DirectTV or DISH?
From everything I hear, both are good for RVs. Whenever someone posts this question to a RV Facebook group or in a forum, it seems like the responses are pretty evenly divided. In terms of responses, and this is not scientific (it's my take on it), I'd say about 60%+ favor DISH.
In looking at both options, I wanted to keep several things in mind (in random order):
- Ability to move stuff (like receivers) between a house and the RV, if desired
- Ease of setup
- Customer service; ability to call after a move to re-establish local stations
- Ease of use (such as movement between satellites when changing channels)
- Payment plans and temporary suspension of service
- Experiences of RVers
- They have a plan where you can start the service up or suspend it with a phone call
- To get most of their HD channels, you only have to point to one satellite
- Calling them to report that you're at a new location (to view local channels) is generally easier than with DirectTV
- You can't get HD channels with DirectTV unless your external satellite antenna is an open-faced dish that must be manually aimed. The DirectTV-compatible automatic-aiming domes don't support HD. DISH has several automatic dome models that support HD.
- How does each TV switch from one input to another? Probably the "Input" setting on each TV.
- How does each TV change channels? If you're changing channels on the outside TV and its receiver is in the coach, how does the receiver "see" the remote control? Do you have to have RF (radio frequency) remotes? Do they pre-wire IR (infrared) repeaters next to each TV?
- If you are only going to have two receivers, does the wiring support locating them in different locations and will that work? For example, if we want the bedroom TV and the one over the cab to work off of the same receiver, can that receiver be in the bedroom? If so, does wiring run from the bedroom to the A/V (audio/video) cabinet and then to the over-cab TV? Isn't that non-standard wiring?
See Choosing and Installing Satellite TV for the details!!