How we get TV in our van – Satellite, Freeview, Freesat, Internet RV, Camper, Motorhome


I know lots of people use van life to
get away from the world but it’s our home away from home so we wanted to have
a TV so keep watching to see how we keep ourselves entertained on the road keep
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where you can read more about us our vans and our trips let’s start by
looking at our TV itself it’s not a camper van or motorhome model it’s just
a standard domestic Alba TV and DVD combo though it does run on 12 volts as with many things I’ve found you pay a
premium for anything that’s specifically for a certain market whereas often
standard home solutions are just as good and a lot cheaper all you need to do is
get into some shops and look for TV there’s an external power supply an
input voltage of 12 volts we very rarely use the DVD player on the TV but it’s
nice to have one and without having to carry an extra box around here’s the actual power consumption of
the telly in its various modes we have three ways we get our TV standard
terrestrial digital TV through the aerial satellite which I’ll talk about
in a minute and also through the internet through our MiFi or Wi-Fi a
terrestrial TV which you really only use or under tree cover the satellite path
is blocked we use a status 570 antenna we found this to be really efficient and
yet to find anywhere in the UK where we can’t pull in a signal it’s adjustable
from inside the van for both direction and polarity so you don’t have to go
outside and get wet and cold when positioning it plus it has a handy
booster and direction finder so this as simple as turning it on and finding the
green light for satellite which we use the most we have a maxview crank up
satellite dish we did consider an automatic dish but
found that with the use of an app and a signal finder it’s just as quick and
relatively easy to use a cranked up one which is a lot cheaper and has less to
go wrong we upgraded the dish to a dual LNB but the latest versions come with
this available the app we use tells us the direction and the elevation with a
handy map so that we know which way to point it and the signal finder tells you
you’ve got the signal over the years we’ve tried different units to decode
our satellite broadcasts the first option is a skybox here we have a sky HD
boxes it’s nice and small compared to the latest sky Plus boxes and we can be
picked up really cheap secondhand if you’ve not already got one lying around
if you’ve got an old subscription card you’ll probably find you can already
receive most of the free-to-air channels if you don’t you can purchase one for a
one-off fee of twenty pounds from Sky under their FreeSat from Sky Program
the downside to a skybox is it’s limited to just the Astra 2 satellite and
most are only 240 volts so have to be used with an inverter if you’re off-grid
the pros are it’s really easy just plug and play you get a full EPG and it’s
user friendly alternatively you can get a cheap off-the-shelf 12 volt digital
satellite receiver like this one from openbox because it runs on 12 volts
it’s really easy to use off the grid you don’t need an inverter and it doesn’t
use a lot of current the downside is it’s less user friendly
it’s a bit clunky to use you need to update channels rescan yourself if the
channels move and you only get a now and next program guide a key advantage
though is that it can receive signals from pretty much any satellite so once
you out of reach of Astra two you can pick up the odd english-language channel
like BBC World and lots of foreign language channels on other satellites
like Astra one or EutelSat however our go-to solution for both in the UK and
Europe is our Humax HDR1100s this is a 12-volt Freesat certified box which
means we get full EPG it’s plug and play and updates any channel changes all by
itself it also has catch-up TV from most UK channels and netflix built-in when
we’re connected to our Wi-Fi or MiFi on top of that it has two satellite tuners
hence why we upgraded the dish to a dual LNB and one terabyte of storage there’s
also a cheaper 500 gigabyte version this lets us record to the hard drive without a
monthly fee like Sky+ we can record while watching a different
channel, record two channels at the same time while watching a recording and this
means we had a huge store of films TV series and documentaries so that when
we’re away from satellite range we’ve got something else to watch the downside
of the Humax is although it is possible to use it in non Freesat mode
on other satellites the functionality and flexibility is a bit limited
compared to the open box and it’s a pretty expensive option compared to the others
with a great store of programs on the humax hard drive we use it a lot on
the move so, as well as being connected to the TV in the back it’s also
connected to this screen for passengers to view in the front and finally when it
comes to movie night we have our mini LED projector which I’ll talk about more
in our next video thanks for watching our video and as always
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