Has anyone tried the satellite internet providers, like Hughesnet or Dish?
Dish allows streaming of Netflix and Hulu Plus. No HBO Go, though. Not sure if that's the question you were asking. Bandwith is sufficient for streaming.
I am a Hughesnet dealer and also install IDirect systems, another satellite internet provider.
Dish Network does not provide satellite internet in the Caribbean.
Satellite internet is a "personal earth station", linking you the the internet. It bypasses local poles
and wireless towers. The satellite dish links to a satellite in orbit over the equator
Satellite internet is always on. I've used it since 2004 to run two businesses which need 24/7 connectivity.
Hughesnet top speed is 2MB.
My clients are businesses and individuals who don't care about speed. Connectivity is their primary need.
Most have my clients have 2 ISP's. Satellite internet is the fail safe backup.
I must say that I've never heard very good things about HughsNet but do not have personal experience with it.
DISH will eventually open up satalite internet in the Caribbean...its just a matter of when.
Sunshinefun, where did you get your info on DISH opening up satellite internet in the Caribbean?
My neighbors have Hughsnet for their vacation villa in addition to Broadbandvi and are pleased with both.
I agree with sunshinefun although I have no knowledge of DISH's strategies. Why wouldn't they offer satellite service in the caribbean? Its not like they need someone's permission.
Internet sold by Dish is just re-branded Hughesnet, Excede by ViaSat, or Wildblue. Depends on where you live.
Hughesnet will work here but the latest satellite with the Gen4 service has somehow omitted us from the "footprint". Will this change in the future? Time will tell. Either way it WILL require another dish. The one you have is for TV only. You can still install and use a Hughesnet but most won't be happy with the latency and daily download limits. Very reliable though!!!!!
On another note Dish offers 25.5 Billion for Sprint.
Just heard DishNet's new offering should be rolled out in the VI by October 2013
that explains why Hughesnet did not up grade their service down here. online i see bundles Dish and dish net combo saves $10/ month.
The current antenna used for that satellite is commercial grade .98 meter wi. a 2 watt radio. big and expensive compared to the .74m dish used in the states.
I wonder if it will be on a spot beam and use the smaller antenna.
Time will tell. I think those hurdles are exactly what's holding it up.
Hughesnet has bundled service wi. DirectTV upstairs on the continent.
......... a Dish company offering a service linked to DirectTV.?
Dish owns Hughesnet
Echosphere, owns Dish and Hughesnet, they are siblings.