Originally Posted by Gina
Any advice on type of in motion satellite? My coach is "wired" but I'm not sure what's best for getting Direct Tv on the road.
I was waiting to see if anyone would answer this because I'd like to know too. I don't have satellite TV at home because I'm too cheap so I never got satellite for the MoHo either. I use what used to be called “Direct TV Now” but is now called “ATT TV” which is an internet streaming service. It has all the channels and is much cheaper than satellite but as many already know, Internet is not always available in remote places and when WiFi is available at a campground, it is usually too slow to stream video.
My solutions so far have been to use my phone as a hot spot when I can. It's fast enough to stream TV but cell service is not always available either. In those cases where I can't stream entertainment, I always bring a terabit sized USB Hard Drive with stuff I record at home. The challenge is two fold;
1) to be able to watch content recorded on an USB drive on your MoHo system.
2) to be able to record content at home.
I solved these challenges this way;
My MoHo is a 2011 model which in electronic terms is ancient. My coach is wired between the TV switchbox and the two TV’s with coax cable (RG 59). The TV’s all have inputs consisting of coax, USB and HDMI but the coach was only wired with coax. The front TV is close enough that I was able to run HDMI and RCA Composite cables from it to the entertainment cabinet where the switchbox and all my devices are located but the rear TV only has the coax going to it from the switchbox. This presents a problem. The easiest hook up with devices sold currently is HDMI. So, converting HDMI to coax is the problem.
When I want to watch content recorded and stored on my Hard Drive, I use the MXQ 4K box
which I connect the USB HD to and the MXQ 4K has HDMI out that goes directly to the main TV in the front of the coach. That's easy but if I want to watch the HD on the rear TV, it is a little harder because the TV (entertainment) splitter/switchbox only has coax and RCA component inputs and only coax outputs and there is only a coax cable going to the rear TV. In this case I use a HDMI to RCA component converter like this;
and connect RCA to the TV switchbox. The switchbox has RCA inputs for the old VCRs. Now, I can display all my content on any TV in the coach.
To record content to the Hard Drive, I use the PlayOn App
which allows the recording of any online video that you can legally watch. This means I can record cable, Amazon Prime or Hulu content to my Hard Drive. I bought the lifetime version rather than the annual subscription.
In your case, if you want satellite, the Dish Playmaker
has coax out. It will be simple to hook it up and Dish only charges you for what you use, however, I think they may charge you for the whole month. So, if you use it once a month, you will be paying for full time. At least that’s my understanding. Someone else with experience with it may have to chime in.