Antenna Compatibility

Many (but not all) marine TVRO antennas will either work, or can be converted to, Dish Network and receive service and the Caribbean. Size matters – recommended antenna size for Eastern Caribbean reception is 1m and up – smaller antennas may not receive all channels and are heavily susceptible to rain fade. Conversion may involve a physical LNB change inside the dome, and/or changes to the distribution wiring belowdeck. Check your make and below for details. Not sure? with a Virtual Service Call we can walk you through your existing setup and determine any changes needed.

Sea Tel
All Sea Tel antennas can be made to work with Dish Network in the Caribbean. Switching between different Dish satellites can be cumbersome
TV & TVHD Series
The Sea Tel 80 TV, 100 TV, 100 TVHD, 120 TV and 120 TVHD are all compatible with Dish Network and can receive signal in the Caribeban; no LNB changes are needed, but satellite tracking parameters need to be entered into the Sea Tel LMXP controller.

Legacy xx04 Series
The Sea Tel 4004, 5004 and 6004 antennas with DAC20xx control units can receive Dish Network signal in the Caribbean when fitted by a standard US-Circular LNB
KVH
TV Series
TracVision TV-Series antennas have region-specific LNBs. TV10, TV8, TV6 and TV5 antennas with either North American or Tri-Americas LNBs are compatible with Dish Network service. Those with Linear or DLA LNBs can be converted with a Latin-America or Tri-Americas LNB Kit

TV5 will work in areas where signal is strong but may not perform well in areas that are at the edge of the signal like the Eastern Caribbean island chain.

TV1 and TV3 are NOT compatible.

Systems wired with only a DirecTV USA SWM will need will need to be re-wired with a “legacy” multiswitch

HD Series

The HD11 antenna is compatible with DirecTV Caribbean service. A small below-deck rewiring is needed to enable reception of all available channels

The HD7 with Tri-Americas LNB is compatible but the LNB has limits that make some channels unavailable

The HD7 with US-Only LNB can be converted to a Tri-Americas LNB

The new UHD7 is NOT compatible and cannot be used with DirecTV Caribbean

Systems wired with only a DirecTV USA SWM will need will need to be re-wired with a “legacy” multiswitch

Intellian
i-Series

i-Series antennas come either with a global “Worldview” LNB, or with region-specific LNBs. i-Series antennas with WorldView, Latin-America or All-Americas LNBs are compatible with DirecTV Caribbean service. Those with linear or US-Circular LNBs can be converted with a Latin-America or All-Americas LNB Kit

i6w and i9w, as well as i6, i6p, i9p with Latin Americas or All-Americas LNB, are compatible without changes. i6, i6p and i9p with North Americas or Universal (linear) LNBs can be converted.

i3, i4 and i5 will work in areas where signal is strong but may not perform well in areas that are at the edge of the signal like the Northern & Eastern Caribbean island chain.

i2 is NOT compatible.

i-series antennas configured for Dish Network (with a MIM unit) or DirecTV USA (with a SWM) need to have a “legacy” multiswitch installed

s Series

The s80HD and s100HD are compatible

s6HD is NOT compatible

t Series

All t-Series “W” models (t80W, t100W, t110W, t130W) are compatible. “Q” models are not.

Raymarine

The Raymarine 60STV antenna is compatible with DirecTV Caribbean service when outfitted with a South America LNB

The 45STV can technically be converted as well, but due to its small size and lack of presence in the region we don’t have data to predict how well it will perform

Others

We have done DirecTV conversion work on other antenna brands such as Navisystem, Epac and Orbit, but these necessitate working directly with the manufacturer to facilitate the conversion