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.