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Ready for Tailgater Season?

May 20th, 2013

It’s getting warm and we’re all ready to take the outdoors. Whether you’re tailgating at the hottest concert or camping with the family, you can take the great entertainment and service of DISH Network with you with the Tailgater portable satellite system!

With Pay-As-You-Go TV, there is no contract required, so you pay only for the months you use. When the season is over, simply stop your service without penalty. All you need is the Tailgater and a compatible receiver. DISH Network customers with a 411, ViP 211, or ViP 211k receiver need only purchase the Tailgater antenna for $350. If you need the whole system, receiver and antenna, it’s only $499 and you’re ready to start enjoying great satellite television everywhere you go!

Once your receiver has been activated during the first startup, startups with the Tailgater in the future take less than fifteen minutes. No need to worry about pointing or adjusting, the Tailgater is fully automatic and will find a satellite signal on its own, all it needs is a clear view of the southern sky. The Tailgater is powered via coaxial cable from the DISH receiver, and the DISH receiver must be plugged into an AC outlet. You can use an AC/DC converter to plug the receiver into your vehicle’s DC power supply, typically a 12V outlet.

To learn more about the Tailgater call 1-800-935-3509 today!

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It’s Tailgating Season!

November 12th, 2012

Tailgating doesn’t have to mean missing the action! With DISH’s Tailgater you can catch all of the pregame action, no matter where you are. All you need to do is connect the Tailgater to a compatible DISH receiver and TV, and you can start watching TV wherever you are – in the parking lot before the big game, camping in the great outdoors, anywhere your travels take you!

You can enjoy the portable entertainment of Tailgater by itself, or watch the same English or DishLATINO programming packages you enjoy at home when you’re on the go – just add the Tailgater to your existing account.

Call 1-800-935-3509 today to learn more about the Tailgater!

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DISH Network Receiver Lineup

October 17th, 2012

DISH Network’s cutting-edge technology and top of the line receivers make their DVRs, HD and duo receivers the most popular in the industry. Below we’ll highlight the most popular receivers, from whole-home to duo to solo, with HD and DVR or without. DISH has the receiver you need to fit your lifestyle.

Whole-Home HD DVR receivers

The Hopper and the Joeys allow you to easily bring HD DVR entertainment to all of the rooms in your house!


  • You can automatically skip commercials in primetime TV – ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC in HD
  • Connect up to 4 HD TVs using a single Hopper and 3 Joeys
  • Full HD DVR functionality on every TV, including the ability to pause, fast-forward and rewind live TV
  • Share DVR recordings between any HD TV in the home
  • Record up to 6 live HD channels during primetime
  • 2 TB hard drive – record and store up to 2,000 hours
  • PrimeTime Anytimeâ„¢ gives you instant access to your favorite primetime shows from ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC in HD
  • Watch hundreds of On Demand titles on your TV, no internet connection required
  • Remote Control Locator- Never lose your remote again!


  • Offers the features found on on the Hopper including Remote Control Locator
  • Connects other TVs in the home with the Hopper to create a Whole-Home entertainment experience
  • Compact and tucks behind the TV or inside a cabinet

DVR Receivers

DISH Network DVR service is easy to use and can be managed from anywhere with your mobile phone or internet connected device!

ViP 722k DuoDVR

  • Supports 2 Independent viewing TVs – a remote control for each TV.
  • HD and SD on TV1; SD on TV2
  • Independently watch TV in two rooms, or watch one show while recording another in one room.
  • Watch a pre-recorded show while recording two separate shows at the same time
  • DVR so you can pause, record, and playback TV.
  • 500 GB hard drive.
  • Picture-in-picture feature so you can watch two things on one screen.
  • DISH On Demand: choose from thousands of movie titles or TV shows

ViP 612 DVR

  • Supports one independent viewing HDTV with remote control.
  • Watch one show while recording another at the same time.
  • Watch a pre-recorded show while recording two separate shows at the same time.
  • DVR so you can pause, record, and playback TV.
  • 320 GB hard drive.
  • DISH On Demand: choose from thousands of movie titles or TV shows.

HD Receivers

DISH Network offers HD Free For Life, with a 24-month commitment you can save $120/year and get your HD channels free for the life of your account!

ViP 222k Duo Receiver

  • Supports 2 Independent viewing TVs – a remote control for each TV.
  • HD and SD on TV1; SD on TV2.
  • Independently watch TV in two rooms.
  • Dolby® Digital audio.
  • View over-the-air SD and HD broadcasts.
  • On-screen Caller ID with history.

ViP 211k

  • Supports one independent HDTV with remote control
  • Compatible with Tailgaterâ„¢
  • View over-the-air SD and HD broadcasts.
  • On-screen Caller ID with history.

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An Exclusive Look Inside the Tailgater

July 6th, 2012

DISH Network’s Tailgater is an self-contained, fully automatic satellite installation, and at around 10 pounds it’s compeltely portable as well!

How does the Tailgater work? Well let’s take a look inside.

