It’s true that most of us won’t own a megayacht. We can dream, though. For those who do live a life filled with champagne, nothing is left on shore. There are sophisticated whole-vessel satellite dishes that supply live programming to every room on hidden flat panel TVs. It sounds like paradise.
You don’t have to be a bajillionaire to enjoy free TV on your boat, though. No matter if you have a rowboat or a large cruiser, there’s a solution out there for you. If you’re looking for some easy, free TV, check out a portable TV or the eyeTV mobile solution for your iOS device. If the boat has a bedroom, an antenna like the HD-Blade can get you up and running quickly.
Of course, the solutions just get bigger and more expensive from there. Antennas tend to work well while docked but because of the nature of digital broadcasting, they don’t do well when you’re moving. Not only that, antennas will generally only get 50-60 miles from the towers and you may quickly find yourself out of that range.
From there you need a satellite dish. Regular dishes just don’t work on the water, because of all the movement. Still, you should consider a product like those from KVH or Intellian that is designed for marine vessels, with quick, accurate self-aiming capability. Satellite dishes can give you national HD channels no matter where you are out to about 100 miles off shore (sometimes more.)
With winter coming, this is actually the best time to get a few upgrades done on that boat of yours before you wrap it up. You may never have a super-yacht, but you can enjoy all the comforts, no matter what size boat you have!