King Introduces Dual Purpose Satellite TV Antennas For Dish & DIRECTV

King is introducing two new automatic satellite TV antennas for use with Dish and DIRECTV satellite services.

King Tailgater for Dish (Model VQ4500)
King Tailgater for Dish (Model VQ4500)

The new, second-generation King Tailgater for Dish (Model VQ4500) and King Quest for DIRECTV (Model VQ4100) are designed for use as either a portable or a roof mounted satellite system.

“In recent years, the demand for mobile satellite antennas has shifted significantly toward portable systems due in large part to lower price points,” said Craig Bartyzal, vice president of sales for King, said in a company news release.

“While portables do offer greater flexibility, many RV owners still want the convenience of a permanently mounted antenna that does not require additional set-up when arriving at their campsite.”

The cost difference between a portable and roof mounted antenna along with the added installation fee for a permanent, roof mounted installation has led many RV owners towards the portable option within the past few years.

“We believe these new antennas provide an affordable option for both” said Bartyzal.

“By combining power and data over the coaxial cable we’ve reduced the complexity of the installation and the required labor time to install.”

At 8 pounds and 13.5-inches high, the new King Tailgater and Quest antennas are smaller and lighter than any previous models yet provide improved signal reception. The new aerodynamic shape is the result of significant effort put into the industrial design.

King Tailgater for Dish (Model VQ4500)
King Tailgater for Dish (Model VQ4500)

“We worked with a team of industrial design engineers to optimize signal reception, aerodynamics, manufacturability and the overall user experience” said Craig Miller, president of King.

“Making the antenna smaller while improving signal reception capabilities was no small task, but we completely redesigned the antenna, optics and chassis to achieve this.  We also integrated the mounting feet to allow for roof mount installation without the need or expense of additional mounting hardware.”

Like the first-generation Tailgater antenna introduced in 2011, the second-generation King Tailgater works exclusively with Dish’s pay-TV service. The new antenna delivers more installation choices to Dish customers, who can choose to permanently install it on a RV rooftop or use it portably. It is compatible with Dish’s current model ViP211z mobile HD receiver, as well as legacy receiver models 411, ViP211, and ViP211k.

Once powered on, customers use a Dish remote control to select the state in which they are traveling. From here, the King Tailgater will scan to automatically locate three Dish satellites, delivering access to HD channels in minutes.

The King Quest antenna works with DIRECTV SD programming with the option of adding a controller accessory (purchased separately) to make the system compatible with Dish HD and Bell TV services as well. The company said the King Quest is the only automatic RV satellite antenna of its kind to offer a coaxial only cable connection without the need for an external power or data cable when used with DIRECTV service.

King Quest for DIRECTV (Model VQ4100)
King Quest for DIRECTV (Model VQ4100)

The company will begin shipping the new antennas in early April.

King Tailgater

Fully automatic portable HD satellite antenna sits on the ground or permanently mounts to the roof of your RV. Enjoy all your favorite TV programs anywhere, anytime including local networks. Compatible with DISH HD Solo receivers (ViP211z, ViP211k, ViP211 or 411 – all sold separately). DISH satellite service required; no long term contract necessary with pay-as-you-go option. For stationary use only. Limited Mfr Warranty: 2 year parts and 1 year labor. Made in the USA.

Use as either portable or roof mount (mounting feet included)

MSRP: $379

King Quest

Take your DIRECTV Satellite TV Service anywhere in the continental US! Use the KING Quest as a portable satellite TV antenna or permanently mount to the roof of your RV. This small, easy to use, fully automatic antenna gives you the freedom to take your favorite DIRECTV programming with you on the road, to the great outdoors, or anywhere in between. Not compatible with SWM only receivers. DIRECTV satellite service required.  For stationary use only. Limited Mfr Warranty: 2 year parts and 1 year labor. Made in the USA.

King Quest for DIRECTV (Model VQ4100)
King Quest for DIRECTV (Model VQ4100)

Exclusive for DIRECTV service

Use as either portable or roof mount (mounting feet included)

MSRP: $549

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KVH Introduces TracVision RV1 In-motion Satellite TV Antenna

Middletown, Rhode Island-based KVH Industries, Inc. has introduced the TracVision RV1, a powerful and compact stabilized antenna designed to provide superior performance for satellite TV reception from RVs and other vehicles.

