4. TV Receiver
Intellian can supply receivers, or you can get them from your satellite television company as part of your subscription. Secure the receiver with a Thumb Lock TV Grips MRV-100 kit ($10.33, amazon.com). Plug in the AC power cord to an onboard 110-volt AC source, and connect the RF cable from the ACU. Finally, plug in an HDMI cable, and run it to the TV mounting position.
5. Flat-Panel TV
Flat-panel TVs are thin, light and energy-efficient. When replacing a tube-screen TV, you may pick up an extra cabinet or shelf. Most cruisers can accommodate a 19-inch or 21-inch flat panel, secured to a bulkhead with a bracket such as the Rocketfish ($39.99, bestbuy.com). Connect the power cord to a 110-volt AC source, and plug in the HDMI cable from the receiver.
6. TV on a Chart Plotter
You can also view satellite TV on a multifunction display on the bridge. Run a video RCA cable from the “video out” on the receiver to the “video in” on the MFD. For audio, connect a stereo RCA cable from the “audio out” port on the receiver to the “aux input” port on your boat’s stereo. Having TV at the helm is fun for game days spent on the hook or at the dock.
If you already have satellite TV in your home, you can add a receiver to your service and use it, as well as your home subscription, on your boat. This can be as little as $7 per month extra.