While some providers like to dazzle customers with needless peripherals and expensive bells and whistles, DIRECTV packages are all about giving customers what they need to enjoy their favorite programs. Of course, different customers might need different things which is why customers will also be able to find DIRECTV for business needs, as well.
The DirecTV Sat-Go portable receiver system gives you the option of "taking it with you" … the "it," in this case, being satellite TV. The DirecTV Sat-Go unit includes a 17-inch LCD television and the DirecTV satellite receiver hardware, all in an.
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Going where no other television service provider has gone before, DIRECTV, the nation’s leading digital satellite television service, is introducing the world’s first fully-integrated, portable satellite and TV system – DIRECTV Sat-Go (Satellite-To-Go). This new product, created by DIRECTV and TV producer/writer, Rick Rosner, was unveiled today at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
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The DIRECTV Sat-Go provides reception of satellite TV signals in areas with a clear view of the TV satellite in the southern sky. The DIRECTV Sat-Go is not intended for use when operating a motor vehicle. DIRECTV programming available separately. There is an additional fee to mirror programming from an existing DIRECTV account for each DIRECTV Sat-Go receiver. For information on pricing for programming, visit Programming, pricing, terms and conditions are subject to change at any time. Receipt of DIRECTV programming is subject to the terms of the DIRECTV Customer Agreement; copy provided at and in first bill.
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is currently the only major satellite TV provider in North America to broadcast programming using both Ka- and Ku-band satellites, with almost all DIRECTV HDTV programming being broadcast from Ka-band satellites. Reception of Ka-band broadcasts requires different antenna and receiver technology, so most domed mobile satellite TV antennas, including the TracVision M-series and R-series, only support Ku-band reception.
INDUSTRY MODEL HISTORY: You will see pictures of various models over the years on our pages. We have been evolving with this and other technologies on trucks for going on 20 years. So some of the terms you may hear when discussing this subject are: Vu Qube , King, Kingdome, Carryout, Winegard , Portable, G2, X1, V10, V20, V30, in-motion, mobile dome, DuraSat, Tailgater, or Satellite Cube. These are indeed all legit products or companies that relate to this page topic. DISH VERSES DIRECTV FOR TRUCKERS : Currently, Dish Network is catering more to the mobile market than DirecTV is. Antenna products made for Dish tend to be a bit less expensive than those for DIRECTV since they are able to build some of the needed smart electronics directly into the DISH receiver. Dish also has a "pay-as-you-go" billing option. That option allows for a "no long-term home contract" style of programing that can be stopped and started "as desired" by you (in 30-day minimum blocks.) However, the special programming choices, pricing, and even the basic channel lineups, can vary QUITE A BIT between these two U.S. content providers. For instance, the guy writing this article has DirecTV for the NFL football package which shows EVERY single game played regardless of where you are in the country. Although there are many network channels and cable channels that carry various NFL games, you are still subject to local and regional restrictions. BUT, maybe the NFL doesn"t matter to YOU one bit. Maybe it is NasCar, Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, College sports, or Soccer that is more important to you. The point is that one of the primary differences between the "big 2" providers is in sports package programming. So the best thing to do is to check their current programming and package lineups if you do not have either one at home yet. (here are their links: Dish or DirecTV ) IF YOU ALREADY HAVE IT AT HOME: It is BY FAR easier and cheaper to simply add another receiver to your existing home account than it is to begin a stand-alone account just for your truck. You will get the same package that you have at home in your truck (with 2 exceptions talked about in a minute.) Both companies will still require a U.S. based home billing address. And, as stated earlier, Dish is going to make it less painful to start a brand new mobile-only account (at the time I write this anyway) than DirecTV is. HIGH-DEFINITION: At this time, the actual satellite technology broadcasting bands used by Dish and Direct make a distinct difference here. A physically small dish (usually around 18" to be practical on a truck or RV) CAN use the Dish Network HD band if you have one of their HD packages. The band used by DirecTV cannot. To keep it from getting too technical, the actual size, shape, and alignment of the HD process using DirecTV requires a dish setup that is just not practical to fit on a truck at this