With TracVision RV1, you can enjoy satellite TV programming in your RV, just like you enjoy it at home.
With TracVision RV1, you can enjoy satellite TV programming in your RV, just like you enjoy it at home.

The new system from KVH, a leading provider of in-motion satellite TV systems for 20 years, is designed to meet the needs of several key markets: RV owners, who want to enjoy their favorite programming no matter where they are parked or traveling; charter bus companies, who want to provide quality TV programming for the athletic teams and travelers they transport; and government and emergency personnel, who need access to breaking news while en route to, or in command of, an emergency scene.

Designed for simple, trouble-free operation, the 12.5-inch TracVision RV1 enables reception of satellite TV from moving vehicles by using a motorized antenna to constantly track orbiting satellites.

This tracking ability is coupled with fast acquisition capability to facilitate immediate reception of television programming, whether the vehicle is in motion or stationary.

RV1’s single-cable design—just one cable instead of separate coax and power cables—addresses the need for fast and easy installation.

“The TracVision RV1 provides an unparalleled combination of high performance and ease of use for anyone wanting in-motion satellite TV programming,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s chief executive officer, in a company news release.

“It doesn’t get any easier than a single-cable installation, so our customers can quickly start enjoying TV entertainment on the road.”

With TracVision RV1, you can enjoy satellite TV programming in your RV, just like you enjoy it at home.
With TracVision RV1, you can enjoy satellite TV programming in your RV, just like you enjoy it at home.

TracVision RV1 supports the same high quality satellite television services delivered to homes across North America from companies such as DIRECTV, DISH Network, and Bell TV, and will receive the high definition programming of DISH and Bell TV.

The system also supports select services in Europe that are broadcast using Ku-band signals.

Innovative features of the TracVision RV1 include a streamlined IP-enabled TV-Hub delivering easy setup and operation, and a web-based user interface providing system access from any smartphone, tablet, smart TV, or computer.

Highlights of the RV1’s functionality and performance characteristics include:

  • High performance tracking ensures crystal-clear television picture in extreme conditions
  • IP-enabled antenna control unit with Ethernet connection and built-in Wi-Fi interface allows access to system information from any Wi-Fi device
  • Advanced inertial-based stabilized search enables fast satellite acquisition
  • Exclusive RingFire antenna technology provides stronger signals, wider geographic coverage, and better reception

DVB-S2 technology ensures compatibility with current and future Ku-band satellite services.

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KVH Industries, Inc.

With TracVision RV1, you can enjoy satellite TV programming in your RV, just like you enjoy it at home.
With TracVision RV1, you can enjoy satellite TV programming in your RV, just like you enjoy it at home.

KVH Industries is a leading provider of in-motion satellite TV and communications systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 175,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on vessels, vehicles, and aircraft.

KVH is also a leading news, music, and entertainment content provider to many industries including maritime, retail, and leisure.

KVH is based in Middletown, Rhode Island, with research, development, and manufacturing operations in Middletown, Rhode Island, and Tinley Park, Illinois.

The company’s global presence includes subsidiaries in Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Cyprus, Denmark, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

KVH, TracVision, and RingFire are trademarks of KVH Industries, Inc.

Address: 50 Enterprise Center, Middletown, RI 02842

Phone: (401) 847-3327

Website: www.kvh.com

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—Milton Berle

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Winegard Introduces Carryout G2 Satellite TV Antenna

Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard Co. recently introduced the compact Carryout G2 automatic satellite TV antenna designed for use while RVing, camping, tailgating, and other outdoor activities.

carryout-g2-dimensionsThe new satellite TV antenna is almost half the size of its predecessor, the Carryout (GM-1518), and features a sleeker lightweight design.

The Carryout G2 receives DISH, DIRECTV, and Bell TV programming for the ultimate in provider versatility.

“The Carryout G2 pushes the ‘size-versus-performance-trade-off’ common to satellite antennas to the limit,” said Aaron Engberg, director mobile sales channel for Winegard, in a news release.

“Reducing the size by 40 percent from our original Carryout, without a single compromise in performance, is truly what makes Winegard the leader in antenna design. Consumers want smaller, faster, better, and Winegard has once again delivered with the Carryout G2.”

The Carryout G2 portable satellite antenna is fully automatic and is quick and easy to set up.

Equipped with two coax ports, the G2 supports two receivers so you can watch different programming from the same satellite on two TVs at once.

