Have you searched for “TV providers in my area?” There is perhaps a local cable service, many dealers who can visit your residence and set up satellite TV, or perhaps you have set up an antenna on your rural house. Once set up, these work almost without further concern upon your part. However, when you travel in an RV, these services may not be available always and watching your favorite shows can present challenges like the following:
- How do I receive the TV service?
- What about the local weather?
- Will I be able to watch my favorite programs with my family?
TV for RV
There are a few ways to get TV service in a recreational vehicle. They include OTA antenna, satellite, and cable. Each of these TV services has its benefits and flipsides, although each of them may perhaps not be readily available in certain regions or under certain conditions. The costs for each of them differ from free to just about 100 dollars a month.
Cable TV Service for RV
You can find cable TV in some campsites. Chances are your rig is equipped with cable-ready jack, which will let you plug into the service of your campground. Some campsites charge a small fee per day for the service, but several do not. You have to plug coaxial cable from your vehicle to your campground’s cable outlet, and activate the automatic-program search of your TV set to identify available local channels. Once it has finished, you are good to go.
Cable TV often involves the analog signal, so older television sets (without digital tuners) can work without digital converter boxes. The disadvantage is analog cable cannot offer HDTV, though a digital cable can.
There are a couple of types of cable service: community antenna as well as franchised CATV. In the former system, the service merely gets the local over-the-air programming via a big, central antenna, and rebroadcasts it via the coaxial cable to your recreational vehicle. The programming will likely be what is usually available in the local place and weather and news will be local.
On the other hand, in a franchised community antenna television system, the CATV supplier often has more signal sources (for instance, satellite dish or microwave) and usually offers more network stations and maybe certain premium sports or entertainment channels. Often, RV parks charge more for this level of cable service.