hdtv tivo on a boat

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by boatguy, Mar 19, 2004.

  1. Bigg

    Bigg Cord Cutter

    Oct 30, 2003


    If you don;t watch much TV why do you need anything more than a basic DTiVo with total chioce? Anything mre than an antenna or cable that a mariena offers is overkill for a boat or RV.
  2. Kevin L

    Kevin L Active Member

    Jan 10, 2002
    Gulf Cove, FL
    Only problem, Bigg, is many marinas don't have cable and are quite far from the broadcast antenna giving you nothing but snow on a lot of channels. Also, cable isn't an answer if you want to hang on the hook for the night.
  3. boatguy

    boatguy New Member

    Mar 19, 2004
    the boat is moored at an island for the summer. no cable or antenna possibilities. i agree it's overkill but i'll just die $899. (plus shipping) poorer.
  4. dave3

    dave3 2 yr old twins, help

    Oct 28, 2003
    Great Neck,...
    hey boat guy more power to ya if you want HD on your boat!!!!!!!!! I wish I could afford to just put DTV on mine, but the wife would definatly make me pay for it if I did that.
  5. magicbus

    magicbus New Member

    Oct 20, 2004


    I have a bus, not a boat and am going through all the same things. Mine's a Winegard RM-9946 which cranks up automatically and finds the satellite by itself when I park. I have had Dish Network for years and have had a couple of their recorder/receiver units (now on a 510 unit). I want to go to HDTV, and have a new Sharp HDTV on order. Tivo seems to be better than the Dish recorders, mainly because of the season pass function which for some reason Dish can't duplicate. My questions for the experts, please:

    1. Is it still true that I can't get Direct TV HD with my one-satellite-at-a-time set up, because of the difference in LNB's? If so, I suppose Dish Network is my only HD option, right?

    2. I know I can get the Dish Network HD DVR, but if I really, really want Tivo, I assume I could get a Dish HD receiver, and a separate Tivo unit (saving $$$), right? Or am I right in thinking that this won't work because non-satellite-integrated Tivo's require a regular phone call home?

    3. Which Tivo's can use an internet connection instead of the phone call? How is this connection made? USB to an internet-connected PC, or to a LAN or what?

    Sorry for the flood of questions and thanks for your help!
  6. capt pat

    capt pat New Member

    Jan 19, 2006
  7. capt pat

    capt pat New Member

    Jan 19, 2006
    I have a Tivo at home as well as a couple other DirecTV receivers. I also have service at my boat, though only while I'm in the marina. My boat's triple LNB antenna is attached to the dock in the marina which holds still just fine.

    I'm trying to figure out what to expect from a gyro satellite antenna when I'm at anchor? (I won't be watching TV under way.) I haven't bought one yet, but I'd like to for the upcoming season. And I've been a satellite user and HD user long enough to know this always gets complicated ...

    Is it true that I will get nothing on satellite 110?
    Do I even care?
    How do I even know what programming is on a specific satellite?

    I added an HD TV on the boat recently. The gyro antennas claim they will provide HD programming from DirecTV. I'm trying to understand what the usability will be like. If I go to my TIVO and select an HD program, and my gyro antenna is pointing at the 101 satellite, will my antenna be smart enough to just move to 119?

    And while that "antenna repointing" is going on, what do I see on my TV screen? "Searching for satellite?" And how long does that move take? More than a minute?

    Will the gyro antenna even point at a satellite that is used to provide "local HD channels?" (I don't even know what satellite that is.)

    And finally, when I first turn on my equipment, which is powered off more than not, will I have complex startup procedures? For instance, I keep my boat in a covered slip. When I turn on my engines and generator, the newly proposed gyro antenna can not see the sky.

    So do I have to wait until I'm under way before I power on the home entertainment equipment? Do I have to power on the antenna first? And won't that antenna be pointed at only one satellite? Then when I power on the receiver, won't the receiver rebuild a channel list? And won't that channel list be missing all channels on the other satellites? (I'm so confused.)

    Is there a reason to select Tivo or NOT Tivo (and just a regular HD receiver) at the boat? Since this is a boat, money is not the concern (or I woudn't have a boat :)

    Any answers to any of these questions would be greatly welcome. Especially if you have already done this yourself!

  8. oldskoolboarder

    oldskoolboarder New Member

    Jul 8, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    would you tivo on a boat?
    would you tivo w/ a goat?
    would you tivo here or there?
    I would tivo everywhere.
  9. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

    Oct 14, 2004
    HDTV on your yacht... Yeah whatever.

    Pay an installer.
  10. bigpuma

    bigpuma Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2003
    Morgan Hill, CA
    I don't know all the answers to your questions but I did have a brief experience with one of these gyroscope satelite dishes on a houseboat. On the boat they had DISHNET service but behind the receiver was a device that allowed you to choose which satelite to look at. It included the 3 DirecTV satelites as well as 2 (I think) DISH sats. I imagine you would just have to know what sat you need for which channels, I believe this information is available.

    The dish could stay on the satelite while moving without missing a beat. This was a houseboat on a lake, I don't know how it would work on the ocean with decent swells though. I can't see any reason to get a standard HD receiver over the HD Tivo. Anyway that was my experience.
  11. DinosDockside

    DinosDockside New Member

    May 18, 2006
    Hello guys, hope you dont mind me jumping in. I just had Directv installed at my house with 4 receivers. I used 3 and hope to use the last one on my boat with the Shakespeare Seawatch Dish. Am i correct in assuming that since my box from home has the Access Card installed that this will work fine? The installer has phone lines going to all my boxes at home and he said to leave connected for 2 weeks although i dont know why. I thought that the phone lines were for Pay Per Views, etc. Thanks all.
  12. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

    Aug 18, 2002
    SE PA
    you can unplug the lines now...no reason for them after initial activation of a tivo ...there's rumors of the techs not getting paid if the line isn't plugged in though...but if he didn't tell you that, i dont know if it's true or not...you'd think if it's true he would tell you so he made $

    each box has its own access card and as long as you are paying, you can move the box anywhere. I'm not getting into legalities because it wasn't asked
  13. fjwagner

    fjwagner New Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    Houston, Tx
    ARe you saying that you pre-ordered the mpeg4/OTA hd dvr (HR20?). If so, then that is not a Tivo operating system but Direct TV's own thing. The existing HR10-250 is Tivo driven and works with OTA and mpeg2. Fred
  14. kennet6565

    kennet6565 New Member

    Nov 29, 2002
    Check out the MotoSat.com automatic stationary receiving antenna. It is more reasonable than the KVH HDTV antenna.

    The MotoSat has three motors and three LNB's, including the offset one for Direct's 110 sat. It searches azmith, elevation and skew.

    I am contemplating getting one for my travel trailer but the $1900 is making me have second thoughts.
  15. Dssturbo1

    Dssturbo1 New Member

    Feb 22, 2005
    umm, fred, this thread was started in early 2004. that is why he said he had preordered the hr10-250.
  16. fjwagner

    fjwagner New Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    Houston, Tx
    that explains it!!!!!!
  17. DonQijote

    DonQijote New Member

    Mar 2, 2004
    Mine take about 5 minutes to reboot, and days to repopulate channel info (no phone required).

    Out of 8 D* receivers that I use, most of them have not been connected to a telephone line in over 1000 days. Some have never been connected to a phone.

    You can always connect it to the phone once you return "home" to get rid of the reminder message. It is not necessary for it to operate, however, you will get a reminder message to connect. You quickly learn to ignore it.

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