by Marcel Guajardo, DISH Network RV Products Manager
Space for electronics has always been a challenge in motorcoaches. One of the greatest space-saving inventions in recent years is the high-definition (HD) TV. Just about all new motorcoaches have pre-installed HD TVs. HD TVs not only have the best picture quality but also they save space compared to standard-definition TVs. Even if you don’t have a new motorcoach, you should consider purchasing a new HD TV. To enjoy high-definition programming on your HD TV, you need three items: an HD mobile satellite antenna, a DISH Network HD satellite receiver, and DISH Network HD programming. Only DISH Network’s HD programming is compatible with all HD mobile satellite antennas. DIRECTV’s HD programming operates at a frequency called “Ka-band,” which isn’t compatible with the RV dome satellite antennas.
There are many choices when it comes to mobile satellite antennas. Some of the HD dome satellite antennas include Winegard’s RoadTrip® MiniMax™ and King Controls’ King-Dome®. Both are professionally installed on top of your RV. All you have to do is turn on the dome antenna, press a few buttons from inside your RV, and the antenna will automatically locate the satellites and you will be watching DISH Network HD TV. I’ve personally used both of these wonderful products, and can say that they work seamlessly with the DISH Network ViP® 211k HD receiver. Both products even have a premium version that allows in-motion viewing in your RV so you can watch TV even while you are on the road! No one else offers in-motion HD programming.
Plus, DISH Network offers a Pay-as-you-go program that lets you simply pay for TV service for only the months you travel. This program is great for RVers who only travel a few months a year and don’t want a year-long commitment. Visit www.dish.com/rv for more details.
With the recent switch to digital broadcast signals and the dropping price of HDTV sets, many of us are upgrading our RV media centers. The best cable connection for HDTV sets is called HDMI.
If you walk into any electronics store, you’ll find HDMI cables are expensive, with some selling for $50 or more. Quite frankly, these high-priced HDMI cables are a RIP-OFF.
Don’t get suckered into overpaying for an HDMI cable. Digital signals consist of ones and zeros – there’s no discernible difference in signal quality between a $50 cable and a $5 cable. It either works or it doesn’t.
A bit of a departure for me this week- the many, many changes coming down the pike on how you watch television in your RV.
New technologies are changing the way you watch, whether you get your signal from an OTA (Over The Air) antenna or a Satellite dish, and whether you want to watch High Definition (HD) or Standard Definition (SD) (trust me though- if, like me, you enjoy watching TV, once you see a “High Def” model you will be spoiled)
We’ll start with the transition to OTA Digital TV- Mark Polk gave a
great primer in his post Analog vs Digital TV – I’ll just add a few points….