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Everything for Television in Your RV

How soon will my order be shipped?

Most orders placed during normal business hours by 12:00PM Eastern Time, will ship the same day. Orders received after 12:00PM Eastern Time will typically ship the next business day. TVforMyRV.com uses many tools to reduce credit card fraud to try to protect you. New accounts are subject to verification at our discretion, and those orders may be delayed until we confirm your billing and shipping information with you and your credit card company. Certain large items may be drop shipped directly from the manufacturer, and usually ship within 3 business days.

What if my item is not in stock?

TVforMyRV.com tries to maintain an accurate inventory, but sometimes an item may be in short supply, and the last one goes out before your order processes. In any backorder condition expected to be more than 3 days, we will attempt to contact you by phone and/or e-mail to discuss your options. We will either hold your order, or refund your order, whichever option you prefer based upon our conversation of anticipated item availability.

What can I do to continue receiving off air broadcasting through my TV antenna after June 12th, 2009?

The two main options which you have for off air based reception after June 12, 2009 are:

Buy a new TV, VCR, or DVD player with a built in ATSC tuner. Buy a converter box to put between your TV antenna and your old (NTSC) TV.

Are Digital TV and High Definition TV the same thing?

Not quite...... You have to use the Digital TV system (ATSC) to transmit High Definition TV over the air, but not all Digital broadcasts are in High Definition. Any TV built after Mar. 1, 2007 is required to have an ATSC tuner included which means that it will receive and decode the digital signal, but there is no REQUIREMENT for the TV to be High Definition. More and more television programming will be broadcast in High Definition as time passes. All television will be broadcast in Digital (ATSC) after June12th, 2009 and it may be in High Definition. Keep in mind that you may be looking at a TV that has been sitting on the shelf for some time and may not have a new ATSC tuner installed. If the deal looks too good to be true, it may very well be.

What do I have to do to get Satellite TV in my RV?

In the US, there are two choices for satellite TV in your RV, Dish Network and DirectTV. Let's talk about the advantages and disadvantages for both services.

1. Satellite locations - With the current orbital positioning, Direct TV has the advantage here, due to the higher angle the satellites appear in the sky.

What difference does this make? The farther North you go in the US, the satellites appear lower on the horizon. So, if Dish Network satellites are lower on the horizon than Direct TV satllites, you will be able to see the Direct TV satellites farther North than you would with Dish Network.

2. High Definition Programming - As can be expected, this technology and it's availability to consumers changes rapidly. Currently, DirectTV offers more HD channels and programming than Dish. If you are a sports fan, then DirectTV provides an even higher level of HD programming with exclusive offerings frmm the NFL, NHL, NASCAR and more. That's the good news about DirectTV, the bad news is that almost all HD content from DirectTV is broadcast on their new Ka band satellites and CAN NOT be received by a "dome" satellite antenna. So if you must have "in-motion" satellite TV, then you will not be able to take advantage of the HD programming from DirectTV. Dish Network implemented their TurboHD technology in response to their competition from DirectTV. This uses an entirely new compression scheme to transmit HD content on their existing satellites and to their existing receivers. (Sidenote: TurboHD was rapidly developed when Dish Networks - Ka band satellite launch failed to make it into orbit and was ditched in the ocean.) If you are a Dish customer now and are satisfied, I see no reason to change, unless you travel in the North East US or the extreme Northwest, or if you want more HD channels , or if you want more HD sports content.

3. DNS - Distant Network Service - If you are a full timer, or spend a lot of time in your RV and away from "Home", in order to watch the major networks, you need to apply for a "Distant Network Waiver" which states that your satellite receiver is located in an RV and you are eligble to get the major networks via an east or west coast feed, instead of getting your "local channels". DNS is technically not available directly from Dish Network at this time, so if you want to get the network channels via the satellite, DirectTV is the primary choice here.

4. Pay-As-You-Go service. Dish Network has developed a program to make satellite TV available to part time RV users on a month by month basis. You can choose your package and pay for 30 days at a time. As long as you pay, you service continues. there are no contract commitments and no penalties for early termination. If you use you RV mainly a few months a year, and do not use satellite service at home, this will be your most economical choice.

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