Dish to stream live TV on iPad, other devices

August 4, 2010 By DEBORAH YAO , AP Business Writer
This product image provided by DISH Network L.L.C, shows an Apple iPad using the Remote Access app. Dish Network Corp. is planning to offer the feature on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and BlackBerry devices in September and on phones using Google Inc.’s Android system in October.(AP Photo/DISH Network L.L.C.)

(AP) -- Dish subscribers will soon be able to watch live satellite TV on their mobile devices at no extra cost.

Dish Network Corp. is planning to offer the feature on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and BlackBerry devices in September and on phones using Inc.'s Android system in October.

Subscribers will need special hardware. One option is Sling Media Inc.'s SlingBox, which retails for $180 to $300. Dish subscribers can also pay $200 to $400 to upgrade to Dish's high-definition with SlingBox features; they'll need to pay $10 a month for multiple DVR service, but they'll get recording capabilities with it. Sling is owned by EchoStar Corp., whose chairman is Dish CEO Charles Ergen.

Viewers using Dish's new app can switch channels remotely. But if someone at home is watching one channel, the person using a mobile device elsewhere has to watch the same thing, unless the DVR being used has a second tuner. SlingBox also can access programs recorded on your DVR, but the box itself can't record.

The offering from Dish is the latest in the race for video supremacy among providers. With most TV viewing households already signed up for a cable, satellite TV or video service from a phone company, companies have to step up promotions to lure subscribers. These include free HD for life from Dish and DirecTV Inc., and a two-year rate guarantee from Corp. on its HD TV, Internet and phone plan.

Dish already makes free apps for Apple Inc.'s , iPad and iPod Touch to let customers program their digital video recorders, browse TV shows and use their devices as a remote control. Dish will update that to allow for live streaming. The BlackBerry and Android apps will already have the feature enabled when they become available.

Dish can offer the live TV feature easily because it and Sling Media share common roots besides a top executive. EchoStar Communications Corp. bought Sling in 2007 and later split itself into two. Dish kept the satellite TV business, and EchoStar Corp. provides satellite TV services and set-top boxes to cable, satellite TV and phone companies worldwide.

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not rated yet Aug 05, 2010
Nice in terms of convenience. Although, you can buy the Slingbox yourself and use it with ANY sat tv service.

Oh and by the way, do they provide the internet connection to stream it wireless to your iPad... Otherwise you have just a fancy recorder.
not rated yet Aug 08, 2010
I'm just happy to see more and more content providers embracing Internet distributed content... Slingbox is great solution but a very much a geek centric product... And to a certain degree so is satellite programming.. But the walls the cable industry is holding up are showing signs of cracking and hopefully someday soon we will be able to legally buy and watch 1080p content from any number of different providers.
not rated yet Aug 08, 2010
Other sources I've seen recently mention Verizon in talks with Google (& IIRC HP) about offering their FiOS lineup via an Android/HP tablet device somewhat similar to an iPad (Flash enabled, multitask-able).
not rated yet Aug 15, 2010
Interesting yyz and great uname! :)

I've also heard people talk about verizon halting further fiber deployment and how Google might be just the one to continue the deployment... It's no secret that Google wants to get fiber to 'everyone'. This is likely just water cooler speculation and some obvious connecting of the dots but it still paints an interesting picture.

Now if you really wanna hear the natives scream... Could you imagine a a Google Verizon mashup where they might rollout fios from verizon and rebrand it something else and the operations would be co-owned by both? I'm sure the FTC, FCC and any number of multi letter government agencies would have a fun time dealing with that.

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