King Controls, DISH Develop Portable RV Antenna

August 29, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Tailgater portable satellite 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.


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Wingard Co./DISH Network Partner on Service

November 29, 2010 by · Comments Off on Wingard Co./DISH Network Partner on Service 

Wingard Co. announced today (Novt. 29) that the Winegard dealer network is offering a Pay-As-You-Go programming service through DISH Network. The Pay-As-You-Go service features a DISH Network ViP211k satellite receiver, and gives mobile customers the ability to purchase DISH Network programming 30 days at a time. Customers also have the flexibility to stop and start service as needed, according to a news release.

“RVers, campers, tailgaters and truckers have long desired seasonal or temporary service without having to pay for service for an entire year, and we see Pay-As-You-Go programming as a great option,” said Aaron Engberg, director of Wingard’s Mobile Products. “Often times, customers struggle in finding, installing and activating receivers. As an authorized RV channel distributor, Winegard will provide this customer segment with easy access to receivers and programming at our dealers nationwide. Trained technicians can also assist with installation and activation.”

“Now our customers can enjoy DISH Network programming in their RV, or at a campsite or favorite tailgate spot at the best value in the industry,” said Amir Ahmed, senior vice president of Sales for DISH Network. “DISH Network’s agreement with Winegard allows us to provide seasonal customers with the ability to pay only for the months of service they actually use.”

The compact ViP211k is a single-tuner satellite receiver that works with DISH Network-compatible satellite antennas on both SD and HD televisions. Only with DISH Network can customers enjoy in-motion HD programming (requires an in-motion compatible antenna). The ViP211k is offered for $149 MSRP.

For more details or to find a Winegard dealer/retailer near you, contact the Winegard Receiver Hotline at (866) 609-9374 or visit

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Pace Debuts Pay-As-You-Go HD TV for RVs

September 2, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

mainGraphic-HDforTheRoad-101 Pace International, a national authorized distributor for DISH Network LLC and a leader  in integrated home-theater solutions, has introduced a new “pay-as-you-go” satellite  program designed specifically for the RV market.

The program, marketed as “HD for the  road less traveled,” is the first of its kind and is supported by a customized RV toll-free  support line, according to a news release.

Winnebago Industries Inc. has named the satellite program “Your HD” and is offering “Your HD” along with the DISH Network Mobile HD receiver on select 2011 Winnebago and Itasca models in anticipation of the high demand this program will create, Rochester, Minn.-based Pace stated.

The new DISH Network Mobile HD program allows RV owners to pay month-by-month, only when they want to watch satellite TV programming. Subscribers purchase the receivers outright; there are no contracts, no equipment to return and no activation fees. Setup is simple: (1) Purchase the DISH Network Mobile HD receiver, (2) pick a programming package and (3) call the toll-free (800) 472-1039 to activate.

“We’re excited to be able to offer a new pay-as-you-go satellite option for the RV industry with DISH Network. People want their entertainment, and we believe it should be on their terms as much as possible. This program really helps to deliver a great experience for people who want ‘HD for the road less traveled’,” commented Vern Swedin, Pace International.

Pace is welcoming OEMs, dealers, and customers to sign up today.

Pace is an industry-leading automation and procurement specialist with expertise in supporting communication systems worldwide. As an authorized national hardware and content distributor for DISH Network, the company offers complete solutions that help telcos, operators and mobile customers Just Add TV anywhere in their communities. Pace also carries the industry’s most recognized communication hardware and tools, along with its own lineup of installation materials, sold under its own brand name, MVP. Founded in 1972, Pace operates from its headquarters in Rochester and through facilities in Denver and Ningbo, China.

For more information visit or call (800) 444-PACE (7223).

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