The antenna is powered through a 12-volt output (included), but can be connected to a 110-volt outlet with a power converter (sold separately).

Key benefits to the Carryout G2 antenna include:

  • Fully automatic antenna eliminates the need for manually aiming/finding satellite signals
  • Compatible with all major satellite TV programming providers
  • Works with most satellite receiver models, including activated receivers from home
  • Backed by a two-year parts, one year labor limited warranty
  • Several mount options are available

gm-2035_lSpecifications include:

Unit Weight: 10 pounds

Dimensions: 14.3-inch diameter, 13.5-inch height

The Carryout G2 is now shipping and has an MSRP of $649; models are available in white dome (GM-2000) or black dome (GM-2035).

A Roof Mount Kit is sold separately.

With the simple to install roof kit accessory, easily convert the portable G2 into a permanent roof mount without having to pay the price of a roof mount antenna.

Additional wiring is required unless vehicle is prewired for a Winegard satellite TV antenna.

The RK-2000 Roof Mount Kit has an MSRP of $49.99.

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Winegard Company

Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard Company is a respected world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative antenna products for satellite and terrestrial communications.

Since its founding in 1954, Winegard’s pioneering solutions have shaped the industry for home, recreational vehicle, truck, marine, medical, and automotive antennas.

The company’s 2-way VSAT antennas provide real-time broadband solutions for extreme and remote environments in support of the oil and gas industries, as well as military and emergency response teams.

gm-2000_lWinegard is a privately-owned company that designed the first residential antenna for the U.S. It has designed more than 1,000 antenna models and does custom antenna design and development work.

Address: 3000 Kirkwood Street, Burlington, IA 52601

Phone: (800) 288-8094

Website: www.winegard.com

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We owe a lot to Thomas Edison—if it weren’t for him, we’d be watching television by candlelight.

—Milton Berle

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DISH Introduces Next-Gen Mobile Satellite HDTV

Englewood, Colorado-based DISH introduces two new lightweight antennas that deliver an HD TV viewing experience for outdoor activities such as tailgating, RVing, and camping.

Winegard Pathway_X2_Antenna_in_Stowed_Position_webreadyThe Pathway X1 and X2 for DISH are two portable satellite HD TV antennas that deliver entertainment on televisions while away from home, according to a company news release.

Pathway X1 for DISH is the smallest portable satellite HD TV antenna available today.

“Must-see games, shows, and entertainment—only DISH delivers portable HD satellite antennas that make it easy and affordable for consumers to enjoy all their programming including their SiriusXM music stations wherever life takes them,” said Bassil El-Khatib, DISH vice president of product management.

“The Pathway X1 and X2 for DISH are the latest in portable satellite technology that brings the big game to the big screen while on the go.”

Consumers can choose to receive DISH’s programming on a monthly basis with no minimum term commitment. While a DISH home satellite subscription is not required, existing DISH customers can simply add a Pathway system to their current account for only $7 per month and enjoy the same programming on a single bill.

Both devices provide access to every HD English channel available to residential subscribers, as well as SiriusXM music channels within the America’s Top 120 package or higher.

Winegard Pathway X1 satellite HD TV antenna
Winegard Pathway X1 satellite HD TV antenna

The lightweight antennas include automatic self-pointing satellite acquisition technology that allows customers to setup and view live HD television in less than 15 minutes.

The Pathway X1 and X2 Antennas, manufactured by Winegard, are compatible with DISH’s Solo HD receivers (models 411, ViP 211, ViP 211k, and ViP 211z) that provide power to the antenna.

The products are available at DISH distributors and select national retailers, including Amazon and Camping World Supercenters.

Pathway X1 for DISH

The smallest portable antenna available today, it offers convenience in watching HD TV while on the go.

Consumers can purchase the Pathway X1 for $499, or bundle the antenna with a DISH ViP 211z receiver for $549.

Pathway X2 for DISH

The Pathway X2 offers the ability to watch different HD channels on two TVs simultaneously.

Consumers can purchase the Pathway X2 for $449, or bundle the antenna with a DISH ViP 211z receiver for $499.

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DISH Network Corporation

DISH_Logo_4C_RedDISH Network Corporation, through its subsidiary DISH Network L.L.C., provides approximately 14.049 million satellite TV customers, as of September 30, 2013, with the highest quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value, including HD Free for Life.

Subscribers enjoy the largest high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology.

DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company.

