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Satellite TV Question


We are putting together a budget for full-timing next year and would like to know the approximate monthly cost for satellite TV service - more than likely it will be Direct TV. 

If anyone has an idea of the cost for installation of the system - that would be appreciated too.

Thanks much.

Barb

 



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We have Direct TV's cheapest programing option and use just one HR24 receiver. For that we currently pay $61.42 per month. Once our first year is over I expect to pay at least $30 more per month. We also just recently had our RV manufacturer replace our old Winegard Satellite dome with a new Winegard Traveler for Direct TV. The Traveler cost $1580 (you can pay less elsewhere) and they charged us for 1.5 hours labor. I'm pretty sure they were able to use cables that were already there so that may have saved some time.

Hope this helps. Here's a link to the packages that they currently offer <http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/content/packages/overview?lpos=Header:1> There's a chart comparing them if you scroll down the page.

Hope this helps.



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You can save a lot of initial cost if you want HD to go with Dish. While there are SD portable dishes for Direct there are no HD. There are several for Dish. Kinda like "drinking the kool aide". I see no difference in service and cost is less.

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 Had Dish.... around $75 for 250 channels (see their website). Bought pay as you go so can discontinue anytime but must buy equipment. Bought the winegard pathway 2......didn't like it.....its for sale. Now have tripod and dish (much better) with another provider.   Pathway 2 and 2 receivers from Dish was about $750 in Feb when I bought them.  At the time it was cheaper at Camping World than what I paid from Dish.



-- Edited by igotjam on Wednesday 20th of July 2016 08:06:14 PM

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I have a Winegard Traveler (automatic dish that seeks the satellites and stores itself for travel with the push of a single button). I also subscribe to DirecTV, for one reason only ... I get the NFL package that allows me to watch MY team's games every week in HD. As others have pointed out, most programming is pretty much the same, with the one exception of the NFL package, which is a deal breaker for me. I don't want to just "watch a football game" ... I want to watch MY team play every Sunday. If Football isn't your thing, then any provider will do. The Winegard product is very cool and will work with any provider.



-- Edited by RonC on Wednesday 20th of July 2016 08:03:58 PM

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I care less about football so no advantage for us. Same programming. I only paid 500 for Pathway X2 with receiver. It was on sale though. Love ours. We can park under shade trees and set it in open.

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Thanks everyone for the information - there's more available than I expected.



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Dish Network here with Pathway X2 antenna and 211Z receiver. I have an external USB hard drive connected and use the receiver as a DVR, as well. We have full HD service and 200 channels for $64 a month on the "Dish For My RV" plan. We put the account on hold for the two months we were in a rain forest with no hope of getting a satellite signal (had about 8 local broadcast channels, though, so it didn't hurt too badly). To me, being able to carry the antenna up to 100' out from the rig to get a view of the satellites - regardless of what site we are assigned - is a big plus.

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While at Hershey RV show we visited the concessions and ask about satellite TV. The vendor was promoting the Dish tailgater and the 211z receiver. We got them and so far so good. Even dropped the tailgater off the top of my truck and it stills works. A little frustrating at time receiving signal but when I get it dialed in its fine. Lite weigh and portable but a little cantankerous. 

  We've gotten our first bill and we are paying $48.19 a month. since getting the system we have moved numerous times so I have gotten better at setting it up. We have found out that when the HD signal is not good we can Use the remote and switch to the SD signal. I downloaded an app named satfinder and it helps you locate your 129-119-110 satilites. We do have the basic flex service and the one down side is I have to connect to the internet and pull up my dish and change our zip code when we move long distance so we can get local programming. Its really not necessary to have local programming but we like it for weather mostly.



-- Edited by carolinakids on Tuesday 3rd of January 2017 01:18:55 PM

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We have Dish because we don't want to be locked into a contract. We have both the Pathway X1 and a Trav-Ler. We bought the Pathway with the 211Z from Amazon on sale. The coach we had didn't come with a permanent satellite receiver on the roof. Our second coach came with the Winegard Trav-Ler. We love the Trav-Ler and use it whenever possible. We also bought their 612 receiver which allows us to record a different channel than the one we are watching. Or if not watching TV you can record two channels. The 612 has two tuners. We kept the X1 for the times when the roof antenna is blocked by trees and have used it several times. This past summer we were in Pohick Bay campground in northern VA for a month and had no reception from either antenna because of the tree coverage. So we bought a $40 antenna from Walmart and brought in over 60 ota channels. 



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