King Controls, DISH Develop Portable RV Antenna
Bloomington, Minn.-based King Controls announced the launch of its Tailgater portable satellite antenna, making DISH Network high-definition programming an affordable option for all RV owners.
Designed in conjunction with DISH, the Tailgater system is a fully automatic, portable satellite antenna that provides quick and easy access to a wide selection of premium HD channels, according to a press releasae. Innovative 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, RVers can simply select their state, and then scan. Within minutes they are locked on with access to all your 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 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. The patented antenna design is 16 inches wide by 17.5 inches high, weighs just 10 pounds 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.
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.