RV Owners Will Love the New ATSC 3.0 Standard

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RV Owners Will Love the New ATSC 3.0 Standard

ATSC 3.0 is the new potential broadcast standard to be tested throughout the country.  It promises on-demand content, 4K programming, and addressable advertising.  The FCC allows these signals to be broadcast even though no current TVs can receive them.  There’s also no timeline for requiring ATSC 3.0 tuners in televisions.  Despite all this uncertainly, ATSC 3.0 should be big news for RV owners when it finally comes through. 

When TV went digital in 2009, RV enthusiasts couldn’t watch TV in a moving vehicle.  The digital standard just didn’t allow for it.  As a result, you lose all TV reception in your RV, boat, or other vehicle once it’s traveling about 15mph.  This upset many RV owners who put antennas on the roofs of their vehicles.  It looks like all that is about to change.

So, how will the new ATSC 3.0 standard allow people in an RV to watch TV while the vehicle is moving?  Those who created the old and new standards borrowed from the European broadcast standard.  This makes it possible for RV owners like you to get reception in a moving vehicle.  Such a thing is not so difficult in a day and age where people can get fast internet in a moving vehicle. 

The new ATSC 3.0 is supposed to bring a lot with it, including over-the-air 4K broadcasting.  Some think that more people will use TV antennas after this service is rolled out.  If so, this could take members of the Baby Boomer and Generation X age groups back to the glory days of over-the-air TV.  There will be a wide variety of channel and sub-channels available.  Is it enough programming to keep these viewers happy?  If you’re used to having local TV in your RV, you already know which shows are your favorite.  

At Signal Group, we believe that every RV owner should enjoy their vehicles in the safest way possible.  To that end, we feel compelled to warn you about the dangers of trying to watch TV while you drive.  Just because ATSC 3.0 will let you do doesn’t mean you should.  If you’re driving, you’re eyes and attention belong on your road.  This is for your safety as well as that of your passengers and everyone else on the road.  Your passengers should be the only ones who should be watching TV while you drive.  All of this is irrelevant until ATSC 3.0 is available to the public, and we don’t know when that will be.

Get TV for Your RV, Camper, or Motorhome

Does all this talk about TV in RVs have you thinking about adding a TV antenna to your recreational vehicle?  It should.  Every antenna made today is compatible with ATSC 3.0.  If you put up an antenna, it’s future-proof and gives you great TV reception.  Signal Connect knows all about installing TV antennas in RVs.  We partner with Solid Signal, an online electronics dealer and division of our company.  Solid Signal carries a huge selection of portable TV antennas that are ideal for RVs.  Our reps can match you with the right antenna and receiver and offer step-by-step instructions on how to install it.  If you’d rather have it professionally installed, we’ll match you with a local installer.  If you have questions about over-the-air TV in your RV, call Signal Connect at 866-726-4182.


Do you want satellite TV for your RV or camper?  If so, Signal Connect recommends DIRECTV. You’ll get a huge variety of channels in stunning high-definition reception. DIRECTV’s satellite cover the country from coast to coast. No matter where you’re going, you’ll get to watch your favorite programming when you arrive. If you already have a TV antenna on your RV, you can use it alongside your satellite TV. Because Signal Connect is an AT&T Preferred Dealer, we can make all this happen and more. Let us match you with a programming package, satellite dish, and other equipment. If you have any questions about DIRECTV for RVs, give us a call at 866-726-4182.