As you can see the satellite dish, and components that allows it to search for and find a signal on its own, are all contained within the Tailgater. No flimsy tripods, no pointing and peaking the dish yourself. Simply connect it to a ViP 211, ViP 211k or ViP 411 DISH Network receiver that’s connected to a TV, turn it on, and watch satellite TV!

It doesn’t get much easier than that! The Tailgater is perfect for any time you’re outdoors and want to bring your TV with you. Just because you’re tailgating at one game, doesn’t mean you need to miss the others! Glamorous camping, or “glamping”, has been all the rage lately. It doesn’t get more glam than to be able to bring your HDTV along with you and keep up on your favorite shows, anywhere!

Call 866-912-4774 today to learn more about the Tailgater!

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Invite Your TV to the Party with The Tailgater

April 13th, 2012

Imagine sitting outdoors at a barbeque or a tailgate party watching the big game on TV. Never hear your kids complain about being bored on a camping trip again. Bring the TV along!

Tailgater allows you to watch all of your favorite shows from anywhere. While limited to the 48 contiguous states, you’re not limited to where you want to take it. Bring it along to the tailgating party in the parking lot, a backyard barbeque, a quiet stream in the country, or a warm sandy beach.

How It Works

The Tailgater has two components: a portable satellite antenna and the HD receiver. The antenna hooks up to the receiver that is powered by plugging into an AC outlet or with a converter into a DC power supply. It automatically finds the nearest satellite signal with no programming from you.


The equipment is weather-proof and comes with a security bracket to prevent theft. It works with both HD and SD programming. It’s lightweight, with the antenna weighing 10 pounds and the receiver weighing just 5 pounds.


You may wonder about the cost of owning one of these prize gadgets. One of the best benefits to you is that you don’t have to pay for it when you aren’t using it. If you are only going to use it during the summer months while you are camping, only pay for it during those months. You can deactivate it at any time and not be charged a penalty and then reactivate it by logging into your account and it will be ready for use when you need it.

Most people will not need to create a second account for their Tailgater. If you have Whole-Home HD DVR service, you will be required to get another account.

You can watch the same channels as you would if you were sitting in your living room. The main exception to this is the local channels. They will vary, depending on where you are. Some regional sports networks may also not be available.

Whether you want to use The Tailgater for family vacations or for watching at outdoor events, it is a convenient system to take everywhere with you. Never miss your favorite shows while on vacation and never sacrifice time in the great outdoors to catch the big game. With The Tailgater, you can have it all.

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DISH Network Tailgater 2012 CES Design & Innovation Honoree

November 16th, 2011

DISH Network’s Tailgater portable satellite dish system is the lowest priced and easiest to use system on the market. The Tailgater has been honored by the presitgious International CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Awards that are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the producer of the International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, and has been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a pre-eminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 32 categories.

The Tailgater is the lowest- priced portable satellite dish available and the easiest to use. Weighing in at just 10 pounds, the Tailgater automatically locates satellite positions so there is no need for manual adjustment. The Tailgater easily connects to a small, sleek DISH set-top box and TV. Within minutes, customers are able to enjoy their favorite channels in high definition. Ira Bahr, chief marketing officer for DISH Network, has said “This award from CEA recognizes the Tailgater as an innovative solution to bring high definition television outdoors. Tailgaters across the country have wanted an easy way to watch their games in HD, and now they can. The Tailgater’s simple set-up combined with full access to DISH Network’s programming packages at convenient month-to-month pricing makes it the best ‘TV-on-the-go’ option for outdoor enthusiasts.”

Tailgater by DISH will be displayed at the 2012 International CES from Jan. 10-13, 2012, in Las Vegas.

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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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Tailgater Portable HDTV System

September 2nd, 2011

The Tailgater Portable HDTV System includes the Tailgater Portable Antenna and an HD Solo Receiver for just $499. If you are an existing DISH Network customer and have an HD Solo Receiver in your home (Model ViP 211k), you may purchase the Tailgater Portable Antenna a la carte for $350. Together with DISH Network television service, you can take your favorite shows with you on all of your outdoor adventures.

How it Works

The Tailgater Portable Antenna connects to the HD Solo Receiver using a single coax cable (included) and brings live satellite television service from inside your home to the great outdoors.


Setup for the Tailgater Portable HDTV System is easy. After connecting your devices as instructed in the User’s Guide and Quick Reference Guide, follow the on-screen instructions. The Tailgater will automatically find the satellite orbital locations for your DISH Network programming. When you’re done watching, simply power down the Tailgater and receiver, disconnect the cables, and take your system with you. It’s portable and lightweight, so it’s easy to carry from one outdoor activity to the next.
Note: The Tailgater Portable HDTV System will only operate in the 48 contiguous United States.


      Supports both HD and SD programming
      Display resolutions: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i
      Portable and lightweight with built-in ergonomic handle
      Compact to fit any space
      Weather-resistant cover
      Integrated security bracket

Tailgater – Model VQ2500 HD Solo Receiver – Model ViP® 211k

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