I have had a KVH TV5 for over a year, we have Dish as we already had that at home and it cost $5 to add a receiver.
However Direct TV has a slightly better area of reception
towards the Bahamas
You have to have 110 VAC as there is no 12 VDC receiver anymore. It is best to just buy a receiver instead of renting
one, they are cheap
, add a portable disk drive and you have a DVR.
Ideally the KVH will work better if connected to your GPS
and a heading sensor, but mine has worked fine without being connected, you do have to tell it the Latitude though, but that is easy through their App, It is A Wifi
device and will connect to a computer or phone
etc. I'm sure having heading and position speeds satellite acquisition but not tracking, but it will acquire a sat in about 30 sec or so without heading and position
Shop around prices vary greatly, I mean greatly as in thousands of dollars different.
At least the TV5 will receive great High Def in what amounts to storm conditions that make you uncomfortable to be below, it is different than a home system in that it can only receive one satellite at a time and there are three satellites and it takes a few seconds to change over, it is more sensitive to rain than a home system is too.
Only one receiver can be the master and determine which satellite to tune without buying
another expensive box, but your smart phone of Ipad
etc can change the satellite to tune, so when we go to bed
I use the phone to change satellites if we change to a channel that is on another satellite and that way I do not have to have the additional expensive box.
I believe KVH is one of the better brands, it has been one of the easiest to install, most trouble free electronic things I have put on the boat.
Call Sue at KVH sales, she knows her stuff
Oh, be careful buying
used KVH as the series before the TV series, the one with the 12 VDC receiver is no longer supported.
Second edit, a KVH will work with either Dish or Direct TV and other overseas systems, however they do require different receivers, it uses standard off the shelf receivers, I bought mine off Amazon for about $50, you can of course run multiple TV's off a splitter, but of course can only watch one channel if you go, we have kids
on board, so I spent $50 and bought a second receiver, it is an additional $5 a month per receiver though.