DISH Network Introduces Portable Satellite System
One of the last known retreats for those of us that occasionally need a break from the fast paced, consumption oriented, media overloaded society in which we live is the great outdoors. Sure, outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and RVing have evolved over the years as we now benefit from technological advances that have brought us products that enhance our enjoyment of the outdoor activities. GPS devices, portable stoves, waterproof apparel, and headlamps are just of few of the innovations that have helped us better enjoy the outdoors. Some may claim that using these types of products is not really “roughing it,” and that part of the fun is distancing ourselves from the comforts of modern day life. But I believe that many of these products are responsible for bringing outdoor activities to the mainstream, as now even hard core city folk such as myself can enjoy a night of camping and reconnecting with nature.
Enter the Tailgater, a lightweight, portable satellite TV antenna that allows you to watch your favorite programs and movies in high definition while away from home. It’s primarily being marketed as product that’s ideal for tailgating, camping, RVing or engaging other outdoor activities. Weighing just 10 pounds, the Tailgater automatically locates satellite positions, which means that there’s no need for manual antenna adjustment. It easily connects to a small, sleek DISH Network set-top box and TV. This product costs $350 and works with DISH Network’s ViP 211k (MSRP: $149) single-tuner HD receiver.
Clearly, those of us that enjoy the isolation we experience when on a camping trip will probably see the Tailgater as a product that can only obstruct our beloved outdoor serenity. On the other hand, how many of us really disconnect ourselves from the outside world on these trips, leaving behind our cellphones, tablets and other media devices? I think it’s fair to say that this product offers great appeal for those that want to enjoy nature and still catch a show after dinner.
What are thoughts on the matter?