#2: Manual or Automatic|
Manual antennas require you to manually set up and position the reflector to find or "lock on" a satellite.
Automatic antennas require no aiming each time you move locations.
Manual Depending on the provider and programming you are viewing, there may be times when you will need to reposition the antenna to a different satellite in order to watch the program of your choice. Finding and locking on the correct satellite can be time consuming and frustrating. As long as you are up to the challenge, a manual antenna is a good choice.
Manual antennas often have optional accessories such as tripod mounts, satellite finder meters, and compasses that are all designed to make the search process easier. Be sure to consider the cost of the accessories when making a decision on whether to go with a manual or automatic antenna. Automatic Due to the fact that satellite programming providers now have their programming spread across multiple satellites, automatic antennas have gained significant popularity among consumers. The fast and simple 'plug it in and let it do the rest' operation usually offsets the higher price for many buyers. No aiming needed. No patience required. Just sit back and watch your favorite shows.
#3: In-motion or Stationary|
In-motion satellites allow for use not only when the vehicle is parked in a stationary position, but also when the vehicle is in-motion.
Stationary satellites are intended for use only when the vehicle is parked in a stationary position.
#4: Satellite Provider and Definition Preference|
In order to watch HD programming, you must also have an HDTV and an HD receiver with a current subscription to an HD programming package (sold separately).
#5: Viewing Options|
Multiple programs on multiple televisions simultaneously When using a DVR or multiple receivers, you will not disrupt recording or other receivers viewing when the primary receiver switches from one channel to another on different satellites.
Single television, or identical programs on multiple televisions Crank-ups, portables, and domes toggle between satellites, limiting viewing to one satellite at a time. This means all TVs must watch programming from the same satellite.