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Old 01-14-2010, 11:16 AM   #1
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who has an opinion on the best way to get tv service? is it cable? a dish? in general, what is the cost of tv service in a rig?

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Old 01-14-2010, 12:47 PM   #2
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Re: TV Service

To add a few additional questions: Is the penthouse rooftop "stealth" antenna strip worthwhile? Doe its augment or in any way complement a "regular" antenna like the Winegard? Is the TV co-axel cable connection still necessary in the digital TV age?

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Old 01-14-2010, 07:59 PM   #3
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Re: TV Service

I went through this exercise myself and the only way to guarantee TV is to get a Direct TV dish mounted on your van. The over the air antennas sort of work in a city but not at all in most campgrounds. Local and or network channels are another issue and are sometimes unavailable unless you pay a higher fee. To buy an inmotion GPS enabled dish, plan on spending about 2 grand (dont bother with the manual ones) and 50-100 bucks a month for programming or find a buddy with the service and use his account. Not a cheap option but I must admit that watching NFL playoff games at your favorite campsites is pretty cool. Heading out to Joshua Tree this weekend to do just that.
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Old 01-14-2010, 11:07 PM   #4
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Re: TV Service

Originally Posted by joerosh
who has an opinion on the best way to get tv service? is it cable? a dish? in general, what is the cost of tv service in a rig?
Just wanted to add an DIY suggestion option to also look into a DirectTV HD or Dishnetwork HD with the DVR option. I replaced the original hard drive with a 2 Terabyte Drive in my DirectTV HD DVR and have plenty of content to catch up and watch. HD Hi Def in the Sporto!

About the only time I need to hook up the dish when I'm camping so to catch up on something "live"; otherwise at home port, the SMB is docked downloading all my shows from the Sat(Bird) and staying charged; a DIY umbilical cord that contains the shore charge line and 2 Sat Coax cables..
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Old 01-16-2010, 09:07 AM   #5
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I did purchase the Penthouse Stealth Antenna, and cable input. I did not really expect much so I wasn't generally dissatisfied. Of course, they are also the least things used. I did find that when I went to a digital TV that the antenna worked well in areas of good coverage.

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