Laptops work quite well for this especially playing DVD's. Some of the satellite
TV receivers are only so so on a boat until you get into the better higher end dishes that have multi directional tracking but that maybe isn't your issue right now. Follow Me may be OK at the dock
in FL. You should be able to get a USB video input and then record
to disk or watch real time from the VHF
Making DVDs is the key to making it really work if you travel a far. Most anchorages
usually set up a DVD
exchange where they get passed around and copied. It's something you may want to get into. Plan on bringing a boatload of DVD
recorder media and get a few of the decryption tools.
can get shaky after you head
far enough in any direction from FL (other than north) so it's DVD based video entertainment or not much.
We have also a different setup but do use laptops too. Laptops have multiple purposes including Navigation
and wifi Internet
. Our setup is low budget
since I just don't care that much. We also have just a basic 15 inch non HDTV LCD TV and the CD player also plays DVDs, MP3, CD's and a host of others. The TV can handle multiple inputs that can also include the antenna
on the spreader. Over the air regular VHF
TV dies in 2009 and after that you will need a HDTV tuner for over the air TV. The range on reception
is almost nothing except in a major city so I wouldn't invest in it myself. It's about the last place I want to be - where I can get over the air HDTV. Dish stuff won't really change one way or another very much.