I know that many people get on board a luxury motor yacht to “get away from it all.” But, there are just as many others who want all the luxuries of home, including being able to watch their favorite TV shows on a High Definition TV!
Most upscale luxury yachts have one or more flatscreen TVs on board, but getting and maintaining a TV signal out on the open water, can prove a bit challenging.
Getting and Staying Connected
Just like on land, to watch TV on your yacht, you need to get the broadcast signal from somewhere. This is not too much of a problem when you are docked at a marina. In years past, there were many marinas that allowed you to actually “hard wire” and connect a coaxial cable into their cable TV system! Today, with broadcasters having switched from analog to digital broadcasts that is no longer necessary. On board TVs equipped with a good digital antenna, should easily pick up the digital airwaves when docked.
Digital broadcasts also are much more powerful then the older analog signals, so with a decent digital antenna you should be able to get reception a lot further from shore than you use to.
Another way to watch TV is via the many “streaming” services, such as Amazon, Netflix, or Hulu. Of course these require an internet connection. Again, while docked at a marina, that is rarely an issue, as most will provide free WiFi. If you are close enough to a land bound WiFi signal, such as from a waterfront restaurant, you may also be able to pick it up. There are “WiFi antennas” you can purchase and install that can extend the range of WiFi signals.
Either way, it is once you get out a bit from shore that things get dicier. In order to get either actual TV broadcasts, or internet connections once you are underway, requires satellite service.
Satellite TV and Internet for Your Yacht
You can receive satellite relayed TV signals from almost anywhere south of about 70 degrees N. and north of about 50 degrees S. In most of North America you can use a house-size satellite dish, but if you want to be able to watch while underway, you will need a stabilized, automatic tracking antenna.
For about $2,500 you can buy a multi-axis satellite tracking system. Enclosed in a dome, the smallest units, such as the TracVision from KVH, are just over 12 inches in diameter and 15 inches high. Based on your viewing requirements and usual travel destinations, these systems can cost anywhere from 2000.00 to 8000.00.
The most reliable, and costly stabilized automatic satellite tracking systems include precision magnetic sensors that can deliver superior quality heading information, and “talk” to the other instruments, on your boat, such as your GPS and Chartplotter.
With On Demand Yachting You Can Always Expect Great “Reception”
Getting a good TV signal while you are out on the open water can be challenging, but one place you could always be assured of a great “reception” is when dealing with any of the skilled technicians or engineers of On Demand Yachting.
As an On Demand client, you can be assured that your TV or any part of your onboard entertainment or electronics system is always well maintained and operating at peak performance, before, during and after every voyage!
Operating a motor yacht can be costly. You can reduce your expenses, and avoid costly repairs by keeping her well maintained. On Demand yachting from FYM can help. If you would like to learn more, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Yacht Management specialists, or call us at (954) 900-9968.