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I’ve read rumors online that DirecTV announced they would cease carrying all SD channels in 2019 (8 months away). My family has an RV that is constantly used for camping trips all over. My family has DirecTV at home and wants DirecTV in the RV. They do not really care if it is in SD as long as they can watch. The Winegard TRAV’LER (for RV’s) is over 50 pounds, has to be professionally installed, and it costs over $1,500. They would much prefer to use a product by King Connect called the Quest Pro. The Quest Pro is $550, so it’s much cheaper, it’s extremely lightweight, does not require professional installation, and it automatically aligns the dish wherever you set it. However, the Quest Pro can only receive signals from the 101° satellite and it states you only get SD channels. What is our best option? Is it true that products for RV’s like the Quest Pro that only get SD channels will stop working in 8 months? What are we supposed to do to get DirecTV in the RV? The DirecTV app is not a viable option, because cell phone reception at several of these campgrounds is very limited at times. Thanks.
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09-22-2019 7:48 PM
gaserv and litzdog are both correct. Directv has said a selection of "popular" channels will be available from the satellite in the 101 slot. But no-one knows what that will be. If the channels you want are not in the selection, you are SOL in terms of receiving them from your 101 dish. To get them you will need to follow litzdog's advice and get a slimline dish capable of receiving the satellites in the 99 and 103 slots.
09-30-2019 2:11 PM
09-30-2019 2:35 PM
As a dealer for King Controls, one of the manufacturers that builds the auto portable satellite dishes, and DirecTV since 1994, I received this email from King back in April that hopefully will help everyone dealing with this topic.
KING® Satellite Antennas Ready for Changes to DIRECTV® SD/HD Service
Years of Preparation and Development by KING Pays Off for KING Satellite TV Customers
Bloomington, MN – KING is excited to announce that our current line-up of DIRECTV-compatible satellite antennas and numerous legacy systems will continue to receive DIRECTV programming during and after the DIRECTV transition from Standard-Definition to High-Definition on their Ku Band satellite.
The KING One Pro™, KING Quest Pro™, KING Quest™, and select KING legacy Ku satellite antennas will continue to receive DIRECTV programming.
Furthermore, KING customers that subscribe to DIRECTV will have access to High Definition programming currently planned for the first half of 2021.
DIRECTV will notify subscribers when they can schedule their DIRECTV equipment upgrade. There is no KING equipment upgrade required. For more details, please follow the link to the KING Service tab on our website at www.kingconnect.com/support.
“Consumers have had a lot of questions about their DIRECTV service lately in our industry,” said Matt Catlin, Vice President, Sales & Marketing at KING. “The team at KING has worked extremely hard the past few years to ensure customers were not only taken care of, but future-proofed for this transition. KING’s preparation, coupled with the fact that we test 100% of our satellite antennas that we manufacture, ensures our customers have a quality and premium product for the foreseeable future.”
This is VERY misleading!
Yes, these older dishes will continue to receive DirecTV broadcasts from the 101ºW satellite. But that's all they'll get. They will not receive the many channels beaming from 99 and 103ºW. And nobody knows yet just which or how many channels will actually remain on 101ºW. And, of course, old SD/MPEG2 Receivers/DVRs must be swapped for newer HD/MPEG4 boxes.