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Old 03-24-2018, 02:55 AM   #1
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Streaming tv question

Ok - need the help of you "techie " individuals. We have MIFI in the coach with a cell signal booster and also have a wifi signal booster, both of which work well.

We have a Roku and lik it a lot. My question is does anyone know of a good app for live tv ? We tried HuLu and discovered that as soon as you move and it senses a zip code change it locks you out of liv channels such as NBC, CBS, FOX, ETC. Are there any of the others like Sling, etc that may offer it ?

On a different question, if we can't go with Internet, we're considering satellite with a dish system and a tailgater antenna. I know the roof mounted Winegard would be better but not in budget. If any of you have this setup, I'd like some recommendations.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 03-24-2018, 03:48 AM   #2
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Another question - has anyone uselse d the new King Tailgater Pro and roof mounted it ?
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Old 03-24-2018, 07:50 AM   #3
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The satellite antenna question is dependent on how much and how you and Tracy's TV likes are. We've had the Winegard Travel'r and Dish service for 5 years and really couldn't be happier. We take the Hopper DVR with us from the house and have HD TV on all three screens with the ability to watch different programs on different screens at the same time, and the ability to watch/record up to 16 events at the same time. As I understand it the Tailgater doesn't give you that capability. If you're ok with that, then that would be the way to go. PM me if you want more info.


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Old 03-24-2018, 02:22 PM   #4
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Sling box is good, but you need the actual box to be on a set top box at a home base somewhere..

Last year we purchased a Winegard Pathway X2 along with the Dish as you go for RV... It took a bit of getting used to, but after getting the kinks worked out, we really like it ! With us only weekending it, the 30 day blocks work great for us...
You can go online at anytime and either add or subtract programming.....

With the Pathway X2, you can get BOTH east and west arc satellites, and you can plug 2 receivers into it. BUT, as soon as you plug the 2nd one in, you are locked to 1 satellite.
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Old 03-24-2018, 03:50 PM   #5
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Don't mention Winegard around Tracy !! Lol. She gave me the Winegard automatic signal seeking OTA antenna a couple of years ago as a Christmas present. To say we've been less than thrilled would be an understatement. The third one has now bit the big one and Winegard said since its out of warranty only thing they will offer me is a reman for $150. Pretty much told them to place where sun don't shine.

Pretty sure we're going to go with the Tailgater Pro that is the newest version and in a removable mount so that if we're set up somewhere long term and need to I can pop it off roof and put on its tripod.
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Old 03-24-2018, 04:08 PM   #6
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I have tried several of the aforementioned options and here is my take.

Streaming is largely dependent on speed. I tried to watch a football game a few years back and the latency was so bad it was unwatchable. Perhaps, most importantly to me, the data streaming uses becomes excessive and unaffordable.

Tailgater or portable antenna. This is a simple and affordable solution but overall, it wasn't the right solution for us. The dish inside the enclosure is small. The software finds the 3 satellites and as you change stations, it seamlessly changes and locks on to the appropriate satellite with no user interaction. There are a few reasons I ditched mine. First, the farther north I travelled, the more likely I'd lose HD reception. In Oregon, for instance, I'd lose HD when it was drippy fog. For watching sports, this was a point of frustration. Secondly, you are limited to one station at a time. Although you can attach a hard disk that will act like a DVR, you are limited to one live show at a time. Similarly, if you want to watch a second TV, you're limited to what is being watched on the main TV. Lastly, coax cable lengths can be an issue dealing with the small dish if you have to run the dish far from the rig. My tailgater has been collecting dust in my garage.

Tripod and dish. This is the set up I have used for years. It is an inexpensive alternative that gives you all the features with no restrictions. Learning how to set up the dish is the only challenge. I figured if the 20 something kids can learn how as satellite installers, I too can learn. With the right equipment (good meter), I can do it in under 5 minutes. The down side it stowing the dish when you travel. I left room in the bed of the truck. If you go that route, I'd be glad to share some tips I have learned and the equipment I have used.

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Which is better for traveling, Direct or Dish?
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Old 03-26-2018, 05:37 PM   #8
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I use my Verizon MiFi for streaming while camping, but conservatively. Netfix isn't bad, but a HD Amazon can really burn some MB on your data plan. I think two Episodes of Breaking Bad ate 2.5gb once before I realized it.

We have the sling on the Hopper at home, but it still goes through the same MiFi so we rarely use it. Too easy to use Roku and the selection is better. Even on travel, the hotels typically don't let you stream, so again the sling is only good over the MiFi, and the only real advantage is if you are recording stuff at home that you want to watch.
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You can get pros and cons about both Dish and Direct. If you have one or the other at your home base, if you have one, It's probably best to stay with that.
We've had Direct since about a year after they started. First just took a portable dish and receivers from the hours, now we have the Winegard Travel'r on the roof, but still bring the receivers from the house. Because we spend so much time in the RW we have the Distant Network Package with gives us the standard networks, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and PBS out of New York City, but we get them any where we can get a Direct Signal. Has been working for us for over 10 years now.
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