Product Reviews: Satellite TV and Radio

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KVH Industries TracVision TV1

PROs:

  • NMEA 0183/2000 input for heading and GPS
  • Status indicators provide information about antenna function and power
  • Automatic satellite switching

CONs:

  • Pairing antenna to local service provider receiver may pose difficult when updates on receiver required

Raymarine SR6 SIRIUS Weather Receiver

PROs:

  • Compatible with most Raymarine MFDs
  • Customizable alerts on SIRIUS radio for when favourite artists are playing
  • 130 SIRIUS satellite radio channels available

CONs:

  • Marine antenna must be purchased separately

KVH TracVision M7

PROs:

  • Supports automatic satellite switching from your remote control
  • High-Performance (HP) DVB tracking for superior offshore performance
  • All antennas can support multiple video screens and receivers

CONs:

  • Requires a compatible HD receiver and HD-ready television
  • May require region-specific LNB and receiver
  • Only offers Ku-Band satellite services

Intellian s6HD Ku-Ka Dual band HD System

PROs:

  • Access to DIRECTV, DISH Network, and Bell TV
  • Standard (SD) and High Definition (HD)
  • Supports up to 16 and is expandable to 32 receivers

CONs:

  • Monthly service charges will also apply

Raymarine 33STV HD Satellite TV Antenna System

PROs:

  • Dummy domes available to balance masts
  • Useful for small crafts
  • NMEA0183 GPS interface

CONs:

  • Only supports six receivers
  • Monthly service charges apply, so it can be quite expensive

KVH Tracvision HD7

PROs:

  • Can be controlled through iPhone app
  • Useable on multiple TVs
  • Programming viewable anywhere in Americas

CONs:

  • To allow viewing abroad, LNB must be purchased
  • Must be installed at least four feet from radar

KVH TracVision M1

PROs:

  • Smallest marine satellite TV antenna
  • Higher gain the other antennas in its class
  • Complete solution

CONs:

  • Limited to DirectTV in the US or Bell ExpressVu in Canada
  • Multiple TV setups more difficult to install

Intellian MIM Multi-Satellite Interface Multi-switch

PROs:

  • ACU automatically switches satellite
  • Easy to use
  • Allows connection of up to 4 multiple receivers

CONs:

  • Tune to one satellite only, limiting channel selection with multiple TVs

Intellian i4

PROs:

  • Large antenna provides better reception
  • Provides HDTV reception
  • Track satellites when underway

CONs:

  • Large 20 inch dish may not fit on boats under 40 ft
  • Requires an MIM to automatically switch between satellites

Intellian i3

PROs:

  • A value solution for satellite TV
  • Provides HDTV reception
  • Compact dish size at 17 in diameter

CONs:

  • Less powerful antenna will reduce reception range
  • Requires MIM to automatically switch between satellites
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