If you're tailgating, traveling or simply too far from home to enjoy HD television, you might find yourself watching video content on a small smartphone screen and eating up data in the process.
DISH is looking to change that with the Winegard Pathway X1 and X2, a pair of portable satellite antennas that allow you to enjoy the provider's full channel lineup on your HDTV — even if you don't have a long-term subscription.
The dome-shaped Pathway X1 starts at $499 and requires a DISH Mobile ViP 211 Series HD Receiver, which can be bundled with the antenna for an extra $49. Once the X1 is connected to a Mobile HD Receiver and your HDTV, the device will install itself automatically.
The 10-pound X1 acquires 110-, 119- and 129-degree satellites. Available in black and white, the X1 is the only portable antenna that can convert into a roof mount for use in the household, according to DISH
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As its namesake implies, the $449 Pathway X2 can provide a signal to two TVs at once, so long as you have two ViP 211 Series HD Receivers. This gray device looks like an upside-down version of its X1 cousin, with black handles on the sides for portability. This 16-pound model acquires the same range of satellites as the X1, as well as 61.5-, 72.7- and 77-degree satellites.
The Pathway X1 and X2 only work with DISH programming, but you don't need a long-term contract to use the devices. DISH offers pay-as-you go plans through satellite manufacturer Winegard starting at $44.99 per month, which will net you channels such as A&E, Cartoon Network, ESPN, TNT and three free months of HBO.
Whether you're a football fanatic who wants to watch the pregame show in the parking lot or a camping enthusiast who doesn't want to miss prime-time television, DISH's new satellites seem like a dynamic solution if you're willing to pay the premium.