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Dish unveils Tailgator compact satellite antenna

Dish Network wants you to enjoy their service anywhere, as you might have guessed with Echostar’s purchase of the Slingbox product several years back. Now Dish is putting satellite TV where no internet has gone before, with an antenna that automatically picks up orbiting satellites to bring you all the channels you subscribe to.

Looking like a cross between a cooler and propane tank, the Tailgater Portable Antenna is housed within a weather-resistant case and weighs just 10lbs. The Tailgator supports both SD and HD content, with resolutions up to 720p and 1080i. You connect the antenna to your receiver via coaxial cable (a 50 footer is included), then HDTV via HDMI and you’re ready to go — although as you would have guessed you’ll need AC wherever you are.

A Tailgator system will cost you $499 for the Tailgater Portable Antenna along with a Dish ViP 211k HD Receiver. If you already have the receiver you can get just the Tailgater antenna for $350.

Check out the promotional images Dish has provided of the Tailgator in action, and check out this product video they released. Doesn’t tailgating look like fun?

Jeff Chabot
Jeff Chabot
Jeff has a background in photography, video and television production. He writes about technology, broadcasting, home theater, and digital entertainment.


  1. Hal that is so funny — sorry to laugh — but that is hilarious but maybe not for the car behind you :) you’d have to contact dish and then manufacturer directly, I would imagine. or maybe get a non-working from cheap craigslist or ebay?

  2. Wind blew the Tailgator off my roof and damaged the handle and the top of the unit. Where can I get a new top and handle, the receiver still works and I receive all the channels.



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