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I am retiring my tripod antennas after 22 years and I am ready to buy an automatic ground carry out. I am able to switch providers. I have heard Dish performance is better to see through obstructions. We mainly travel in the Northwest and find plenty of trees. Please advise me of your experiences. HD is preferred but not necessary. I have seen one with a switch for either service. Thanks............ Jim Ault 480-807-0333

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The satellites for both are 22,500 miles above the Earth.

 

Some will say the grouping of DirecTV satellites are tighter meaning that a smaller hole in the trees is needed. Since you are talking about an automatic ground dome, that is a non-issue as DirecTV would be limited to one SD only satellite.

 

Dish has a few more degrees spread in the three satellites but a automatic ground dome can access all three and therefore you will have access to all the Dish channels (based upon subscription) including HD.

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Unless someone has some empirical data on DISH vs DirecTV sat reception, I'd say it's a horse apiece.

 

So, with a DISH ground dome, you can get HD programming, but using a DVR is really impractical because of satellite switching. With DirecTV, no HD, but you'll be able to use a DVR.

 

On the other hand, if you can pop for a rooftop Winegard Travler, either sat service will work just fine.

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So, with a DISH ground dome, you can get HD programming, but using a DVR is really impractical because of satellite switching. With DirecTV, no HD, but you'll be able to use a DVR.

 

 

Not sure what you mean by this since DirecTV channels are all digital and if broadcast in HD, you get HD. Either with DirecTV or Dish, the satellite setup determines if you get standard or HD. Not all RV dishes are set up for HD so if that is important to you, be sure to check. With Dish, you will have to move between satellites to get certain channels, so once again the system you buy will need to be compatible with the provider. Neither will give you better reception over the other. Once again, that will depend on your equipment. Look at the costs for the programming package you want and make your decision based on that. Although Dish claims to have the same package as DirecTV for a lower price, it is not the same channel line up. Dish is offering a 2 year price lock right now, but again, look carefully at the channel line up before deciding and read the fine print. We have had satellite service for 15 years and had both Dish and DirecTV. We prefer DirecTV for the channel offerings and better customer service from DTV. Good luck. Chuck

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Not sure what you mean by this since DirecTV channels are all digital and if broadcast in HD, you get HD

DirecTV uses different style LNBF for the satellites that carry HD programming. Different from the style used in domes. So with DirecTV you won't be able to receive DirecTV HD satellites with a dome.

 

Dish used the same LNBF for all it satellites and a dome can access all the satellites, one at a time. Dish has its HD channels spread on the three Western Arc satellites (119, 110, 129),the most common for RVers.

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One advantage we've found in using Dish is the option of using either the three western arc sats or the three eastern arc sats. That choice increases our aiming options pretty significantly when dealing with heavily treed sites. To date, we've yet to land on a site where I couldn't hit at least one of the six sats, and usually at least two of them when all three on a given arc are not visible. We may not always get all the channels we want to watch in HD in those conditions, but we can usually at least get all the channels.

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One advantage we've found in using Dish is the option of using either the three western arc sats or the three eastern arc sats. That choice increases our aiming options pretty significantly when dealing with heavily treed sites.

 

Mmmmmm . . . tad bit of spin here, Dutch.

 

I think DirecTV has DISH beat in the less-is-more sats arena (+ minimal wiring with SWM technology). For example, with DISH, if your only option are the Eastern Arc sats, then you'll probably need to drag out the tripod dish because the DISH Travler is really Western Arc only.

 

On the other hand, with DirecTV, the only time you'd need to drag out the portable was if your RV was under trees.

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I think DirecTV has DISH beat in the less-is-more sats arena (+ minimal wiring with SWM technology). For example, with DISH, if your only option are the Eastern Arc sats, then you'll probably need to drag out the tripod dish because the DISH Travler is really Western Arc only.

To a point. I have used my Trave'ler to get Satellite 61.5 and had an acceptable number of the stations I wanted to watch. I just didn't free like putting up the tripod that day.

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I have installed many Intellian systems on boats that are capable of receiving HD on K band for one. Chuck

From Intellian i-Series:

 

Every Intellian i-Series antenna system is capable of receiving Standard (SD) and High Definition (HD) programming from any Ku Band Satellite TV service provider.

 

From Intellian s-Series:

 

global reception of Ku-band Satellites

 

Like it or not, DirecTV made no consideration of RVers when they changed to using KA LNBFs for the satellites carrying HD programming. That move obsoleted all domes from receiving HD programming because there is not enough room inside a dome to have two LNBFs and the size reflector needed to handle them.

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One other tidbit of information is if you only want SD then Direct might be the better choice as they broadcast all their SD on satellite 101. Dish SD is split between 110 & 119 to get all your channels.

 

Actually, depending on where you're camped, you might have DISH SD on 110, 119, 129 or 61.5, 72.7, 77.

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Mmmmmm . . . tad bit of spin here, Dutch.

 

I think DirecTV has DISH beat in the less-is-more sats arena (+ minimal wiring with SWM technology). For example, with DISH, if your only option are the Eastern Arc sats, then you'll probably need to drag out the tripod dish because the DISH Travler is really Western Arc only.

 

On the other hand, with DirecTV, the only time you'd need to drag out the portable was if your RV was under trees.

 

A good point of course, but since I use a tripod mounted 1000.4 dish anyway, the arc choice gives me a more flexibility than even a tripod mounted DTV Slimline. And the 1000.4 only needs a single wire run to the coach for our Hopper and Joey. Oh, and I did say the two arc choice was most useful "when dealing with heavily treed sites." :)

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