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Old 02-14-2017, 04:53 PM   #1
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What about TV

After living and learning on a 36ft Grand banks for a week.
I liked it but I missed my 1 -2 hours of nightly TV, sports
Fox news, local news, Last man standing etc.

What do most of you experienced liveaboards do for TV?

Thank for any info
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If you're within 50 miles of a TV broadcast antenna, you can buy an HD TV antenna, which will pick up most of the regular broadcast channels (CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX) as we'll as many other non-cable channels. You can find them at Amazon (where else?), or even Wal-Mart.
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Old 02-14-2017, 05:04 PM   #3
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What do most of you experienced liveaboards do for TV?
I'm no live aboard but I do have satellite (Direct TV) on board and love it! Underway, in the slip or on a mooring, it's the best! Not cheap but the quality is excellent.
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How do you keep the DirecTV antenna pointed at the satellite?
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Codger, is the system the same as for houses or is it some kind of maritime version. I would imagine you would have to adjust your dish (if it is a dish) each time you move. Also is it able to keep the signal if the boat is moving at anchor, mooring or at a slip.
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How do you keep the DirecTV antenna pointed at the satellite?


That's the expensive part
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How do you keep the DirecTV antenna pointed at the satellite?
We have a trained monkey that turns the dish with bicycle handles mounted in the salon. When he gets a strong signal, he is rewarded with 5 peanuts. (I'm really sorry but I just couldn't resist saying that.) The whole process with aiming the dish at the satellite is automatic. Sometimes it takes a few minutes to capture the signal but it always does. (Again, I know your question was serious and i should not have answered in that fashion!)

P.S. Once it captures the signal, it never loses it...even in bumpy seas or changing course! It's really fantastic!
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Codger, is the system the same as for houses or is it some kind of maritime version. I would imagine you would have to adjust your dish (if it is a dish) each time you move. Also is it able to keep the signal if the boat is moving at anchor, mooring or at a slip.
With a satellite house system, the house never moves so there's no need to constantly re aim the dish. On a boat, the boat constantly moves (even in the slip) so the dish must be constantly re aimed at the satellite and this happens automatically. Even when running in bumpy seas!
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I can actually picture that. Appreciate the response and humor.
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Greetings,
In our 35+ years of "big" boating, the majority of those with a TV on board we have very seldom watched any TV. I can't remember when the last time our TV has even been plugged in. During the day and evening when docked our time is taken up with "stuff". Working (always something to do), cooking, eating, shopping (for more food), napping and reading. After a days cruising and supper is over, nothing better to sit on the aft deck and just be.
I expect if the world ended I wouldn't find out about it on the news...
Mr. C. Does that monkey do dishes? I mean the non media kind...

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Which dish do you have. I've seen a couple but haven't talked to anyone that actually has one. I have a tailgater brand that I use on my 18 wheeler and its great but it only finds the signal once we are stopped. If we move we have to re-search for a signal
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Mr. C. Does that monkey do dishes? I mean the non media kind...

I do have a response for that but my wife does read these posts from time to time so I'll abstain for now.
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We have a trained monkey that turns the dish with bicycle handles mounted in the salon. When he gets a strong signal, he is rewarded with 5 peanuts. (I'm really sorry but I just couldn't resist saying that.) The whole process with aiming the dish at the satellite is automatic. Sometimes it takes a few minutes to capture the signal but it always does. (Again, I know your question was serious and i should not have answered in that fashion!)

P.S. Once it captures the signal, it never loses it...even in bumpy seas or changing course! It's really fantastic!
I'd say the Monkey is better than dragging all that cable out to sea..salt water breaks it down over time and you get a blank screen showing a shark bit into the wire..
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Which dish do you have. l
Google KVH Antennas. I have the KVH 3 that came with the boat.
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Over the air HD with an amplified antenna
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Mr. mp. FULLY agree! Re: post #12. Thank you Mr. C2. A genteel soul, to be sure...
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We are away from port for ~3 months a year with no TV. We don't miss it.
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I've been living with over the air HD at home for several years. Figure I'll be fine on the boat with it some day too.
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We have a KVH TV1 and it works really well. We are usually within 90 miles of a major metro area. I think we are under 2,200 for the set. Nothing like watching College Football while fishing.
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