Winegard’s New TV Signal Finder App Locates TV Stations Faster and Easier
Guides RVers to pinpoint available stations and optimal placement for antennas or a stationary or portable satellite dish
BURLINGTON, Iowa (April 10, 2018) — Winegard Company, the leading U.S. residential, mobile and commercial antenna manufacturer since 1953, released the Winegard TV Signal Finder. The new app makes it simple for RVers to find their favorite TV shows and available channels, anytime and anywhere. With the constant changing of locations and geography that comes with the road warrior lifestyle, this app was designed to help take the stress out of locating their favorite programs. The Winegard TV Signal Finder app makes it quicker and easier to relax at the RV park by finding available signals, showcasing the best antenna or satellite placement, and identifying potential signal blocks that can stand in the way of TV viewing such as trees, bluffs or other RVs.
"We are proud to be the first RV antenna manufacturer to offer its own app that simplifies the over-the-air antenna or satellite setup; and, takes the guesswork out of aiming your TV antenna or satellite dish," said Stacie Venghaus, software engineer at Winegard. "Our app uses augmented reality (AR) that engages the smartphone camera to view the surroundings of the RV, this takes the "hunt" out of locating all available TV signal sources."
"Antenna Pointer" Mode: Finds Available Broadcast Towers and Over-the-Air (OTA) Channels
According to Keith Larson, Director of RV Aftermarket, approximately 90 percent of RVers equip their vehicle with an antenna, so this app solution revolutionizes the convenience, accuracy and speed of finding over-the-air and broadcast stations. This is a must have app for RVers as they travel from campsite to campsite, anywhere in North America."
Using the app is even easier. For an HDTV antenna owner, the user can choose the "Antenna Pointer" option that first shows a map with the locations of all nearby broadcast towers, the distance between the RV and those towers, and a list of channels and stations available.
Then, the RVer can click on the "AR" icon on the map to activate the smartphone camera, which allows the user to rotate his or her smartphone 360 degrees to find the desired tower and best angle to point the antenna. It will also show if there are any potential objects that might block a signal, like trees, buildings or hills.
"Satellite Pointer" Mode: Finds Satellite Locations and Clear Openings
The Winegard TV Signal Finder app also includes a Satellite Pointer mode, which quickly locates satellite signals. This will guide the RVer on the best location to park the vehicle that provides a clear opening for a roof-mounted satellite dish, or for identifying placement for portable satellites. Like the Antenna Pointer mode, the app will also make it easier to determine if a signal could be blocked by an obstruction. Users first choose their provider – BellTV, DIRECTV, DISH or Shaw Direct – and then move into "AR" function to pinpoint the satellite locations.
The Winegard TV Signal Finder app requires a smartphone equipped with a camera, GPS, and compass. Download it now for free in the Apple iTunes and Android Google Play stores.
Winegard Company designs and manufactures the greatest spectrum of world class Terrestrial and Satellite video and data antenna products and accessories for residential and mobile applications. Since its incorporation in 1953, 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 total 410,000 sq. ft. and include a state of the art testing, validation and measurement center. The company's unmatched in-house and vertically integrated capabilities support its accelerated product design and development cycle.