DISH Customer Service: (855) 318-0572

Website: www.dish.com

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Winegard Introduces Smallest/Lightest-ever Mobile Satellite HDTV

Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard Company introduces the Pathway X1 satellite HD TV antenna developed exclusively for DISH high definition and standard definition programming.

Winegard Pathway X1 satellite HD TV antenna
Winegard Pathway X1 satellite HD TV antenna

The Pathway X1 portable satellite antenna is the smallest satellite antenna on the market today. It is 40 percent smaller than the popular Winegard Carryout, weighing just 10 pounds, and is also the only portable satellite antenna available that offers the ability to convert to a permanent roof mount antenna, according to a company news release.

Consumers will also appreciate the user-friendly operation and 15-minute setup.

“Expanding our Pathway family has been a top priority in order to offer our mobile customers smaller, lighter, faster, and automatic satellite antenna options,” said Aaron Engberg, director mobile sales channel for Winegard.

“The X1 contains the latest technology available and is super easy to setup and operate. For Winegard, it’s all about improving convenience and ease of use for our customers, as well as providing them with the highest quality TV viewing experience—wherever they travel.”

Key benefits to the Pathway X1 antenna include:

  • Automatically finds DISH satellites
  • Single cable setup—antenna powered through receiver via one coax cable
  • Perfect solution for one TV, but also supports two coax ports for two TVs
  • Unique ability to permanently convert the portable to a roof mounted antenna without having to pay the high price of a roof mounted antenna (roof kit sold separately)

Both Pathway X1 and X2 antennas are compatible with DISH Solo HD receivers (models 411, ViP 211, ViP 211k, and ViP 211z) and with pay-as-you-go programming available in SD/HD packages.

Winegard Pathway_X2_Antenna_in_Stowed_Position_webready
Winegard Pathway X2 satellite HD TV antenna

Using the remote, customers simply select the state in which they are located and the antenna will automatically locate the DISH satellites.

If mounted to the vehicle roof, the Pathway X1 is for stationary use only. Receiver bundle packages (antenna plus DISH receiver) are available for both the X1 and X2.

Additionally, Winegard offers a two years parts, one year labor warranty on the Pathway models.

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Winegard Company

Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard Company is a respected world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative antenna products for satellite and terrestrial communications.

Since its founding in 1954, Winegard’s pioneering solutions have shaped the industry for home, recreational vehicle, truck, marine, medical, and automotive antennas.

The company’s 2-way VSAT antennas provide real-time broadband solutions for extreme and remote environments in support of the oil and gas industries, as well as military and emergency response teams.

Winegard is a privately-owned company that designed the first residential antenna for the U.S. It has designed more than 1,000 antenna models and does custom antenna design and development work.

Address: 3000 Kirkwood Street, Burlington, IA 52601

Phone: (800) 288-8094

Website: winegard.com

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We owe a lot to Thomas Edison—if it weren’t for him, we’d be watching television by candlelight.

—Milton Berle

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Winegard & DISH Introduce Mobile HDTV Antenna

Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard Co. has collaborated with DISH to develop and introduce the Pathway X2 Portable Satellite TV antenna exclusively for receiving DISH program content. pathway-x2-tech1

The Pathway X2 delivers a true HDTV viewing experience for mobile or outdoor activities such as RVing, tailgating, and camping, according to a news release.

The new Pathway Antenna is available through Camping World Inc. and RV dealerships nationwide.

“The Pathway X2 represents the next generation of automatic portable satellite TV antennas for DISH customers on the go,” said Marcel Guajardo, lead product manager for Dish Network’s RV and mobile platforms.

“Its portable design and easy setup gives our customers an affordable and flexible way to receive and watch high-definition TV even in remote areas.”

Designed with a larger reflector to optimize signal strength, the Pathway X2 has the ability to access “Eastern Arc” locals in HD, a feature other portables aren’t always capable of offering, according to Winegard.

With automatic toggling, the user never has to hassle with aiming or re-pointing the antenna. Simple to set up, the Pathway X2 is powered through the coaxial cable from the satellite receiver. Just one wire, no power cable needed.

Pathway X2 Portable Satellite TV antenna simple set up
Pathway X2 Portable Satellite TV antenna simple set up

The larger reflector housed in the X2 allows for strong signal strength and viewing anywhere in the United States.

