Mike asked in EnvironmentGreen Living · 5 months ago

off grid living with solar would be possible to have satalite tv or would this not be possible or do need data plan?

7 Answers

  • Fred
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    I live in Australia and live away from urban areas and have no TV coverage and therefor have a satellite system for my TV. Here if you live outside an area with TV reception there are no ongoing fees and it costs about $600 Australian for the system, plus your own TV. The TV programs are just normal National TV stations and is not the normal satellite companies where you pay for everything.

    We do have mains 240V power here but the satellite box also has a 12 volt socket for those who want TV reception everywhere when they caravan around the country.

    I do not know if your country has a similar satellite system or whether if it is all controlled by greedy satellite TV companies who make you pay a regular fee.

  • If you want satellite tv, you have to pay for it.

    This is you being on the grid.

  • 5 months ago

    Hey Mike, you can do whatever you like electrically with solar, you just have to throw enough money at it. We have a cabin that is entirely powered by the wind and sun, has been for 17 years. It has a full sized refrigerator, deep freeze, laundry machines, lights, TV, DVD, stereo and some power tools. You could run a sattelite TV system too, but not ever having used one, I don't know where you get the sattelite signal from, do you have to pay someone for it, like Direct TV? If so, you still have to have the subscription that you would need if you were living in town and buying power from the utility company. Off Grid refers to not having utility power available. We use an antenna for TV, our place is more rural, and we only get about 18 channels reliably, but they are all free with an antenna, as long as you have a digital TV, or digital converter. Most flat screen TV's are digital, I don't think you can even buy an analog one today. We just don't get any cable channels at our place. Who needs them, the reason we built the cabin there was to get out into the woods and on the beach, not to watch CNN. Take care, Rudydoo

  • 5 months ago

    yes you can do that. Many new TVs operate on 12 volt DC

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  • L
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Devices that need power:

    1) satellite channel changer/receiver.

    2) TV. Use of a LED flat panel or similar that does not use much power is best.

    Assuming you have enough power for everything else without the TV and satellite receiver box, you may need to increase capacity of the power storage you already have and that may result in having to increase the number of solar panels to recharge the battery array.

    Since we don't know what you have or what you plan to get, we have no way to know what your solar power system may need in the way of redesign.

    Why would you need a data plan? If you want a satellite data plan so you can go "off grid" but still have internet connectivity, the above still applies. There are a few satellite data providers. You seem to be referring to Dish which has TV and data plans... You should check with HughsNet, too.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    I can't see what would stop you. If you have electric you can have a satelite unless you are blocked by trees.

  • 5 months ago

    It seems like it would be easy enough to get a service like Direct TV while off grid.

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