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Tailgater satellite system brings DISH HDTV to RVs

Tailgater satellite system brings DISH HDTV to RVs

A customized menu screen automatically appears on the TV when the Tailgater and receiver are connected, and the receiver is automatically configured for mobile use. From the on-screen menu, simply select the state, and then scan. Within minutes, users are locked on with access to all their favorite DISH Network HD channels. BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — High-definition television is often viewed as a must-have entertainment feature in today’s RVs, and the new Tailgater portable satellite antenna makes DISH Network HD programming an affordable option for all RV owners.

Jointly designed by King Controls and DISH Network, the Tailgater system is a fully automatic, portable satellite antenna that provides quick and easy access to the wide selection of premium HD channels available from DISH Network. Revolutionary software integration for direct communication between the Tailgater antenna and the DISH Network receiver provides the best possible customer experience available.

“It just couldn’t be any easier”, said Craig Bartyzal, vice president of sales and marketing for King Controls. “The portable antenna menu screen is extremely intuitive and will certainly be a refreshing change for RV owners.”

A customized menu screen automatically appears on the TV when the Tailgater and receiver are connected, and the receiver is automatically configured for mobile use. From the on-screen menu, simply select the state, and then scan. Within minutes, users are locked on with access to all their favorite DISH Network HD channels.

Pop-up screens automatically appear after scanning for satellites to indicate when satellite signals are partially or completely blocked, prompting the user to move the antenna when necessary.

“Diagnostic information that previously required a laptop computer, customized diagnostic tools and a thorough understanding of satellite antenna technology is now automatically displayed on your TV in plain English,” said Bartyzal.

Another unique feature is the single coaxial cable connection between the antenna and the receiver. A 50-foot coaxial cable is included and provides power to the antenna from the DISH receiver. Additional power or control cables are not needed. Since most RVs already have a portable satellite antenna input, connecting the Tailgater to the receiver inside an RV is very straightforward, Bartyzal explained.

The patented antenna design is 16”W x 17.5”H, weighs just 10 lbs. and includes an easy carry handle for transporting.

The Tailgater antenna is compatible with DISH Network’s VIP211k receiver and can be used with an existing home subscription or the new pay-as-you-go service from DISH Network. With DISH pay-as-you-go, there are no contract or cancellation fees. Customers simply purchase the receiver and turn monthly service on and off as they please.

Additional features of the DISH VIP211k receiver include:

  • Universal remote control to operate receiver and up to three other devices
  • Built-in OTA tuner with seamless program guide for both satellite and local OTA channels
  • DVR expandable with user supplied external hard drive and nominal, one-time fee
  • Compact design ideal for RVs (2 inches high by 13.25 inches wide by 11 inches deep)

The Tailgater model VQ2500 antenna has a suggested retail price of $350 and the DISH Network VIP211k receiver has a suggested retail price of $150. Both will be available in the U.S. through King Controls’ major wholesale distribution partners.

SOURCE: King Controls press release

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Greg Gerber is the editor and founder of RV Daily Report. A native of Madison, Wis., he moved to Phoenix in 2009 to escape the endless winters and wicked humidity of the six-week "summer" season. He's a DODO -- Dad of Daughter's Only -- who would crawl across the desert on his hands and knees for an In-N-Out Double Double. He has visited every state except Hawaii and is anxiously waiting for some RV company to host a conference in the Aloha State.

2 comments

  1. Great description! My Tailgater has become the life of the parking lot and I can’t wait to take it tailgating with me snowboarding this season. I just got it from my job at DISH Network and I can watch games in 1080i resolution that makes watching the game as easy as watching it at home. It’s a great piece of work that they designed to be small, light-weight and easy enough for travel. Here are more details on this new device. http://goo.gl/vd4M4

  2. I have had nothing but problems. It works for about two weeks and then just locks up and quits working. I’m on my second tailgator and it just quit working too. King Controls only available Mon-Fri with no week-end helpline. They won’t pay for shipping and send a call tag which I never received. It takes two weeks to get a replacement. A very poor quality cheaply made product that doesn’t seem to be able to stand up to normal use for any length of time. I’m very disappointed in this product and wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

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