometimes I suppose.

We're getting ready to head out on our first long trip with a TV package, and have never used it before. But we're signed up for two-years DirecTV, so might as well use whatever we can on the road - we're paying anyway.

But after reviewing this info, will probably stick with the basic TV package maybe and forget the movies component. PPV is higher by about three times the cost of RedBox ... $4.99 vs $1.10 and the same movies almost ... We notice RedBox is all over, including most bases, and we can take out a movie and return it anywhere in any RedBox and can pre-order so it's there where you want it when you arrive.

Some of you on-base fulltimers might look at these RedBox and save a few bucks too. Some old movies but lots of new ones as well.

Thanks for all the info - good luck in the road - we're heading for the west coast along the southern routes again in a week or so ... :) :)

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Re: Set-up for Home DTV to go on the road. 9 years 2 months ago #9552

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Hey Monkey!!

Which way are you heading west? If you're passing anyway near me, I'll be glad to lend you my VuQube for your trip. I won't be needing it this year, so it would just be sitting in the house gathering dust. :lol:

You'll just need to have an RG-6 Cable. I'll need mine.

Let me know...if you're passing close enough, I'll meet you someplace.
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Re: Set-up for Home DTV to go on the road. 9 years 2 months ago #9553

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We plan to head west along I-10 and vary the route up and down along it for areas to visit - staying in the warmth for a month or so - we're not in a hurry ... but may detour up your way and take you up on that ... will get in touch. Can always buy a cable ... will give us a chance to see how it works and if we want to continue with it. thx B&G

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Re: Set-up for Home DTV to go on the road. 9 years 2 months ago #9557

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Let me know whey you get to Jacksonville Florida. I'll bring my cube over and let you see how it works.Camp Blanding and Mayport spots are nice right now..
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Re: Set-up for Home DTV to go on the road. 9 years 2 months ago #9558

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We live in Jacksonville ... we have a condo here. But we go to Mayport and Blanding and Kings Bay often.

We're packing now for a west coast trip - leaving in a week for about two / three months ... or longer if we don't get tired of it. Which I don't :):) so will be back when we get here.

Sarge offered to let us borrow his to test, and if we like it will buy it maybe ... Sarge bought one of those "fancy kind" that does HD - so will meet him when we leave and check it out.

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