Winegard is a multi-million-dollar, family-owned enterprise that was founded by John Winegard in 1954. Under skilled, visionary, and passionate leadership, the company has grown into a globally acclaimed designer and manufacturer of custom antennas, communication solutions, and mounts. In its early years, the company dedicated its resources to the creation of traditional OTA TV antennas, accessories, and mounts for residential purposes; they were reliable first-rate products and the company’s work soon earned it recognition by NASA and an induction into the Consumers Electronic Association Hall of Fame for John Winegard. Today, the company continues to grow, and thanks to the new leadership of Randy Winegard, John’s son and current CEO, the company has taken giant strides into satellite TV and 2-way VSAT real-time broadband technology.
The Winegard DISH Playmaker and HD Receiver Bundle includes a portable, fully automatic satellite antenna, a Wally HD receiver, and a remote control. The DISH Playmaker is fully automatic. What this means is that you don’t have to go through all the drama and exertion involved in pointing or aligning the antenna. All you need to do is use the coaxial cable that’s included in the package to connect the Playmaker to the Wally, then connect the Wally to your TV with an HDMI or coaxial cable, and you’d be set—just give the Playmaker some 5 minutes to get its bearings and ensure that it’s got an unhindered view of the sky.
For power, this satellite antenna gets its 120 VAC juice from its connection to the HD receiver (the Wally) and doesn’t require any power cables or extra power source, making it convenient to use and set up. Plus, it also removes the clutter that having an extra cable lying around would no doubt have caused. Another feature for your convenience is the handle that’s designed and included so that you can effortlessly carry and transport the antenna from place to place. However, it should be noted that the Playmaker is designed to function when it’s in a fixed position.
The Playmaker is only compatible with DISH and uses the western arc (i.e. 1100, 1190 and 1290) to receive programming. It’s great for RVs, motorhomes, and throwing the awesomest tailgate parties.
Pace International was founded in 1972 with a mission to lead the communications market by supporting and simplifying the integration of content solutions and hardware. It has been hard at work, making sure that it’s able to translate those words into reality, and its ability to expertly service particular segments of its industry is a testimonial to its success. It adopts a forward-looking approach to the business of connection and communication which provides its customers with the appropriate tools to strategize and succeed as well. This brand is an international, leading procurement and automation specialist with a wide range of products that include DISH, smartbox, audio/video, data, fiber optics, etc.
The Pace International DISH Solo HD Receiver is a compact and lightweight unit that’s sure to fit snugly in your RV or camper—when compared to an older model, the ViP211k, it’s actually smaller and lighter by 10 and 40 percent respectively. It can be connected to DISH satellites 1000.4 and 1000.2. What’s more, you can also connect it to a Tailgater antenna as it’s built with software for both Relay and Tailgater antennas; all of these connection options increase the flexibility of this receiver and improve your over-the-air TV experience.
The ViP 211z boasts higher speed and internal memory than its predecessors; it has a super-fast processor and more than 280 megabytes of memory space. With its high-definition capabilities, you can enjoy crystal-clear, pay-as-you-go programs on the road; moreover, with DISH’s simple and efficient Pay-As-You-Go service, you won’t have to worry your head about activation, disconnection, or restart fees as they aren’t required.
A 4-component infrared remote is included, so there is no need to worry about finding a compatible one. The receiver has 2 USB ports with which you can hook up a digital OTA tuner (sold separately) or a DVR/hard drive (this is also not included and may require an activation fee) to the receiver.
Other satellite TV receiver offers by Pace International include:
KING lives by a simple mantra: “simply better, by design.” It’s a leading designer and manufacturer of over-the-air and satellite antenna systems and was established in the year 1985. It has a deep heritage in the field of consumer electronics and a tradition of technological adroitness that have seen it through its early days as a manufacturer of vehicle electronic systems to the respected name that it is today. When developing any of its antenna systems, it focuses on making hassle-free products that give the customer a convenient experience by removing any complexities in all the processes they have to go through to get to you. It also gives a great deal of thought to the design of its products and works to ensure that they fit beautifully with existing technology and your lifestyle as a whole.
