If you are a fulltime RVer and a Dish Network customer, there are big changes coming and they aren’t good.
All American Direct, the company that has been providing distant network service for Dish customers ever since the FCC banned them from doing so several years ago, is going out of business on February 25th at 11:59 p.m. At that time distant networks will no longer be available. In the FAQ page on their website, All American Direct says that they are ceasing operations because the need for their services has declined over the years since local markets have become available and that they do not know of any options for distant network service at this time.
This leaves a lot of Dish subscribers, including us, in limbo. We can call Dish every time we relocate and have them turn on the local networks, but that’s a hassle if you move around a lot like we do. At least one internet “expert” says that Dish has once again won the right to provide distant network service, and I did find a Recreational and Commercial Vehicle Declaration – Distant Network Service Authorization Request on the Dish website, but nobody I could reach at Dish seems to know anything about it.
DirecTV does offer distant network service to fulltime RVers who qualify. However in our case, our Winegard Travler automatic rooftop TV dish is set up for Dish Network and apparently cannot be converted to receive DirecTV if we were to switch.
It will be interesting to see what happens. Will Dish once again offer distant network service? Will some other company step up to the plate and replace All American Direct? Nobody knows at this point.
Yesterday I knocked out about 2,000 words on my new Big Lake book while Miss Terry and Chris Yust had a girls days out getting mani-pedis. They had a lot of fun and came back with pretty fingernails and toenails.
But they didn’t spend much time admiring themselves because there were three racks of ribs to cook. Terry loves her Orion smoker and as always, they came out tender and delicious. Matched with some of Terry’s delicious wild rice and Chris’ grilled asparagus, it was a wonderful feast.
Between Charles and Chris and Terry and me, we did a good job of polishing everything off and then sat around talking for a couple of hours. It seems like we always have a lot to talk about and the biggest challenge is trying to get a word in edgewise.
Have you entered our latest Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of Rift in the Races by my friend John Daulton. It’s the second book in John’s excellent Galactic Mage Series science fiction series. All you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – Obsessed is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.