Activate your receiver
If you’re about to hit the road, you’ll need to make sure your DISH Outdoors equipment is activated. Being a DISH Outdoors customer gives you the freedom to activate and deactivate your account at any time, meaning you won’t have to pay a monthly receiver or programming fee when you’re not on the road.
To activate your account, please contact one of our dedicated DISH Outdoors specialists to activate it for you. Simply call 800-333-3474 and we’ll get your service back up and running as quickly as possible.
Get help setting up your portable dish
Many of our DISH-compatible mobile antennas can be easily self-installed. If you need further assistance, our dedicated DISH outdoors agents are able to recommend installation solutions, simply call 1-800-970-9021. For professional installation, most of our DISH Outdoors products can be purchased and installed through your local Camping World store.
Dish Pointing Angle Guide
If you use a dish that must be manually adjusted to get your DISH Outdoors service, such as a dish mounted on a tripod, you will need to adjust or repoint your dish to accommodate your new location and begin receiving signal. Use our quick and easy guide to help get you started.
DISH now offers the ability to manage locals through the MyDISH App, for DISH Outdoor only customers. This allows you to update your location quickly and efficiently, without having to call in. Simply download the MyDISH App if you haven’t done so already and follow these quick easy steps.
- Login to the MyDISH app using your MyDISH login credentials
- Select Services
- Scroll down to DISH OUTDOORS then select Local Channels
- Select Manage Locals then follow the onscreen prompts.
NOTE: This feature is NOT AVAILABLE FOR ACCOUNTS WITH DISH OUTDOORS AND DISH HOME EQUIPMENT. If you have a residential account with both services, we are unable to offer this service at this time. To manage locals from your DISH Outdoors/Home account, contact us.
Troubleshoot your signal or portable dish
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I watch HD while my vehicle is in motion?
Yes. DISH's satellite technology allows you to watch HD programming while the vehicle is moving if it is equipped with a compatible auto-tracking antenna. DISH is the only affordable option for in-motion HD viewing.
Do I need special programming to watch TV with my DISH-compatible mobile antenna?
No, most portable dishes allow viewing of any DISH or DishLATINO programming package. Some channels, including international programming, Racetrack Network, local channels and Regional Sports Network(s) are subject to availability based on your geographical location.
Do I need to subscribe to a second DISH account to use my portable dish system?
No, you only need a single DISH account. You can use your DISH home account.
Why am I not able to get all of my channels?
Make sure the arm of your antenna is aiming north.
Check for a clear line of sight to the southern sky. If it is on the ground, move it to a higher location to get around any obstructions like a tree or another RV.
Why do I have to call to get all of my channels back the first time I connect my system for the season?
Great news! We have a way for you to reauthorize your receiver without having to call. Visit our new DISH Outdoors Self-Service Portal and follow the simple step-by-step instructions to get your service up and running once you reach your destination.
How can I record on my Wally?
The Wally allows you to record one program at a time when a dedicated external hard drive (EHD) is connected to the receiver. Find out how to connect an external hard drive so you can record your shows.
Equipment & Installation
I own a boat. What are my options for watching satellite TV from DISH?
If you only watch TV while you're docked, any of the DISH portable dishes listed above will work if placed on the dock (flat stable surface). If you wish to watch TV while you're on the open water, you will need a marine-compatible portable dish system manufactured by KVH. Visit www.kvh.com to learn more or purchase.
I have three TVs in my RV. Can I hook all of them up?
Yes, customers can purchase multiple DISH receivers to use in their RV. However, this requires a portable dish that can support three receivers.
Are installation services included?
Installation services are not included in a subscription. Many of the DISH-compatible portable dish solutions are easily self-installed. However, if you do need assistance, our dedicated DISH Outdoors sales agents are able to recommend some installation solutions by calling 800-970-9021. Also, most of the DISH products can be purchased and installed through your local Camping World store.
How do you power portable dishes? Can I run a portable dish, DISH receiver, and TV from my vehicle?
Some of the portable dishes including the Tailgater 2 and the Pathway Portable Dishes draw power from the DISH receiver through the coax cable. The receiver requires 110VAC power source. You will need a power inverter to run all of your equipment from your vehicle's DC power supply (110VAC power outlet required). Note if your TV is rated greater than 100 watts, it may require direct connection to the vehicle battery. If you are watching TV from your vehicle for more than a few hours, periodically run your vehicle to maintain battery life. Note, starting your vehicle may temporarily shut off power and require a quick rescan for DISH satellites. For extended use, a portable power generator, power pack or alternative accessory battery is recommended.
Can I have a Hopper® DVR and a Solo HD receiver (models 411, ViP® 211, 211k, or 211z) on one account?
Yes, you can enjoy the Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR at home and still have a Solo HD receiver activated on the same account for your outdoor TV needs.
Can I enjoy DVR service with the Solo HD receiver?
You can add DVR functionality and the ability to record and pause live TV by attaching your own USB external hard drive to the USB port on the back of the receiver. A one-time $40 service fee will apply. The external hard drive must have its own power supply cable and must be rated between 50 GB minimum and 2 TB maximum (if connecting your external hard drive to a Wally receiver, it must be at minimum 500 GB). To learn more or purchase at a special discount, visit mydish.com/ehd.