Dish Network has introduced a new product that it claims makes it the first pay-TV provider in America to introduce a true TV Everywhere offering. Utilizing Sling technology, the service gives Dish subscribers the ability to watch all of their live and recorded television programs on compatible smartphones, tablets and laptops.
Dish Network says its subscribers can access these features when they download and use the Dish Remote Access application in concert with their broadband-connected, Sling-enabled receiver.
“Dish Network is proud to be the first pay-TV provider to bring our customers the ability to enjoy their TV anywhere, anytime on a variety of popular devices,” said Dish Chief Marketing Officer Ira Bahr. “Unlike mobile viewing from cable and telcos that limit access to select programs, our TV Everywhere services give consumers 24 x 7 access to all of the live and recorded content included with their Dish Network programming subscription,” he said.
To enjoy the live viewing capability of Dish Remote Access, consumers need to be Dish Network subscribers and have a Sling-enabled device such as the newly-released Sling Adapter – a small placeshifting device that pairs with Dish Network’s ViP 722 or 722k HD DVRs. With a Sling Adapter, customers can then view their high-definition or standard-definition Dish Network programming, including live and recorded shows, on compatible mobile devices or laptops. The Sling Adapter is powered and operated through a USB connection.
The Dish Remote Access app is free. The Sling adapter costs $99.