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DirecTV SAT-GO: Discussion


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#26 OFFLINE   Missy

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 02:19 PM

How long is the battery? Will it make it through a game?

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 02:23 PM

How long is the battery? Will it make it through a game?


About 1 hour (according to the manual)... however, they are going to make additional batteries available.

I have not tried a extended test on a fully charged battery, to see how long I actually get out of it.
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Posted 02 April 2007 - 02:29 PM

That LCD is capable of displaying 720p HD. Will it accept HD signals on the component input, or is it limited to 480i?

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 02:30 PM

That LCD is capable of displaying 720p HD. Will it accept HD signals on the component input, or is it limited to 480i?


Good question...

I'll have to try...
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Posted 02 April 2007 - 02:38 PM

People, this is a portable sat tv thingy, not a freakin' Home Theater -- and
before you ask, no, it doesn't do Dolby 7.1 surround and probably doesn't
come in a 70" 1080p plasma model either.

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 02:40 PM

People, this is a portable sat tv thingy, not a freakin' Home Theater -- and
before you ask, no, it doesn't do Dolby 7.1 surround and probably doesn't
come in a 70" 1080p plasma model either.

:nono2:


Yes... it is a portable system.

However... since the TV does seperate from the case... for the other 5 days of the week, you can use it as an integrated TV for the house.
I mean you are going to pay the $4.99 mirroring fee for it... why not use it the rest of the week. It is EXTREMELY easy to take in and out of the case.


Since you have to plug it in to charge it... why not use it..
And if it does take a 720p... (and even if it doesn't), it would make a nice size XBOX360/PS3 display system for the office.... :)
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Posted 02 April 2007 - 02:41 PM

People, this is a portable sat tv thingy, not a freakin' Home Theater -- and
before you ask, no, it doesn't do Dolby 7.1 surround and probably doesn't
come in a 70" 1080p plasma model either.

:nono2:

I want to figure out the capabilies of the unit. So why don't you keep your non-constructive criticism to yourself.

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 02:54 PM

(snip)As for generators, get the Honda models... don't be that guy with the loud, stinky,cheap generator parking next to everyone.(snip)


You should also include the Yamaha generators. They are as quiet as the Hondas.

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 03:24 PM

I believe that when these were mentioned at CES, the anticipated price was around $1,000. The price is going to make my decision on whether to get this set-up. I could easily run another line from my multiswitch to my patio and use this baby. The integrated LCD and D* receiver makes my decision very easy if the price is right. The standalones on both of those would just be too messy and bulky.
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Posted 02 April 2007 - 03:35 PM

Wow, thanks Earl! Phenomenally detailed look at a unit that I have a bad case of the wants for. This thing would be awesome at the bike and car races I attend that Speed airs live! And for weekends when I actually race, the nights will be a lot more comfortable! I GOTTA know how much....how soon will you find out, Earl? I know you'll tell us, but I had to ask...)

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 03:36 PM

Wow, thanks Earl! Phenomenally detailed look at a unit that I have a bad case of the wants for. This thing would be awesome at the bike and car races I attend that Speed airs live! And for weekends when I actually race, the nights will be a lot more comfortable! I GOTTA know how much....how soon will you find out, Earl? I know you'll tell us, but I had to ask...)



Probably not till the later half of the month, when they have the street date determined.
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Posted 02 April 2007 - 03:46 PM

I’d use this with my RV. It would be great having it to watch ball games outside instead of going into the RV to watch it. If they need additional testers………………..call me.

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 03:50 PM

FYI: After seeing more comments (on the other sites) about my over the top usage of quotes... I have cleaned them up.

When you read one post ;) at a time... doesn't seem like a lot.
But when you read all 10... Yah... I kinda over did it..
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Posted 02 April 2007 - 04:24 PM

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 05:12 PM

Great review as usual, Earl!

So, it only gets the 101 satellite? Forgive the nooB question, but if I had a SAT-Go and subscribed to NFLST or ESPN Game Plan and wanted to watch those channels, would that work?
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Posted 02 April 2007 - 05:18 PM

So, it only gets the 101 satellite? Forgive the nooB question, but if I had a SAT-Go and subscribed to NFLST or ESPN Game Plan and wanted to watch those channels, would that work?

The sports packages (SD channels) are all transmitted from 101.

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 05:24 PM

Discussion thread for the new DirecTV SAT-GO.

The "First Look" is over here:
http://www.dbstalk.c...ead.php?t=83951


I played with one and it's quite cool. Very easy to setup and get the signal in the demonstration I saw. Cool product. Plus you can get the biceps in gear by doing a few curls with it.

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 05:36 PM

Very good review by Earl, as usual. This looks really cool for the camping trips we make in the summer.........but if it is around $1,000, I'm not too sure! Are we assuming Best Buy and Circuit City will stock them?

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 06:05 PM

Here is our initial report from CES back in January:

http://www.dbstalk.c...ead.php?t=75580

Someone in that thread said $1000 before launch and $1500 after.

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 08:38 PM

Thanks for the awesome review Earl. The new hydrogen fuel cells are the ultimate power source for this kind of equipment. It would extend it's power cycle greatly.

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 09:01 PM

Had fun reading that review Earl. I especially liked the Storm Trooper Mr. Potato Head (I think) on the very first picture! Nice. Can't wait for something like this for our RV and our July Michigan Race weekend trip.
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Posted 02 April 2007 - 09:11 PM

Hmm, I though this was cool when reading it this morning. Then I was in Detroit for opening day and one tailgater had a 42" LCD running with a H20 & Slimline dish! Wow, had the 5lnb mounted to his SUV roof and had beautiful HD picture.

Anyway, if a cust puts $1000 into this kind of setup, would they give them waivers for the national distant locals - given it would be used for travel. I think they have a request system for RV owners, but what about other portable users, like tailgaters and campers? That is who they are marketing this after, right?

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 09:31 PM

Had fun reading that review Earl. I especially liked the Storm Trooper Mr. Potato Head (I think) on the very first picture! Nice. Can't wait for something like this for our RV and our July Michigan Race weekend trip.


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Posted 03 April 2007 - 03:47 AM

Oh man... Decisions decisions... :scratchin

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Too hard to choose right now. :D

The Sat-Go would be perfect. Perfect for the game tomorrow, perfect for the Bears outings, perfect for the trips to Michigan to watch the races. I've been holding off on doing anything for our RV as I saw this and signed up for the e-mail asap. I only wish it'd work thru walls. Maybe eventually. I worry that the compass is going to get fritzed. Does it say anything about not turning the unit on until after you have your bearing? I suppose they've taken it into account and have probably shielded it. I just know with my compass, it'll sway a bit on the rooftop depending on what's around me... Like that Death Star that SpudTrooper came in on! Posted Image Posted Image
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Posted 03 April 2007 - 05:30 AM

Earl,


Great review....but you may have forgotten a great selling point.

This will be the FIRST DirecTV unit not subject to RAIN FADE.

As soon as the first drop falls...you will be packing it up and putting it inside....and hence never lose the signal. :hurah:

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Yes... it is a portable system.

However... since the TV does seperate from the case... for the other 5 days of the week, you can use it as an integrated TV for the house.
I mean you are going to pay the $4.99 mirroring fee for it... why not use it the rest of the week. It is EXTREMELY easy to take in and out of the case.


Since you have to plug it in to charge it... why not use it..
And if it does take a 720p... (and even if it doesn't), it would make a nice size XBOX360/PS3 display system for the office.... :)






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