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How to change "locals" while traveling in an RV

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by bsprague, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. Dec 23, 2009 #41 of 116
    bsprague

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    They are not in the guide. There are no locals for anywhere in the guide. That suggests that when I called the CSR, she didn't properly set the account for my location. If I call DirecTV again, what should I ask them to do?
     
  2. Dec 23, 2009 #42 of 116
    carl6

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    Was the receiver connected and getting satellite signal when the change was made? It must get the change via the satellite feed. If not, then (with the receiver on) go to your account on the DirecTV website and re-send authorization to that receiver.

    If after resending authorization you still do not see the locals, then you need to call again. They might not have set the locals properly.
     
  3. Dec 23, 2009 #43 of 116
    bsprague

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    Thanks to all of you for your suggestions and help.

    For anyone that is not sure my intentions are pure, I want to emphasise that I don't want to do anything wrong, illegal, immoral, unethical, against the FCCs or against the TOS.

    I simply want to watch and record the local channels including local news, weather and advertising for where I am currently living near San Diego.
     
  4. Dec 23, 2009 #44 of 116
    barryb

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    I am still trying to wrap my head around this.

    What I am reading is that you want your local Seattle channels to watch in your motorhome in a place such as Los Angeles? Am I correct?
     
  5. Dec 23, 2009 #45 of 116
    bsprague

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    Yes. It is connected and was connected. I get all the channels from 74 up in brilliant SD color.

    I did re-send the authorization from the website. Did it twice even. Then I did a menu reset of my R-16.

    Still have no channels in the guide from 1 to 71.

    The last CSR suggested I needed to pay for a service call to my motorhome! That does not make sense because it is reciever a 100 or so channels. Tuners 1 and 2 are showing 92% on transponder 1 on 101 (A).
     
  6. Dec 23, 2009 #46 of 116
    bsprague

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    No.

    Only when I'm in Seattle do I want to watch Seattle channels. If I go to Chicago, I want to watch Chicago channels.

    Now I am near San Diego and I want to watch San Diego channels.

    I have no interest in watching Los Angeles or New York channels as offered under the extra cost DNS service offered to RVs, trucks and boats.
     
  7. Dec 23, 2009 #47 of 116
    bsprague

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    Older model KVHs are not worth much anymore. To work right they need DirecTV receivers that had the "low speed data port". They are not provided anymore. You have to find them on eBay or somewhere.
     
  8. Dec 23, 2009 #48 of 116
    barryb

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    Thanks for the clarification. Don't worry about things like "they are gonna come and get you"... thats not the point. DirecTV has policies in place for RV's. You are doing nothing wrong here... so please people: if you don't understand DirecTV's policy for RV'ers, kindly withhold your comments.

    http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/global/contentPage.jsp?assetId=P1400120

    When I put my waiver in DirecTV dropped DNS costs for me. I think at the time it was 1.99 per feed, but its been zero ever since I filled out some paperwork to prove to them I had an RV and we use it. (NBC would not give me a waiver, so I am out of luck on shows such as SNL, but we have a roof antenna we use for that)
     
  9. Dec 23, 2009 #49 of 116
    barryb

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    This is a 2008 model.
     
  10. Dec 23, 2009 #50 of 116
    carl6

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    All of the current series of DirecTV receivers and DVRs support serial RS232 through a USB to RS232 adapter. You can use the older model KVH with any receiver or DVR.
     
  11. Dec 23, 2009 #51 of 116
    barryb

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    A "win" if you have your RV already set up with USB cables.
     
  12. Dec 23, 2009 #52 of 116
    joshjr

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    Why dont you reapply for it. You can do it yourself on the website or call and ask them to do it. I was turned down myself many times. I kept resubmitting them over and over again and now have all approved except for one CBS but I continue to work on it until either its granted to or I get LIL. FYI no I dont have a RV account.
     
  13. Dec 23, 2009 #53 of 116
    carl6

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    No, just serial data cable. The RS232 <-> USB adapter would be placed at the receiver, so your DB9 connection is at the receiver location, just a few inches away and plugged into the USB port.
     
  14. Dec 23, 2009 #54 of 116
    Richierich

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    Directv has changed their Policy towards changing your service address and you are now only allowed to change it a couple of times a year. Alot of Sports Junkies were changing their service address in order to get nearby blacked out games and then would change back to their original address after the game and it got to be a big hassle for CSRs and Directv wanted to comply with the FCC so they tightened up their policy and procedures.

    The best way is to receive it OTA with an OTA antenna and a AM21 OTA Tuner to connect to your DVR. You will have to go thru the Guide Setup Procedure again and enter your zip code for the area you are now in.
     
  15. Dec 23, 2009 #55 of 116
    elaclair

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    Do you know when this policy changed? As recently as the first week in September, I have been changing my service address about 6-8 times a month, and have never had any CSR balk at the change...I'd change it on Friday when I headed to the mountains, and again on Monday when I headed back home.
     
  16. Dec 24, 2009 #56 of 116
    Richierich

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    Well, I have heard from other RVers that they are tightening up their policy but I guess it depends upon which CSR you talk to as to whether you can change it. I hope that is the case when I get my RV which should be soon.

    I will be using my AM21 OTA Tuner to pick up OTA Locals so I won't have to change my address but I will have to go thru Guided Setup each time I get to my location and enter the Zip Code for that area.
     
  17. Dec 24, 2009 #57 of 116
    CJTE

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    Where does it say that. It's been less than a month since we did major research on the RV policies and nowhere do I recall it mentioning that receivers in an RV have to use the locals from the primary service address.

    And although I didn't quote it, it's also worth mentioning I never said it was ok to leave owned receivers activated at a location other than the primary when the primary location was in use.
     
  18. Dec 24, 2009 #58 of 116
    Richierich

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    CJTE, I am confused by all of this talk.

    I will have an RV. I have two OWNED DVRs and 4 LEASED DVRs. If I want to take my two OWNED DVRs with me in my RV I can do that but I have to unplug my 4 LEASED DVRs at home. I can't Deactivate them or I have to send them back.

    However, if they are unplugged then Directv will not SEE a DVR at my Primary Location and I will be allowed to use the 2 OWNED DVRs at my Secondary RV Location which I will then change my Service Address to that Location so I can receive HD Locals there in my RV.

    Is this correct or am I missing something or getting something wrong?

    I would prefer to do that rather than have to use an OTA antenna and an AM21 Tuner. :confused:
     
  19. Dec 24, 2009 #59 of 116
    SamC

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    This brings up an issue I have always wondered about. I do not have an RV, drive a big rig, or such, but if I did, I would certainly want to see the locals for wherever I was at the time, not NY and LA. Actually I cannot think of a place I would rather not have locals from than NYC.

    A few months ago our local electric company gave a "good will" tour of a new tug boat it uses to move coal barges up and down the Ohio and Mississippi. Very nice DirecTV system. HD multiple receivers and such. Obviously very sophisticated, because it works while the boat is moving. Asked the guy giving the tour and he said it was very nice and in the old days they just tried to pick up "whatever" with an antenna, which was obviously hit and miss. But he mentioned how much he did not like the NY stations.

    It would seem to me that a GPS based device, tied to the already authorized RV and commercial transportation accounts, would be something that people would want.
     
  20. Dec 24, 2009 #60 of 116
    hancox

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    How, exactly, do you "violate the FCC?" Unless you're doing something naughty with a commisioner, etc? :D

    But seriously - any "ethical" concerns here are trumped by the fact that the home system isn't in use at the time. If it is, you're right, it's bad.
     

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