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Tailgater FAQ

September 23rd, 2011

For those curious about the Tailgater, from programming to powering, check out DISH Network’s useful FAQ.

I only want to use my Tailgater for a few months a year. Do I have to subscribe to television programming all year?
No! With DISH Network’s Pay-as-you-go plan, you pay only for the months you use. When the season is over, simply stop your service without penalty. When it’s time to use your Tailgater again, call 1-800-333-DISH (3474) or log into your account to reactivate your service.

I have an HD Solo Receiver at home. Can I use it with my Tailgater?
Yes. Model ViP 211k is compatible with the Tailgater. When ordering, please select the “Tailgater Portable Antenna” option, priced at $350. Please note: Currently other HD Solo models are not compatible with the Tailgater.

I’m already a DISH Network customer at my home residence. Do I need a 2nd account for the Tailgater?
No! You can enjoy the same programming from home while on the road, and you’ll only need one television subscription!
(Some channels, including international programming and RTN, may not be available. Local channels and Regional Sports Network(s) are subject to availability based on your geographical location. Bluefield (WV), Lake Charles (LA), Columbia (MS), Springfield (MA), and Providence (RI) markets will not be able to receive SD or HD local channels through a Tailgater solution.)

How do you power the Tailgater? Can I run my Tailgater antenna, DISH receiver, and TV from my vehicle?
The Tailgater receives its power through the coax connection with the DISH Network receiver. The receiver will need to be plugged into a power outlet.

You can use an inverter to power your system off of your vehicle’s DC power supply (12V power outlet). However, if you plan to watch TV for more than a few hours, be sure to start and run your vehicle for a few minutes every hour. If convenient, a portable power generator or alternative accessory battery may be a better option for operating your system and can help preserve your vehicle’s battery life.

Will my Tailgater work during inclement weather?
Though rare, heavy rain, snow, or dense cloud cover can reduce the satellite signal, which may interrupt your television programming. Your television programming should return as conditions improve.

Can I use a DVR receiver with the Tailgater?
At this time the Tailgater is only compatible with the ViP 211k model receiver, a single-TV receiver that supports HD and SD programming. You can add DVR functionality and the ability to record and pause live TV by attaching your own USB external hard drive to the USB port at the back of the receiver and adding DVR functionality for a one-time service fee of $40. For more information or to see if your receiver is applicable, click here.

How do I prevent theft of my Tailgater?
To prevent theft, your Tailgater has a security bracket located at the bottom of the carry handle. Secure your Tailgater to a fixed object using a padlock and security cable (not included).

Call 866-912-4774 today to get a Tailgater and start enjoying TV everywhere!

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