The KING Tailgater for DISH Bundle is the embodiment of ease; it comes with a KING Tailgater antenna, a DISH Wally satellite receiver, an RF remote control, 50-inch coaxial cable, a 7-inch HDMI cable, and a set of mounting feet—all in one package! You don’t have to spend any extra in setting up; you get to set up wherever you please, and with its multiple TV viewing feature, you and your favorite person(s) can enjoy TV wherever you please.
It’s compatible with only DISH service, both standard-definition and high-definition programming. The antenna is easy to set up and can be used as a portable satellite antenna where you’re able to carry it from one position to another. If you’d rather forego all that carrying and moving, you can easily mount it on your roof with the mounting feet that are included in the bundle.
The antenna automatically seeks and locks on DISH programs; if you’re already a DISH subscriber, you can simply add this one to your account and get the same programs that you enjoy when you’re home. If you don’t, the simple, contract-free, pay-as-you-go plan from DISH is available at no extra fees.
Further, the antenna doesn’t need any extra power source as it’s powered through the receiver. The Wally receiver features an improved interface and a “Netflix integrated search” that enables you to stream videos and any other online applications—but the USB Wi-Fi adapter is sold separately.
Dish Network is a pioneer supplier of satellite TV. It is the company that provides most of the international and HD programming to both residential and commercial customers in the United States, and also Broadband Service. Near the end of 2016, the company recorded well over 13 million subscribers to both its television and broadband services. It was set up in 1996 as a service of the EchoStar company; with the launch of its first satellite, it began the journey to successful satellite pay-TV technology and became an international force in the provision of superb internet, telephone, and video services.
This Dish Network DISH Wally HD Receiver gives you the complete functionalities and more of a satellite TV receiver, while taking up the least space and effort from you. It has a compact design that’s sleek and modern so that it fits in the small spaces that RVs, motorhomes, and campers afford—looking pretty while it’s at it.
With a Wi-Fi USB adapter, you can wirelessly connect to the internet and enjoy services and apps such as Netflix (this one is already pre-installed) and Game Finder. It is also equipped with Bluetooth audio capabilities so that with the appropriate adapter, you can pair this receiver with your headphones and take your listening experience to the next level.
Enjoy local channels with the OTA single-tuner feature on this baby, and in HD too. What’s more, you can kiss goodbye to ever having to turn your home upside-down in search of the remote, because the remote finder (RF) button on the receiver causes the remote to emit a chime when you press it.
Here are some other receivers from DISH that you might like:
DIRECTV offers solutions in an industry that keeps growing day by day. As a company that has won various awards in regards to customer service, it has truly earned the loyalty of its numerous clients. In 2015, it was acquired by AT&T, a merger that created AT&TDirecTV, the country's largest Pay-TV provider.
The DIRECTV Genie Client Satellite Receiver with RF Remote is a great bargain, as it gives you the convenience of attaching up to 5 Genie DVRs. This satellite TV receiver allows everyone in the family to stay entertained in multiple rooms with the accompanying HD DVR. To use this satellite TV receiver, you will have to accept a contract by DIRECTV, and monthly fees will apply.
Look at the other features that make this satellite TV receiver a masterpiece:
Television sure has come a long way from the good old days when a TV was a bulky box thingy with limited program options to the flat, unobtrusive wall hangings with seemingly unending viewing options that they are today. All thanks to technology that has taken us from traditional cable TV to satellite TV and its many, many programs. However, if you’re going to enjoy the dividends of these changes in your television-entertainment life, you’re going to have to get a satellite TV receiver.
