Battle of the 14″ TV dishes, ongoing

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague.

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  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I just received (and plan to look into) the following HD TV problem being felt by Sea-King user:
    “I just bought and installed a Sea-King 1500HD in part, because of the positive review on your web site.
    Their claim of “HD compatibility” with DirecTV, as with KVH’s, is a misnomer. Neither system is capable of full compatibility with DirecTV. Both require the removal of the BNC connector now bundled with Direct’s H21 receiver to complete the setup, which means out of the gate you are reduced to only 10-15 or the total 100 channels DirecTV offers. This is buried in Kingdome’s web site under the “HDTV Channel Lineup” but the link would be better title their “Channel Compatibilty Chart”, since a glance at it shows you can get all the HD channels on DISH but only a few on Direct. (needless to say I only read this after the purchase and install, even though I read everything else on the site and anything else I could find on the internet before I bought it.
    I spent a bundle on the antenna, receivers (part of King-Dome’s allure is their dual-nlb capability which affords more flexibility than the KVH – the other part is their use of standard receivers whereas KVH requires proprietary ones – never a good idea I my book!) and two HDTVs to get this set up on my boat, and I am sure a ton of other boaters are doing the same. My Marine Tech is one of the largest installers in the Great South Bay in Long Island and he is struggling with this dilemma on both the King-Dome and KVH units.
    Any education and insight you can offer on your site would be of significant benefit. This whole stream of technology is clearly in its infancy as to HD Technology, so as to have moved what used to be a stabile system (KVH and other gyro-based systems which provided in-motion on the old 101 satellite) back into the Dark Ages. There is literally no info on the Internet on this important topic, and I am hoping you can help fill in the blanks for us.”

  2. evey says:

    In one of your articles you mentioned a seasharp seavision , do you have any programing info on this product or where i can get it .

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Sorry, I don’t know what happened to SeaSharp. The Google suggests that it was once distributed by Ocean Equipment, and they might be able to help you.
    This may be a case where buying a low cost alternative turns out to be expensive!

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