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Does Your RV's DIRECTV Receiver Need an Update?

How frustrating is it when the TV in your RV goes offline and stops receiving a signal? What if it happened in the middle of the Superbowl or your favorite TV program? Most people do not realize that when the TV in an RV goes offline, it’s often because the receiver is an older model and not up to modern technological standards.

Since the mid-2000s, many RV owners have installed satellite dishes so they could watch TV on the go. At the time, RV DIRECTV customers had to choose, either go with an SD dish that worked while on the move or an HD dish that only operated while parked. Due to DIRECTV’s satellite technology limitations, an HD dish that operated while the RV was in motion was prohibitive as it was too big.

RV TV Trends

Early TVs installed in RVs used a tube TV because flat TVs were too expensive at the time. In more recent years, RVs used small flat TVs using a Standard Definition (SD) receiver. The problem now is that some SD receivers are no longer supported by DIRECTV. DIRECTV launched additional satellites to add High Definition (HD) and 4K capacity over the years. In 2015 DIRECTV stopped activating any new SD subscribers, and the only way you can get the SD service started is to replace a broken one – usually with a reconditioned unit. 


An older DIRECTV receiver t.v. thrown out in a gray Brute trash can at RV Masters in Kenner La.

DIRECTV sees HD as the new norm and, in 2019, began phasing out SD services as they want RV owners to transition to HD.

When is it Time to Replace Your TV?

If your TV does not have a built-in digital tuner, you will need a digital converter or a new TV. Many older TV’s only have a coax input, and this becomes challenging to work with HD receivers. If your TV does not have an HDMI input, it may be time to upgrade it.

When is it Time to Replace Your Receiver?

If you have an older receiver, such as the D12-100 that does not have an HDMI output, you will need to upgrade it.  You may start getting the dreaded 771 error code since that receiver cannot communicate with the correct satellite. If you are concerned about the cost of purchasing a new receiver, an economical choice is to replace it with a DIRECTV H24 receiver.

Swapping Out Your RV TV Receiver

With so many SD TV receivers still in RVs, it will take up to three years to swap out the millions of boxes and make them HD compliant. RV Masters are experts in RV TV upgrades and making the transition from SD to HD easy.

When you need a trusted partner for your RV TV maintenance and RV satellite repair, the team at RV Masters has been replacing DIRECTV boxes that have been going offline. Visit the website where you will find RV maintenance packages and RV TV repairs that are surprisingly cost-effective. Contact us now on 504-466-3431 or email today to upgrade your RV DIRECTV receiver.