|Mobile Satellite TV
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- Virtually unlimited channel options
- HD option is available (Dish Network only)
- Can use it anywhere in the US or Canada as long as you have
a view of the southern sky.
- Can choose plan with the uncut movie channels (HBO, ShowTime,
- Can subscribe to "packages" like the NFL, NHL, NBA,
NasCar, MLB, etc.
- Automatic (self-finding) and portable versions for trucks, tv,
camping, or tailgaters and hunters
- Can be used for "in
motion TV" on some models
Starting at $399
- Have to subscribe to a satellite provider.
Dish Network, DirectTV, and Bell ExpressVu (Canada) all have associated
monthly bill to get their programming.
- Have to purchase a mobile dish (like the
for trucks or
Winegard X1 truck and G2 truck) and install it on the truck.
- Can not always get the "local" network channels where
you are. Satallite providers block the local networks once
you are more than 100 miles from your billing zip code. Must
use an over-the-air antenna for those when they are available.
- You need to have "line-of-sight" view of the southern
sky. So this means that no objects can be blocking it.
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Free over the air digital
(Dieselboss OTA-1 and Winegard
Rayzor shown below)
- Programming is FREE (no subscriptions)
- HD capable
- Picks up all of the local networks broadcasting where you are.
- Equipment (antenna) is much cheaper than a satellite system.
- Coverage is nation-wide. There are undoubtedly some remote
areas where you would get "zero" channels, but not many.
$49.99 - $149.95 depending on version (view
- Channels you see are limited to those that are broadcasting
within 25 to 75 miles of where you are.
- The signal is "directional" which means that you may
have to rotate the antenna to get all of the available feeds around
- You made need to raise the antenna up a few feet to get over
other trucks or obstructions.
- Not steady enough signal to use while in motion for very long.
- Note: the
Rayzor and the OTA-1 antennas pick up very well and you don't
necessarily have to raise them to get decent free TV programming.
However, every area of the country is different and rotating or
raising may get a few more channels than not in a particular spot.
(Examples of our favorites are
Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu)
- Much content is still free
- Can be used anywhere that you have an internet connection
- You can access shows on a phone, tablet, or PC without needing
- Much uncut movie content
- "Watch instantly"
- Very portable
- Most phone providers offer a variety of pricing in their
cell phone plans to fit the data requirements of the users.
- Some "live programming" is now available
- Have to own (or buy) a laptop computer, a compatible cell phone,
or tablet device.
- Have to have a reasonably fast internet connection
- Video quality can be lower depending on what site you are watching
- Monthly fees for data plans
- Can use up your data plan limits quickly if you do not have
a unlimited plan.
- Some of the better content is subscription-based.
- Quality and practicality is very dependent of current cell provider
data signal bandwidth. (i.e. 3G or 4G etc)
* We do not claim that this list is "all inclusive" and these are
the only possible means of getting TV on the road - these are all of the ways
that we could find and test.