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Who doesn’t love tailgating? Seriously, what can be better than hanging out with friends, cooking on the grill, having a few drinks and just chilling out? Now, you can even add watching the game without having to leave all the fun. With the DISH Tailgater, you can watch the game wherever you are. At the game, on a camping trip, traveling in your RV—you can have DISH Network’s wide selection of programming available to you.

The Tailgater is simple to set up and use, so you don’t have to take a technician with you. Most of us know the benefits of having satellite TV in our homes. Just imagine being able to take all that great programming with you. Now you can! Since TV signals come from satellites, all you need is an unobstructed view of the southern sky. In the northeastern part of the United States, the Tailgater can be aimed at the eastern sky. The great thing is, you don’t need any batteries or power cords. All you need is one coaxial cable to run the satellite antenna. It even has a carrying handle. This means you can take the DISH Tailgater with you easily.

What Is the DISH Tailgater?

The DISH Tailgater is a lightweight, portable satellite antenna. This premium satellite antenna lets you make the most of your time outdoors. It comes inside a completely weatherproof case which is bubble- or dome-shaped. You can mount it to the roof of your RV and continue to receive programming while driving. The satellite antenna will adjust on its own to pick up DISH HD and SD signals.  Plus, it is easy to use, which also makes it perfect for camping and RVs.

We will look at the DISH Tailgater, what you need to set it up and its features. Just remember, always read the owner’s manual before installing and using your new portable satellite antenna.

Setting Up the DISH Tailgater

Once you have the DISH Tailgater, you will need a receiver that works with DISH. You will also need a TV. While the Dish Tailgater does not require a power cord, the receiver and TV will need to be plugged in to work. When you have everything you need, it doesn’t take long to get the Tailgater up and running. This generally only takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Take care not to bend the coaxial cable and be careful not to over-tighten the connection.

To activate it, you just need to call DISH and select your Pay-As-You-Go plan. There is no long-term contract with the DISH Tailgater; you pay by the month and only when you want to use it.

Using the quick-start guide in your owner’s manual, check to see that everything is hooked up right. When you are sure that your power, coaxial cable and HDMI cable are all installed correctly, you can position the DISH Tailgater. You will want to position it so that the handle is towards the back and the front has an unobstructed view of the southern sky. Keep in mind that anything nearby that is tall will obstruct the view.

Once you have the Tailgater in place, turn on the TV and receiver. Push a button and the Tailgater will acquire the signal, and soon you will be on your way to viewing the big game or your favorite program.

If you move the Tailgater while it is scanning, or after the scan is complete, it will have to re-scan for satellite signals. To avoid this, make sure you place the Tailgater in an optimal position for receiving satellite signals. That way, you do not have to move it once it is running.

Easy to Use

Your DISH Tailgater is set up and you are receiving programming. Now it’s time to tackle the remote and find your way around the channel guide. This should be simple to do. If you can’t find the program you want, try using the search button. Let the remote do the searching for you.


Maintaining your DISH Tailgater is simple. Wash the dome by hand to clean it off. Do not use a pressure washer on the Tailgater as this could cause damage to the device. If you think something is wrong with the satellite antenna, call for service. Opening the dome will void the warranty, so leave it closed.


The DISH Tailgater’s hard, plastic case protects the satellite antenna from dirt, getting bumped around, and whatever Mother Nature throws at it.  When secured properly, it can travel on top of your RV or camper while still receiving a signal from the DISH Network satellite.

Key Features

 Dish Tailgater: 5 Things You Should Know

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The DISH Tailgater is the ideal way to take your DISH Network programming with you. Some key features that set it apart from other portable satellite antennas include:

  • Portable, lightweight design; weighs around 10 pounds
  • A weatherproof case with a carrying handle
  • Easy to use; plug it in and push a button to set up
  • Automatically receives a satellite signal
  • DISH programs in HD or SD
  • No contract and no cancellation fees
  • Pay-As-You-Go plan or the ability to add it to your existing DISH Network subscription

DISH Tailgater: 5 Things You Should Know

 Dish Tailgater: 5 Things You Should Know

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Automatic Deactivation

To protect your Dish Tailgater, and your Pay-As-You-Go account, DISH will automatically deactivate it after a month without use. The next time you want to use it, you will need to call DISH to reactivate it.

Satellite Tracking

The DISH Tailgater automatically adjusts itself to receive the strongest satellite signal. There is no need to try aiming the antenna at the satellite manually. If you have ever tried to aim a satellite antenna manually, you know just how much aggravation this feature will save you.

Which Receivers Work with the DISH Tailgater?

DISH has designed receivers with software that allows for easy use of the Tailgater. They are the Wally, the Solo ViP 211z, the ViP 211k, the ViP 211 and the ViP 411. Any other model of DISH receiver will not work with the Tailgater. The receiver must be purchased separately unless you buy the Tailgater/Wally bundle.

Where It Works

The DISH Tailgater can be used anywhere in the continental United States. You need to place it in an area that has a clear view of the southern sky. Any tall objects, such as trees, buildings, high hills, and even people, can block the signal. If you are using your Tailgater in the northeast portion of the United States, the Tailgater can also acquire signals from DISH Network satellites in the eastern sky.


By now, we bet you’re eager to get your hands on one of these nifty little devices! The DISH Tailgater is easy to set up, easy to use, and able to handle any kind of weather. It’s lightweight portability lets you take it anywhere you can plug in a TV and receiver. The Tailgater is the most convenient way to take your living room with you when you are on the go. Camping, traveling, tailgating, or just enjoying your favorite show in your backyard, the Tailgater has you covered.  For entertainment on the go, what more could you ask for?

So, what are you waiting for? If taking all your favorite DISH Network programming wherever you go appeals to you, then you need a Tailgater.Is anybody ready for a tailgate party?

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