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#1 Mark N.

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 12:10 PM

I have a spare dish and a spare dual LNB (that a friendly tech. gave me a couple years ago).  So, can I simply mount that to a solid weighted tripod, aim it, acquire the signal, and watch Dish Network just like at home?

It seems too easy.



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 12:23 PM

Yes, except you may not receive your local channels if you're out of the spot beam range.


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 12:29 PM

Tell me where your local channels are and I'll show you the spot beam.


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 12:33 PM

Yes, except you may not receive your local channels if you're out of the spot beam range.

 

Once you get moved, call Dish using their specialist number 888-309-0370 and say, "I'm a RVer and I've just moved and need to update my locals."  They will verify your identity, ask for your new location, including site number, and update your locals.  In about 5 minutes, reboot your receiver, then in the program guide find the new channels and scroll forward to where you don't have any info - it will then want to update your program guide.  That takes about 5 minutes.  You'll be good to go.

 

By the way, the person you talk to will always tell you that you can get the same service by calling their regular number.  Say thanks but don't do it.  These folks are the ones you want to work with because they instantly know what it means for an RVer to call them.


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 01:03 PM

Scott, you're correct.  However, the OP asked if he could "watch Dish Network just like at home?".


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 01:03 PM

In a nutshell...Yes, it's that easy.  If you want HD then you will need a multiple LNB antenna with 3 separate LNB's.  If you have an antenna with 2 LNB's (not a single dual LNB) then you can get nearly all of Dish SD programming and if you use an antenna with just one dual LNB you will have to pick which satellite you want to view programming from.  119 is most often used in this case but you will have very little if any HD and most, but not all, SD.  129 has the HD but picking only 1 of the 3 can get a bit frustrating.


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 01:28 PM

Scott, you're correct.  However, the OP asked if he could "watch Dish Network just like at home?".

 

Gotcha.  I didn't think he meant getting the same locals when out of the area.  Yours is a good reminder that Dish satellite users can't take their locals with them.  (I missed the Texas baseball teams this summer.)


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 01:36 PM

Gotcha.  I didn't think he meant getting the same locals when out of the area.  Yours is a good reminder that Dish satellite users can't take their locals with them.  (I missed the Texas baseball teams this summer.)

 

If you'll leave your location set in Texas, you can get the Texas Rangers on Fox Sports Southwest anywhere in the country (no spot beam).  However, the Houston Astros are no longer on Fox Sports regional and have created their own network with the Houston Rockets on Comcast.  Dish doesn't carry Comcast programming, so you wouldn't get the Astros on Dish Network even if you were in Houston.


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 01:45 PM

If you'll leave your location set in Texas, you can get the Texas Rangers on Fox Sports Southwest anywhere in the country (no spot beam).  However, the Houston Astros are no longer on Fox Sports regional and have created their own network with the Houston Rockets on Comcast.  Dish doesn't carry Comcast programming, so you wouldn't get the Astros on Dish Network even if you were in Houston.

 

I understand it to be that:

1. Not get the locals and keep Fox Sports Southwest

2. Update your locals but have to switch to whatever Sports package is available in the state your are in

 

I actually had this conversation with a Dish representative and that's what he told me.  Is that you you've experienced?

 

The Astros/Rockets network never came to terms with anyone - in fact there was one Astros game that got a ZERO Nielsen rating - not a single Nielsen household watched the game.  I think NBC, who is a partner in Comcast has filed a hostile bankruptcy on that network. 

 

Considering how dismal the Astros have been the past couple of years I won't say I really missed watching them.


Edited by GR 'Scott' Cundiff, 07 November 2013 - 01:46 PM.

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 01:55 PM

I understand it to be that:

1. Not get the locals and keep Fox Sports Southwest

2. Update your locals but have to switch to whatever Sports package is available in the state your are in

 

I actually had this conversation with a Dish representative and that's what he told me.  Is that you you've experienced?

 

The Astros/Rockets network never came to terms with anyone - in fact there was one Astros game that got a ZERO Nielsen rating - not a single Nielsen household watched the game.  I think NBC, who is a partner in Comcast has filed a hostile bankruptcy on that network. 

 

Considering how dismal the Astros have been the past couple of years I won't say I really missed watching them.

 

Agree on all comments.  I usually leave my locals set to my home city during the summer so I can watch my home baseball team (in your case Fox Southwest).  Then, I use over the air signals for local channels.  You can't always do that, but most places I stay have good locals OTA.

 

From what I've read, the Astros may have tried to do too much at one time.  They transferred to a new owner, sold all their players to rebuild, changed leagues to the AL, got rid of their best TV commentator, and shot their television revenue in the foot.  Any one of those would be a challenge, all at once may be their undoing.


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 03:06 PM

From what I've read, the Astros may have tried to do too much at one time.  They transferred to a new owner, sold all their players to rebuild, changed leagues to the AL, got rid of their best TV commentator, and shot their television revenue in the foot.  Any one of those would be a challenge, all at once may be their undoing.

 

I know we've drifted off topic - but Amen on all counts concerning the LAstros


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 07:56 PM

Just a cautionary note:  If you are not a full timer and you still have Dish tuners at your house when you travel that might be DVR'ing stuff while you are gone, you do not want to call and change your local channels.  Your tuners at home will loose their local channels and potentially miss all those local shows you are DVR'ing.  I travel part time - mostly local to my home area, so I almost always am within my local spot beam and get my local channels.  However, a couple of times a year, I take longer trips and travel out of the area.  When I do this, I loose my local channels.  I do not call Dish and change anything because I do not want all my other tuners at my house to be bumped off my home local channels.  For these short periods of time, I either go without local channels or I use whatever over the air locals I can pick up.  I still get all the national channels through my Dish.