The X2 is the only DISH certified portable satellite antenna that works with two receivers, perfect for RVs where there are typically two or three televisions. Key benefits to the Pathway X2 antenna include:

  • Automatic pointing to DISH satellites
  • Ability to watch different HD channels on two TVs simultaneously
  • Setup and watch live HDTV in less than 15 minutes
  • Enhanced signal durability for watching TV across the lower 48 U.S. states
  • Powered through a compatible DISH receiver (required, sold separately)
  • Access to all local channels in HD
  • Access to the same DISH HD English channels available to residential subscribers

Customers have the option to sign up for a 24-month commitment or a monthly pay-as-you-go, no-contract service option. Existing DISH subscribers that already have services at home can simply add the Pathway to their current account and enjoy the same programming on a single bill.

“As a manufacturer of the residential satellite antennas for DISH, Winegard has always had a strong, long standing relationship with them,” said Aaron Engberg, director mobile sales channel for Winegard.

“We wanted to take the customer experience to a whole new level of simplicity and so we worked closely with DISH to create a durable, high-performing and weather resistant antenna that is ultra easy to set up and operate.”

Pathway X2 Portable Satellite TV antenna
Pathway X2 Portable Satellite TV antenna

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Winegard Company

Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard Company is a respected world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative antenna products for satellite and terrestrial communications.

Since its founding in 1954, Winegard’s pioneering solutions have shaped the industry for home, recreational vehicle, truck, marine, medical, and automotive antennas.

The company’s 2-way VSAT antennas provide real-time broadband solutions for extreme and remote environments in support of the oil and gas industries, as well as military and emergency response teams.

Winegard is a privately-owned company that designed the first residential antenna for the U.S. It has designed more than 1,000 antenna models and does custom antenna design and development work.

Address: 3000 Kirkwood Street, Burlington, IA 52601

Phone: (800) 288-8094

Website: winegard.com

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We owe a lot to Thomas Edison—if it weren’t for him, we’d be watching television by candlelight.

—Milton Berle

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KVH Introduces TracVision R1

RV owners can now enjoy a new standard in reliability aboard their coaches thanks to the TracVision R1 from Middletown, Rhode Island-based KVH Industries, Inc.

kvhThe compact, 13.5 inch TracVision R1 brings hundreds of channels of premium satellite TV programming from DISH Network or DIRECTV to any motorhome, travel trailer, or fifth-wheel trailer travelling in the continental U.S.—even while the vehicle is in motion, according to a KVH news release.

“Adding satellite TV is an excellent way to make a motorhome truly feel like home,” says Jim George, KVH’s director of sales for satellite products.

“The TracVision R1 allows you to enjoy your favorite shows, news, weather, sports, and even cartoons with the grandkids in your RV just as you would in a traditional home. The TracVision R1’s compact design and outstanding reliability make it a valuable addition to any vehicle, especially with KVH’s nationwide network of factory-certified dealers providing easy-to-find installation and service wherever you travel.”

TracVision R1ST
TracVision R1ST

Weighing just 7.5 pounds, the in-motion TracVision R1 brings satellite TV programming to the road and destinations throughout the continental U.S.

The system offers in-motion performance typical of larger antennas. The TracVision R1 is small in size, easy to set up, has a single-cable design, and has Whisper Drive motor technology.

It also comes in two configurations: the TracVision R1ST includes an exclusive, integrated 12V DIRECTV receiver/controller.

For those who prefer DISH Network or want to easily switch among satellite TV service providers, the TracVision R1DX offers a 12V multiservice interface box/controller that supports virtually all home receivers from DISH Network and DIRECTV.

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KVH Industries, Inc.

KVH Industries, Inc. is a leading provider of in-motion satellite TV and communications systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 150,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on vessels, vehicles, and aircraft.

TracVision R1DX
TracVision R1DX

Winner of 38 National Marine Electronics Association Industry Awards, the prestigious General Motors Innovative Design Award, 2 CES Innovation Awards, the DAME Award in the Marine Electronics category, and a finalist for the Automotive News PACE Award, KVH’s mission is to connect mobile customers with the same digital television entertainment, communications, and Internet services that they enjoy in their home and offices.

The company is based in Middletown, Rhode Island, with facilities in Illinois, Denmark, Norway, Singapore, and Japan.

Address: 50 Enterprise Center, Middletown, RI 02842-5279

Phone: (401) 847-3327

Website: kvh.com

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—Heinrich Rudolf Hertz (1857-1894)

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