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If you have DirecTV in an RV, when you move to a different location, can you call DirecTV and have them enable reception for the TV stations that are nearby?
 
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If you have DirecTV in an RV, when you move to a different location, can you call DirecTV and have them enable reception for the TV stations that are nearby?

It really comes down to how long your staying at that location ... several months or more, they probably will.

If your traveling from one city to the next only staying for a short period, I doubt it.

IF you have an RV account they often will give you the Eastern or Western National locals ... Thats NY or LA.

When I head on vacation for 3 months, I call and they will activate the locals, but I give them the town I am in and the address I will be staying.
 
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Jimbo summed it up pretty good.

If you want to do the national feeds (NY or LA) it needs to be a separate account from what you use at the home, and they add about $15 to the monthly bill for the distant networks.

Most people just go without or use an antenna unless they are staying in an area a longer period of time.
 
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Most people when they are RV ing, if your moving from city to city want the Local to where they are ... never understood why you would want to watch the NY news if your in say Charlotte ....
 
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Most people when they are RV ing, if your moving from city to city want the Local to where they are ... never understood why you would want to watch the NY news if your in say Charlotte ....

Locals in many areas are dreadful, poor excuses for stations. At least with the DNS feeds, there is some attempt of professionalism!
 
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Locals in many areas are dreadful, poor excuses for stations. At least with the DNS feeds, there is some attempt of professionalism!

But it doesn't do you much good for weather or local information about where your at.

Not sure what your saying is poor excuses and dreadful, the majority of the local channels all have the same programming on them from market to market, seeing they are NETWORK stations, most people are looking for the Big 4 when looking for OTA.
 
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Terrible PQ, non-HD syndication, inconsistent schedules, messed up audio... Many people have great locals. Many others don't. Some major networks are on subchannels in small markets, or missing networks entirely. Camping in the mountains can make it impossible to get channels otherwise close by. With DNS, you don't have to worry about it. That's all I am saying.
 
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Everybody has their preferences... personally I love the national network stations and watch more of the WNBC news than I do my own local news. I also love Fox NY's morning show since it airs later when I'm getting ready for school. I travel to the NYC at least once a year for work, so I like to keep tabs on what goes on there. Most of my local news I get online, or from our local newspaper (the e-version of course). I live in a rural area where the TV stations don't really cover us anyway unless a major story breaks so they're of little interest to me. I also get a neighboring market Over the Air, and sometimes watch their news to get a different perspective (since we're actually closer to them than our assigned market). I just wish the RV rules still allowed you to get BOTH DNS feeds. I came along later and could only receive the NY DNS. I'd love to have LA as well, but haven't been able to talk them into both.
 
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I am in a similar boat. I can get three markets OTA. I am technically in the Greensboro DMA but less than 10 miles from the county/DMA line. I get all of the Raleigh channels OTA, but not the supposedly "local" channels in my own DMA. I have never even been to the city that my Directv-provided "local" NBC is from, nor do I receive it OTA. The third market I can get OTA is a stretch - I receive 2 channels OTA from Roanoke VA. That requires going outside and moving the antenna and turning it completely around - but they are there. (Those two stations are on Directv, in SD as significantly viewed so I just use that...)

My parents have the Dish Superstations pack. One of the very few advantages of Dish over Directv is that. WSBK Boston (my brother lives in Boston. There is usually some sort of WBZ-produced news on WSBK. And who doesn't love The Phantom Gourmet?), WPIX NYC, My9 NYC (which is the only way to cheer against the Yankees on Dish, except Sunday Night and Fox games), KWGN Denver, and KTLA Los Angeles. I guess I just like to watch the news from other places, too.
 
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I am in a similar boat. I can get three markets OTA. I am technically in the Greensboro DMA but less than 10 miles from the county/DMA line. I get all of the Raleigh channels OTA, but not the supposedly "local" channels in my own DMA. I have never even been to the city that my Directv-provided "local" NBC is from, nor do I receive it OTA. The third market I can get OTA is a stretch - I receive 2 channels OTA from Roanoke VA. That requires going outside and moving the antenna and turning it completely around - but they are there. (Those two stations are on Directv, in SD as significantly viewed so I just use that...)

My parents have the Dish Superstations pack. One of the very few advantages of Dish over Directv is that. WSBK Boston (my brother lives in Boston. There is usually some sort of WBZ-produced news on WSBK. And who doesn't love The Phantom Gourmet?), WPIX NYC, My9 NYC (which is the only way to cheer against the Yankees on Dish, except Sunday Night and Fox games), KWGN Denver, and KTLA Los Angeles. I guess I just like to watch the news from other places, too.

So get Directv and you can cheer against them nearly every day!
 
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I used to like watching WGN Chicago here in Louisiana.
I'm from Illinois,so it's kinda nice just to be able to watch news from another state.
Dishnnetwork offersa superstion package which i assume dtv doesn't.Another reason I like Dishnetwork.
 
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I don't care about local news or weather I have the internet for that. I just want football games or other programming I miss when traveling.

What we do is use our home account, call and "move" to the NYC area and enjoy the conus networks while we are away.
 
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Depending on who you talk to when you call directv, you may or may not be able to get your locals switched. I've seen truck drivers with 30 different addresses on their account, and I've talked to people with second homes that switch back and forth seasonally... It's really just a matter of changing the service address.
 
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