Press Releases Aug 31, 2017

Winegard releases newly-redesigned DISH® Playmaker™ Automatic HDTV Satellite platform for DISH Programming

Posted: Aug 31, 2017

New lower-cost antennas will make watching DISH programming easier than ever for mobile TV viewers.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (August 31, 2017) — Winegard Company, the leading U.S. antenna manufacturer since 1953, today introduced the newly redesigned DISH Playmaker and DISH Playmaker Dual Automatic Satellite HDTV Antennas developed exclusively for DISH high definition and standard definition programming. The new antennas make watching DISH Pay-As-You-Go programming easier than ever, and are available through Camping World Supercenters and RV dealerships nationwide starting at $249.00 MSRP.

The re-engineered platform offers more performance and flexibility to mobile TV viewers while retaining the user-friendly operation of DISH’s mobile protocol setup wizard. Major changes include a new reflector design that can add up to 20% increase in signal strength, the ability to permanently mount to a RV roof with accessory kit, and the addition of the Dual models to allow for multiple receiver viewing.

“Winegard has a history of developing high-quality products aimed at increasing the quality of life for our mobile consumers,” said Keith Larson, Director of Mobile Sales and Marketing for Consumer Products. “The new line of DISH Playmakers stays true to that, giving users increased performance and different options of utilizing the system to fit their specific needs.”

DISH Playmaker features:
  • Great low price – MSRP starting at $249
  • 100% fully automatic
  • Powered by coax connection through DISH Solo HD receiver
  • Single and dual output models
  • Re-engineered form factor featuring a high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy reflector adding maximum durability resulting in up to a 20% increase in signal strength
  • Reliable, high-performance stepper motors provide speed and precision
  • Easy grip handle for effortless carrying
  • Sleek and compact - 16" diameter | 13" height | 7 lbs

The DISH Playmaker and DISH Playmaker Dual are compatible with DISH Solo HD receivers, including the DISH Wally™ and can be utilized with DISH Pay-As-You-Go programming. The antennas are designed and built in Winegard’s Burlington, Iowa factory and are backed by its' industry best two-year parts, one-year labor warranty.

The DISH Playmaker and DISH Playmaker Dual is available in the following models:
  • For use with one receiver:
    • PL-7000 – DISH Playmaker, $249 MSRP
    • PL7000R – DISH Playmaker, $329 MSRP
  • For use with two receivers:
    • PL-8000 – DISH Playmaker Dual, $299 MSRP
    • PL-8035 – DISH Playmaker Dual, black dome, $299 MSRP

The antennas are also compatible with Winegard’s new roof kit (RK-4000, $49.99 MSRP) and existing TR-1518 tripod mount.

For more information or to purchase any of the new DISH Playmaker products, visit


About Winegard
Winegard Company designs and manufacturers a spectrum of world class antenna products from mass produced consumer antennas and accessories to enterprise focused broadband solutions. Since its incorporation in 1954, Winegard has designed more than 1,000 antenna models and been granted over 80 U.S. patents. The company's heritage includes recognition by NASA for contributions to the Apollo 11 mission, and the induction of founder John Winegard into the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame. Winegard's superior antenna design and manufacturing facilities that total 410,000 sq. ft include a state of the art testing and measurement center. The company's in-house and vertically integrated capabilities support its accelerated product design and development cycle.