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trailertraveler

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Posted: 06/14/21 06:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Finally got a notice from Direct TV that they will start systematically ending their SD service in July 2021. I am not necessarily looking for all the bells and whistles of multichannel viewing, recording or using more than one TV at a time. I have a wireless repeater that can send the TV signal to the bedroom TV. We currently have the DNS feeds from LA and NYC. Reviewing the program packages, it appears that the Dish On the Go Channel lineup can include ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox out of Denver. Is this accurate?

Direct TV says they will replace my receiver for free. They were not sure about the antenna.

I currently have a portable SD dish (one LNB) which is usually not that hard to setup. How much harder is it to setup the 3 LNB slimline dish? It does not appear that any of the portable automatic antennas work with Direct TV HD.

In my research, it seems that Direct uses satellites at 99, 101 and 103. The Dish western arch is 110, 119, 129 and the eastern arch is 61.5, 72.7, 77. In the 17 years that we have had Direct SD, the 101 Satellite has been relatively easy to lock onto just about anywhere we have been from Montana to the mid-Atlantic states. It is high enough in the sky that the dish does not have to be all that far away from even pretty tall obstructions. Looking at the Dish satellite locations the 119 and 129 look to be pretty low on the horizon and the western arc and eastern arc satellites are spread over a much wider degree range than the Direct satellites. The Tailgator and Playmaker can use the Dish 61.5 satellite in place of the 129, but this greatly increases the spread of the satellites being used. The Pathway X2 can use the Dish eastern arch satellites which seem to be higher in the sky and less spread out. If the automatic dish can not acquire all the satellites. Can channels on the satellites it can acquire be watched?

Any experience on how much if any switching from Direct to Dish affects being able to actually get a satellite signal without always being in a wide open lot or the desert would be greatly appreciated. Also, the automatic dishes all seem to recommend no more than 50' of coax. In some cases with the SD dish we have used up to 300' and still gotten good reception. Any experience/comments on what the real world limit on coax length for the automatic dishes is? What receiver and what antenna are you using?

Thanks for any and all comments.


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Posted: 06/14/21 06:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Aiming a Slimline dish is harder than the SD dish, but with practice you'll get better at it.

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Posted: 06/14/21 07:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We got dish when we first bought our 5er in 2007. Have both a Tailgater and a 1000.2 tripod antenna. Tailgater is convenient in its automatic search, but sometimes had problems finding satellites. 1000.2 tripod was a little harder to aim at first, but soon got to where I could aim it in less time than the Tailgater when thru its several minute long search gyrations.

Great thing about Dish (in my opinion) is that you can get the major network channels for the nearest city to your location at the time. Means you can get the programs in their normal broadcast time no matter where you are, and you can get the local weather forecast/warnings.

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Posted: 06/14/21 07:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Don’t know what there going to do ether. Was watching NASCAR and a storm moved in causing bad reception. A message popped up asking if I want to change to a lower resolution, I clicked yes and and it went SD



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You do not need the big slimline dish (uses a bigger tripod) to get 99 & 101. A 18 X 20 multi sat dish with a SL3 lnb added will work and fit on your current tripod. Aiming requires you to plumb the pipe mast (perfectly up/down), set the tilt (skew) and elevation for where you are then just rotate.


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Posted: 06/14/21 01:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you readily lock in 101 with your current set-up, getting the other two birds is not difficult. Locking in the 3 satellites is basically the same since the center satellite is the only one you need to lock in, tilt is where you pick up the remaining 2 satellites. To acquire center satellite you adjust azimuth and pan southern sky, tilt properly set will bring in the outlying satellites.

We have been back and forth with both satellite services over the years and with few exceptions they have identical channel selections, currently with Dish which tends to be more RV friendly overall. Have the Dish app on our smartphone and it takes but a couple of minutes to change location, programming, or just to wake up (ping) your receiver if it has been dormant for awhile.

We have Dish at home and purchased a couple of VIP receivers for RV usage, Wally is their current version although you can easily purchase either online. Setting up manual satellite antenna is only different as response from receiver is slower than Directv making the process longer. We use a King dome and it has performed well, even RVing among towering ponderosa pines it locks in signal.

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Posted: 06/14/21 06:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DTV has been talking about this for years. I would not do anything until
something changes. You can update your system at that time in a matter of days. Don't sweat it until there is to actually deal with.

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Posted: 06/14/21 06:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

LouLawrence wrote:

DTV has been talking about this for years. I would not do anything until
something changes. You can update your system at that time in a matter of days. Don't sweat it until there is to actually deal with.
The time appears to be now. The email that I got offering the free equipment upgrade listed the first batch of channels that will go away effective on a specific date in July. We will be on a 3-4 month trip and I do not want to try to deal with equipment replacement on the road.

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Sandia Man wrote:

We use a King dome and it has performed well, even RVing among towering ponderosa pines it locks in signal.
This surprises me as the manual dish even using the cell phone apps his difficult to get setup with many trees around. That is why I was concerned about the spread of the Dish satellites versus the Direct ones. One of our favorite places to camp is the Rio Grande River Gorge in the Del Norte National Monument. Every turn of the river seems to dictate where you can get a shot at the satellites even when only looking for one.

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Ok....yes, this has been coming for years and I've tried to stay in the loop. As the OP related, Standard Def is at some point, going away. The story I garnered over a year ago is that even though SD will be gone, Direct TV will still be broadcasting on the 101 Sat in HD,a good many of the current channels you get in SD.

This was important to me because I have two single LNB dishes on my roof....an in motion and a very old Datron automatic. My problem was getting the correct receiver that will still operate with my current roof top dishes while maintaining enough programming on the 101 Sat to make it worth it. This still remains to be seen...not knowing exactly what channels are going to stay on the 101 or get moved about. I think I purchased a HR24/HR44? Receiver, then played hell to get it activated, having to go through a third party vendor for activation.

I've been with Direct for about 25 years and their customer service has never been worst...if I didn't already have Direct in house and what I already had dish wise on the RV I would have gone with Dish network long ago. I will not waste anymore money trying to keep up with Direct if what I've referred to above does not hold water. Good luck??


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