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Old 09-02-2015, 08:30 AM   #11
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I don't camp in places where over the air reception is possible, so it was an easy decision for me.

We watch a dvd some evenings when cold or rain make outdoor evening activities miserable. Satellite seemed a bit over the top (for now).

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Old 09-02-2015, 08:49 AM   #12
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We have occasionally used the TV antenna. Most notably in the Pacific North Wet when we had several evenings of cold rain, but were near enough to civilization to get a tv signal.

But we find that we don't watch broadcast TV all that much. If we are in a camp ground that has cable, Lindy likes to plug into the cable and watch HGTV. If cable isn't available and it isn't a good night for a camp fire or books we would be more likely to watch a DVD than broadcast.

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Old 09-02-2015, 11:54 AM   #13
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We ultimately ordered the Jack Antenna mainly because we are buying our house. Even though we won't be retiring and going on the road for 5 years yet, this is going to be our home for a good part of the year when that day comes. It made us approach the build sheet a little differently when we thought of it that way. I don't think we would have gotten the antenna if we were ordering the trailer as a weekender.
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Old 09-02-2015, 03:37 PM   #14
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We ordered cable ready and I bought a small flat TV antenna about 8 inches square that I can use inside the trailer or mount on a PVC mast that I hook up outside if needed. We use TV only when we are somewhere for a while and want to see the news and maybe one program before bedtime.

It sounds like the choice for most of us is based on our TV watching habits and not on the good or bad of the technology.
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Old 09-02-2015, 05:43 PM   #15
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I found I rarely watched TV, so I replaced the Escape supplied TV antenna with a marine XM Radio antenna. It has a bit more gain than the standard puck antenna which lets me still listen when parked under trees.
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Old 09-02-2015, 11:06 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by GregandTeresa View Post
And we are thinking with the way technology is so rapidly evolving, in 10 years when we do retire and start taking long trips and "maybe" want to watch TV, cable TV and OTA's are probably going to be obsolete.
Traditional cable TV is already almost gone - my guess is that in 10 years the cables will be used for internet service, over which video is streamed, as many people already do.

I think over-the-air transmissions have lots of life left in them, because they provide a service for which there is no easy replacement. All broadcasters recently invested in their new digital transmission facilities.

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