DISH Network Tailgater
DISH Portable Satellite TV
Take Your TV Outdoors With The DISH Tailgater
Watch your favorite games and shows wherever you go! This portable satellite dish is
perfect for tailgating, camping, outside events or just moving your living room to
the back yard for the day.
How does the portable satellite dish work?
The Tailgater® Portable Satellite TV Antenna brings you service whenever you
need it. Connect the Tailgater® to a compatible DISH® receiver and start
watching TV wherever you are. The best pregame parties are playing live games
with the tailgater.
Setting up your portable satellite TV dish and receiver.
The Tailgater® Portable HDTV System consists of a portable satellite TV antenna
and an HD receiver. It’s easy to set up and automatically finds the right
satellite for your DISH signal. Portable and lightweight, it is easy to carry
from one outdoor activity to the next.
DISH Network Tailgater Features:
- Portable, compact & lightweight-10 lbs
- Comes with built-in security bracket
- Supports HD and SD programming
- Displays: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i
- Built with weather-resistant cover
- Automatically finds satellite signal
Learn More About Your New DISH Tailgater
Pay as you go plan.
You do not need a yearly subscription for the dish tailgater. Turn it on and off
as you need it.
When the tailgating season is over, simply stop your service without penalty.
When it’s time to use your Tailgater® again just reactivate your service.
Bring your home HD receiver with you!
Receiver models 411, ViP 211, and ViP® 211k if activated on your home account
can be used with the Tailgater®. When you order your Tailgater®, select the
“Tailgater® Portable Antenna” option. Note: Other HD Solo models
will not work with the Tailgater®.
Most DISH customers don’t need a 2nd account to get the
If you have a Whole-home HD DVR account however, you will need to order a second
account to get the DISH Tailgater. Most DISH subscribers will not require a
second account in order to use Tailgater®. Note: Some channels, including
international programming and RTN, might not be available. Local channels and
Regional Sports Networks are sometimes not available, depending on your
location. Call for advice.
Plug into your vehicle and play!
The Tailgater® receives its power through the coax connection with the DISH
receiver. The receiver will need to be plugged into an AC power outlet. You can
use an AC/DC inverter to power your receiver, Tailgater® antenna, and television
off of your vehicle’s DC power supply (12V power outlet). If your
television is rated at more than 100 Watts, you may need to connect your
inverter directly to your vehicle’s battery since most vehicular 12V
connections are only rated to 150 Watts. If you plan to watch TV for more than a
few hours, be sure to start and run your vehicle for a few minutes. This is
required in order to keep your vehicle’s battery healthy. Please note that
most vehicles, when turned on, temporarily shut off power to all connections,
meaning that you may have to setup your Tailgater® antenna again in order to
resume viewing satellite TV. If convenient, a portable power generator, portable
power pack, or alternative accessory battery may be better options for operating
your system and can help preserve your vehicle’s battery life.
Watch Your TV Rain Or Shine
The DISH Network Tailgater can stand tough weather most of the time. On some
rare occasions, heavy rain, snow, or dense cloud cover can reduce the satellite
signal, which may interrupt your television programming. Your television
programming should return as conditions improve.
Secure Your Tailgater®
The Tailgater® has a security bracket located at the bottom of the carry handle.
Secure your Tailgater® to a fixed object using a padlock and security cable (not
No Special Programming Package Required
The Tailgater® antenna allows viewing of any English or DishLATINO® programming
package. However, some channels, including international programming and RTN,
may not be available. Local channels and Regional Sports Network(s) are subject
to availability based on your geographical location.
Watch Your Home DISH Network Programming With The
DISH Network subscribers that have an activated HD Solo receiver will be able to
view the same channels that get view at home. Exceptions may include local
channels and Regional Sports Network(s) if you are outside of your home’s
designated market viewing area.
Non-DISH subscribers need to purchase a compatible HD Solo receiver then call and
subscribe to an English programming package.
Tailgater® – Model VQ2500
- Dimensions: 17.5″ H x 16″ W x 16″ D
- Weight: 10 lbs.
- Color: White
- Packaging Dimensions: 20 7/8″ H x 18 3/16″ W x 18 3/16″
- Tailgater® antenna
- 50 feet RG6 coax cable
- User’s Guide
- Quick Reference Guide
HD Solo Receiver – Model ViP® 211k
- Dimensions: 1.9″ H x 13.2″ W x 10.7″ D
- Weight: 5 lbs.
- Color: Black
- Packaging Dimensions: 16″ H x 13.375″ Wx 4.5″ D
- ViP 211k HD receiver
- Infrared (IR) remote w/ batteries
- HDMI cable
- RCA composite audio/video cable
- RG-59 coax cable
- User’s Guide