What are my Options for Portable Television Service?

With a portable satellite antenna, you can watch the big football game at a parking lot tailgate or enjoy your favorite shows on a family camping trip. Portable satellite antennas are available to satellite TV subscribers.

Most portable televisions currently on the market are digital. Many American broadcast stations switched from analog television signals to digital signals in 2009, which means analog televisions are somewhat obsolete. However, if you already have an analog portable television that you still want to use, you can get it to work with the help of a digital-to-analog converter box.

You may also want to consider subscribing to a mobile television service that allows you to take your entertainment with you, wherever you go. With Distant Network Service (DNS), you can tune in to major channels like ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC and watch them on a portable TV in your car, RV or boat. Although these services can access many channels, portable television may not be able to access certain local channels due to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations.

Can I watch TV on my boat or in my RV?

There are television service providers out there that do offer this feature. Depending on what airline you use and their affiliations, you might even be able to watch television programming while flying 10,000 feet in the air.

Can I watch TV on my smartphone?

Yes. DIRECTV offers equipment and apps that enable users to watch live and recorded programs on a variety of mobile devices including smartphones. These apps are free and work with DIRECTV HD DVRs in order to let customers stream live and recorded programming to laptops, iPads and more. DIRECTV HD DVRs come in a variety of models, which each offer their own features. The DIRECTV Genie Whole-Home HD DVR is an example of a DVR that features services designed for programming portability.

Is Genie a good portable television service?

The DIRECTV Genie is a whole-home HD DVR that lets users record and view multiple shows on multiple TVs in multiple rooms.1

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