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Will DirecTV offer a product like Dish's Tailgater?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Geeze, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. Geeze

    Geeze New Member

    Aug 17, 2012
    I was talking to a saleman at the DirecTV booth at the state fair yesterday and told him I wished they offered a product like Dish's Tailgater. He said one was in the works and should be available by the summer of 2013. I know Winegard and King Controls, maker of the Tailgater, currently offer similar products but neither have HD capability for Direc. Just wondering if anyone has heard anything about DirecTV offering such a product or maybe the salesman just speculating?
  2. HoTat2

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    You really can't put any stock in what a salesman in a DIRECTV booth at a state fair says, who for the most part are not true reps. of the company anyhow.

    But no, no such "official" tailgater accessory for DIRECTV is known to be in the works. And given that DIRECTV HD uses the Ka-Band which is less forgiving and requires more critical fine tuning adjustments than the Ku-Band, such an accessory would be less amenable to quick and relatively hassle free setups needed for tailgating.
  3. HobbyTalk

    HobbyTalk Hall Of Fame

    Jul 14, 2007
    There is no RV dome dish on the market that does D HD. Since they only have a single LNB it is not possible to get both SD and HD with a Mobile dome dish.
  4. funnyfarm299

    funnyfarm299 AllStar

    Mar 3, 2012
    Why is it so difficult? There is a 5lnb dish available for marine applications that can track the Ka birds.
  5. PokerJoker

    PokerJoker Godfather

    Apr 12, 2008
    Las Vegas
    That marine dome is about the size of an outdoor trash can, weighs 60 lb. and costs $15k.

    I can see where a D* version of a "tailgater" could be built, but the size, weight, and cost would probably make it a non-starter.

    Plain facts are, when D* went to the Ka-band system for HD, they shot themselves in both feet with regard to easy or affordable RV or portable use.

  6. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
  7. josborn3

    josborn3 New Member

    Jul 23, 2013
    I'm amazed no one here has heard of King Controls VuCube, which is for DirectTV and came out BEFORE the Tailgater. Both look identical except one is for DirectTV (VuCube) and one for Dish (Tailgater). King Controls also makes the VuCube Flex which works on both DirectTV and Dish (with the appropriate receiver and accounts of course). I own the Tailgater because I prefer Dish over DirectTV. The best deals seem to be for the Tailgater. So Far, the best I have seen is $149 for a bundle which includes the Tailgater, receiver, coax and HDMI cables for one price. Here is a link to their sight for the VuCube Flex:

  8. jimmie57

    jimmie57 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 26, 2010
    Texas City, TX
    From the website in the link:
    HDTV. For customers wanting to received HDTV programming with our mobile antennas, we recommend Dish Network HDTV programming as you can access all available channels. These antennas are not compatible with DIRECTV's Ka band HD signals which require a typical home style dish that is 3' wide x 2' high.

    Tailgater Receiver Requirements. For reception of DISH Standard Definition and High Definition programming it is required to use the DISH VIP211K, VIP211 or 411 receivers.
    Single vs. Dual Tuner receivers. King Controls recommends using a SINGLE TUNER receiver. For DISH Network we recommend the 301 or 311 receivers. For DIRECTV, we recommend the D11 or D12 receivers. We do not recommend the use of dual tuner receivers or receiver recorders.
  9. HoTat2

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    Yeah ...

    The intent of that thread at the time was an official tailgater solution from DIRECTV that includes HD reception.

    Also note the following from that website where it sates these products can only receive from one satellite position at a time;

    That won't work for DIRECTV HD because you have to receive from at least two satellite locations at the same time. For instance to receive from 99 or 103 you must also receive from 101 or 119 simultaneously for program guide, authorizations, and other system information.

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