WINEGARD COMPANY DEBUTS THE NEXT GENERATION IN MOBILE SATELLITE TELEVISION: TRAV'LER™ AUTOMATIC MULTI-SATELLITE ANTENNAS
LOUISVILLE, KY - November 26, 2007 - The all-new Winegard TRAV'LER(TM) Automatic Multi-Satellite Antennas outperform all dome satellite antennas on the market, including our own. The Winegard TRAV'LER(TM) antennas can deliver the ability to view up to five satellites at the same time with unmatched signal strength, the lowest travel height on the market, maximum HD capabilities and easy to use functionality - just like home systems. With a TRAV'LER, you can get it all - All satellites, All channels, on All TV's, at the Same time, All the time!
Today, satellite customers have over 1,000 channels of programming to choose from, including up to +100 HD channels, spread across 3 - 5 satellites and now on 2 separate frequencies (KA band for DIRECTV customers). It's no wonder RVers are getting confused and frustrated when it comes to satellite TV!
With the introduction of the all-new Winegard TRAV'LER(TM) Multi-Satellite TV Antenna, confusion, frustration and compromising are all things of the past. TRAV'LER antennas are easy to use and operate. With the touch of a button, the unit will raise, skew and lock on to all three or five satellites depending on the model. Everything is already programmed in, eliminating any worries about satellite provider settings, complicated check switches, interface controllers, etc. No more toggling or moving between satellites either since the reflector is locked on all satellites all the time.
Perhaps the greatest advantage with the TRAV'LER antennas is the ability to watch any programming, any time, on any TV in the RV, at the same time, on any frequency. Unlike dome satellite antennas that only view one satellite at a time, TRAV'LER multi-satellite antennas view between three and five satellites (depending on the model) at the same time. For example, Dad can watch the game on ESPN HD, while Mom watches a cooking show on Food Network and the kids their favorite cartoons, all at the same time even if the shows are on different satellites. All dome antennas are unable to provide this luxury due to the fact that they are equipped with a single LNB. Another benefit with TRAV'LER antennas is they support multiple receiver configurations including DVRs. This provides RVers the freedom and flexibility they are used to getting at home.
"Ever wonder why you don't see dome satellite antennas on homes? The simple answer is they don't meet performance specifications and requirements for DISH Network or DIRECTV," said Aaron Engberg, director of Winegard's mobile products division. "With a larger, certified and approved reflector antenna and no dome between the antenna and satellite to reduce the signal, our new TRAV'LER automatic multi-satellite antennas provide the highest gain for maximum signal strength of any other mobile satellite system on the market."
Engberg also noted that dome antenna reflectors are much smaller in size compared to approved and certified DISH and DIRECTV home antennas. "That smaller size equals a compromise in performance," he said. "With the new TRAV'LER automatic multi-satellite antenna series, RVers can now have the same great advantages of the latest home satellite systems while they're on the road."
TRAV'LER satellite antennas are HD-Ready right out of the box with no extra accessories required. Customers will save money and the hassle of not having to figuring out which accessory they need, how to hook it up or install it, or how to operate it. To receive HD programming, all that's needed is an HD-Ready TV and an HD receiver with an HD programming package, sold separately.
TRAV'LER satellite antennas are built on a completely re-engineered mechanical platform for a rigid reliable mount, which provides a stable base for uninterrupted signal acquisition, and allows the dish to endure strong winds and withstand adverse weather conditions. They are compatible on all RVs, and feature a low travel height of just 10".
Depending on satellite provider preference (DISH Network or DIRECTV) and the level of programming desired (HD or non-HD), Winegard offers three models: DISH 1000, DIRECTV Triple LNB and DIRECTV Slimline KA/KU. (Note: the DISH Network TRAV'LER model is also compatible with Bell ExpressVu.) All TRAV'LER antennas are for stationary use only. Production of TRAV'LERs will start December 2007.
TRAV'LER DISH 1000
DISH Network's premier reflector dish used for home systems. Equipped with a 3 LNB reflector dish to receive all DISH Network standard and HD programming from KU-band satellites 110º, 119º and 129º simultaneously. Unit weight: 45 lbs. Travel height 10". Dimensions: 42"L x 26"W. SK-1000, MSRP $1,499.00
TRAV'LER DIRECTV TRIPLE LNB
Ideal for DIRECTV customers interested in receiving the maximum number of standard channels but not as interested in HD programming. This reflector simultaneously receives programming from KU-band satellites 101 º, 110 º and 119 º. Unit weight: 43 lbs. Travel height 10". Dimensions: 40"L x 24"W. SK-3003, MSRP $1,499.00
TRAV'LER DIRECTV SLIMLINE KU/KA
DIRECTV's ultimate reflector dish used for home systems. This stealthy 5 satellite reflector provides complete coverage of all DIRECTV standard and HD programming channels. The Slimline KU/KA receives both KU-band (101 º, 110 º and 119 º) and KA-band (99 º and 103º) satellite signals simultaneously. No other mobile antenna is currently capable of receiving KA band signals! Unit weight: 53 lbs. Travel height 10". Dimensions: 44"L x 34"W. SK-3005, MSRP $1,899.00
Winegard Company has been manufacturing quality television and radio reception products for over 50 years. Headquartered in Burlington, Iowa, Winegard enjoys a worldwide reputation that is based on many industry "firsts," including the all-channel "Yagi" TV antenna, 82-channel antenna, antenna mounted preamplifiers, antenna amplifiers, the anodizing process, perforated aluminum satellite antenna and the RV television antenna, among others.
Winegard Company currently manufactures and markets four distinct product lines:
• Mobile Television Reception Products: Recreational vehicle, truck, marine, and automotive applications. Satellite systems ranging from manual crank-up models to fully automatic satellite tracking systems with GPS/DVB. Off-air antennas including bi-directional and omni-directional VHF/UHF/FM antennas. Ground Antenna Mounts and Accessories.
• Satellite Antennas and Mounts: Residential antennas ranging in size from 46 cm to 1 meter, including mounts and accessories.
• Off-Air Antennas: VHF/UHF/FM/AM and HD Antenna Systems, Distribution and Preamplifiers, Power Supplies and Accessories.
• Telemetry: Medical and Data Antenna Systems, Distribution Amplifiers, Power Supplies and Accessories.
For technical product questions, contact Winegard Customer Service at 800-288-8094 or visit www.winegard.com.