Thursday, January 25, 2007

DirecTV portable satellite receiver

This is a preview, not a review.
At the recent International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, satellite television service DirecTV introduced Sat-Go, the world's first fully-integrated, portable satellite TV.

Scheduled to be available in a few months, Sat-Go is an easy-to-carry, briefcase-like design that includes a 17-inch LCD monitor with integrated DirecTV receiver, flat antenna and replaceable rechargeable laptop-style battery. It weighs about 25 pounds.

Once the Sat-Go unit is opened, its quick and simple setup makes it easy for users to aim it at DirecTV satellites and receive programs (provided the user is within range of the signal).

Sat-Go was designed to be compact and highly portable for a variety of outdoor and indoor settings, including camping and hiking trips, RVing, tailgating, dormitories, hospital rooms, hotels/motels, emergency response, and in-home as a second TV set.

When not being used as a portable/travel unit, Sat-Go can be a stand-alone, in-home DirecTV system. The LCD TV has a built-in receiver, which can be separated from the Sat-Go antenna casing and connected to a customer's existing DirecTV satellite dish. Price was not announced, but will probably be about $1000 - $1300.

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