These devices have been around for a while—for decades, in fact—but they’re no longer the simple set-top-boxes that they used to be. They have become our link to a vast range of video and internet content that not only keeps us entertained, but informed and up-to-date as well. Satellite TV receivers (aka decoders) are usually used with antennas or satellite dishes to relay information from our trusty satellites in space to our televisions in formats and languages that we’ll understand (unless, of course, you speak satellite).
There is quite the number of these devices for you to choose from and we seek to guide you as you make the decision of which is the best for you. We support your putting your budget first, and we also advise against settling for the cheapo receivers that you’re likely to come across so that you actually get to enjoy your TV time.
When it comes to how much a satellite TV receiver is sold for, you’ll find that there is an interesting difference in the price range. Let’s take the ones we’ve featured in this review for instance; the lowest-priced is about $39 while at the other end of the price range, we’ve got the highest, priced at about $440. So, what gives? Why will one receiver sell for under $50 and another for over $400?
Well, it can be explained by concepts as simple as the basicity or complexity of the receiver (fancy way to say one receiver has plenty of features while the other hasn’t), and what’s included in the package, among others. Some satellite receivers in the market come in a package that includes an antenna, a remote, and so on, and they naturally cost more. There are also cheap satellite TV receivers, but trust us, you’re better off without a receiver than with one of those.
Choosing the best satellite receiver for you is no biggie when you know the right features to look for. Below is a list of those features, put together for your convenience:
There are three major factors to consider when looking at the construction and design of a satellite TV receiver: its size and weight, the type and number of ports, and its display. Let’s take a closer look at each of these.
Satellite TV receivers are generally compact, portable boxes that do not weigh much; their dimensions rarely reach 20 by 20 inches, and they seem to have a 5-inch height limit. So, all in all, you should be able to fit one of them just about anywhere and enjoy great TV without cramping your style.
Pay attention to the type and number of ports a receiver comes with, as it’s an indication of the capabilities of that receiver. If it has USB ports, chances are that you’re dealing with a high-tech receiver and you’ll be able to connect a hard drive, Wi-Fi adapter, and more. Read the specifications, as the devices and services that can be connected or obtained are usually indicated there.
A satellite receiver works by taking the encrypted information it has received from a satellite and unscrambling it into a format that your TV can understand. So, if the TV program has been created in a HD display format, your receiver is going to give it to your TV in that same format. This means that you should ensure that the TV you’ll be using the receiver with is HD-enabled, otherwise it may not display—that’s if you’re looking for a HD receiver, anyway.
In order to ensure that the satellite TV receiver you buy will offer you the performance and ease of use you desire, there are a few things you should probably consider. These include the type of receiver, the number of satellites it has access to, and if it comes with any extras (typically a remote). To find out more about these, read on.
When we say “Type,” we’re referring to the program access options available with a satellite TV receiver; they include free-to-air and pay-TV. Before you hit the road in search of one of these devices, you ought to know which of these options you’d rather have. You also have to decide beforehand which of the service providers you’d like to do business with.
In the pay-TV arena, DISH and DirecTV are popular choices and they deliver services of a commendable quality.
Many of these receivers offer a convenient plan where you get to add them to already-existing subscriptions, while others offer a pay-as-you-go plan that doesn’t tie you down with all those contracts, activation fees, etc.
Number of Satellites it Accesses
Make sure that whichever receiver you choose, it’s compatible with your antenna or satellite dish. Another important thing to find out is the number of satellites a receiver is able to access and their locations. There are 2 arcs: western and eastern arcs. The western arc has powerful and newer satellites and covers satellites 19, 110, and 119. Some receivers offer access to both arcs and increase your TV program options.
Extras, such as a remote, make life easier as they enable you to set timers and record your favorite shows so that you don’t have to hurry home or miss any shows. There are basically two types: the RF (remote finder) and the IR (Infrared) remotes. The remote finder remotes make it near impossible to lose your remotes, ever again. They can be used to control the receiver even if it’s in a different room. The IR remote has to be pointed at the device it controls for it to work.