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Posted 09 November 2013 - 04:04 PM

Once you get moved, call Dish using their specialist number 888-309-0370 and say, "I'm a RVer and I've just moved and need to update my locals."  They will verify your identity, ask for your new location, including site number, and update your locals.  In about 5 minutes, reboot your receiver, then in the program guide find the new channels and scroll forward to where you don't have any info - it will then want to update your program guide.  That takes about 5 minutes.  You'll be good to go.

 

By the way, the person you talk to will always tell you that you can get the same service by calling their regular number.  Say thanks but don't do it.  These folks are the ones you want to work with because they instantly know what it means for an RVer to call them.

 

So, I have always done what Scott describes above and recommended it to others. HOWEVER, yesterday I called the Dish RV Support number and asked to change my service location. I was told I have to go on-line and print an "RV Affidavit" I said thanks and hung up. Looked at the affidavit and it requires that you mail a copy of the current RV registration (and update it every year!) along with the signed affidavit. There is a statement on there that the Dish equipment is permanently installed in an RV and will not be used in a structure! Not signing that.

 

I should mention that it did not sound like RV Support when I called as the man I talked to had to go away for 3 or 4 minutes to look up how to handle an RV question! He did not have a clue!

 

Today I called the regular Dish support number and asked to have my service address changed to my "winter location". The lady asked if it was a residence or an RV and I said it was an RV but it does not move during the winter. She said OK and it was done.

 

So,  Dish continues to baffle me with inconsistent policies. Best advice I can give is if you don't like the answer hang up and try again!


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Posted 09 November 2013 - 04:10 PM

So, I have always done what Scott describes above and recommended it to others. HOWEVER, yesterday I called the Dish RV Support number and asked to change my service location. I was told I have to go on-line and print an "RV Affidavit" I said thanks and hung up. Looked at the affidavit and it requires that you mail a copy of the current RV registration (and update it every year!) along with the signed affidavit. There is a statement on there that the Dish equipment is permanently installed in an RV and will not be used in a structure! Not signing that.

 

I should mention that it did not sound like RV Support when I called as the man I talked to had to go away for 3 or 4 minutes to look up how to handle an RV question! He did not have a clue!

 

Today I called the regular Dish support number and asked to have my service address changed to my "winter location". The lady asked if it was a residence or an RV and I said it was an RV but it does not move during the winter. She said OK and it was done.

 

So,  Dish continues to baffle me with inconsistent policies. Best advice I can give is if you don't like the answer hang up and try again!

 

 

Let me make a guess on this one.  I've heard of others having similar experiences.  What I think is happening is that all the lines to the specialists are tied up and it rolls over to the general support.  Of course, they haven't a clue, and you find yourself knowing more about it than the person you are talking to.  At that point, be nice, excuse yourself from the call and say, "Sorry, I need to call you back later."  Wait awhile and dial the magic number again.

 

I remember hearing about that affidavit before I went full time.  One day I called and asked where I could get one and the person told me that that was no longer necessary.  Obviously, experience has proven that they knew what they were talking about.


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Posted 09 November 2013 - 04:25 PM

You could be right Scott, when I called the recording said "If you know your party's ext you may dial it at any time, or wait for a representative". Never got that before on the RV line. Anyhoo, I'm good 'till spring!


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Posted 09 November 2013 - 07:17 PM

The affidavid they are referring to is for the DNS Network services and do not apply when you are simply changing locations.  The really funny part about that is that Dish no longer offers DNS even if you filled out the form!

If you did want to sign up for DNS you have to do it through a separate provider called All American Direct (AAD).


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Posted 09 November 2013 - 08:14 PM

I've found the Dish support chat system to be the easiest way for me to change my service location as needed. I use a pre-written "copy & paste" text message so I can type in the new address details and make any corrections before signing on. In the past few weeks, I've changed my service location four times with no hassles. I sign in to chat with my account number, paste in my text, and add my PIN when asked, and it's all done a few minutes.

 

Here's the typical message that I use:

 

Hello,

This account is for my RV, and I have changed locations.

Please change my service address to:

2659 Whitehaven Rd #39
Grand Island, NY 14072

My billing address does not change.

Thank you!


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Posted 10 November 2013 - 09:24 AM

One other combination is to leave your home Dish receiver at home, and stream your DVR or live channel data via a Slingbox.  That's what we do.  Hook the Droid Bionic to our TV with a HDMI cable and stream the programming that we wish to view.  Also Netflix and Amazon Prime videos.

 

Note:  We have the unlimited data plan from Verizon,  at least for now.  Not sure how much longer that will last though. 



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Posted 10 November 2013 - 05:59 PM

I've found the Dish support chat system to be the easiest way for me to change my service location as needed. I use a pre-written "copy & paste" text message so I can type in the new address details and make any corrections before signing on. In the past few weeks, I've changed my service location four times with no hassles. I sign in to chat with my account number, paste in my text, and add my PIN when asked, and it's all done a few minutes.

 

Here's the typical message that I use:

 

Hello,

This account is for my RV, and I have changed locations.

Please change my service address to:

2659 Whitehaven Rd #39
Grand Island, NY 14072

My billing address does not change.

Thank you!

Dutch,

 

Great info.  One question.  Do you use the customer service or tech support chat line?


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Posted 10 November 2013 - 10:32 PM

I use the customer service chat line, Al. No problems so far...

 

On edit: I should add that the "#39" in my example text was my site number at that campground. I'm told that using just the street address may cause problems if there are other Dish customers using the same address.


Edited by Dutch_12078, 10 November 2013 - 10:36 PM.

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