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Old 03-27-2018, 06:53 PM   #1
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Satellite tv

For a year now I have been researching how to get tv reception onboard. I have tried:

Fire stick (not enough bandwidth at the marina)

Long range indoor/outdoor antenna (doesnít work at all.

What do you have? I really need to figure this out because itís making me crazier than I already am with all the boat projects. I need 4 of me! I already have a beautiful ac/dc smart tv.

Help this gal make a decision please?
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Old 03-27-2018, 06:56 PM   #2
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KVH antenna and Direct TV. But they ain't cheap!
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Best deals on the dome are at the Miami boat show. If you already have Direct TV at home, you only pay $5 for the second box and get whatever your package at home is. Long term, that's a pretty good deal.

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Old 03-27-2018, 07:03 PM   #4
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KVH antenna and Direct TV. But they ain't cheap!
I can fly off off my daughters direct tv. What kind of price range are we talking about for the antenna? Iím assuming itís radar arch mounted? I would prefer that BUT not spending 2 grand.
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I have the KVH TV3. It's about $3,300 or maybe a little less. Significant deals at the boat show. Pay to play.

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Old 03-27-2018, 08:26 PM   #6
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I have the KVH TV3. It's about $3,300 or maybe a little less. Significant deals at the boat show. Pay to play.

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Yea, yea, yea, I know! Have to purchase a new zodiac motor. Ugh! Plus other big projects. Maybe for now Iíll get a tailgater and fly off my daughters direct tv for 7 dollars a month. For about 400.00 Iíll have tv at least at dock.
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First, do you just want TV or do you want HDTV. If you want HDTV your only option is going with DishNetwork. You will need an Intellian I3 or better, you will need a vip211z set top box from dish and a mms card. Intellian has a program we’re you can get all these through west marine for $3000. The i3 only requires two coaxial cables to be run which makes installation fairly easy.

Dishnetwork can be purchased by the month were DirectTv requires an annual subscription.

I had a kvh trac 4 that I just replaced with the Intellian i3. Both satellites preform the same at anchor and motoring in calm seas. I have never tried to watch tv in rough seas so I can’t comment on that.
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You can use your daughter's DTV account with a dock/piling mounted house type DTV dish for about 50 bucks or less. Craig's List for the antenna and a used DTV receiver.

Underway TV is much more expensive, but who watches TV underway anyhow?
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You can use your daughter's DTV account with a dock/piling mounted house type DTV dish for about 50 bucks or less. Craig's List for the antenna and a used DTV receiver.

Underway TV is much more expensive, but who watches TV underway anyhow?
If we are anchored out during football season....ME! Lol
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We have a KVH TV-1 offshore US waters LT 60 miles. She's always on when we are at the house or on the boat. Because I want to get every penny out of my 119 directtv bill each month (this includes our river cabin too.) Thing is the KVH never loses signal, bouncing at 30 knots offshore. The river cabin loses signal when a squirrel poots. Nothing like catching fish and watching Alabama destroy whoever. Roll Tide.
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We are going to try Direct TV with unlimited data on our smartphones and iPad from AT&T. They have an app that allows you to watch TV from your smart devices.
Unfortunately we had to postpone the install due to a funeral in NY so I canít give you any feedback yet.
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First, do you just want TV or do you want HDTV. If you want HDTV your only option is going with DishNetwork. You will need an Intellian I3 or better,
Times change. I am back to running Direct on my HD Intellian. I have switched between KVH and Intellian, and back and forth between Direct and Dish and a Direct affiliate for PV up to Cabo, and now back to Direct. The only advantage Dish had was they carried the PAC12 network and Direct did not.
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We saw a KVH HD-7 at the Seattle Boat show for $13, 500. I have a M-7 and use my home receiver. Works great!

Smaller antenna depending how much coverage you want.
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Donna, I think there was a discussion here about this earlier. These work pretty well onboard & don't break the bank.
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Otherwise, I guess your next option is spending over 2k on a KVH TV1. I use them on commercial boats up here on the Chesapeake & they work fine as long as you are happy with a standard picture & don't need an HD picture. The installation is a piece of cake with only one wire to control everything.
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KVH if you're okay with SD signals only. Intellian is way less expensive and is HD capable. We use Dish TV rather than Direct TV because, with Dish, the subscriber can get locals in any location via an RV account. With Direct the user will lose locals (network stations) once your boat moves out of range of the spot beam for your account address. Some folks have been successful using a New York address to establish a Direct TV account which enables a "national feed" which gives the user New York City network stations. Why bother when a Dish RV account lets the one use a real home address and change locals at will? The channel line-ups are very similar and very similar in their pricing.
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KVH if you're okay with SD signals only. Intellian is way less expensive and is HD capable. We use Dish TV rather than Direct TV because, with Dish, the subscriber can get locals in any location via an RV account. With Direct the user will lose locals (network stations) once your boat moves out of range of the spot beam for your account address. Some folks have been successful using a New York address to establish a Direct TV account which enables a "national feed" which gives the user New York City network stations. Why bother when a Dish RV account lets the one use a real home address and change locals at will? The channel line-ups are very similar and very similar in their pricing.
That's really good information, Jack. Thanks. We had been wondering about that.
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KVH if you're okay with SD signals only. Intellian is way less expensive and is HD capable. We use Dish TV rather than Direct TV because, with Dish, the subscriber can get locals in any location via an RV account. With Direct the user will lose locals (network stations) once your boat moves out of range of the spot beam for your account address. Some folks have been successful using a New York address to establish a Direct TV account which enables a "national feed" which gives the user New York City network stations. Why bother when a Dish RV account lets the one use a real home address and change locals at will? The channel line-ups are very similar and very similar in their pricing.
KVH absolutely will pick up HD programming, just not at higher latitudes with the smaller dish. We are on the fringe of HD here on the lower Chesapeake.
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I can fly off off my daughters direct tv. What kind of price range are we talking about for the antenna? Iím assuming itís radar arch mounted? I would prefer that BUT not spending 2 grand.
If you're just trying to solve TV at your home dock... some of our dock neighbors have mounted their dish on a pile next to their boat... so it's permanently aimed... and apparently relatively inexpensive because you don't need gimbaling and so forth.

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If you're just trying to solve TV at your home dock... some of our dock neighbors have mounted their dish on a pile next to their boat... so it's permanently aimed... and apparently relatively inexpensive because you don't need gimbaling and so forth.

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That should be illegal. Coming back from the Bahamas at a marina by Sebastian inlet, I was given a slip next to someone who did this making it impossible to throw a line over the piling. Boat wound up wedged sideways slamming into the dock in high wind. The hull had just been painted along with the bottom. Yes I had superficial damage.
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A $3000-5000 KVH dome plus subscriptions will buy A LOT of unlimited cellular data ------- and your TV Stick will still work.
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