time. Remember that HD only starts to make a big difference to your eyes as you get into bigger screens. We have installed a few 42" screens in trucks and even a 50" once. At that size, HD does make a big clarity difference. BUT, MOST TV"s in trucks run from 18 - 28 inches and high definition does not make as much of a difference in your decision at those sizes. LOCAL AND NETWORK CHANNELS: This one is a shaky topic at this time. It used to be that you could ask for either the East or the West networks (i.e. NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, etc.) on your mobile satellite plan. But they started to do a thing called "spot beam" whereby each region is being beamed its "home locals" and we see that you usually lose your home locals once you are 100-200 miles away from your home account address now. We have heard that Dish Network is providing some part of your mobile-specific plan to accommodate for this. But be sure to check with Dish or Direct to get the current policy so you at least don"t get any surprises out there when it comes to your networks and locals. EQUIPMENT: There are only a few choices for mobile practical dishes on the market. And even fewer for dishes that can be permanently mounted on the back of a truck. We carry the Winegard and King brand equipment for instance. Both companies are U.S. based and both have gone to the effort for many years to offer some solutions that go on trucks. There are a few others (KVH Industries for one) that do offer forms of mobile equipment, but for us at DieselBoss, the VAST majority of trucks we work on do NOT have a flat surface roof to bolt a dome down onto. (see below about why that makes a difference!) SETTING UP MY OWN OLD-SCHOOL DISH: Yes, this is done all the time. This is WAY cheaper than a self-pointing unit and many drivers do this. You need a cheap 18" round dish (try Amazon) and a receiver box and account from one of the satellite companies. You also need a way to attach it (and usually a way to raise and lower it above other trucks and obstacles.) You also need a good phone app or signal finder attachment and some skill at where to point it manually. But I will say that I have seen MANY drivers come up with some innovative ways to attach these to their trucks. Also note that DirecTV wins on this method because you only need to point it at one satellite. For Dish, you need at least 2 satellites to get all of your programing. It is cheap equipment, but the rather large downside is that it can be a painful process to do at the end of the day (especially in winter and high winds.) IN-MOTION DISH or DIRECTV , VERSES STATIONARY: For trucks WITHOUT a flat roof (like low-boys, and mid-roof style) the best option right now is from Winegard, found HERE on this site. If you HAVE a flat roof that you can bolt a dome down onto, then you also should consider the King Dome or KVH in-motion units found on their respective web sites or in their authorized dealer network. In-motion units are good for teams where one driver is off duty half of the time and wants to watch live TV whie traveling. REMEMBER though that satelllte TV is a "line-of-site" signal. This means that you will see the signl drop out when it gets blocked by buildings or trees when you are driving in cities or heavily wooded roads. CANADIANS: Canada also has a couple of service providers - Shaw and Bell . We have installed units that work with Bell, but we have no experience currently with Shaw. We get this question a lot, so: Yes - there is bleed-over of U.S. providers into Canada and vice-versa. However, all of the providers on both sides require a home address in their country to legally get their service. You can read between the lines and search the internet for lots of opinions on this subject. And finally, SATELLITE INTERNET: We get regularly asked if there is such a thing for trucks. The short answer is: NO. The long answer is: Yes, but you will only see it in very large and very expensive news-van, military, or big-bucks corporate remote settings (like some oil-drilling rigs.) Dish Network and Hughes Net both offer satellite internet for home users, but there is no such mobile capability in place commercially for trucks through one of these satellite TV units. The cell phone companies have a GIANT head-start on practical mobile internet and we don"t see that changing anytime soon (if ever.)
Satellite antennas must be carefully aimed for proper reception. Professional installers can do all this, of course, but DirecTV dish pointing is a readily accomplished task for the do-it-yourself types too. DirecTV satellites are in stationary orbits about 22,000 miles above the equator, so the starting point for aligning the antenna is to first know your location on Earth.
Do I have to use my DVR (main receiver) from my house or can I use one of the receivers from a bedroom (small box) when setting up my Directv in my RV? I have tried to set this up at home before leaving but no luck and the small receiver does not show the same screens as what are shown here or on the Winegard site. BTW, I have an MP1 dish.