By Lisa Johnston
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Englewood, Colo. — Dish and Winegard said Friday that they are releasing two new lightweight portable satellite-dish antennas enabling reception of pay-as-you-go Dish HDTV and SiriusXM music services on the go.
The Winegard Pathway X1 and X2 for Dish are HD TV antennas targeted at outdoor enthusiasts. Both work on a pay-as-you-go model, meaning users don’t have to be regular Dish subscribers to access programming.
The Pathway X2 is available separately ($449 suggested retail) or bundled with a Dish ViP 211z receiver ($499); the Pathway X1 is available separately ($499), or bundled with the Dish ViP 211z receiver ($549).
The Pathway X1 is the smallest portable antenna available, offering convenience in watching HD TV while on the go, said the companies. The Pathway X2 offers the ability to watch different HD channels on two TVs simultaneously.
Special monthly service packages allow portable viewers to be selective about when they would like to have service available, the companies said.
The new antennas feature automatic satellite acquisition for easy setup and are ideal for outdoor activities such as tailgating and camping.
“Must-see games, shows and entertainment — only Dish delivers portable HD satellite antennas that make it easy and affordable for consumers to enjoy all their programming including their SiriusXM music stations wherever life takes them,” stated Bassil El-Khatib, Dish product management VP. “The Pathway X1 and X2 for Dish are the latest in portable satellite technology that brings the big game to the big screen while on the go.”
Consumers can choose to receive Dish’s programming on a monthly basis with no minimum term commitment.
While a Dish home-satellite subscription is not required, existing Dish customers can add a Pathway system to their current account for $7 per month and enjoy the same programming on a single bill.
Both devices provide access to every HD English channel available to residential subscribers, as well as SiriusXM music channels within the America’s Top 120 package or higher.
The lightweight antennas include automatic self-pointing satellite acquisition technology that allows customers to setup and view live HD television in less than 15 minutes.
The Pathway X1 and X2 antennas, manufactured by Winegard, are compatible with Dish’s Solo HD receivers (models 411, ViP 211, ViP 211k and ViP 211z), which provide power to the antenna.
The products are available at Dish distributors and select national retailers, including Amazon and Camping World Supercenters.
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