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Reginald L.'s Comment
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Anyone have advice for the best and most cost effective tv service for the truck?

Turtle's Comment
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I'm a tightwad, so I don't pay anything for tv. But I did buy an "over the air" digital antenna from walmart. It's not often that I watch tv, but when I do I just either set the antenna on the dash, or sometimes on a 34 I'll raise it up on a extendable paint pole attached to my headache rack for better/more channels.

I'll usually get at least a couple dozen channels with it, like the major networks and a bunch of others. With it, I'll never pay for TV again.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Tim F.'s Comment
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My International has a cable jack wired through the truck antenna. I’ve got anywhere from 1-30 channels depending where you are in the country.

Makes it tough to spend 500-600 on a dish...plus the expense of cable

Rainy D.'s Comment
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I know a lot of people with Roku. they subscribe to the truck stop wifi which can be paid for in rewards points. or they use their phone data

some companies have free direct tv, mine has a fleet account and you can pay weekly through your pay without a contract.

Dave Reid's Comment
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I have a wifi box with true unlimited LTE data from Impact Wireless ($80/mo). They are a reseller of TMobile service...but they do not throttle you back to prehistoric speeds after 15gb a month - the typical max LTE service from others.

I also have Verizon phone service and will create a hotspot with that if I'm not in an area TMo covers...but the problem there is the throttle back after the monthly cap is reached.

I have a subscription to Pilot/Flying J service ($100/yr) to use when parked at those truck stops...which I do about half the time. But when parked at a shipper/receiver like I am tonight, the Impact Wireless unit is great....I'm in Denver tonight and the Impact Wireless unit works great.

I have subscriptions to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and MLB. Those give me all the programming that I am interested in.

I previously had a company-subsidized Direct TV setup briefly, but I had the company remove it and instead had them install a WeBoost antenna on the sat antenna mount. I didn't like the Direct TV thing because it was a case of a zillion channels but nothing on...it was not an in-motion system, so by the time I would get the antenna locked to the satellite and find something to watch, it was time to go to sleep. I didn't realize it wasn't an in-motion system when I had it put in....my plan had been to set it to record stuff while I drove and then select from the recordings when I wanted to watch. After I found out that I couldn't do that, I switched to the setup I described above. Now, I can start any movie or show whenever I want to, and MLB records everything themselves for streaming as desired.

I hope this helps you.

Anyone have advice for the best and most cost effective tv service for the truck?

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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In motion sets are ridculously expensive. and i agree, Direct TV and cable in general has nothing on I want to watch.

Thats why even at home i used Plex, and Roku. There are tons of channels on Roku that are both free or subscriptions like netflix, amazon etc. My mom loves British shows and pays $5 per month for a brit channel. All are on demand type of channels discussed above.

im gonna look into that wifi tho thanks!

icecold24k's Comment
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I know a lot of people with Roku. they subscribe to the truck stop wifi which can be paid for in rewards points. or they use their phone data

some companies have free direct tv, mine has a fleet account and you can pay weekly through your pay without a contract.

I have been so curious about this.. I knew we had this at Prime also for a small fee each week.. I am assuming company drivers can get this also. I am actually interested in it, but I don't even know where to begin. Like I wonder who I would talk to about it and how I would go about doing it if I decided to.

Keith G.'s Comment
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I use a setup like Dave, except I use ATT wifi box for $80 per month of unlimited. I've gotten upto 100GB and still had enough speed to watch youtube without issue or stream a movie.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Icecold:

it is just like the refrigerators. You go to the company store and get a paper with the costs on it, take it to the FM to sign off, then make the appt with the detail shop.

I think there is a one time equipment lease fee/installation of like $200 then weekly $80. it is supposed to have a ton of channels plus the sports package channels. idk if that means NFL or NBL package or what. call the company store and ask.

I didnt want to bother until i got my new truck. Im still in a manual which they will soon take.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Reginald L.'s Comment
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I appreciate the info from you and all others

I have a wifi box with true unlimited LTE data from Impact Wireless ($80/mo). They are a reseller of TMobile service...but they do not throttle you back to prehistoric speeds after 15gb a month - the typical max LTE service from others.

I also have Verizon phone service and will create a hotspot with that if I'm not in an area TMo covers...but the problem there is the throttle back after the monthly cap is reached.

I have a subscription to Pilot/Flying J service ($100/yr) to use when parked at those truck stops...which I do about half the time. But when parked at a shipper/receiver like I am tonight, the Impact Wireless unit is great....I'm in Denver tonight and the Impact Wireless unit works great.

I have subscriptions to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and MLB. Those give me all the programming that I am interested in.

I previously had a company-subsidized Direct TV setup briefly, but I had the company remove it and instead had them install a WeBoost antenna on the sat antenna mount. I didn't like the Direct TV thing because it was a case of a zillion channels but nothing on...it was not an in-motion system, so by the time I would get the antenna locked to the satellite and find something to watch, it was time to go to sleep. I didn't realize it wasn't an in-motion system when I had it put in....my plan had been to set it to record stuff while I drove and then select from the recordings when I wanted to watch. After I found out that I couldn't do that, I switched to the setup I described above. Now, I can start any movie or show whenever I want to, and MLB records everything themselves for streaming as desired.

I hope this helps you.

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Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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