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Dish Network Tailgater Portable Satellite Weighs Just 10lbs

Published: September 2, 2011

By our account TV is responsible for the vast influx of overweight Americans.  That, and fast food.  As a kid your parents would tell you to go outside and play.  Sure, that worked 20 years ago, but with the advent of portable technology there is no escaping Tinsle Town’s reach.  And now, thanks to Dish Network, you’ll never miss a live broadcast of a game or a show no matter where you and your family travels.  In other words, the final nail has been hammered in the obesity coffin.


Okay, the so the above is purely hyperbole, and the Tailgater Portable HDTV System is clearly targeted at the die hard NFL fan who wants to maximize their NFL Sunday ticket while hanging outside the stadium.  It weighs no more than 10lbs and works any where in the 48 contiguous United States, provided you’ve got a line of site to Dish’s satellites, which if memory serves correct hovers over Texas.

It’s capable of receiving a 480i, 480p, 720p and 1080i signal and includes a built-in handle and weather-resistant cover. The Tailgater Portable HDTV System requires no direct power connection, and instead draws energy from the connected Dish box via a coxial cable.  However, you’ll need to power the box, and for now the Tailgater Portable HDTV System is only compatible with the HD Solo Receiver; sorry, no DVR compatibility.  Dish recommends a portable generator or an inverter to power your system off of your vehicle’s DC power supply.   But make sure you start your vehicle periodically, unless of course you need an excuse not to come home from the game.  Lastly, you’ll need some sort of HDTV.

For those of you that already subscribe to Dish, and have a SOLD HD, you’ll be able to pick one up al a carte for $350.  Alternatively, Dish offers a combo package of $499.  And it would seem that in a comparison of Dish vs Directv, the latter doesn’t offer a comparable product.


5 Comments to Dish Network Tailgater Portable Satellite Weighs Just 10lbs

  1. Vlshaw2

    We are in south central Arizona about 4 miles from the Mexico border.  We have been unable to use the tailgater.  It’s worked great in other areas but not here.  If we tip the front up, we here the dish moving around but it never locks on.  Leaving it level as you’re supposed to do, it will not work.  Do you have any suggestions?

  2. Almeida I

    i can use tailgater in Belgium( for Hispasat 1c/1D/1E-30.O W)

  3. Robert Paulsen

    At DISH Network we’re proud of our Tailgater. The Tailgater
    is one of the lowest-priced portable satellite antennas on the market but also
    one of the easiest to use. It automatically locates satellite positions, which
    means there’s no need for manual antenna adjustment. It also easily connects to
    your TV within minutes. You will also be able to enjoy your favorite channels in high
    definition.
    Working for DISH Network I was able to get this great new piece of equipment
    before it was released, and it works great!
     

  4. Trichardson001

    You say that it has no DVR compatibility, sorry but you are wrong. Tailgater works with the VIP211K which will accept a external hard drive with a 1 time fee of $40. My Tailgater works great. We have a RV and pay a monthly fee od $34.99 but only when we want it, with no monthly fee when we are not using it. It is call DishmyRV.

  5. Ajcrowner

    “maximize their NFL Sunday ticket”

    DISH Network does not offer NFL Sunday Ticket, that is DIRECTV only. I have a similar system called the Winegard Carryout which receives both DIRECTV and DISH Network and works with my home receiver instead of buying a seperate one.

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